Blue Arabesque

A Search for the Sublime
Author: Patricia Hampl
Publisher: HMH
ISBN: 9780547350837
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 224
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These meditations inspired by a Matisse painting are “a paean to the act of seeing, celebrating our capacity to be transformed by the truths art holds.” —The New York Times Book Review Named a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year and a Los Angeles Times Favorite Nonfiction of the Year Just out of college, Patricia Hampl was mesmerized by a Matisse painting in the Art Institute of Chicago: an aloof woman gazing at goldfish in a bowl, a Moroccan screen behind her. In Blue Arabesque, Hampl explores the allure of this lounging woman, immersed in leisure, so at odds with the rush of the modern era. Hampl’s meditation takes us to the Cote d’Azur and to North Africa, from cloister to harem, pondering figures as diverse as Eugene Delacroix, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Katherine Mansfield. Returning always to Matisse’s portraits of languid women, she discovers they were not decorative indulgences but something much more. Moving with the life force that Matisse sought in his work, Blue Arabesque is Hampl’s dazzling and critically acclaimed tour de force.

Arabesque

A Taste of Morocco, Turkey, and Lebanon
Author: Claudia Roden
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 0307493970
Category: Cooking
Page: 352
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In the 1960s Claudia Roden introduced Americans to a new world of tastes in her classic A Book of Middle Eastern Food. Now, in her enchanting new book, Arabesque, she revisits the three countries with the most exciting cuisines today—Morocco, Turkey, and Lebanon. Interweaving history, stories, and her own observations, she gives us 150 of the most delectable recipes: some of them new discoveries, some reworkings of classic dishes—all of them made even more accessible and delicious for today’s home cook. From Morocco, the most exquisite and refined cuisine of North Africa: couscous dishes; multilayered pies; delicately flavored tagines; ways of marrying meat, poultry, or fish with fruit to create extraordinary combinations of spicy, savory, and sweet. From Turkey, a highly sophisticated cuisine that dates back to the Ottoman Empire yet reflects many new influences today: a delicious array of kebabs, fillo pies, eggplant dishes in many guises, bulgur and chickpea salads, stuffed grape leaves and peppers, and sweet puddings. From Lebanon, a cuisine of great diversity: a wide variety of mezze (those tempting appetizers that can make a meal all on their own); dishes featuring sun-drenched Middle Eastern vegetables and dried legumes; and national specialties such as kibbeh, meatballs with pine nuts, and lamb shanks with yogurt. Claudia Roden knows this part of the world so intimately that we delight in being in such good hands as she translates the subtle play of flavors and simple cooking techniques to our own home kitchens.

Virgin Time

In Search of the Contemplative Life
Author: Patricia Hampl
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780865477162
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 256
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A gifted writer's inquiry into one of the most profound yet least discussed issues of contemporary American life: the individual's search for faith. It tells of Hampl's quest to escape the indelible brand of a Catholic upbringing, following her to the "old world" of Catholocism in Spain and France, where she meets other pilgrims, back home again, and finally to a monastery in northern California, where she is able to settle into the real goal of her search: the silence of prayer.

The Historical Harpsichord

Volume four
Author: Sheridan Germann
Publisher: Pendragon Press
ISBN: 9780945193753
Category: Music
Page: 241
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Volume IV of The Historical Harpsichord contains two monographs of major importance, Harpsichord Decoration: A Conspectus by Sheridan Germann, and A Fable Deconstructed: The 1770 Taskin at Yale by Richard Rephann. Sheridan Germann, an acclaimed scholar and practitioner in the field of harpsichord decoration, offers the first comprehensive illustrated conspectus of thesubject. In Part I Ms. Germann tells us that the styles of the decoration of harpsichords (and spinets, virginals and clavichords) tended to follow contemporary furniture fashions, but usually lagged conservatively behind the prevailing fashions. Because, unlike most furniture, the instruments are often dated, they provide rare documentation of how long these styles remained in common use. This survey follows chronologically the five major regional traditions of keyboard instrument decoration-Italian, Flemish, French, German and English-but with emphasis on the international changes in taste on which each region produced its own variations. In Part II, Richard Rephann of the Yale Musical Instrument Collection describes his research into the uniquely experimental construction of the 1770 Pascal Taskin harpsichord. This essay forms a pendant to William Dowd's in Vol. I that treats the surviving instruments of the Blanchet-Taskin workshop up to 1770. The romantic provenance of the 1770 Taskin, concocted by the antique trade to enhance the instrument's market value, is revealed as a fable.

