Pico iyer, the new york times Book Review"A master at telling a complex story compellingly and lucidly. Usa today"Extraordinarily graceful. Time"winchester is an exquisite writer and a deft anecdoteur. Christopher Buckley"A lyrical writer and an indefatigable researcher. Newsweek. On a summer's day in 1858, with a thomas ottewill registered double folding camera, photographed six-year-old Alice Liddell, Charles Dodgson, in a garden behind Christ Church College in Oxford, the daughter of the college dean, a lecturer in mathematics, recently purchased in London.
The Alice Behind Wonderland - Simon winchester deftly uses the resulting image--as unsettling as it is famous, and the subject of bottomless speculation--as the vehicle for a brief excursion behind the lens, a focal point on the origins of a classic work of English literature. Dodgson's love of photography framed his view of the world, and was partly responsible for transforming a shy and half-deaf mathematician into one of the world's best-loved observers of childhood.
Little wonder that there is more to "Alice Liddell as the Beggar Maid" than meets the eye.
Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and LoveBloomsbury USA - Inspired by a long fascination with galileo, a cloistered nun, and by the remarkable surviving letters of Galileo's daughter, Dava Sobel has written a biography unlike any other of the man Albert Einstein called "the father of modern physics- indeed of modern science altogether. Galileo's daughter also presents a stunning portrait of a person hitherto lost to history, singular goodness, described by her father as "a woman of exquisite mind, and most tenderly attached to me.
Galileo's daughter dramatically recolors the personality and accomplishment of a mythic figure whose seventeenth-century clash with Catholic doctrine continues to define the schism between science and religion. Moving between galileo's grand public life and maria Celeste's sequestered world, Sobel illuminates the Florence of the Medicis and the papal court in Rome during the pivotal era when humanity's perception of its place in the cosmos was about to be overturned.
Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love - With all the human drama and scientific adventure that distinguished Dava Sobel's previous book Longitude, Galileo's Daughter is an unforgettable story. In that same time, while the bubonic plague wreaked its terrible devastation and the Thirty Years' War tipped fortunes across Europe, one man sought to reconcile the Heaven he revered as a good Catholic with the heavens he revealed through his telescope.
Arthur and Sherlock: Conan Doyle and the Creation of HolmesBloomsbury USA - 2018 edgar award NomineeShortlisted for the H. Joseph Bell. Doyle often observed bell identifying a patient's occupation, gait, and ailments from the smallest details of dress, hometown, and speech. Filled with details that will surprise even the most knowledgeable Sherlockian, Arthur and Sherlock is a literary genesis story for detective fans everywhere.
Sims deftly shows holmes to be a product of doyle's varied adventures in his personal and professional life, Émile Gaboriau, and Charles Dickens--not just a skillful translator of clues, as well as built out of the traditions of Edgar Allan Poe, Wilkie Collins, but a veritable superhero of the mind in the tradition of Doyle's esteemed teacher.
. Five hardworking years later--after Doyle's only modest success in both medicine and literature--Sherlock Holmes emerged in A Study in Scarlet. Michael sims traces the circuitous development of conan doyle as the father of the modern mystery, through his escape to University where he gained terrifying firsthand knowledge of poisons, from his early days in Edinburgh surrounded by poverty and violence, leading to his own medical practice in 1882.
Arthur and Sherlock: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes - F. Although doyle was training to be a surgeon, he was meanwhile cultivating essential knowledge that would feed his literary dreams and help him develop the most iconic detective in fiction. Keating award from the international crime writers associationFrom Michael Sims, the rich, the acclaimed author of The Story of Charlotte's Web, true tale tracing the young Arthur Conan Doyle's creation of Sherlock Holmes and the modern detective story.
As a young medical student, Arthur Conan Doyle studied in Edinburgh under the vigilant eye of a diagnostic genius, Dr.
Corsets and Codpieces: A History of Outrageous Fashion, from Roman Times to the Modern EraSkyhorse - Corsets and codpieces is a fascination read for history buffs and fashionistas alike. Skyhorse publishing, conspiracies, the old west, the jfk assassination, the american revolution, gladiators, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, Vikings, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history--books about World War II, ancient Rome, as well as our Arcade imprint, the American Civil War, medieval times, and much more.
