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480 pp. Hardcover
Art, Architecture & Design
Ascent to Power: How Truman Emerged from Roosevelt's Shadow and Remade the World
David L. Roll

From Franklin Roosevelt’s final days through Harry Truman’s extraordinary transformation, this is the enthralling story behind the most consequential presidential transition in US history.

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270 pp. Hardcover
Art, Architecture & Design
Chicagoland Dream Houses: How a Mid-Century Architecture Competition Reimagined the American Home
Siobhan Moroney

Siobhan Moroney situates the 1945 Chicagoland Prize Homes competition in its time both socially and architecturally, analyzing floor plans and other materials to reveal how the designs reflected the expectations of middle-class families and the social norms that dictated their everyday lives and aspirations.

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340 pp. Hardcover
Art, Architecture & Design
City Limits: Infrastructure, Inequality, and the Future of America's Highways
Megan Kimble

An eye-opening investigation into how our ever-expanding urban highways accelerated inequality and fractured communities—and a call for a more just, sustainable path forward.

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280 pp. Hardcover
Art, Architecture & Design
Color Charts: A History
Anne Varichon

A beautifully illustrated history of the many inventive, poetic, and alluring ways in which color swatches have been selected and staged.

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240 pp. Hardcover
Art, Architecture & Design
Housing the Nation: Social Equity, Architecture, and the Future of Affordable Housing
Alexander Gorlin, Victoria Newhouse (Editors)

Scholars, advocates, and architects assess America’s affordable housing crisis and suggest various strategies to rectify it, including numerous images of important, recently built houses and complexes.

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358 pp. Hardcover
Art, Architecture & Design
How to Solve Your Own Murder
Kristen Perrin

For fans of Knives Out and The Thursday Murder Club, an enormously fun mystery about a woman who spends her entire life trying to prevent her foretold murder only to be proven right sixty years later, when she is found dead in her sprawling country estate.... Now it's up to her great-niece to catch the killer.

A GMA Buzz Pick; One of Amazon's Top 10 Best Books of April; The Top LibraryReads pick for March 2024

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258 pp. Hardcover
Art, Architecture & Design
In Italy: Sketches & Drawings
Laurie Olin, Pablo Mandel

Over the arc of fifty years, sketchbook in hand, Laurie Olin has observed the rich vitality of Italian cities and landscapes. This selection of nearly 250 drawings and watercolors, handsomely reproduced, displays Olin's unique combination of precise observation, sensitivity to context, and graphic spontaneity. These remarkable images will speak to architects, landscape designers, and urban planners, as well as all those who appreciate Italian art, food, and culture

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209 pp. Hardcover
Art, Architecture & Design
Joining the Dots: Uniting Salisbury's Past through Holes in the Ground
Phil Harding, Lorrain Higbee, Lorraine Mepham

This volume attempts to bring diverse strands of archaeological evidence together for the first time to tell the story of this cathedral city, Salisbury, and its residents through its engaging past.

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352 pp. Hardcover
Art, Architecture & Design
Muse of Fire : World War I As Seen Through the Lives of the Soldier Poets
Michael Korda

The First World War comes to harrowing life through the intertwined lives of the soldier poets in Michael Korda’s epic Muse of Fire.

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95 pp. Hardcover
Art, Architecture & Design
Never Broken: Visualizing Lenape Histories
Joe Baker (Editor), Laura Igoe (Editor)

Through a focus on Lenape art, culture, and history and a critical examination of historical visualizations of Native and European American relationships, Never Broken explores the ways in which art can create, challenge, and rewrite history.

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319 pp. Hardcover
Art, Architecture & Design
Private Gardens of Philadelphia
Nicole Juday, Rob Cardillo (Photographer)

The first-ever coffee table book on Philadelphia’s private gardens! Inspiring photos and expert writing spotlight select private gardens, where horticultural pride is part of the region’s land history.

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272 pp. Paperback
Art, Architecture & Design
Ripley's Game
Patricia Highsmith

With its sinister humor and genius plotting, Ripley's Game is an enduring portrait of a compulsive, sociopathic American antihero.

Now a Netflix Series!

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278 pp. Hardcover
Art, Architecture & Design
Saving Michelangelo's Dome: How Three Mathematicians and a Pope Sparked an Architectural Revolution
Wayne Kalayjian

In 1742, when the legendary dome atop St. Peter’s Basilica—designed by Michelangelo—cracks and threatens to collapse, Pope Benedict XIV summons three mathematicians whose groundbreaking ideas spark a revolution in the world of architecture.

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348 pp. Paperback
Art, Architecture & Design
The Art of Landscape Lighting: A Designer's Companion
Janet Lennox Moyer

Aimed at practicing professionals and students in landscape architecture, this book is the must-have inspirational resource that provides you with everything you need to design and implement landscape lighting across multiple scales.

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381 pp. Hardcover
Art, Architecture & Design
The Princess of Las Vegas
Chris Bohjalian

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Flight Attendant and The Lioness, a Princess Diana impersonator and her estranged sister find themselves drawn into a dangerous game of money and murder in this twisting tale of organized crime, cryptocurrency, and family secrets on the Las Vegas strip.

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256 pp. Hardcover
Art, Architecture & Design
Two Hundred Years: The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1824-2024
David R. Brigham (Editor)

As the Historical Society of Pennsylvania commemorates its 200th anniversary, this volume celebrates the growth of its extraordinary collections of more than twenty-one million manuscripts, books, photographs, maps, broadsides, prints, and drawings.

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291 pp. Hardcover
Art, Architecture & Design
Worry
Alexandra Tanner

Frances Ha meets No One Is Talking About This in a debut that follows two siblings-turned-roommates navigating an absurd world on the verge of calamity—a Seinfeldian novel of existentialism and sisterhood.

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2024 by Nylon, The Millions, and Debutiful.

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322 pp. Hardcover
Art, Architecture & Design
Yuan: Chinese Architecture in a Mongol Empire
Nancy Steinhardt

A monumental illustrated survey of the architecture of thirteenth- and fourteenth-century China.

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