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The Illustrated Wizard of Oz, 65% Off

Weekly Book Special: October 26th-November 1st

In October of 1938, Judy Garland set out to make history on the MGM Studios Lot in Culver City, California. With no small help from the wizards at technicolor, MGM continued the fine tradition of reinventing L. Frank Baum’s wonderful world of Oz.

The Wizard of Oz
Written by L. Frank Baum, Illustrated by Lisabeth Zwerger, Hardcover 103 pages
List Price: $20.00, OUR PRICE: $6.95

Wizard of Oz

Along with adults and children, the land of Oz has always been irresistible to writers and artists. The immersive, fantasy world first envisioned by Baum in 1900 has reached iconic status as the greatest American fairytale of the 20th century.

Much like Dorothy, world-renowned illustrator Lisbeth Zwerger could not help returning to Oz. Zwerger reimagines Dorothy, Toto, the Tinman, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion in her own signature style, providing a gorgeous accompaniment to Baum’s unaltered words.

A group of creatures line up to see the Wizard (click for a closeup):


The Wizard of Oz is a story that belongs on every bookshelf and this is an ideal edition for young people who are developing their love for reading. Amazon Reviews declare that “[Zwerger’s] characters have a poignance and oddity that escaped the makers of the Oz movie.”

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October 26, 2010 at 2:01 pm Leave a comment

Get a Recession-Busting Discount on The Art of the Market, Now 60% Off

Weekly Book Special: October 19th-October 25th

The United States economy has gone through some lean periods but, given time, it always seems to bounce back. However rough today’s economic seas may feel, we would do well to remember that they have been worse. Today marks the 23rd anniversary of Black Monday, the steepest single day fall in market history. To commemorate the resilience of the U.S. stock market, we present you with a recession-proof sale.

The Art of the Market:
Two Centuries of American Business As Seen Through Its Stock Certificates

By Bob Tamarkin and Les Krantz, Hardcover, 176 pages
List Price: $35.00, Lowest Price: $23.75, OUR PRICE: $14.95

Art of the MarketAllow us introduce you to “scripophily:” the collecting of old stock certificates that have no monetary value. If you’re wondering why anyone would ever do such a thing, take a look at the beautiful hand-engraved image below.

Before television commercials or even widespread print media, the stock certificate was a company’s favored means of projecting a brand image. Tamarkin and Krantz have compiled over 150 full color stock certificates that will inspire artists and investors alike.
The Worsted Corporation’s emblem  (click for a closeup):


Richard Drezen of the Washington Post News Research Center hails The Art of the Market for “successfully remind[ing] us that ‘business art’ need not be an oxymoron.”

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October 19, 2010 at 8:29 am Leave a comment

For People Who Love Pirates, a 50% Discount

Weekly Book Special September 21st-September 26th

Avast, me hearties!

Celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day all week long with us at Diane Publishing. Before Johnny Depp made the buccaneer lifestyle fashionable again, privateer enthusiast Pat Croce was writing some wonderful books for children. Capture the imagination of a young scallywag in your life with this week’s special:

My Pop-Pop is a Pirate: A Swashbuckling Tale
With a Treasure Trove of Interactive Extras

Written by Pat Croce, Illustrated by Julia Wolf.
Hardcover, 18 pages. ISBN: 0762428716
List Price: $15.95,Lowest Price: $8.90, OUR PRICE: $7.95
My Pop-Pop is a Pirate

What started as a surprised yawp in response to a sports injury has since exploded into a global phenomenon with participants on every continent and the seven seas in between.  Few have captured, or been possessed by, our cultural fascination with scurvy sea dogs as Pat Croce, who operates the Pirate Soul Museum in Key West, Florida.

My Pop-Pop is a Pirate will enchant junior picaroons with its fanciful storyline, lift-up flaps, pull tabs, 3-D touch-and-feel elements, and pop-up surprise ending.

Julia Wolf’s immersive illustrations provide the perfect counterpoint to Croce’s piratical prose: (click to enlarge):
Pirate Feast

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September 21, 2010 at 8:20 am Leave a comment

Chosen: Philadelphia’s Great Hebraica (Rosenbach Museum and Library Company of Philadelphia)

Chosen: Philadelphia’s Great Hebraica
Written by David Stern, Edited by Judith M. Guston
(Rosenbach Museum and Library, Library Company of Philadelphia)
(Paperback, 149 pages, 2005, ISBN: 0939084368, $25.00)

ChosenThis catalog, which accompanies the exhibition of the same name at The Rosenbach Museum and Library Company in Philadelphia, features 75 full-color illustrations of all the objects in the exhibition.

Read the Google Preview: Chosen of this book before you purchase it.

This catalog provides information of lasting value and interest about each of the objects and explains their place in the broader history of books and manuscripts in Hebraic language over the past millennium. Additional contributions by Evelyn Cohen and Emile Schrijver.

Objects for the exhibition have been loaned by Bryn Mawr College Library; Center for Advanced Judaic Studies Library, and Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania; Congregation Mikveh Israel; Congregation Rodeph Shalom; Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Department and Education, Philosophy, and Religion Dept.; Haverford College Library; Temple Judea Museum, and Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel.

