April 2013 Archives

New Children's Book

Here's a list of new and noteworthy books that have recently landed in the Children's room. Many thanks to librarians Deirdre Sullivan and Lauren Mendoza for putting together the list.

Picture Books

Click for availability and more information The Black Rabbit, written and illustrated by Philippa Leathers
Rabbit woke to a beautiful sunny day. Everywhere he goes, a giant "Black Rabbit" follows him. The Black Rabbit stays right beside him when he's still, and runs just as fast as he does everywhere Rabbit goes. The watercolor and ink illustrations (combined digitally) are adorable, making this a cute story to share with little ones who will no doubt be shouting out who the "Black Rabbit" really is. 

Click for availability and more information The Dark, by Lemony Snicket ; illustrated by Jon Klassen
Are you afraid of the dark? Lazlo was. But the dark was not afraid of Lazlo. Cleverly written by Lemony Snicket with illustrations by Caldecott winner Jon Klassen (This is Not My Hat). Lazlo and the dark live in the same house, although the dark lives mostly in the basement, in corners, closets, and behind the shower curtain. This witty picture book for children grades K and up tells what happens when Lazlo visits the dark. It turns out that just as we need closets for shoes and shower curtains to keep the bathroom floor dry, we also need the dark.

Click for availability and more information Picture A Tree, by Barbara Reid
"There is more than one way to picture a tree" begins Barbara Reid's new picture book. Share this book with a little one to open their imagination and appreciation of nature. Barbara Reid uses plasticine clay that is shaped and pressed onto illustration board and painted for special effects. The result is pages of illustrations rich with color and texture. Readers discover that by using their imagination, trees can be a tunnel, a pirate ship, a clubhouse, a friend and more. Read aloud to toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners, then take a walk outside to look at the trees. What do you see? 

Children's Fiction

Click for availability and more information Hero On A Bicycle, by Shirley Hughes
Author Shirley Hughes presents a World War II adventure proving that in extraordinary circumstances, people are capable of extraordinary things. Italy, 1944: Florence is occupied by Nazi forces. The Italian resistance movement has not given up hope, though -- and neither have thirteen-year- old Paolo and his sister, Costanza. As their mother is pressured into harboring escaping POW's, Paolo and Costanza each find a part to play in opposing the German forces. Both are desperate to fight the occupation, but what can two siblings -- with only a bicycle to help them -- do against a whole army? Middle-grade fans of history and adventure will be riveted by the action and the vividly evoked tension of World War II. Grade 5 and up. 

Click for availability and more information Rump: the true story of Rumpelstiltskin , by Liesl Shurtliff
This is the story of Rump, who feels his destiny is to discover his full name. What was the name his mother whispered to him as he was born, just before she took her last breath? When Rump turns twelve, he discovers he may have a different destiny before him in this poor village, a destiny that may have something to do with his ability to turn straw....into gold. But with the magic comes a curse, and Rump will go on a quest to find his true name to break free. Grade 4 and up. 


Click for availability and more information Batter Up!: history of baseball, by Dona Herweck Rice
From Time for Kids, Batter Up! History of Baseball is a great introduction for second and third graders. Readers will learn (and most definitely share with their grown-ups) interesting facts about one of America's favorite pastimes, presented with very appealing photos and graphics. Includes a timeline of the changing rules, facts about famous players, a brief history of Little League and more. 

Click for availability and more information Look Up!: bird-watching in your own backyard, by Annette LeBlanc Cate
Though not a field guide, this is a fun introduction to bird watching and bird drawing. Cate gives great tips on how to find birds, where to search and includes funny "do" and "don't" tips among her advice including "don't sit on poison ivy". The illustrations are part graphic novel, part sketch book and are very inviting, while the layout of the book provides great information without sounding like a textbook. Look Up! might inspire a new hobby, or a fun afternoon of bird watching for the reader. Grade 3 and up. 

Click for availability and more information 13 Painters Children Should Know , by Florian Heine
13 Painters is the new acquisition in the "Children Should Know" series of art books by Prestel Publishing. Featuring thirteen painters from a variety of historical periods and styles, this book demonstrates just how interesting and exciting art can be. Each painter is presented in double-page spreads that feature beautiful reproductions and interesting facts. Greenwich Library also has 13 Optical Illusions Children Should Know and 13 American Artists Children Should Know from the series. Grade 4 and up.

