πŸ“’ Author : A. S. Byatt
πŸ“’ Publisher : Knopf
πŸ“’ Release Date : 2016-08-02
πŸ“’ Pages : 192
πŸ“’ ISBN : 9781101947487
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category : Biography & Autobiography

SYNOPSIS : From the winner of the Booker Prize: A ravishing book that opens a window into the lives, designs, and passions of Mariano Fortuny and William Morris, two remarkable artists who themselves are passions of the writer A. S. Byatt. Born a generation apart in the mid-1800s, Fortuny and Morris were seeming opposites: Fortuny a Spanish aristocrat thrilled by the sun-baked cultures of Crete and Knossos; Morris a member of the British bourgeoisie, enthralled by Nordic myths. Through their revolutionary inventions and textiles, both men inspired a new variety of art that is as striking today as when it was first conceived. In this elegant meditation, Byatt traces their genius right to the source. Fortuny’s Palazzo Pesaro Orfei in Venice is a warren of dark spaces imbued with the rich hues of Asia. In his attic workshop, Fortuny created intricate designs from glowing silks and velvets; in the palazzo he found β€œhappiness in a glittering cavern” alongside the French model who became his wife and collaborator, including on the famous β€œDelphos” dressβ€”a flowing, pleated gown that evoked the era of classical Greece. Morris’s Red House outside London, with its Gothic turrets and secret gardens, helped inspire his stunning floral and geometric patterns; it likewise represented a coming together of life and art. But it was a β€œsweet simple old place” called Kelmscott Manor in the countryside that he loved bestβ€”even when it became the setting for his wife’s love affair with the artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Generously illustrated with the artists’ beautiful designsβ€”pomegranates and acanthus, peacock and vineβ€”among other aspects of their worlds, this marvel-filled book brings the visions and ideas of Fortuny and Morris to vivid life. From the Hardcover edition.


πŸ“’ Author : Charles Gidley
πŸ“’ Publisher : BookBaby
πŸ“’ Release Date : 2011-06-01
πŸ“’ Pages : 152
πŸ“’ ISBN : 9781608637201
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category : Art

SYNOPSIS : The Book of Kells, Ireland's greatest national art treasure, is an illuminated manuscript that presents a Latin translation of the Four Gospels and their Preliminaries in a lush majuscule script accompanied by a dazzling array of decorative ornamentation, iconography and illustration. The book is named after the Abbey of Kells in County Meath, Ireland where it is believed most of its pages were created by monks associated with the monastic order of St. Columba in the late eighth to early ninth centuries. This edition has the benefit of a clear and authoritative introduction by Charles Gidley that provides the reader with background and context and the tools necessary to enter into this strange and magical world. Over fifty of the most striking pages are meticulously reproduced at full size to show the depth of color and intricacy of design.


πŸ“’ Author : Ralph Metzner, Ph.D.
πŸ“’ Publisher : Inner Traditions / Bear & Co
πŸ“’ Release Date : 2005-11-22
πŸ“’ Pages : 272
πŸ“’ ISBN : 9781594777813
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category : Body, Mind & Spirit

SYNOPSIS : A compilation of writings on the chemical, biological, psychological, and experiential dimensions of Ayahuasca β€’ Includes 24 firsthand accounts of Ayahuasca experiences and resulting life changes, including contributions from J. C. Callaway, Charles S. Grob, and Dennis J. McKenna β€’ Discusses the medical and psychological applications of Ayahuasca Ayahuasca is a hallucinogenic Amazonian plant mixture that has been used for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years by native Indian and mestizo shamans in Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador for healing and divination. Many Western-trained physicians and psychologists have acknowledged that this substance can allow access to spiritual dimensions of consciousness, even mystical experiences indistinguishable from classic religious mysticism. In Sacred Vine of Spirits: Ayahuasca Ralph Metzner, a pioneer in the study of consciousness, has assembled a group of authoritative contributors who provide an exploration of the chemical, biological, psychological, and experiential dimensions of ayahuasca. He begins with more than 20 firsthand accounts from Westerners who have used ayahuasca and then presents the history, psychology, and chemistry of ayahuasca from leading scholars in the field of psychoactive research. He concludes with his own findings on ayahuasca, including its applications in medicine and psychology, and compares the worldview revealed by ayahuasca visions to that of Western cultures.


