Here is a sample of the thirty-eight titles added to the collection over the Christmas break. Cloick on a title for more information.
ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN
The American style: Colonial revival and the modern metropolis /Donald Albrecht, Thomas Mellins.
The American Style surveys the evolution of the Colonial Revival from the 1890s to the present, focusing on the period from 1900 to the 1930s when New York City was a major center of architecture and decorative arts. Richly illustrated with archival photographs and objects from the collections of the Museum of the City of New York and other major institutions, The American Style will be the definitive record of an enduring aesthetic in architecture and decorative arts.
Bridges /Richard L. Cleary ; with "A call for preservation" by Eric Delony.
An account of American bridge design, from familiar monuments to modest structures that offer eloquent statements of problems solved. This visual sourcebook surveys American bridges from coast to coast in terms of four fundamental structural types (beam, arch, truss, and suspension) and the special category of movable bridges (swing, lift, and bascule) showing how similar structural ideas have been addressed by different designers, refined over time, and rendered in various building materials.
Lighthouses /Sara E. Wermiel.
Covers lighthouses from all parts of the United States from the late eighteenth century to the 1940s. Images of lighthouses from coast to coast provide examples of striking design and setting as well as celebrating technological achievement and the work of important engineers include associated structures such as keepers’ quarters, fog signal buildings, boathouses and boat railroads, cistern buildings, barns, and workshops, as well as interiors and working details of the light mechanisms.
New England rooms 1639-1863 /Samuel Chamberlain and Narcissa G. Chamberlain.
This treasury of good taste in design, decoration and furniture provides 300 black and white photos of 56 houses which range in age from 1639 to the extraordinary Victorian mansion in Portland, Maine, completed at the time of the Civil War. To the architect, antiquarian and the decorator, it should be invaluable.
The plain style /David Brett.
A study of the effects upon design, principally architecture, of the Reformation and the associated rejection of imagery in worship. The Plain Style examines both the development of aesthetic theory and its practical applications in a number of different environments. The Author traces the way in which ideas about simplicity, clarity and lack of ornamentation expressed themselves in art and architecture, and uses an extensive range of examples, from the British Isles, and particularly Northern Ireland, and from North America. In doing so he shows how Protestant, and especially iconoclastic Puritan, ideology influenced design. The external impact was reflected in an inner change in the psychic landscape, and its applications were therefore to be found well beyond the visual. The book, heavily illustrated with examples, shows how the effect can be found in areas like machinery design, and the impact of 'the Plain Style' on Puritan ideas and, for example, on Shaker furniture design.
ART + MUSIC
Old man Goya /Julia Blackburn.
In this brilliant, idiosyncratic book - a kaleidoscope of biography, memoir, history, and meditation - Julia Blackburn vividly imagines the artist' s world during this time. She recreates the artist' s friendships and love affairs and breathes life into the subjects of his paintings: an ethereally lovely duchess; the spoiled grotesques of the Bourbon court; the atrocities of the Napoleonic wars. Old Man Goya is a rare work of empathy and imagination, a stunning portrait of the mind and life of a great artist.
Orchestral music: a handbook /David Daniels.
Familiar to conductors, orchestra managers, and music librarians, this compact sourcebook provides information necessary to plan orchestral programs and organize rehearsals: instrumentation, duration, and source of performance materials
Double entry: how the merchants of Venice created modern finance /Jane Gleeson-White.
Filled with colorful characters and history, Double Entry takes us from the ancient origins of accounting in Mesopotamia to the frontiers of modern finance. At the heart of the story is double-entry bookkeeping: the first system that allowed merchants to actually measure the worth of their businesses. Luca Pacioli—monk, mathematician, alchemist, and friend of Leonardo da Vinci—incorporated Arabic mathematics to formulate a system that could work across all trades and nations. As Jane Gleeson-White reveals, double-entry accounting was nothing short of revolutionary: it fueled the Renaissance, enabled capitalism to flourish, and created the global economy.
Diaries from the days of sail /edited by R. C. Bell ; introd. by Alan Villiers ; technical editor, C. P. Seyd.
The three diaries in this book describe a way of life that has gone forever. In 1843 C.H. Clarke wrote about his voyage under sail to Quebec, then by steamer to Montreal and Toronto; by horse -drawn barge along the Erie Canal; on to New York, before sailing back to Liverpool. In 1857 Alexander Whitehead was a cabin boy who kept a diary when he sailed from Sunderland to Shanghai and later back to London in 103 days. In 1862 Edward Lacey wrote about his 3-month voyage to Australia as an emigrant.
Roman glass: reflections on cultural change /Stuart J. Fleming.
Follow the way social attitudes and historical events--among them, slavery and materialism, wars and plagues--influenced how glassworking developed in the Roman world from the mid-first century B.C. to the late sixth century A.D. Woven into this story is the place of glassware in Roman everyday life, from the lady-of-the-house's cosmetic preparations each morning to the setting of table for the evening meal.
Ruth V. Hemenway, M.D.: a memoir of Revolutionary China, 1924-1941 /edited with an introd. by Fred W. Drake.
An account of the eighteen critical years that Ruth Hemenway spent as a physician, medical missionary, and educator in China illuminates Chinese village life and urban life before and during the Japanese invasion.
Saint John: the making of a colonial urban community /T.W. Acheson.
Saint John, New Brunswick, was a small, stagnant mercantile town in 1800. Its character was set by its British garrison, a few prominent Loyalist officials, and a small merchant elite. But that character changed quickly and dramatically in the first half of the nineteenth century. T.W. Acheson traces the events that lead to the change and analyses their impact on the community.
The White Pass and Yukon Route: a pictorial history /by Stan Cohen.
The pictures cover the history & operation of the railroad from its inception until today's operation.
The seventh-century Indian master Candrakirti lived a life of relative obscurity, only to have his thoughts and writings rejuvenated during the Tibetan transmission of Buddhism. Since then, Candrakirti has been celebrated as offering the most thorough and accurate vision of Nagarjuna's view of emptiness which, in turn, most fully represents the final truth of the Buddha's teaching.
Phil Parshall's careful analysis of the Hadith is made authentic by his decades of ministry among Muslims. He explains the Hadith's teachings of Muhammad on such issues as salvation, prayer, jihad and violence, women, and Jesus. Here are essential insights for all those seeking an in-depth understanding of the Muslim faith and community.
All our sisters: stories of homeless women in Canada /Susan Scott.
Eternal prairie: exploring rural cemeteries of the West /text and photographs by R. Adams.
From weathered handmade crosses in prairie fields to ornate monuments, grave markers are personal commemorations of loss that also represent a wealth of history, symbolism, faith and art.
Oxford guide to behavioural experiments in cognitive therapy /edited by James Bennett-Levy ... [et. al.] ; illustrations by Khadj Rouf.
For the first time ever, trainees and practitioners in cognitive therapy will have at their fingertips a guide to over 200 behavioural experiments.; Provides ready made experiments for all the main problem areas a therapist will encounter, enabling them to provide more effective help for their clients and stimulating creativity; Opening and closing chapters from two of the leading exponents of cognitive therapy - David Clark and Christine Padesky - provide both a background to this area, as well as discussing future developments.