Staff Picks Acquisitions November 2017

Here’s the list of 23 STAFF PICKS PROJECT acquisitions for November 2017. 

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AUTHOR Description (from unless otherwise noted)
1. This Book is a Planetarium: And Other Extraordinary Pop-Up Contraptions



Kelli Anderson Defying every expectation of what a book can be, this pop-up extravaganza transforms into six fully functional tools: a real working planetarium projecting the constellations, a musical instrument complete with strings for strumming, a geometric drawing generator, an infinite calendar, a message decoder, and even a speaker that amplifies sound.
2. Banksy: Art Breaks the Rules

Hettie Bingham Who is Banksy? One of the most famous street artists in the world, he has kept his identity a secret ever since his work was first noticed in the 1990s. He is known for his subversive, often political, stencil art and dark sense of humour. Today, he is known around the globe, not only for his art, but also for his exhibitions, film work and books.
3. Remodelista: The Organized Home

Julie Carlson Whether you’re a minimalist or someone who takes pleasure in her collections, we all yearn for an unencumbered life in a home that makes us happy. This compact tome shows us how, with more than 100 simple and stylish tips, each clearly presented and accompanied by full-colour photographs that are sure to inspire.
4. Street Art International

Lou Chamberlin This is an important new sourcebook for street artists, revealing not just the latest, exciting art happening around the globe, but also the collaborations and communities supporting the movement.
5. Studio: Creative Spaces for Creative People

Sally Coulthard Detailed chapters outline the vital pieces needed to create a functioning and inspirational studio space, while also taking an in-depth look into different styles of studios for craft and creative activities.
6. The Tarot Garden

Niki de Saint Phalle The Tarot Garden, situated in Italy, is a sculpture park, planned and created by Niki de Saint Phalle. It is her very personal vision of the personalities of the tarot-game: the world, the fool, the hermit, death, the wheel of fortune.
7. The Hygge Life: Embracing the Nordic Art of Coziness Through Recipes, Entertaining, Decorating, Simple Rituals, and Family Traditions

Gunnar Karl Gislason Hygge (loosely translated as “coziness”) is centered around the idea of inviting comforting elements into day-to-day life while creating warmth, community, and intimacy. The Hygge Life teaches you how small gestures (putting wool blankets and warm cider out for guests) or larger undertakings (building bonfires and making campfire bread to celebrate solstice) can warm the psyche and foster hygge, with more than 30 recipes for cozy and comforting food and drinks.
8. The Wailing

Na Hong-Jin,  director (DVD) …a 2016 South Korean horror film directed by Na Hong-jin about a policeman who investigates a series of mysterious killings and illnesses. It was a commercial success. (Wikipedia)
9. Street Art From Around the World

Garry Hunter This book is an exciting introduction to the world of street art featuring major street art practitioners including Banksy, Eine, Blek le Rat, Os Gemeos and Evol. A colourful combination of eye-catching imagery and well-informed commentary, it is a thought-provoking presentation to this hotly topical subject.
10. Silence in the Age of Noise

Erling Kagge In 1993, Norwegian explorer Erling Kagge spent fifty days walking solo across Antarctica, becoming the first person to reach the South Pole alone, accompanied only by a radio whose batteries he had removed before setting out. In this book. an astonishing and transformative meditation, Kagge explores the silence around us, the silence within us, and the silence we must create.
11. Loch Ness Series 1

Brian Kelly, Director (DVD)  …six-part British television drama series, … [which] follows DS Annie Redford (Laura Fraser), a small town police officer with the Scottish Highland Police as she investigates the murder of piano teacher Niall Swift, who is found dead at the bottom of a cliff in the picturesque village of Lochnafoy, Loch Ness. (Wikipedia)
12. Street Art: The Best Urban Art From Around the World

KET … the street art phenomenon is sweeping the globe and has captured the imaginations of art lovers everywhere. In this fresh and exciting collection, expert KET brings together another 100 awe-inspiring and extraordinary examples of urban art from various locations around the world—including Berlin, Sao Paulo, New York City, and Miami.
13. Fred Forest’s Utopia: Media Art and Activism

Michael F. Leruth In this book, Michael Leruth offers the first book-length consideration of this iconoclastic artist, examining Forest’s work from the 1960s to the present.
Leruth shows that Forest chooses alternative platforms (newspapers, mock commercial ventures, video-based interactive social interventions, media hacks and hybrids, and, more recently, the Internet) that are outside the exclusive precincts of the art world.
14. Her Body and Other Parties

Carmen Maria Machado Earthy and otherworldly, antic and sexy, queer and caustic, comic and deadly serious, Her Body and Other Parties swings from horrific violence to the most exquisite sentiment. In their explosive originality, these stories enlarge the possibilities of contemporary fiction.
15. Street Art : Famous Artists Talk about Their Vision

Alessandra Mattanza Journalist Alessandra Mattanza interviews 20 of the most renowned figures in the street-art scene, from painters to sculptors to stencilists, who reveal their stories and their inspiration.
16. A Life of One’s Own

Marion Milner With a new introduction by Rachel Bowlby this classic remains a great adventure in thinking and living and will be essential reading for all those interested in reflecting on the nature of their own happiness – whether readers from a literary, an artistic, a historical, an educational or a psychoanalytic/psychotherapeutic background.
17. Elmet

Fiona Mozley As rich, wild, dark, and beautiful as its Yorkshire setting, Elmet is a gripping debut about life on the margins and the power—and limits—of family loyalty.
18. What Do You Want to Do Before You Die?

Ben Nemtin What Do You Want to Do Before You Die? is an illustrated collection of your wildest dreams. Two hundred of the most moving, imaginative, amusing, and thought-provoking things to do before you die are brought to life through handmade art curated by Dave, Duncan, Jonnie and Ben—the founders of The Buried Life.
19. Art & Place: Site-specific Art of the Americas

Phaidon Editors Art & Place covers carving, painting, murals, frescos, earthworks, land art, and more. Each of the works has a dedicated entry pairing gorgeous, large‐format images with in‐depth descriptions. Maps pinpoint the sites’ locations while specially commissioned plans reveal some of the more complex layouts.
20. Mrs. Bradley Mysteries

Diana Rigg (DVD) The Mrs Bradley Mysteries is a British drama series starring Diana Rigg as Adela Bradley, and Neil Dudgeon as her chauffeur George Moody. The series was produced by the BBC … based on the character created by detective writer Gladys Mitchell. … Stylish images of the 1920s are featured, including a classic Rolls Royce limousine and art deco fashions and jewelry worn by the title character.
21. A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes

Adam Rutherford Who are our ancestors? Where did they come from? Geneticists have suddenly become historians, and the hard evidence in our DNA has blown the lid off what we thought we knew. Acclaimed science writer Adam Rutherford explains exactly how genomics is completely rewriting the human story—from 100,000 years ago to the present.
22. Listening to Stone

Dan Snow A master craftsman provides us with the timeless wisdom he has gained from heaving and hewing stone….Snow’s medium is stone: He is the nation’s premier drystone wall builder. Schooled in this ancient craft, he painstakingly creates structures as breathtaking as sculpture with nothing but gravity as their glue.
23. Inked & Blossom

Sarah Willemart Through this work the author wanted to merge two art forms that fascinate her: the art of flower design and the art of the tattoo. Inked & Blossom is a synthesis of divergent worlds, wherein both arts are allowed to complement and nourish each other, rather than being placed in opposition.


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