πŸ“’ Author : Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
πŸ“’ Publisher : Anchor
πŸ“’ Release Date : 2003-05-20
πŸ“’ Pages : 384
πŸ“’ ISBN : 1400075815
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category : Fiction

SYNOPSIS : The beloved characters of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s bestselling novel Sister of My Heart are reunited in this powerful narrative that challenges the emotional bond between two lifelong friends, as the husband of one becomes dangerously attracted to the other. Anju and Sudha formed an astounding, almost psychic connection during their childhood in India. When Anju invites Sudha, a single mother in Calcutta, to come live with her and her husband, Sunil, in California, Sudha foolishly accepts, knowing full well that Sunil has long desired her. As Sunil’s attraction rises to the surface, the trio must struggle to make sense of the freedoms of America–and of the ties that bind them to India and to one another. From the Trade Paperback edition.


πŸ“’ Author : Tim Unwin
πŸ“’ Publisher : Routledge
πŸ“’ Release Date : 2005-07-12
πŸ“’ Pages : 432
πŸ“’ ISBN : 9781134761913
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category : Social Science

SYNOPSIS : Very few books have products as diverse as those of the grape vine: even fewer have products with such a cultural significance. Wine and the Vine provides an introduction to the historical geography of viticulture and the wine trade from prehistory to the present. It considers wine as both a unique expression of the interaction of people in a particular environment, rich in symbol and meaning, and a commercial product of great economic importance to particular regions.


πŸ“’ Author : Tim Unwin
πŸ“’ Publisher : Psychology Press
πŸ“’ Release Date : 1996
πŸ“’ Pages : 409
πŸ“’ ISBN : 9780415144162
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category : Business & Economics

SYNOPSIS : Wine and the Vine provides an introduction to the historical geography of viticulture and the wine trade from prehistory to the present. Throughout, the rich symbolic and cultural significance of wine is related to its evolution as a commercial product. The book thus discusses both the numerous symbolic roles assigned to wine and the vine by people of different religions and also the internationalisation of wine production and marketing.


πŸ“’ Author : George Gheverghese Joseph
πŸ“’ Publisher :
πŸ“’ Release Date : 2000
πŸ“’ Pages : 455
πŸ“’ ISBN : UCSC:32106016215227
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category : Mathematics

SYNOPSIS : Most westerners are unaware of the heritage of non-Western mathematics. This book suggests that humans everywhere have been capable of advanced and innovative mathematical thinking. The Greeks were influenced by the Egyptians and Babylonians; the Arabs made a major creative contribution; and the great civilizations of India and China have a range of successes to their credit.


πŸ“’ Author : Quentin Steitz
πŸ“’ Publisher : University of Texas Press
πŸ“’ Release Date : 1987-01-01
πŸ“’ Pages : 123
πŸ“’ ISBN : 0292780869
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category : Art

SYNOPSIS : Describes wild Texas plants and trees, shows how to use their leaves, vines, branches, flowers, and fruit in flower arrangements, and includes tips on design


πŸ“’ Author : Dumbarton Oaks
πŸ“’ Publisher : Dumbarton Oaks
πŸ“’ Release Date : 1995-01
πŸ“’ Pages : 149
πŸ“’ ISBN : 0884022129
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category : Art

SYNOPSIS : These sculptures are not representative of any one culture or period, but rather are characteristic of the Blisses' wide-ranging tastes and extraordinary connoisseurship. About a quarter of the objects are Greco-Roman in date, and nearly two-thirds of the remainder are Late Antique, predominantly limestone carvings from Early Byzantine Egypt. Sculpture from the Middle Byzantine period is very rare, making the four pieces in this collection especially significant.


πŸ“’ Author : Tommaline H. Jones
πŸ“’ Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
πŸ“’ Release Date : 2010-08-19
πŸ“’ Pages : 240
πŸ“’ ISBN : 9781453554357
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category : Fiction

SYNOPSIS : Sonnie Harper is a young girl growing up in rural south Georgia in the 1920s and 1930s. Her family had been dysfunctional for generations. Turmoil was significant in the generation before her. This was a time of great poverty for the farmers of this area due to the Depression and the biggest drought in history. As a toddler, Sonnie begins to hide under the wisteria vine from her mother. Later she invites her imaginary friend and then her black friend to share wisteria vine and her family secrets with them. As she becomes older and understands who God is, she prays and talks to God about her family secrets. Sometimes she goes to the wisteria just to sit and hide from what's going on in the house. Some of the customs of that time are preserved in the book. There are stories of love, hate, loyalty, friendship, brutality, strength, racism, and religious beliefs. All of this is sprinkled with a little humor.