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Projects (Abrams, $85) chronicles forty-four Andy Goldsworthy installations around the world, as they change and evolve with their environments.  This book, a companion volume to Goldsworthy’s Ephemeral Works, includes stunning photographs, site maps, and an extensive interview. You’ll find his usual cones and labyrinths made of wood and stone, but unlike his “ephemeral” works, whose construction marked an endpoint, these pieces began life only when Goldsworthy finished them, for they evolve as they are weathered by the seasons. Goldsworthy documents, for example, walls covered in porcelain clay, as they dry, crack and tear away, and enormous slate chambers, enclosing wind-fallen branches, which gradually transform as moss and fungi cover them. He repaves an ancient forest track with rectangular stones and cuts a new path across an Ohio estate, always maintaining 950 feet above sea level. An igloo of woven branches sits inside a pit, accessed through a doorway via steps in a terraced wall. A flowing line of fallen cypress weaves through eucalyptus trees, which overtake a California landscape. But whatever he does in these installations, Goldsworthy invites us to experience nature freshly. This gorgeous, glossy volume will make an extraordinary gift for the art or nature lover in your life.

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ISBN: 9781419722226
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 19th, 2017

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Three Hungarian families live in a charmed world before World War II.  Then after the war, the childhood relationships between Balint, Iren and Blanka alter and inform who they become. They are also periodically visited and companioned by the ghost of little Henriette, killed during the German occupation. This harrowing but deeply engaging novel poses difficult questions about betrayal and human weakness and why we often love most fiercely those who least deserve it. When reading Szabo’s flawless prose, it’s easy to forget we read her in translation. That’s down to the skill and sensitivity of translator Len Rix. 

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By Magda Szabo, Len Rix (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781681371528
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Published: NYRB Classics - September 12th, 2017

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Geoff Dyer always dreamed of writing a definitive study of  D.H. Lawrence. But doing research felt like putting off writing, and he couldn’t write without doing sufficient research.  As Dyer endlessly circles his subject, procrastinates, dithers about, and goes off on red herrings, he takes his readers along for a ride, and the result is hilarious. In the end, he produces a marvelous portrait of Lawrence as well as a book on the agonies of writing. If you’re a serious reader and have put off reading it, take it with you to the beach this summer.
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ISBN: 9780312429461
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Published: Picador - November 10th, 2009