New Photography Books

Now here are a few things until the weather warms up a bit. Maybe one of Brian Eno's ambient records might be a good soundtrack while browsing.

Click for availability and more information Balthazar Korab: architect of photography , by John Comazzi
No one captured the midcentury modernism of the Mad Men era better than Balthazar Korab. As one of the period's most prolific and celebrated architecture photographers, Korab captured images as graceful and elegant as his subjects. His iconic photographs for master architects immortalized their finest works, while leaving his own indelible impact on twentieth century visual culture. In this illustrated biography, the first dedicated solely to his life and career, author John Comazzi traces Korab's circuitous path to a career in photography. 

Click for availability and more information Coming into Fashion: a century of photography at Condé Nast , by Nathalie Herschdorfer
Condé Nast launched the careers of many great photographers. The discovery of most of the biggest names in fashion photography and the nurturing of their talent can rightly be credited to that visionary publisher. Condé Nast himself was gifted at spotting future stars and by surrounding himself with the very best and most creative he placed Vogue magazine, along with other titles such as Glamour, at the forefront of the photographic avant-garde and propelled them to positions of great social and cultural influence. This volume, the result of unprecedented access to the empire's archives, reaches back to 1910. The list of photographers included in this treasury is impressive. Edward Steichen, Cecil Beaton, Irving Penn, Helmut Newton, Patrick Demarchelier, Ellen von Unwerth, and Mario Testino are just some of the figures who, working with masterful art directors, created a legacy that left its mark on the history of photography and is being built upon in the present day. 

Click for availability and more information The Disappearance of Darkness: photography at the end of the analog era, by Robert Burley
Over the past decade, photographer Robert Burley has traveled the world documenting the abandonment and destruction of film-based photography, namely, the factories where film was produced and the labs that developed it. Burley's atmospheric large-format photographs transport viewers to rarely seen sites where the alchemy of the photographic process was practiced over the last century, from the Polaroid plant in Waltham, Massachusetts to the Kodak-Pathé plant in Chalon-sur-Saône, France, the birthplace in 1827 of photography itself. As both fine art and documentary, this book is a reflection on the resilience of traditional art forms in the digital era and a vital commemoration of a century-old industry that seems to have disappeared overnight. 

Click for availability and more information Faking It: manipulated photography before Photoshop, by Mia Fineman
Photographic manipulation is a familiar phenomenon in the digital era. What will come as a revelation to readers of this wide-ranging book is that nearly every type of manipulation we associate with Adobe's now-ubiquitous Photoshop software was also part of photography's predigital repertoire, from slimming waistlines and smoothing away wrinkles to adding people to (or removing them from) pictures, not to mention fabricating events that never took place. Indeed, the desire and determination to modify the camera image are as old as photography itself--only the methods have changed. By tracing the history of manipulated photography from the earliest days of the medium to the release of Photoshop 1.0 in 1990, Mia Fineman offers a corrective to the dominant narrative of photography's development, in which champions of photographic "purity," such as Paul Strand, Edward Weston, and Henri Cartier-Bresson, get all the glory, while devotees of manipulation, including Henry Peach Robinson, Edward Steichen, and John Heartfield, are treated as conspicuous anomalies. Among the techniques discussed on these pages--abundantly illustrated with works from an international array of public and private collections--are multiple exposure, combination printing, photomontage, composite portraiture, over-painting, hand coloring, and retouching. The resulting images are as diverse in style and motivation as they are in technique. \

Click for availability and more information Laundromat, by Snorri Bros.
Laundromats are as varied as the people inside. They often reflect the social, cultural, and economic fabric of the neighborhood they reside in (announcements, flags, and symbols displayed often reveal something about their mainly mom-and-pop owners), yet they additionally possess a story of commercial storefront design, inspired and mundane: the trend date of awning design and lettering; the poster advertising for cleaning; the refreshment options for adults and their charges. Neighborhood laundromats are one of the last holdouts of the disappearing storefronts of New York City as small shops are driven out of business by chains and venture-capital initiatives. Like the beloved Korean green grocer/bodega/Arab deli, someday soon there could be far fewer of these ugly ducklings, and another genuine element of New York's street life will be...washed away. Laundromat was photographed from 2008 to 2012 and represents all five New York boroughs and most of its neighborhoods. 