. Have you ever wondered why we wear the type of clothes we do? Packed with outlandish outfits, this exciting history of fashion trends reveals the flamboyant fashions adopted and discarded by our ancestors. In the days before cosmetic surgery, painted their faces with poisonous concoctions, people used bum rolls and bombastic breeches to augment their figures, and doused themselves with scent to cover body odor.
Corsets and Codpieces: A History of Outrageous Fashion, from Roman Times to the Modern Era - Take a fresh look at history’s hidden fashion disasters and discover the stories behind historical garments: How removing a medieval woman’s headdress could reveal her as a harlot Why Tudor men traded in their oversized codpieces for corsets How crinoline caused a spate of shoplifting among Victorian ladiesKaren Bowman charts our sartorial history from the animal skins first used to cover our modesty and show off hunting skills, right up to the twentieth-century drive for practicality and comfort.
While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
American Jezebel: The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson, the Woman Who Defied the PuritansHarperOne - In a time when women could not vote, hold public office, or teach outside the home, the charismatic Hutchinson wielded remarkable political power. Her unconventional ideas had attracted a following of prominent citizens eager for social reform. The book narrates her dramatic expulsion from massachusetts, after which her judges, still threatened by her challenges, promptly built Harvard College to enforce religious and social orthodoxies—making her the mid-wife to the nation's first college.
. It captures this american heroine's life in all its complexity, presenting her not as a religious fanatic, theologian, mother, or a raging crank—as some have portrayed her—but as a flesh-and-blood wife, a cardboard feminist, and political leader. In 1637, anne hutchinson, a forty-six-year-old midwife who was pregnant with her sixteenth child, stood before forty male judges of the Massachusetts General Court, charged with heresy and sedition.
Hutchinson defended herself brilliantly, but the judges, faced with a perceived threat to public order, banished her for behaving in a manner "not comely for her sex. Written by one of hutchinson's direct descendants, American Jezebel brings both balance and perspective to Hutchinson's story. In exile, she settled Rhode Island, becoming the only woman ever to co-found an American colony.
American Jezebel: The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson, the Woman Who Defied the Puritans - The seeds of the american struggle for women's and human rights can be found in the story of this one woman's courageous life. American jezebel illuminates the origins of our modern concepts of religious freedom, equal rights, and free speech, and showcases an extraordinary woman whose achievements are astonishing by the standards of any era.
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883Harper Perennial - Beyond the purely physical horrors of an event that has only very recently been properly understood, the eruption changed the world in more ways than could possibly be imagined. The sound of the island's destruction was heard in Australia and India and on islands thousands of miles away. The effects of the immense waves were felt as far away as France.
Dust swirled round die planet for years, causing temperatures to plummet and sunsets to turn vivid with lurid and unsettling displays of light. The bestselling author of the professor and the madman and The Map That Changed the World examines the enduring and world-changing effects of the catastrophic eruption off the coast of Java of the earth's most dangerous volcano -- Krakatoa.
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883 - The legendary annihilation in 1883 of the volcano-island of Krakatoa -- the name has since become a byword for a cataclysmic disaster -- was followed by an immense tsunami that killed nearly forty thousand people. Bodies were washed up in Zanzibar. Most significant of all -- in view of today's new political climate -- the eruption helped to trigger in Java a wave of murderous anti-Western militancy among fundamentalist Muslims: one of the first outbreaks of Islamic-inspired killings anywhere.
Simon winchester's long experience in the world wandering as well as his knowledge of history and geology give us an entirely new perspective on this fascinating and iconic event as he brings it telling back to life. Barometers in Bogotá and Washington, D. C.
After Henry: EssaysOpen Road Media - Whether dissecting the 1988 presidential campaign, “an articulate witness to the most stubborn and intractable truths of our time” Joyce Carol Oates, or reporting on the “sideshows” of foreign wars, Joan Didion proves that she is one of the premier essayists of the twentieth century, exploring the commercialization of a Hollywood murder, The New York Times Book Review.
Sentimental journeys” is a deeply felt study of New York media coverage of the brutal rape of a white investment banker in Central Park, a notorious crime that exposed the city’s racial and class fault lines. Dedicated to henry robbins, didion’s friend and editor from 1966 until his death in 1979, After Henry is an indispensable collection of “superior reporting and criticism” from a writer on whom we have relied for more than fifty years “to get the story straight” Los Angeles Times.
