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A Short Biography of Frederick Law Olmsted

A Short Biography of Frederick Law Olmsted

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Frederick Law Olmsted practiced the art of landscape architecture with a combination of elegance and practicality. He held a deep understanding of managing the human impact on the land. In addition to Central Park, the Biltmore Estate, and the "White City" of Chicago's World Fair, he set the ground rules for Yosemite National Park. He was also a writer, an innovator in war injury; and a business man. The Short Biographies series from Applewood's Benna Books imprint features short, intriguing, and entertaining biographies of world-renowned figures. Each beautiful hardcover book includes an interesting retelling of a single person's life, suitable for young adults and adults alike. These little gems will become beloved souvenirs of a favorite artist or a memorable trip to a museum.
Apocalypse: The Great East Window Of York Minster

Apocalypse: The Great East Window Of York Minster

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This is the tale of a medieval masterpiece. York Minster boasts one of the great artistic achievements of the Middle Ages - a stunning expanse of stained glass of unparalleled size and beauty in Britain. The Great East Window, created by the 15th-century glass painter John Thornton, contains over 300 glazed panels, including a remarkable sequence depicting that most inspiring and controversial Biblical text, the Revelation of St John. The four horsemen, the Archangel Michael and the dragon, the whore of Babylon, the coming of the new Jerusalem - all of the famous phantasmagorical images of John's vision are here in searing colour and detail. Specially commissioned as the Minster received a generous grant to clean and preserve this masterwork, Apocalypse reproduces the entire cycle in colour for the first time. Expert commentary by medieval stained glass expert Sarah Brown is supplemented by a chapter on the interpretation of the Apocalypse by theologian Paula Gooder and an introduction by the Dean of York.
CARMILLA (REVISED)

CARMILLA (REVISED)

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Following a near fatal carriage collision, the beautiful young Carmilla is taken in by the narrator Laura and her father. The two young women become strangely attracted to each other, but there seems to be more to Carmilla than meets the eye. After her arrival in the village, local peasants begin to die and Laura falls ill and languishes. What is Carmilla's true identity, and can she be to blame?

A thrilling Victorian tale of horror and mystery and a major influence on Stoker's Dracula, Carmilla remains one of Sheridan Le Fanu's most enduring works. This Valancourt Books edition, the first-ever scholarly edition of Le Fanu's novella, follows the rare original text as it appeared serially in The Dark Blue in 1871-72 (including the original illustrations) and includes a new introduction and footnotes by Jamieson Ridenhour. Also featured in this edition is a wealth of contextual material, including texts by Yeats, Coleridge, Stoker, Padraig Pearse, and others, and the complete texts of Le Fanu's "The Child that Went with the Fairies" and F.G. Loring's "The Tomb of Sarah."

Catato and Friends

Catato and Friends

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n this delightfully imaginative children’s book, by Renie B. Adams, Professor Peach inspires her students to envision a breed of hybrid creatures that are part plant and part animal. Readers of all ages will smile and giggle at the oddball "Plantanimals" the children create. CREATIVE CHILD 2012 PREFERRED CHOICE AWARD RECIPIENT Follow the story of doubtful and discouraged Freddy page by page as he witnesses the other children quickly fulfill their assignments. Helen has no trouble imagining how her pet otter would look with a belly painted with watermelon stripes—like a perfect Ottermelon! Clever Peter dreams up his Plantanimal without delay; when his mother said, “Peter, please! No sweets until those peas are gone,” he imagined them as Bumblepeas and watched them fly from home! With the encouragement of his good friends, Freddy overcomes his anxiety and hesitation and creates a charming Plantanimal of his own. You’ll enjoy meeting all of Renie’s creative Plantanimal creations, including Flamangos (flamingo + mango), Raspbear (raspberry + bear), Llama Bean (llama + lima bean), Piggle (pig + pickle), Brussels Trout (Brussels sprouts + trout), and many more, in her fun-to-read poems and beautifully rendered illustrations.

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

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This collectable hardcover edition will feature a beautiful cover and deluxe packaging, including purple interior text and illustrations!

Last seen flying through the sky in a giant elevator in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie Bucket's back for another adventure. When the giant elevator picks up speed, Charlie, Willy Wonka, and the gang are sent hurtling through space and time. Visiting the world'' first space hotel, battling the dreaded Vermicious Knids, and saving the world are only a few stops along this remarkable, intergalactic joyride.

Dublin: A Cultural History

Dublin

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Europe's most westerly capital city was established by invaders and was for most of its history the locus of colonial administration, the engine room of foreign power, and a major site of indigenous resistance. From The Act of Union through nineteenth-century decline and into the early years of Irish independence it was a city identified with poverty, dirt, and decaying splendor. The Celtic Tiger produced sweeping changes, including massive new building projects, and the surprising revelation that Dublin has become fashionable. Siobhán Kilfeather finds the legacy of the past undergoing a series of transformations in the vibrant atmosphere of contemporary Dublin.
Emancipation Proclamation

Emancipation Proclamation

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A hardcover copy of the draft, preliminary, and final versions of Abraham Lincoln's January 1, 1863 Executive Order--the Emancipation Proclamation--which declared the freedom of 3.1 million of the nation's slaves.
How To Sew A Button

How To Sew A Button

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Waste not, want not. This crafty guide perfect for anyone looking to enjoy the simple pleasures of life.

Nowadays, many of us "outsource" basic tasks. Food is instant, ready-made, and processed with unhealthy additives. Dry cleaners press shirts, delivery guys bring pizza, gardeners tend flowers, and, yes, tailors sew on those pesky buttons. But life can be much simpler, sweeter, and richer-and a lot more fun, too! As your grandmother might say, now is not the time to be careless with your money, and it actually pays to learn how to do things yourself!

Practical and empowering, How to Sew a Button collects the treasured wisdom of nanas, bubbies, and grandmas from all across the country-as well as modern-day experts-and shares more than one hundred step-by-step essential tips for cooking, cleaning, gardening, and entertaining, including how to

- polish your image by shining your own shoes
- grow your own vegetables (and stash your bounty for the winter)
- sweeten your day by making your own jam
- use baking soda and vinegar to clean your house without toxic chemicals
- feel beautiful by perfecting your posture
- roll your own piecrust and find a slice of heaven
- fold a fitted sheet to crisp perfection
- waltz without stepping on any toes

Complete with helpful illustrations and brimming with nostalgic charm, How to Sew a Button provides calm and comfort in uncertain times. By doing things yourself, with care and attention, you and your loved ones will feel the pleasing rewards of a job well done.

Jane Austen: Sense & Sensibility & Mansfield Park

Jane Austen: Sense & Sensibility & Mansfield Park

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A beautiful new book in our deluxe series of romantic reads brings together two of Jane Austen's most popular novels. Sense & Sensibility is much filmed and celebrated for its subtle irony, while Mansfield Park, a powerful and entertaining text, has a harder edge but is no less lacking in the undermining of its main characters.
Jungle Book

Jungle Book

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The Law of the Jungle reigns supreme in this collection of fables set in late 19th century India. Join Mowgli, a young orphaned boy, and a band of animals, including Shere Khan the Bengal tiger, Baloo the bear, and a savvy mongoose named Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, among many others, in this magnificent classic work of children’s fiction.