Click for availability and more information Leica: witness to a century, by Alessandro Pasi; English translation by Jay Hyams
This revised English-language edition celebrates the 100-year history of the fine, portable camera created by a German engineer named Oskar Barnack in 1913. The volume contains plenty of Leica-made images made by world-famous photographers as well as pictures of the camera itself as it evolved. The text, interwoven with the images, sets the political and cultural context of the camera and its use over the decades.

Click for availability and more information More Than Human, by Tim Flach
Award-winning photographer Tim Flach has spent years inquiring into the essential bond we have with animals. Now he presents the culmination of a career-long endeavor. The book showcases a menagerie of creatures--pandas, tigers, bats, lions, orangutans, cobras, bullfrogs, chimpanzees, wolves, porcupines, elephants, owls, armadillos, among many others--as they have never been seen before. 

Click for availability and more information Reconstructing the View : the Grand Canyon photographs of Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe, by Mark Klett & Byron Wolfe
Using landscape photography to reflect on broader notions of culture, the passage of time, and the construction of perception, photographers Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe spent five years exploring the Grand Canyon for their most recent project, Reconstructing the View. The team's landscape photographs are based on the practice of rephotography, in which they identify sites of historic photographs and make new photographs of those precise locations. Klett and Wolfe referenced a wealth of images of the canyon, ranging from historical photographs and drawings by William Bell and William Henry Holmes, to well-known artworks by Edward Weston and Ansel Adams, and from souvenir postcards to contemporary digital images drawn from Flickr. The pair then employed digital postproduction methods to bring the original images into dialogue with their own. 

Click for availability and more information Terrywood, by Terry Richardson
Terrywood is the Richardson's vision of everything that Hollywood has meant and continues to mean in the public imagination: grand-scale glitz, big-budget glamour-and of course the awards ceremonies, in homage to which Terry Richardson produced a series of ten award statuettes for the show, fashioned in his own bespectacled likeness. These works and all of the photographs included in the exhibition are reproduced here, alongside documentation of the year-long process of planning the exhibition, and coverage of the opening night. This volume compiles all of the photographs from his 2012 show Terrywood, held at the OHWOW gallery in Los Angeles. 

Click for availability and more information Vivian Maier: out of the shadows , by Richard Cahan & Michael Williams
This volume is the first attempt to put Vivian Maier's work in context and create a moving portrait of her as an artist. Though she created more than 10,000 negatives during her lifetime, only a few of them were ever seen by others. Shortly after her death in 2009, the first group of her unseen photographs--gritty with humanity and filled with empathy and beauty--were shown online. What followed was a firestorm of attention, catapulting Maier from previous obscurity to being labeled as one of the masters of street photography. Her work has appeared in numerous museum exhibits and a feature-length documentary on her life and art has already been planned.

New Gardening Books

Winter is finally over and it's time to think about your garden. This list of new gardening books has something for everyone; books for beginners and experts, a gardening memoir, books on garden design and books about growing vegetables...and more.

Click for availability and more information the backyard parables, by Margaret Roach
After ruminating on the bigger picture in her memoir And I Shall Have Some Peace There, Margaret Roach has returned to the garden, insisting as ever that we must garden with both our head and heart. Roach uses her fundamental understanding of the natural world, philosophy, and life to explore the ways that gardening saved and instructed her, and meditates on the science and spirituality of nature, reminding her readers and herself to keep on digging.

Click for availability and more information Designing Gardens, by Arabella Lennox-Boyd with Caroline Clifton-Mogg
The first part of this book explores Arabella Lennox-Boyd's philosophy and establishes the principles of her approach to design: the importance of relating the garden not only to the landscape but also to the spirit of the house and the individuality of the owner; how to establish the bare bones of a design, enclosing garden rooms, and opening up garden space; how to use vertical structures to best effect; and how to clothe bare bones with plants appropriate to the type of garden. Design ideas for everything from paving and pergolas to perennial plantings are featured, captured in Andrew Lawson's atmospheric images and Lennox-Boyd's plans. The second part of the book looks in detail at more than 20 very different gardens, many these are private and never photographed before. 

Click for availability and more information A Garden Makes a House a Home, by Elvin McDonald
This features twenty-five residential gardens from every region across the United States, presented by veteran shelter magazine garden editor Elvin McDonald.

