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Book Reviews January 2017


THE FASHION OF FILM

The Fashion of Film, by fashion historian Amber Butchart, takes a journey through the last 100 years of cinema style and its influence on the catwalks. With beautiful imagery and thoroughly researched text, she looks at how our most iconic movies have transformed the world of fashion. From Karl Lagerfeld, who was influenced by the dystopian vision of Metropolis, to the collections of Miuccia Prada, whose fashions echo the picture perfect films of Wes Anderson, readers can trace the inspiration of fashion designers back to the silver screen.

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THE RAGLAN ROAD COOKBOOK

A warm and humorous cookbook from Irish chef Kevin Dundon and writer Neil Cubley, The Raglan Road Cookbook celebrates the delights of the traditional Irish pub and features recipes from Kevin’s Raglan Road restaurant in Florida. Full of warm, hearty family recipes, it also features Irish history, snapshots of Irish life and charming anecdotes about everything from Ireland’s oldest pub to whether the Irish really tend to have red hair. More than 100 recipes and 150 photographs feature soups, pies, stews and more.

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THE FALLACY OF THE CALORIE

In The Fallacy of the Calorie, Dr. Michael Fenster, cardiologist and chef, traces the origins of our desire for sugar, salt and fat and its modern incarnation as the addictive Western Diet. He details how greed for these consumables allowed us to become the most dominant species on the planet and construct the most technologically advanced and complex social structure the world has ever known… along with the price we’ve paid for it – our health. He identifies the changes to our food and food pathways that have produced the diseases of modern civilization. Then he crafts a prescription to break the cycle in a delicious journey to metabolic health.

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I GOT 99 PROBLEMS BUT A STITCH AIN’T ONE

I Got 99 Problems but a Stitch Ain’t One: Cross Stitch With Attitude, by Genevieve Brading, offers crafters a cross-stitch for every situation. With this collection of punchy patterns, you can try your hand at this easy, stylish craft and liven up your home at the same time. From the fierce and cheeky to the motivational, this book gives you patterns that will brighten your morning, add a bit of fun to your party or inject your home with serious style. They also make great gifts for your sassy, style-conscious friends. Brading is known for her needlework brand Floss & Mischief and her easy projects, which guarantee quick success and an extra layer of sass.

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DOMINO: YOUR GUIDE TO A STYLISH HOME

From the editors of domino magazine comes an essential guide to discovering your personal style and creating a space you love: domino: Your Guide to a Stylish Home. This guide offers a modern perspective and a specific element-based approach to the essentials of design. Readers will learn to identify personal decorating style; find inspiration from hundreds of beautiful photos of real homes; style the major and minor components of the home, from textiles to table settings to art; shop for quality pieces that stand the test of time; and more. The book demonstrates how to use key pieces to personalize your space and truly make it unique.

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101 BOOKS TO READ BEFORE YOU GROW UP

An Amazon Best Book of the Month Selection,101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up, by Bianca Schulze, provides a list of kid-friendly books for children to read before they grow up. This must-read review list acts as an interactive journal where kids can document the books they read, why they like them and how they rate them. Divided into sections by subject, from fairy tales and fantasy to sports and nonfiction, this collection celebrates reading and encourages family participation to develop lifelong readers.


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