New in Arts, Crafts, and Literature
Check out the new arts, crafts, and literature books we’ve added since July!
In this list:
- Artists and art history
- Knitting and more
- History and inspiration
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Artisits and Art History
The 99% Invisible City
A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design
The creators of the record-setting 99% Invisible podcast celebrate the achievements of modern urban design and architecture, sharing the origin stories behind fundamental innovations, from power grids and fire escapes to drinking fountains and street signs.
Stories of the Unexpected, Slightly Odd, and Strangely Wonderful in Art History
Examines the colorful world of art history to reveal some of the most interesting, odd and humorous stories behind the great artists and their masterpieces, from Monet and van Gogh to Andy Warhol.
The Death of the Artist
How Creators are Struggling to Survive in the Age of Billionaires and Big Tech
An award-winning essayist and leading critic of contemporary culture in America profiles those struggling to make a living through the arts, revealing what it means to lead a creative life today and what might be done to keep artists thriving, because we need them.
The Many Lives of the World’s Most Famous Museum
Describes the history of the Louvre, which was a clay quarry in the first centuries AD, a fortress in 1191 and a royal residence in the 1300s until finally becoming a place to display national treasures after the French Revolution.
The Triumph of Broadway
The New York Post theater columnist draws on more than 150 insider interviews to celebrate the productions, artists and movements that shaped Broadway in the years spanning Sunset Boulevard through The Lion King.
Knitting and More
A-Z of knitting
The Ultimate Resource for Beginners and Experienced Knitters
If you are new to knitting or just want to learn a new knitting technique, then this is the book for you! Everything from the basics to embellishing your knitting with surface embroidery, Swiss darning, smocking, beads and sequins!
Baby’s First Knits
20 Irresistible Knits for Babies
Suitable for novices and experienced knitters alike, 20 practical yet beautiful projects include garments, toys, and nursery accessories. Full-color photos and step-by-step directions explain basics plus cabling, Fair Isle, and other techniques.
The Learn-to-Knit Book
Vogue Knitting Magazine
Anyone can learn to knit-and who better to learn from than the authorities at Vogue Knitting? Vogue Knitting: The Learn-to-Knit Book is the ultimate guide to learning all about yarn, needles, patterns, and, of course, those two basic stitches: knitting and purling. Readers can follow along with beautiful step-by-step photographs that teach how to cast on, bind off, and knit up a collection of stitches ranging from basic stockinette to basket weave, bobbles, cables, and more.
Crazy Quilting Dazzling Diamond
Kathy Lynn Seaman Shaw
Detailed patterns and instructions for creating crazy quilts, including limitless embroidery options.
Love Jelly Roll Quilts
A Baker’s Dozen of Tasty Projects for All Skill Levels
Love Patchwork & Quilting
A collection of bright, bold quilts from 2 1/2″ precut strips. Use jelly rolls to sew projects from easy to innovative.
Modern Memory Quilts
A Handbook for Capturing Meaningful Moments
Create modern heirloom quilts! 12 exciting designs for memory keeping, with the stories that inspired them. Learn tips for sewing with clothing to preserve the past and celebrate the future. Make gifts for children, honor a lost loved one, and celebrate your family’s legacy.
Modern Curves & Bold Stripes
Heather Black and Daisy Aschehoug
Move beyond common circle-quilt designs to tackle curved piecing with ease. Add stripes to curved piecing and use color to add depth for a simple way to make complex quilts. Piece block-based layouts and improv designs ranging from simple to advanced.
Quilted With Love
Patchwork Projects Inspired by a Passion for Quilting
With 16 stunning projects to choose from, you can join in Sarah’s passion for this addictive craft. Whether you class yourself modern or traditional, a beginner or advanced quilter, there is a project in this book to inspire and challenge your own passion for quilting. This beautifully photographed book is brimming with Sarah’s insider tips and provides the quilter with an accessible way to try out new methods, textures and colors, and in the process build upon their skills.
Literature History and Inspiration
Death by Shakespeare
Snakebites, Stabbings and Broken Hearts
Investigates what actual events may have inspired Shakespeare, what the accepted scientific knowledge of the time was, and how Elizabethan audiences would have responded to these death scenes.
100 Books to Read and Reread
The Pulitzer Prize-winning literary critic shares 100 personal, thought-provoking essays on the life-changing works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry she most recommends for the establishment of well-read world citizenship, from The Federalist Papers to the Harry Potter novels.
Shakespeare in a Divided America
What His Plays Tell Us About Our Past and Future
A scholarly examination of how American leaders have found wisdom in the works of Shakespeare, revealing the lessons that the Bard’s plays can teach about the political turbulence of today.
The Toni Morrison Book Club
Juda Bennett, Winnifred Brown-Glaude, Cassandra Jackson, Piper Kendrix Williams
Four friends—black and white, gay and straight, immigrant and American-born—offer a radical vision for book clubs as sites of self-discovery and communal healing. The Toni Morrison Book Club insists that we make space to find ourselves in fiction and turn to Morrison as a spiritual guide to our most difficult thoughts and ideas about American literature and life.
The Writer’s Library
The Authors You Love on the Books That Changed Their Lives
Nancy Pearl and Jeff Schwager
Interviews with 23 of today’s most accomplished authors reveal the books that inspired their literary careers, in an illustrated volume that includes contributions by such leading writers as T.C. Boyle, Michael Chabon and Louise Erdrich.
Women Poets, Ramblers, and Mavericks Who Shape How We See the Natural World
An American landscape designer, historian, writer and lecturer celebrates 25 women, both historical and current, whose influential writing helps deepen our connection to and understanding of the natural world.
And Other Poems
A latest collection by the former Poet Laureate of the United States gathers more than 50 new poems that reflect the writer’s signature mix of playful and serious language. By the author of The Rain in Portugal.
Becoming Duchess Goldblatt
The award-winning fiction author of The Giant’s House who runs a popular humor Twitter account purporting to be an 81-year old European Duchess provides an autobiography of both herself and her social-media fictional counterpart.
I Don’t Want to Die Poor
The author of the New York Times best-selling I Can’t Date Jesus offers a humorous and insightful essay collection that discusses his struggles with debt and how that impacts every other area of his life.
I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are
A laugh-out-loud anthology by the star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend collects essays, poems and other personal creations to explore such subjects as her perceptions of “normal,” struggles with depression and life-shaping female friendships.
My Life as a Villainess
A first non-fiction compilation by the award-winning author of The Lady in the Lake features original and previously published essays on subjects ranging from her childhood and education to her achievements as a reporter and crime-fiction author.
Presents a collection of top-selected essays about humanity’s relationship with nature, exploring subjects ranging from captivity and immigration to ostrich farming and the migrations of songbirds from the Empire State Building.