Crusoe, the Celebrity Dachshund

Adventures of the Wiener Dog Extraordinaire

Author: Ryan Beauchesne

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1250074398

Category: Humor

Page: 240

View: 2770

What? You've never heard of Crusoe, the Celebrity Dachshund?! You must be living under a rock!... Or at least that's what Crusoe thinks. Crusoe may be a small dog, but he's a big deal. He's the self-proclaimed "wiener dog who thinks he's more of a celebrity than he really is" (Until now!) and the star of his own wildly popular blog of the same name, winner of the 2013 and 2014 Best Pet Blog Award as well as the Most Humorous Blog and Best Blog of the Year at the 2015 Bloggies. Crusoe is talented, ridiculously photogenic, and proud of his larger-than-life personality, stunning fashion sense, and insatiable penchant for whimsy, as his many thousands of loyal followers can attest. Perhaps you know him better by his infamous alter ego, BATDOG? We thought so. Crusoe is so excited to share his wit and wisdom with all of his adoring fans. He is certain that his first book, featuring hundreds of photos, funny stories, delicious recipes, and helpful tips will make the perfect gift for dog-lovers of all ages.

Seurat's Circus Sideshow

Author: Richard Thomson

Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art

ISBN: 1588396150

Category: Art

Page: 144

View: 5945

Georges Seurat (1859–1891) created just six major figure paintings during his lifetime, one of which, the alluring Circus Sideshow (Parade de cirque), has remained the most challenging to interpret since it first intrigued viewers at the 1888 Salon des Indépendants in Paris. Unlike Seurat’s earlier sunlit scenes, Circus Sideshow presents a nighttime tableau depicting a parade—a street show enticing passersby to purchase tickets. With its geometrically precise composition, muted colors, and elements of abstraction, the painting stands apart as a masterpiece of Neo-Impressionism and heralds Seurat’s subsequent depictions of popular entertainments. This book, the first comprehensive study of Circus Sideshow, situates the painting in the context of nineteenth-century Paris and of the many social changes France was undergoing. Renowned art historian Richard Thomson illuminates the roles of caricature, naturalist and avant-garde painting, and circus advertising; examines Seurat’s use of contemporary aesthetic theory; and discusses how artists ranging from Rouault to Picasso mined the sideshow theme into the twentieth century. Illustrated with Seurat’s related drawings, works by other artists, and period posters and broadsides, Seurat’s Circus Sideshow delves into the history of traveling circuses and seasonal fairs in France, exploring the ongoing appeal of this traditional form of popular entertainment through the fin de siècle. Two additional essays describe the painting’s enthusiastic reception in New York upon its 1929 debut and present the results of a fresh technical examination of the canvas, making this volume the definitive resource on one of Seurat’s most captivating works.

A Song of Ice and Fire

Author: George R. R. Martin

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 1101965703


Page: 24

View: 9014

Winter is here. In the 2018 entry of this annual calendar series spanning A Game of Thrones and the entire Song of Ice and Fire saga, award-winning illustrator Justin Sweet delivers one of the most atmospheric and otherworldly visions yet of George R. R. Martin?s masterwork. From the children of the forest to the terrors beyond the Wall, from the Targaryen dragons to the tyrant on the Iron Throne, these twelve never-before-seen paintings will remind fans that the most original series in fantasy is just warming up.12 MONTHS OF DAZZLING ARTWORK!

The Wall of Death: Carnival Motordromes

Author: David Gaylin

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 146712706X

Category: History

Page: 128

View: 7837

In 1911, the operators of Coney Island's Luna Park premiered a miniature, radically banked racetrack for staged automobile races that seemed to defy gravity. For a fee, patrons would watch from the perimeter of the 85-foot wooden saucer as daredevil drivers raced on the steep angle of the tiny track. The attraction created a sensation and was quickly copied with a show that featured motorcycle riders performing breathtaking stunts. When portable versions were made available, every traveling carnival owner in the United States rushed to have one. Motordromes with perfectly vertical walls soon followed, which permitted riders on their Indian motorcycles to climb, sometimes to a height of 20 feet, with nothing but centrifugal force between them and a trip to the trauma ward. And when full-grown lions were added to pursue riders in the arena, no one could resist buying a ticket! The "Wall of Death," a name these shows received in 1917, remained a staple attraction on American carnival midways until the 1970s.


