The Hare With Amber Eyes: The Illustrated Edition - Edmund de Waal

Of the 264 Japanese netsuke Edmund de Waal inherited in 1994, he chose a particularly distinctive hare as the centerpiece for his 2010 family memoir. Now this multi-layered and endlessly fascinating story is available with pictures of both its wood and ivory figures and its human protagonists. The Hare With Amber Eyes: The Illustrated Edition (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $40) gives you a look at Charles Ephrussi (a model for Proust’s Charles Swann) who started the collection in Paris in 1871 and shows members of the Vienna branch of the family in situ on the Ringstrasse and in the Palais Ephrussi where the netsuke graced a dressing room. Other photos show the range of paintings, furniture, and objects d’art this banking dynasty had gathered before two world wars destroyed their fortune. De Waal, a renowned British ceramicist, is sensitive to the feel of things, and he has endowed his narrative with the heft and texture of objects, conveying both the fine detail of the lives and the tremendous sweep of the times.
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ISBN: 9780374168285
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 13th, 2012

Thomas Jefferson - Jon Meacham

Jon Meacham won the Pulitzer for his life of Andrew Jackson, American Lion; his new biography, Thomas Jefferson (Random House, $35), reads like another prizewinner. With access to his subject’s unpublished letters, Meacham explores the wide range of qualities that he believes made Jefferson the most successful political figure of America’s early years. Among the founder’s many attributes, Meacham focuses especially on the wide-ranging, inquisitive mind that led Jefferson to become an inventor, astronomer, and gardener— to name just a few of his pursuits. Meacham’s Jefferson is a true Renaissance man, and one whose idealism successfully achieved workable form with The Declaration of Independence. As the nation’s third president, his most important responsibility was to ensure the safety of his country, a duty that reinforced his desire both to acquire and to maintain power.

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ISBN: 9781400067664
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Published: Random House - November 13th, 2012

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ISBN: 9780812979480
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - October 29th, 2013

Brigham Young - John G. Turner

Joseph Smith founded the Mormon Church in 1830, declaring it different from other sects in that it received God’s ongoing revelation. But Mormonism also echoed the Pilgrims’ quest for religious freedom and was part of the country’s later westward expansion, with all its privations, vigilantes, and conflicts with Native Americans. In his powerful account of Smith’s successor, Brigham Young (Harvard Univ., $35), John G. Turner not only profiles a unique and complex individual, he also chronicles events deeply rooted in the American mythos. Young converted to Mormonism in 1833; in 1844 he assumed leadership after Smith’s assassination. The Church, one of many recently sprung up and struggling, was fractious, impoverished, and besieged. Yet by 1852 Young had resettled some 20,000 followers in Utah. Strong-willed and as attentive to economic as to spiritual well-being, Young was complex and contradictory: a saint, he often used benevolence to manipulate. Governor of Utah Territory, he was at odds with the federal government—to the point of treason. Fiercely devoted to Smith’s vision, he was also domineering, profane, and belligerent. Turner has a sure command of this material, lucidly navigating Mormonism’s intricate doctrines and hierarchies.

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ISBN: 9780674416857
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Published: Belknap Press - October 1st, 2014