A Private Affair


Author: Donna Hill
Publisher: Kimani Press
ISBN: 1426835426
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
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Nikita Harrell's drive and determination took her to the pinnacle of the New York publishing world. And it also swept her into the arms of Quinn Parker. A proud man with the soul of an artist and the strength to survive on the mean streets of Harlem, Quinn was everything Nikita had been taught to stay away from—and the one man whose passionate courage ignited desires neither could deny. But when Nikita refused to settle for less than a picture-perfect life, she lost the only man she ever loved. Now Quinn is back in her life as the author of a hot new novel that could propel Nikita's publishing house to unimaginable success. To secure both their futures means confronting the differences that once tore them apart, and fighting the reignited desire that burns more fiercely than either ever dreamed. Now, as unexpected rivals and a sudden crisis force them to gamble for one last, desperate chance to reconcile their dreams, can they fulfill the love that has claimed them body and soul?

The Harpsichord and Clavichord

An Encyclopedia
Author: Igor Kipnis
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135949786
Category: Music
Page: 576
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This book , volume 2 of the Encyclopedia of Keyboard Instruments , includes articles on the harpsichord family of instruments, including famous players, composers, instrument builders, the construction of the instruments, and related terminology. It is the first complete reference on this important family of keyboard instruments that predated the piano. The contributors include major scholars of music and musical instrument history from around the world.

Private Passions


Author: Rochelle Alers
Publisher: Kimani Press
ISBN: 0373534744
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
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Successful journalist Emily Kirkland secretly marries her close friend and gubernatorial candidate Christopher Delgado, but their growing relationship is soon threatened by scandal and by powerful enemies out to destroy them. Reissue.

Comfort of a Man


Author: Adrianne Byrd
Publisher: Kimani Press
ISBN: 0373534574
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
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Tired of blind dates and unsuccessful relationships, single mother and business owner Brooklyn Douglas unexpectedly finds the man of her dreams in Isaiah Washington--a high-powered executive who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Reissue.

Undeniably Yours


Author: Jacquelin Thomas
Publisher: Kensington Books
ISBN: 9781583141311
Category: Fiction
Page: 288
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Believing that his beloved bride had perished in a plane crash, undercover agent Matthew St. Charles is stunned to discover that she is alive and living with his greatest enemy, and he must overcome his feelings of hurt and mistrust in order to rescue the only woman he will ever love. Original.