After Henry: Essays - Incisive essays on patty hearst and reagan, the Central Park jogger and the Santa Ana winds, from the New York Times–bestselling author of South and West. Highlights include “in the realm of the fisher king, ” a portrait of the white house under the stewardship of Ronald and Nancy Reagan, two “actors on location;” and “Girl of the Golden West, ” a meditation on the Patty Hearst case that draws an unexpected and insightful parallel between the kidnapped heiress and the emigrants who settled California.
In these eleven essays covering the national scene from washington, dc; california; and New York, the acclaimed author of Slouching Towards Bethlehem and The White Album “captures the mood of America” and confirms her reputation as one of our sharpest and most trustworthy cultural observers The New York Times.
Zen in The Art of WritingRosettaBooks - Imparting lessons he has learned over the course of his exuberant career, Bradbury inspires with his infectious enthusiasm. Bringing together eleven essays and a series of poems written with his own unique style and fervor, Zen in the Art of Writing is a must read for all prospective writers and Bradbury fans.
. Ray bradbury presents zen in the art of writing, a collection from one of the most legendary voices in science fiction and fantasy on how his unbridled passion for creating worlds of infinite impossibilities made him a master of the craft. Part memoir, part philosophical guide, the essays in this book teach the joy of writing.
Zen in The Art of Writing - Rather than focusing on the mechanics of putting words on paper, Bradbury’s zen is found in the celebration of storytelling that drove him to write every day.
Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms,and a Vast Ocean of a Million StoriesHarperCollins e-books - A gifted storyteller and consummate historian, Winchester sets the great blue sea's epic narrative against the backdrop of mankind's intellectual evolution, telling not only the story of an ocean, but the story of civilization. Fans of winchester's krakatoa, the man who loved China, penetrating, and The Professor and the Madman will love this masterful, and resonant tale of humanity finding its way across the ocean of history.
Variably genial, travel, lyrical, reading, admonitory, horrifying and inspiring…A lifetime of thought, terrifying, cautionary, imagination and memory inform this affecting account. Kirkus reviews starred reviewblending history and anecdote, science and exposition, geography and reminiscence, New York Times bestselling author Simon Winchester tells the breathtaking saga of the Atlantic Ocean.
Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway's Masterpiece The Sun Also RisesEamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - But the full story of Hemingway’s legendary rise has remained untold until now. Lesley blume resurrects the explosive, restless landscape of 1920s Paris and Spain and reveals how Hemingway helped create his own legend. Blume’s vivid account reveals the inner circle of the Lost Generation as we have never seen it before, sex, love, and shows how it still influences what we read and how we think about youth, and excess.
. The making of ernest hemingway's the sun also rises, spain, and the vast changes it wrought on the literary world In the summer of 1925, Ernest Hemingway and a clique of raucous companions traveled to Pamplona, the outsize personalities who inspired it, for the town’s infamous running of the bulls.
Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway's Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises - This revolutionary work redefined modern literature as much as it did his peers, who would forever after be called the Lost Generation. He made himself into a death-courting, bull-fighting aficionado; a hard-drinking, short-fused literary genius; and an expatriate bon vivant. Then, over the next six weeks, he channeled that trip’s maelstrom of drunken brawls, sexual rivalry, midnight betrayals, and midday hangovers into his groundbreaking novel The Sun Also Rises.
An Edible History of HumanityBloomsbury USA - Drawing from many fields including genetics, ethno-botany and economics, archaeology, anthropology, the story of these food-driven transformations is a fully satisfying account of the whole of human history. It helped to found, and connect together civilizations worldwide, structure, and to build empires and bring about a surge in economic development through industrialization.
And today, in the culmination of a process that has been going on for thousands of years, the foods we choose in the supermarket connect us to global debates about trade, development and the adoption of new technologies. Food has been a kind of technology, a tool that has changed the course of human progress.
An Edible History of Humanity - Food has been employed as a military and ideological weapon. The bestselling author of a History of the World in 6 Glasses charts an enlightening history of humanity through the foods we eat. Throughout history, food has done more than simply provide sustenance. It has acted as a tool of social transformation, geopolitical competition, political organization, industrial development, military conflict and economic expansion.
An edible history of humanity is an account of how food has helped to shape and transform societies around the world, from the emergence of farming in China by 7, 500 BCE to today's use of sugar cane and corn to make ethanol.