Click for availability and more information Gardening By Cuisine: an organic-food lover's guide to sustainable living , by Patti Moreno
Patti Moreno has devised a unique plan for creating low-maintenance organic "cuisine gardens" that produce the vegetables, fruits, and herbs people love and eat. She supplies dozens of easy plans, plus a generous collection of simple, delicious recipes and menus that will make the most of any garden's bounty.

Click for availability and more information Kiss My Aster: a graphic guide to creating a fantastic yard totally tailored to you, by Amanda Thomsen
A hilarious, interactive guide to designing an outdoor space that is exactly what you want. Combining entertaining illustrations with laugh-out-loud text, Amanda Thomsen lays out the many options for home landscaping and invites you to make the choices. Whether you want privacy hedges, elegant flower beds, a patio for partying, a food garden, a kids' play space, a pond full of ducks, or all of the above, you'll end up with a yard you'll adore. Forget about doing it the "right" way: Do it your way! 

Click for availability and more information Powerhouse Plants: 510 top performers for multi-season beauty, by Graham Rice
Gardeners, like everyone, are too short on time and money to waste either on plants that only look good for a few weeks. You want hardworking, eye-catching plants that provide beauty for multiple seasons. You want powerhouse plants -- plants with colorful spring flowers and summer fruits, or summer fruits and fall foliage, or summer flowers, fall foliage and winter stems ... or any combination of two or more of these desirable features. Like flowering dogwood that boasts summer flowers and fall fruit and foliage. Or honeysuckle that has fragrant spring flowers, summer and fall foliage, and fall fruit. 

Click for availability and more information The Professional Design Guide to Green Roofs, by Karla Dakin, Lisa Lee Benjamin & Mindy Pantiel
Until recently, most green rooftop gardens were little more than variations on sedum mats on four inches of soil. Now, designers are creating cutting-edge green roofs that focus not only on critical environmental issue like heat, storm management, and ecosystem development, but also on the aesthetics, offering beautiful, livable, sustainable landscapes. This book is a comprehensive exploration of rooftop garden design and the process behind it. It covers everything landscape architects and garden designers need to know to create a beautiful garden in the sky. 

Click for availability and more information The Speedy Vegetable Garden , by Mark Diacono and Lia Leendertz
Typically, vegetable gardening is about the long view: peas sown in spring aren't harvested until summer, and tomatoes started indoors in February can't be eaten until July. But it's not true for all plants. Some things can be planted and eaten in weeks, days, even hours. The Speedy Vegetable Garden highlights more than 50 quick crops, with complete information on how to sow, grow, and harvest each plant, and sumptuous photography that provides inspiration and a visual guide for when to harvest. In addition to instructions for growing, it also provides recipes that highlight each crop's unique flavor. 

Click for availability and more information Storey basics starting seeds: how to grow healthy, productive vegetables, herbs, and flowers from seed, by Barbara W. Ellis*
Growing plants from seeds isn't difficult; it just takes a little know-how. Now, gardeners of any experience level can get a jump on the growing season with this concise, straightforward guide. Expert gardener Barbara Ellis provides the basic information that you need and teaches you foolproof starting techniques for a variety of vegetables, herbs, and flowers.

New Poetry Books in Celebration of National Poetry Month

npm2013_logo.jpgInaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. To help celebrate, here is a list of some new books of poetry that have recently hit our shelves.

Click for availability and more information Bean Spasms, collaborations by Ted Berrigan & Ron Padgett ; illustrated & drawings by Joe Brainard
Originally published in 1967 by Kulchur Press in an edition of 1,000, and out-of-print for more than 40 years, Bean Spasms is a book many have heard about but relatively few have seen, and which--until now--has been shrouded in legend. The text is comprised of collaborations between poets Ted Berrigan and Ron Padgett, with further writings, illustrations and cover by artist and writer Joe Brainard. The three began collaborating in 1960, and kept a folder of their works titled "Lyrical Bullets" (a humorous homage to the well-known collaboration between Coleridge and Wordsworth, "Lyrical Ballads"). As Ron Padgett describes, in his introduction to this new facsimile edition, their collaborations included "plays, a fictitious correspondence, a picaresque novel, goofy interviews and poems of various types and lengths, as well as mistranslations and parodies of each others work and the work of others." 

