The Who, the What, and the When: 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Sidekicks of History - Jenny Volvovski, Julia Rothman, Matt Lamothe, Kurt Andersen

Meet Julia Warhola, Andy Warhol’s mother. And this is Thomas A. Watson, the assistant to Alexander Graham Bell. And let’s not forget Vera Nabokov and Anna Dostoyevskaya, the wives of literary masters Vladimir Nabokov and Fyodor Dostoyevsky, respectively. The Who, The What, and The When (Chronicle, $24.95) is both familiar and revelatory; for every well-known figure of science, art, and politics it names, editors Jenny Volvovski, Julia Rothman, and Matt Lamothe, partners in ALSO, an award-winning Chicago– and New York–based design firm, introduce that personage’s loved ones or assistants, and these engaging profiles allow us to see the famous personalities in a fresh and different light. Each capsule biography is complemented with a unique visual portrait—the artwork ranging in style, medium, and sensibility to reflect the diverse temperaments of the subjects—thus sustaining a sense of the wonder of discovery which makes this volume something refreshingly different.
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ISBN: 9781452128276
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Chronicle Books - October 14th, 2014

Florian Illies - 1913: The Year Before the Storm

One of the most original and satisfying works of non-fiction in recent memory, 1913 offers a month-by-month chronicle of the year that led up to WWI, told entirely through vignettes drawn from the worlds of art, music, literature, politics, and culture. The end result is an evocative, entertaining, and sometimes troubling portrait of the world marching itself to war.

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By Florian Illies, Shaun Whiteside (Translated by), Jamie Lee Searle (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781612193915
Availability: Backordered
Published: Melville House - October 7th, 2014

Constellation of Genius: 1922: Modernism Year One - Kevin Jackson

Was there something in the water? Had sufficient time passed since the Great War for reflection? Did the muses all wake up? 1922 began with Joyce’s Ulysses and closed with The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot. It was a year in which literature, art, and culture itself changed forever. Context is everything, and by taking us through significant encounters among luminaries such as Virginia Woolf, Charlie Chaplin, Freud, Einstein, Hitchcock, Yeats, Evelyn Waugh, Anna Akhmatova, Proust, Hitler, Churchill, and Louis Armstrong (to name a few of the players in this landmark year), Kevin Jackson makes history delicious and very real in his Constellation of Genius (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $30). Mimicking the frenzied minutiae that defines the modernist era, Jackson reveals every letter, train ride, news story, and high tea so that we might pick up, examine, and reflect that maybe something was in the water, and thank our god, Dada, or radical politics that it was.