Thursday, October 9, 2014

Kate M. Is Recommending:
Discover the breathtaking locations around New Zealand featured in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit films with this lush four-color travel guide from the author of the international bestseller The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook.

The Hobbit Trilogy Location Guide showcases the principal filming locations around New Zealand that are captured in Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson's trilogy based on J. R. R. Tolkien's popular classic The Hobbit. Filled with stunning color photos, this handy reference includes exclusive background information and anecdotes about the filming, as well as sections written specially by Sir Peter Jackson, Alan Lee, Sir Richard Taylor, and Barrie Osborne, plus contributions from the cast and crew.

Produced with the full cooperation of New Line Productions and Warner Bros., this beautiful guidebook also features exclusive movie images and location photographs, specialty maps and directions, GPS references, touring information--including accommodation food and entertainment suggestions--and helpful Internet addresses.

With The Hobbit Trilogy Location Guide, fans of Peter Jackson's cinematic masterpieces can enjoy their own imaginative adventures and experience the magic and complexity of Hobbiton and Middle-earth.
A scholar, psychoanalyst, and cultural critic explores the multifaceted role dogs play in our world in this charming bestiary of dogs from literature, lore, and life.

While gradually unveiling her eight-year love affair with her French bulldog, Grisby, Mikita Brottman ruminates on the singular bond between dogs and humans. Why do prevailing attitudes warn us against loving our pet "too much"? Is her relationship with Grisby nourishing or dysfunctional, commonplace or unique? Challenging the assumption that there's something repressed and neurotic about those deeply connected to a dog, she turns her keen eye on the many ways in which dog is the mirror of man.

The Great Grisby is organized into twenty-six alphabetically arranged chapters, each devoted to a particular human-canine union drawn from history, art, philosophy, or literature. Here is Picasso's dachshund Lump; Freud's chow Yofi; Oliver Twist's Bill Sikes's mutt Bull's Eye; and Elizabeth Barrett Browning's spaniel Flush, whose biography was penned by Virginia Woolf. There are royal dogs, like Prince Albert's greyhound Eos, and dogs cherished by authors, like Thomas Hardy's fox terrier, Wessex. Brottman's own beloved Grisby serves as an envoy for sniffing out these remarkable companions.

Quirky and delightful, and peppered with incisive personal reflections and back-and-white sketches portraying a different dog and its owner, The Great Grisby reveals how much dogs have to teach us about empathy, happiness, love--and what it means to be human.
Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk have built their careers on unconventional creative thinking. As the team behind Dove's Evolution video, they famously stripped away the photoshopping, lighting and make-up to sell real beauty. But after years of winning awards for rethinking brands, they realized that they wanted to spend more of their time rethinking the way we work-or, in many cases and places, the way our work doesn't work for us, and especially for women. And so they tackled the problem in their hallmark style-by turning expectations upside down and shaking them. Soundly.

Darling, You Can't Do Both, is a smart, relatable guide for all of the women who embraced the spirit of Lean In but were left wondering where to start-how could they, in all industries and at all levels, really start to change the institutions they work in from the ground up. Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk's answer is that women need to start breaking rules they've always tacitly accepted, and start understanding how being a woman in business is an asset, not a liability. They argue that motherhood creates better leaders, that you should be letting the intern help solve your biggest problems and that networking isn't just the icky business of golf clubs and business cards. Darling will spark a new thread of conversation about women in the workplace-one that isn't about accepting defeat or blaming ourselves, but is instead about moving (and looking) forward.
From New York Times bestselling author Kate Kerrigan comes the compelling final installment in her sweeping immigrant trilogy begun in Ellis Island and City of Hope--a story of family, love, danger, and ambition in Hollywood during World War II.

Irish immigrant Ellie Hogan has finally achieved the American Dream. But her comfortable bohemian life on Fire Island, New York, is shattered when her eldest adopted son, Leo, runs away, lured by the promise of fortune and fame in Hollywood. Determined to keep her family intact, Ellie follows him west, uprooting her youngest son and long-time friend Bridie.

In Los Angeles, Ellie creates a fashionable new home among the city's celebrities, artists, and movie moguls. She is also drawn into intense new friendships with talented film composer Stan, a man far different from any she has ever met, and Suri, a beautiful Japanese woman and kindred spirit, who opens Ellie's eyes to the injustices of her adopted country.

While Leo is dazzled by Hollywood's glitz, Ellie quickly sees that the golden glamour masks a world of vanity and greed. Though she tries to navigate the family around heartbreak and the dangers of their new home, she will not be able to protect them from a darker threat: war.
A sensuous, heartbreaking novel about art, beauty, and the choices we make that define us for life

In 1968 a young man travels to Paris, where a series of unlikely events take him to a tiny village in Italy--and to the one great love of his life. A marble merchant meets a couple on their honeymoon, introducing them to the sensual beauty of Carrara. An Italian woman arrives in Canada to find the father she never knew. A terrible accident in a marble quarry changes the course of a young boy's life and, ultimately, sets in motion each of these stories, which David Macfarlane masterfully shapes into a magnificent whole.

Oliver Hughson falls in love with wild, bohemian Anna over the course of one glorious summer in Italy. Bound by a sense of responsibility to his adoptive parents back home in Canada, however, he leaves her, an act he will regret for the rest of his life. Narrated by the daughter he never knew he had, The Figures of Beauty is a love story of mythic proportions. Through luck, fate, and great good fortune, Oliver found the one place and the one woman he should never have left. This is the story of his trying to find his way back.

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