Stitches - David Small

David Small’s deftly woven tale of his childhood, Stiches (W.W. Norton, $24.95), manages not only to draw readers in with its powerful washed ink-work and sometimes nightmarish depiction of childhood, but also to whisk them into childish fantasy. Here are images of embryonic babies running down hallways, of Small and his characters melting into pages, and the consolation of imagined sanctuaries. From the mysterious lump that appears on David’s neck in his adolescence, to the Eisnerian drawings which document Small’s family history, Stitches is a revelatory tale of acceptance, forgiveness, and strength.

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ISBN: 9780393068573
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 8th, 2009

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ISBN: 9780393338966
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 13th, 2010

Hiroshige: One Hundred Famous Views of EDO

Hiroshige: One Hundred Views of Edo (Taschen, $150), edited by Melanie Trede and Lorenz Bichler, is presented with a satin covered “book case” and Japanese-bound with nylon twine. Working in the tradition of ukiyo-e, or “pictures of the floating world,” developed by Japanese artists of the 17th century, Hiroshige (1797-1858), perhaps the most famous of ukiyo-e  woodblock printers, produced these vibrant scenes of his home city, Edo (later Tokyo), late in life. This great artist’s final masterpiece is reproduced here from a complete original set of woodprints belonging to the Ota Memorial Museum of Art in Tokyo. Each full-color, large-format picture is accompanied with commentary that details the artist’s techniques of execution and composition, along with the historical importance of the print itself.

The Book of Codes: Understanding the World of Hidden Messages - Paul Lunde

The Book Of Codes (Univ. of California, 29.95) is highly addictive, so be warned. If you have any interest in cryptology, history, maps, languages, paintings, architecture (I could go on) this is a book in which you will lose whole hours. Edited by Paul Lunde, this lavishly illustrated volume delves into the codes that make up our world. From animal tracks to military maneuvers, Cuneiform writing to the Enigma machine, text message slang to the 19th-century “Cipher Manuscripts,” this book is historical, informative, and fascinating.