Click for availability and more information City of Rivers, by Zubair Ahmed
This is what the folks at Rumpus.net have to say about this debut poetry collection: "The poems in Zubair Ahmed's debut collection, City of Rivers, are not exceptional because he is a twenty-three year old engineering student at Stanford; they are exceptional because he is a dedicated craftsman with a developed artistic vision and voice, regardless of age. History has taught us that excellence in poetry can come early in life, or much later (see A.R. Ammons or a more contemporary example in Claudia Emerson). While I imagine one of the reasons readers might find themselves interested in City of Rivers will be due to Ahmed's relatively young age, such readers will invariably find themselves more interested in exploring the range of his vision and the confidence he seems to have hammered into every one of his sharp, stoic lines." This is published by the tastemakers at McSweeney's.

Click for availability and more information Collected Poems, by May Swenson, edited by Langdon Hammer
In celebration of the centenary of May Swenson's birth, The Library of America presents a one-volume edition of all of the poems that Swenson published in her lifetime--from her first collection Another Animal (1954) to the innovative shaped poems of Iconographs (1970) to her final work In Other Words (1987)--as well as a selection of previously uncollected work. The collection reveals the sweeping compass of Swenson's curiosity: nature poems display her keen observation of wildlife; exuberant and erotic love poems celebrate beauty and passion; place poems record her travels to the American Southwest, France, and Italy and her residence in New York City and Sea Cliff, Long Island; verse "analyses" investigate baseball, wave motion, the DNA molecule, bronco busting, James Bond movies, and the first walk on the moon. While preserving the order of publication, this volume presents the author''s final or definitive versions of these poems. Substantive textual variants and title changes are detailed in the notes to the volume. 

Click for availability and more information Exit, Civilian: poems , by Idra Novey
In her second collection, Idra Novey steps in and out of jails, courthouses, and caves to explore what confinement means in the twenty-first century. From the beeping doors of a prison in New York to cellos playing in a former jail in Chile, she looks at prisons that have opened, closed, and transformed to examine how the stigma of incarceration has altered American families, including her own. Novey writes of the expanding prison complex that was once a field and imagines what's next for the civilians who enter and exit it each day.

Click for availability and more information Fast Animal, by Tim Seibles
A finalist for the 2012 National Book Award for poetry. Jen Bervin of Undertow Magazine loved it, dubbing it "one of the best books I've read recently." Here's the rest of her review.

Click for availability and more information In time: poets, poems, and the rest , by C. K. Williams
Not a collection of poetry but rather a "meditation on poetic subjects" from the Pulitzer Prize winning poet. In the book he also reflects on such forebears as Philip Larkin and Robert Lowell. The book's innovative middle section, the author extracts short essays from interviews into an alphabetized series of reflections on subjects ranging from poetry and politics to personal accounts of his own struggles as an artist. The seven essays of the final section branch into more public concerns. Written in his lucid, powerful, and accessible prose, Williams's essays are characterized by reasoned and complex judgments and a willingness to confront hard moral questions in both art and politics.

Click for availability and more information Mayakovsky's Revolver , by Matthew Dickman
At the center of Mayakovsky's Revolver is the suicide of Matthew Dickman's older brother. Bobby Elliott in his blog post on the Huffington Post calls it "a book of dark and reeling poems." Evan Hanson takes things further in his review on thethepoetry.com. THis book and Hanson's review are thought provoking. 

Click for availability and more information Night Thoughts: 70 dream poems & notes from an analysis , by Sarah Arvio
In a "self-interview" on the Best American Poetry blog, Sarah Arvio explains the background of her latest book of poetry in which she studied her dreams over a ten year period. The poems, in the form of irregular sonnets, describe her dreamworld. 

Click for availability and more information Red doc> , by Anne Carson
A continuation of the author's Autobiography of red, following the characters in later life, but in a different style and with changed names. The notoriously private poet was recently profiled in the New York Times Magazine. During the course of the profile she gives insights into this book as well as her approach to poetry writing. 

Click for availability and more information Special Powers and Abilities: poems, byRaymond McDaniel
Inspired by The Legion of Super-Heroes, a comic series about a group of teenage superheroes in the future, McDaniel's poems morph superheroes into religious and mythological narratives. Jacob Canfield over at the Hooded Utilitarian takes a closer look at the book.

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