Author: Todd Strasser

Publisher: Yearling Books

ISBN: 9780440409083

Category: Monsters

Page: 96

View: 6605

A mad scientist tries to use a new fertilizer to turn people into mutants.


Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South

Author: Beth Macy

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316337560

Category: History

Page: 432

View: 2467

NATIONAL BESTSELLER The true story of two African-American brothers who were kidnapped and displayed as circus freaks, and whose mother endured a 28-year struggle to get them back. The year was 1899 and the place a sweltering tobacco farm in the Jim Crow South town of Truevine, Virginia. George and Willie Muse were two little boys born to a sharecropper family. One day a white man offered them a piece of candy, setting off events that would take them around the world and change their lives forever. Captured into the circus, the Muse brothers performed for royalty at Buckingham Palace and headlined over a dozen sold-out shows at New York's Madison Square Garden. They were global superstars in a pre-broadcast era. But the very root of their success was in the color of their skin and in the outrageous caricatures they were forced to assume: supposed cannibals, sheep-headed freaks, even "Ambassadors from Mars." Back home, their mother never accepted that they were "gone" and spent 28 years trying to get them back. Through hundreds of interviews and decades of research, Beth Macy expertly explores a central and difficult question: Where were the brothers better off? On the world stage as stars or in poverty at home? TRUEVINE is a compelling narrative rich in historical detail and rife with implications to race relations today.

Henri Matisse Jazz

Author: Henri Matisse,Katrin Wiethege

Publisher: Prestel Pub

ISBN: 9783791342771

Category: Art

Page: 175

View: 2547

Presented in its entirety for the first time since 1983. First published in 1947, Henri Matisse's collection of paper cut-outs in Jazz represented a culmination of the artist's striving to combine his love of form and color. Like jazz, the musical genre they celebrate, these works are at once spontabeous and unified, improvisational yet clearly orchestrated. Serving as a complement of these blasts of color are messages, in matisse's own handwriting, of his ideas and inspirations. With the use of special colors (including 16 different tones) the 20 plates achieve the brilliant intensity of the original. The resulting book is one of the twentieth century's most significant works of art.

Just Add Color: Circus

30 Original Illustrations To Color, Customize, and Hang

Author: Sarah Walsh

Publisher: Rockport Pub

ISBN: 1592539491

Category: Art

Page: 64

View: 2365

Relax, enjoy your creativity and Just Add Color.

1666: Plague, War, and Hellfire

Author: Rebecca Rideal

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 125009707X

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 5437

1666 was a watershed year for England. An outbreak of the Great Plague, the eruption of the second Dutch War, and the devastating Great Fire of London all struck the country in rapid succession and with devastating repercussions. Shedding light on these dramatic events and their context, historian Rebecca Rideal reveals an unprecedented period of terror and triumph. Based in original archival research drawing on little-known sources, 1666 opens with the fiery destruction of London before taking readers on a thrilling journey through a crucial turning point in English history as seen through the eyes of an extraordinary cast of historical characters. While the central events of this significant year were ones of devastation and defeat, 1666 also offers a glimpse of the incredible scientific and artistic progress being made at that time, from Isaac Newton’s discovery of gravity to the establishment of The London Gazette. It was in this year that John Milton completed Paradise Lost, Frances Stewart posed for the iconic image of Britannia, and a young architect named Christopher Wren proposed a plan for a new London—a stone phoenix to rise from the charred ashes of the old city. With flair and style, 1666 exposes readers to a city and a country on the cusp of modernity and a series of events that altered the course of history.