Synaesthesia: Theoretical, artistic and scientific foundations


Author: María José de Córdoba,Dina Riccò,Sean A Day
Publisher: Fundación Internacional artecittà
ISBN: 8493905496
Category:
Page: 372
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Synaesthesia: Theoretical, artistic and scientific foundations Editorial Board Sean A. Day (Trident Technical College, USA. President of the American Synesthesia Association) Maria José De Córdoba (Granada University, Department of Drawing) Emilio G. Milán (Granada University, Department of Experimental Psychology) Ed Hubbard (Vanderbilt University, Department of Psychology and Human Development) Dina Riccò (Politecnico di Milano University, Department of Design) Editorial Staff Edited by: Maria Josè De Cordoba, Dina Riccò, Sean Day The three editors have worked in collaboration on the entire book. In particular: M.J. De Cordoba has edited chapters I.2, I.4, I.5., II.2, II.6, II.7, II.8; D. Riccò chapters I.1, I.3, II.1, II.3, II.4, II.5; and Sean Day has edited the English revision of the whole book. Chapters written in native English by the respective authors: I.1, I.2, I.5, II.1. English translation from Spanish: Julia López de la Torre Lucha (Foreword, Preface, chapters I.4, II.2, II.7, II.8); Donald Hubert Duffy III (chapter II.5). English Translation from Italian: Margaret Wood / Intras Congressi Bologna (chapters I.6, II.4), Peter Deville (chapter I.3), John Lander, Annarita Guidi and Maria Catricalà (chapter II.3). English Translation from Russian: Anton V. Sidoroff-Dorso (Chapter II.6). Special thanks to Timothy B. Layden. Graphic coordination: Dina Riccò Graphic design: Giulia Martimucci Visual: Alessandro Zamperini © 2014 Ediciones Fundación Internacional ArteCittà, Granada (Spain) Original Title: Sinestesia. Los fundamentos teóricos, artísticos y científicos, by Maria José De Cordoba, Dina Riccò et al. First Spanish Edition published in 2012 by Ediciones Fundación Internacional Artecittà (Granada, Spain) eBook Edition ISBN: 978-84-939054-9-1 D.L.: GR 1383-2014 (14.07.2014) Produced by Fundación Internacional Artecittà, Granada, Spain Printed Edition ISBN: 978-84-939054-6-0 D.L.: GR 1382-2014 (14.07.2014) Printing: Imprenta Del Carmen, Granada, Spain First English Edition: July 2014

American Arabesque

Arabs and Islam in the Nineteenth Century Imaginary
Author: Jacob Rama Berman
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814745180
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 269
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Since 1964, the annual Socialist Register has brought together leading writers on the left to investigate aspects of a common theme. The theme of this issue is the new U.S.-led imperialist project which is currently transforming relations of global power. Contributors to this volume include: Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin, "The new imperialism: relations between the states of the USA and the advanced capitalist countries." Colin Leys and John S. Saul, "Development under the new imperialism." Greg Albo, "The economics of the new imperialism" David Harvey, "The geography of the new imperialism" Aijaz Ahmad, "Culture and the new imperialism." Saskia Sassen, "The imperial city, north and south." John Bellamy Foster, "Imperialism and the Ecosphere."

The Florist's Daughter


Author: Patricia Hampl
Publisher: HMH
ISBN: 9780547416465
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 240
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This New York Times Notable memoir of a middle-class, middle-America family is a “beautiful bouquet of a book” (Entertainment Weekly). They say “a daughter is a daughter all her life,” and no statement could be truer for Patricia Hampl. Born to a Czech father—an artistic florist—and a wary Irish mother, Hampl experienced a childhood in St. Paul, Minnesota, that couldn’t have been more normal, the perfect example of a twentieth century middle-class, middle-American upbringing. But as she faces the death of her mother, Hampl reflects on the struggles her parents went through to provide that normal, boring existence, and her own struggles with fulfilling the role of dutiful daughter as she grew through the postwar years to the turbulent sixties and couldn’t help wanting to rebel against the notion of a “relentlessly modest life.” Named a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year, The Florist’s Daughter is Hampl’s most extraordinary work to date—a “quietly stunning” reminiscence of a Midwestern girlhood, and a reflection on what it means to be a daughter (People).

Arabesque


Author: Geoffrey Household
Publisher: Orion
ISBN: 1780223994
Category: Fiction
Page: 224
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Arabesque is a love story that takes us to the colourful crossroads of the Middle East at the height of World War II Armande Herne - half English, half French and impassively beautiful - is sitting out the war in Beirut with no visible means of support. The rumour is she's a spy. But, as conflict between British and French, Jew and Arab whirl around her, it is a British security sergeant who finds her. Soon they are embroiled in a plot, rich with adventure and intrigue.

My Destiny


Author: Adrianne Byrd
Publisher: Kimani Press
ISBN: 0373534892
Category: Fiction
Page: 256
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Best of friends, Destiny Brockman and her neighbor Miles Stafford bet that they can set each other up on a date with the perfect match, but their wager backfires when they realize that they are made for each other.