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  • Balthusby Nicholas Fox Weber

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 40.00

    The first full-scale biography of one of the most elusive and enigmatic painters of our time -- the self-proclaimed Count Balthus Klossowski de Rola -- whose brilliantly rendered, markedly sexualized portraits, especially of young girls, are among the most memorable images in contemporary art. The story of Balthus's life has been shrouded by contradiction... more...

  • The Interior Castleby Ann Hulbert

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 25.00

    An important moment in American literary history takes life in this stunning biography of Jean Stafford, one of the most successful, admired--and troubled--of the brilliant and influential midcentury circle of writers and critics that included Allen Tate, Caroline Gordon, Peter Taylor, Delmore Schwartz, Randall Jarrell, and Robert Lowell, Stafford's... more...

  • Heaphyby Iain Sharp

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 21.88

    Even by the versatile standards of Victorian pioneers, Charles Heaphy had an unusually varied career: as a draughtsman, explorer, surveyor, gold agent, geologist, soldier, war hero, politician, land commissioner and judge. Most importantly, however, for decades Heaphy painted and sketched what he saw. From his earliest surviving watercolour of birdlife... more...

  • Something for the Birdsby Jacqueline Fahey

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 21.88

    Fizzing with wit and style and featuring original illustrations by the author, Something for the Birds is a lively, humorous and tragic memoir that traces the roots of a distinguished painter and her crucial role in New Zealand's feminist movement. Jacqueline Fahey moves from childhood in provincial Timaru and back to her Irish ancestors. She describes... more...

  • Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil Warby Amanda Vaill

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 20.99

    A spellbinding story of love amid the devastation of the Spanish Civil War Madrid, 1936. In a city blasted by a civil war that many fear will cross borders and engulf Europe?a conflict one writer will call "the decisive thing of the century"?six people meet and find their lives changed forever. Ernest Hemingway, his career stalled, his marriage... more...

  • Before I Forgetby Jacqueline Fahey

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 21.88

    In the tradition of romance novels, Jacqueline Fahey brought the curtain down at the end of her first memoir, Something for the Birds, after her marriage to Fraser McDonald. In Before I Forget she continues the story from this happy-ever-after moment, charting her life since 1960. While raising three daughters and many dogs, handling the deaths of... more...

  • How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Bigby Scott Adams

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 21.14

    Dilbert creator Scott Adams' funny memoir about his many failures and what they eventually taught him about success Scott Adams has probably failed at more things than anyone you've ever met. So how did he go from hapless office worker and serial failure to the creator of Dilbert, one of the world's most famous comic strips, in just a few years?... more...

  • Michelangeloby Martin Gayford

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 42.29

    At thirty one, Michelangelo was considered the finest artist in Italy, perhaps the world; long before he died at almost 90 he was widely believed to be the greatest sculptor or painter who had ever lived (and, by his enemies, to be an arrogant, uncouth, swindling miser). For decade after decade, he worked near the dynamic centre of events: the vortex... more...

  • Anthony Van Dyckby Robin Blake

    Ivan R. Dee 2009; US$ 24.99

    Blake, an author living in London, explains that the impetus for this biography of the great Dutch painter came from his own connection in childhood to a painting purchased by his grandmother more...

  • Holy Terrorby Bob Colacello

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2014; US$ 18.95

    ?Killingly observed. Dissecting Warhol with an amiable but sharp wit, Mr. Colacello also manages to give him more of a human dimension than anyone else.? ? The New York Times ?By far the best of Andy Warhol?s portraits, including his own.? ?George Plimpton "A must-read for anyone who wants to understand the genius master-minding of fame, the artistic... more...