The Life She Was Given

Author: Ellen Marie Wiseman

Publisher: Kensington

ISBN: 1617734500

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 4787

A GREAT GROUP READS Selection of the Women’s National Book Association and National Reading Group Month GOODREADS Best of the Month From acclaimed author Ellen Marie Wiseman comes a vivid, daring novel about the devastating power of family secrets—beginning in the poignant, lurid world of a Depression-era traveling circus and coming full circle in the transformative 1950s. On a summer evening in 1931, Lilly Blackwood glimpses circus lights from the grimy window of her attic bedroom. Lilly isn’t allowed to explore the meadows around Blackwood Manor. She’s never even ventured beyond her narrow room. Momma insists it’s for Lilly’s own protection, that people would be afraid if they saw her. But on this unforgettable night, Lilly is taken outside for the first time—and sold to the circus sideshow. More than two decades later, nineteen-year-old Julia Blackwood has inherited her parents’ estate and horse farm. For Julia, home was an unhappy place full of strict rules and forbidden rooms, and she hopes that returning might erase those painful memories. Instead, she becomes immersed in a mystery involving a hidden attic room and photos of circus scenes featuring a striking young girl. At first, The Barlow Brothers’ Circus is just another prison for Lilly. But in this rag-tag, sometimes brutal world, Lilly discovers strength, friendship, and a rare affinity for animals. Soon, thanks to elephants Pepper and JoJo and their handler, Cole, Lilly is no longer a sideshow spectacle but the circus’s biggest attraction. . .until tragedy and cruelty collide. It will fall to Julia to learn the truth about Lilly’s fate and her family’s shocking betrayal, and find a way to make Blackwood Manor into a place of healing at last. Moving between Julia and Lilly’s stories, Ellen Marie Wiseman portrays two extraordinary, very different women in a novel that, while tender and heartbreaking, offers moments of joy and indomitable hope.

Dear Grandad

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781907048470


Page: N.A

View: 8848


A Century of Artists Books

Author: Riva Castleman,Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)

Publisher: Museum of Modern Art, New York

ISBN: 9780870701511

Category: Art

Page: 263

View: 2380

Published to accompany the 1994 exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, this book constitutes the most extensive survey of modern illustrated books to be offered in many years. Work by artists from Pierre Bonnard to Barbara Kruger and writers from Guillaume Apollinarie to Susan Sontag. An importnt reference for collectors and connoisseurs. Includes notable works by Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso.

Thomas Kinkade

Paintings of Radiant Light

Author: Thomas Kinkade,Philippa Reed

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780789200822

Category: Art

Page: 215

View: 5018

Celebrating the charming and radiant works of Thomas Kinkade, a foremost contemporary painter of light, this delightful volume recounts the uplifting story of the artist's life and adventures, recalls the inspiration behind his work, and describes the fascinating personal references--to loved ones and to his faith--found in his paintings. Over 75 color illustrations. 3 gatefolds.

We Are Proud To Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884 - 1915

Author: Jackie Sibblies Drury

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472585100

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 128

View: 5673

I'm not doing a German accent You aren't doing an African accent We aren't doing accents A group of actors gather to tell the little-known story of the first genocide of the twentieth century. As the full force of a horrific past crashes into the good intentions of the present, what seemed a far-away place and time is suddenly all too close to home. Just whose story are they telling? Award-winning playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury collides the political with the personal in a play that is irreverently funny and seriously brave. We Are Proud To Present . . . received its European premiere at the Bush Theatre, London, on 28 February 2014.

Tarot of the Pomegranate

The Major Arcana

Author: An-Magrith Erlandsen

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781478243052

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 90

View: 3957

For the first time the 22 Major Arcana of the Tarot are realistically painted in oil on over five foot tall canvases using the Tarot of Marseilles as the foundation. A fifteen year project you will find Tarot of the Pomegranate astonishing in all its fine and mysterious detail along with the informative interpretations written by the artist. Journey into an illuminative land which will progressively reveal its secrets as you, the seeker, open the inner eye and find the golden path in recognition of your own great inheritance.

