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Frieda! Sidelines buyer and book cover fanatic since 2009.

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$65.00
SKU: 9781590055656N
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All of Ed Templeton's work is rather visionary. His drawings are simple and beautiful. None of the conceptual art gobbledygook even comes close to the work he and his wife Deanna produce. This one is a first edition limited to 2,000.


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Franz Kafka: The Drawings By Andreas Kilcher, Pavel Schmidt, Judith Butler (Contributions by), Kurt Beals (Translated by) Cover Image
By Andreas Kilcher, Pavel Schmidt, Judith Butler (Contributions by), Kurt Beals (Translated by)
$50.00
ISBN: 9780300260663
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Published: Yale University Press - May 31st, 2022

I had no idea that Kafka did more than write and befriend cockroaches! Max Brod’s collection of his drawings, and writing, escaped the, dare I say, Kafkaesque period in Europe. Kafka’s drawings are artisanal doodles drawn in margins and refined illustrations done on scrap paper. Rather than burn his collection, as Kafka had wanted before his death in 1924, Max Brod saved all he had and transported it to safety before the scourge of fascism took over.


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Picasso's War: How Modern Art Came to America By Hugh Eakin Cover Image
$32.99
ISBN: 9780451498489
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Published: Crown - July 12th, 2022

America wasn’t too keen about Picasso, while Europe adored his art. Alfred H. Barr and John Quinn were exceptions. These Americans were obsessed with Picasso, collected his work, and traveled back and forth across the Atlantic, trying to convince art dealers to represent him (they weren’t having it). Barr was finally able to curate Picasso: Forty Years of His Art at the brand new Museum of Modern Art. Picasso’s War is a fascinating read about the art worlds in Paris and New York City.


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Nonconformers: A New History of Self-Taught Artists By Lisa Slominski, Michael Bonesteel (Contributions by), Mamadou Cisse (Contributions by), Sophia Cosmadopoulos (Contributions by), Tom di Maria (Contributions by), Jo Farb Hernandez (Contributions by), Cheryl Finley (Contributions by), Katherine Jentleston (Contributions by), Sarah Lombardi (Contributions by), John Maizels (Contributions by), Philip March Jones (Contributions by), William Scott (Contributions by), George Widener (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Lisa Slominski, Michael Bonesteel (Contributions by), Mamadou Cisse (Contributions by), Sophia Cosmadopoulos (Contributions by), Tom di Maria (Contributions by), Jo Farb Hernandez (Contributions by), Cheryl Finley (Contributions by), Katherine Jentleston (Contributions by), Sarah Lombardi (Contributions by), John Maizels (Contributions by), Philip March Jones (Contributions by), William Scott (Contributions by), George Widener (Contributions by)
$45.00
ISBN: 9780300260229
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Published: Yale University Press - April 19th, 2022

These artists have been referred to as “outsiders,” “self-taught,” and “visionary.” I was initially dismayed by the word nonconformers because I don’t consider these artists as rebels refusing to conform. They were, and are, driven by creativity, ensconced within their own imaginations, and using the materials at hand. Bill Traylor, Henry Darger, Niki de Saint Phalle, and so many others didn’t require an art education to produce their work. They created.


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The Facemaker: A Visionary Surgeon's Battle to Mend the Disfigured Soldiers of World War I By Lindsey Fitzharris Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374282301
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - June 7th, 2022

I've been a little obsessed with surgery, and it's history, for a bit. After reading Empire of the Scalpel, by Ira Kutlow, I jumped into Facemaker. Surgeon Harold Gillies was a hero for those maimed by WW1. He recontructed faces and bodies of men sent home to humiliation and scorn. World War 1 opened the gateway to facial reconstruction long before  Jocelyn Wildenstein took the process in a "different" direction


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Crossroads: A Novel By Jonathan Franzen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374181178
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 5th, 2021

To me, Franzen has always been a fluid read. No showboating. No fancy lingo. He just gets to the story without being pedantic. The Crossroads faith-full family is experiencing, and reminiscing about, the mosaic of growing up. The adults—the father is a pastor, the mother is a mom—”sin,” and then “redeem” themselves, only to “sin” again. The sons and daughter do the same within a winter season in ’70s Chicago. No Bible thumping or preaching. This is a complicated family’s story and a good read.


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The History of Bones: A Memoir By John Lurie Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399592973
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Published: Random House - August 17th, 2021

The History of Bones caught my eye because John Lurie was a teensy weensy part of my cinema and music development. While I hated Stranger Than Paradise the first time I saw it, I caught on by the second time and loved it! Down by Law? Loved it! John’s book is like a non-sequitur-laden diary. Back and forth through time, sharing his life as a musician and actor living in the Lower East Side and everywhere else. I enjoyed imagining the streets where I lived, in Alphabet City, were the same ones where Lurie lurked several years before me.


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Make Your Art No Matter What: Moving Beyond Creative Hurdles By Beth Pickens Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781452182957
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Published: Chronicle Books - April 6th, 2021

One thing, among innumerable things, that artists may not tell you is they need encouragement 24–7. Well, I do. Make Your Art … provides ideas and methods you can use to encourage yourself 24–7.


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Last Night I Aged a Hundred Years By Peter Grandbois Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780912592930
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Published: Ashland Poetry Press - July 15th, 2021

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In Flux: American Jewelry and the Counterculture By Susan Cummins, Damian Skinner, Cindi Strauss Cover Image
$50.00
ISBN: 9783897905979
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Published: Arnoldsche Verlagsanstalt GmbH - February 5th, 2021

Never thought about the "counter culture" decked out, festooned, with jewelry that made a statement. I love this book. I've made jewelry and art. My paintings, on angry days, are political. I copied Artemesia Gentilleschi


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Fierce Poise: Helen Frankenthaler and 1950s New York By Alexander Nemerov Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525560180
Published: Penguin Press - March 23rd, 2021

I love reading about artists. Ninth Street Women is amazing. Helen Frankenthaler was one of these artists. I'm not a fan of her work being referred to as "feminine". She was an Abstract Expressionist with a vagina.


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The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together By Heather McGhee Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525509561
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Published: One World - February 16th, 2021

This book spells out what a f'd up country we are and how the entitled, even if they're not rich, will vote against their own best interest. As long as the people they don't approve of aren't getting fair treatment they're happy to shoot themselves in the foot. Facinating read!


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The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race By Walter Isaacson Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781982115852
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 9th, 2021

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The Revisionaries By A. R. Moxon Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781612198729
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Published: Melville House - December 1st, 2020

This book is an epic read rivaling my dreams. It's surreal, cultish, Tim Burton's Big Fish mixed with Arkham Assylum mixed with a Mark Ryden painting. It is highly readable, not abstract or high falutin. Fun!


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A Children's Bible: A Novel By Lydia Millet Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393867381
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 16th, 2021

I object By Ian Hislop, Thomas Hockenhull Cover Image
$34.95
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ISBN: 9780500480410
Published: Thames & Hudson - January 15th, 2019

Greetings from the Barricades: Revolutionary Postcards in Imperial Russia By Tobie Mathew Cover Image
$60.00
ISBN: 9781909829121
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Published: Four Corners Books - February 19th, 2019

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Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now By Asma Naeem, Penley Knipe (Contribution by), Alexander Nemerov (Contribution by) Cover Image
By Asma Naeem, Penley Knipe (Contribution by), Alexander Nemerov (Contribution by)
$45.00
ISBN: 9780691180588
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Published: Princeton University Press - June 5th, 2018