Brooklyn Spaces

50 Hubs of Culture and Creativity

Author: Oriana Leckert

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1580934285

Category: Architecture

Page: 223

View: 4595

When industry and manufacture left Brooklyn, a vast number of very large, very empty spaces opened up, scattered throughout one of the densest cities in the world- with artists at the helm, these have become spaces for living, making art, throwing parties, hosting classes and performances, building innovative products, and fostering creative communities, hubs for like-minded people to support and inspire each other. Today, there's an art gallery in a former cannonball factory in Gowanus, an illegal graffiti art show in an abandoned subway station, and a gin distillery in a Sunset Park boiler room dating back to the Industrial Revolution. Oriana Leckert takes us on a tour of these alternative spaces, shows us how they're being reimagined and celebrated, and introduces us to some of their denizens, the creative class driving Brooklyn's renaissance. She presents a vivid slice of life in the borough that has come to be accepted and celebrated as both the incubator and the arbiter of taste. A beautiful offering that will appeal to everyone who's interested in what makes Brooklyn Brooklyn.

Queen of the Air

A True Story of Love and Tragedy at the Circus

Author: Dean N. Jensen

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 0307986586

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 8771

A true life Water for Elephants, Queen of the Air brings the circus world to life through the gorgeously written, true story of renowned trapeze artist and circus performer Leitzel, Queen of the Air, the most famous woman in the world at the turn of the 20th century, and her star-crossed love affair with Alfredo Codona, of the famous Flying Codona Brothers. Like today's Beyonce, Madonna, and Cher, she was known to her vast public by just one name, Leitzel. There may have been some regions on earth where her name was not a household expression, but if so, they were likely on polar ice caps or in the darkest, deepest jungles. Leitzel was born into Dickensian circumstances, and became a princess and then a queen. She was not much bigger than a good size fairy, just four-foot-ten and less than 100 pounds. In the first part of the 20th century, she presided over a sawdust fiefdom of never-ending magic. She was the biggest star ever of the biggest circus ever, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, The Greatest Show on Earth. In her life, Leitzel had many suitors (and three husbands), but only one man ever fully captured her heart. He was the handsome Alfredo Codona, the greatest trapeze flyer that had ever lived, the only one in his time who, night after night, executed the deadliest of all big-top feats, The Triple--three somersaults in midair while traveling at 60 m.p.h. The Triple, the salto mortale, as the Italians called it, took the lives of more daredevils than any other circus stunt.

A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause

Author: Shawn Wen

Publisher: Sarabande Books

ISBN: 194644801X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 136

View: 5131

"Threading the subtle seam between what lives and what remains, A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause succeeds in conjuring the poetry of Marcel Marceau's performance as both a character on stage and in history. . . . Like pulling a ghost from a dark room, this is an accomplished work of historical portraiture: precise in its objects, complex in its melancholy, and insightful in its humor." —Thalia Field Part biographic inquiry, part lyric portraiture, radio producer Shawn Wen reanimates world-renowned mime Marcel Marceau's silent art. The book opens in darkness, a single figure standing in the spotlight. It's Marceau in his signature hat, painted face, black clothes, and ballet slippers. Over time, the text accumulates objects: dolls, paintings, icons, wives, children, cities, and performances. By turns whimsical and melancholic, this spare volume takes shape through capsule histories, interview clips, vivid scenes, and archival research. Shawn Wen is a writer, radio producer, and multimedia artist. Her writing has appeared in The New Inquiry, The Seneca Review, The Iowa Review, The White Review, and the anthology City by City: Dispatches from the American Metropolis (Faber and Faber, 2015). Her radio work broadcasts regularly on This American Life, Freakonomics Radio, and Marketplace. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including the Ford Foundation Professional Journalism Training Fellowship and the Royce Fellowship.