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July 21, 2010 at 10:21 pm Leave a comment

Book Special for National Fresh Food and Vegetable Month and Great Outdoors Month: Wild Food Gourmet: Fresh and Savory Food From Nature (ISBN: 1552092429)

Weekly Book Special: June 1st-June 7th

June is National Fresh Food and Vegetables Month and Great Outdoors Month. In commemoration, this week’s special is:

The Wild Food Gourmet:
Fresh and Savory Food From Nature

by Anne Gardon (Paperback, 174 pages, 1998, $25.00)

Wild Food GourmetCooking with wild food is a gratifying experience from start to finish. Discover a bounty of tender leaves, delicious berries and nutritious roots that grow wild all around us. Illustrated with over 75 color photos, this delightful cookbook features 100 delicious recipes using fresh-picked greens, berries and mushrooms and brings a new twist to home cooking and camping trips.

Author Anne Gardon grew up in Provence, France, where she followed her parents on their quest for wild edibles. When she came to North America she discovered a totally different and fascinating vegetation and started harvesting and eating wild edibles, which turned out to be delicious.

Our favorite recipe is for Tortellini with Artichoke Hearts and Shaggy Manes (click to enlarge):

Wild Food Gourmet: Tortellini with Artichoke Hearts and Shaggy Manes

“Containing exceptional photos, this book will appeal to gardeners, amateur botanists, restaurateurs and creative cooks,” writes Explore Magazine. Adds the Kansas City Star: “Learn tips on foraging, preserving, drying and freezing, along with recipes that are quite simple but elegant.”

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June 1, 2010 at 10:19 am Leave a comment

Children’s Book Week Special: Lane Smith’s John, Paul, George and Ben, New York Times Best Seller and Best Illustrated Book of 2006

Weekly Book Special: May 11th-May 17th

This week is Children’s Book Week, a nationwide celebration of reading. To commemorate, this week’s special is:

John, Paul, George and Ben
By Lane Smith (Hardcover, 38 pages, 2006, $17.00)

John, Paul, George and Ben“Witty text and full-color illustrations bring new life to a few old chestnuts, depicting the Fab Four of the American Revolution — John Hancock, Paul Revere, George Washington and Benjamin Franklin — through the founding myths we know them by,” writes The New York Times.

“Early American typefaces, parchment grounds, and vestiges of 18th-century life evoke a sense of the time,” writes Library Journal. “A true-and-false section in the back separates fact from fiction. While children will love the off-the-wall humor, there is plenty for adult readers to enjoy.”

Author Lane Smith, who also wrote “The Stinky Cheese Man,” won more than 20 awards for this New York Times bestseller, including The Times’ Best Illustrated Book of 2006. Reinforced library binding makes the book able to be read many times. Exercise your freedom to pick this one up!

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May 11, 2010 at 12:29 am Leave a comment

National Train Day Book Special: Dining By Rail: The History and Recipes of America’s Golden Age of Railroad Cuisine

Weekly Book Special: May 3rd-May 10th

UPDATE: This book is SOLD OUT. Sorry!

National Train Day, a coast-to-coast celebration of America’s love of trains, is this Saturday, May 8th. To commemorate, this week’s special is:

Dining by Rail:
The History and the Recipes of
America’s Golden Age of Railroad Cuisine

By James Porterfield (Hardcover, 384 pages, $35.00)

Dining By Rail Cover
This book — half social history and half recipes — recaptures the history and spirit of the dining-car experience and serves up entertaining details and sumptuous foods to readers interested in railroads, food, or social history.

Railroad passenger food service peaked in 1930, when nearly 1 million meals were served daily. Recipes for over 325 meals from nearly 50 railroad lines can be prepared quickly at home and in small kitchens. More than 150 illustrations.

Our favorite page is the history of the song “The Great Big Baked Potato.”

“Readers who sigh at the names “Super Chief” and “Zephyr,” and who remember the meal Cary Grant ate on the train in North by Northwest, may find this book fulfilling their wildest dreams,” writes Publisher’s Weekly. “For authentic American versions of lamb fricassee, deviled eggs and blancmange presented without campiness or apology, this is the source.”

For a lecture on railroad history, the University of Southern Mississippi made refreshments using recipes from this book.

May 3, 2010 at 7:00 am Leave a comment

Mark Twain Biography from Ken Burns PBS Documentary; Novels: Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn

Acclaimed American author, humorist and former newsman Mark Twain, born Samuel Clemens, died 100 years ago today in his last home in Redding, Connecticut. We offer two books related to Mark Twain:

Mark Twain: An Illustrated Biography

Mark Twain: An Illustrated Biography
by Geoffrey C. Ward and Dayton Duncan, with a foreword by Ken Burns
(Hardcover, 269 pages, 2001)

Mark Twain was the most famous American of his day, and remains the most revered American writer. The book — an essential companion to Ken Burns’ PBS documentary “Mark Twain” — examines not merely his famous novels, stories, travelogues, and lectures, but also his diaries, letters, and 275 illustrations from throughout his life.

This biography takes us from his boyhood in Hannibal, Missouri, to his time as a riverboat worker — when he adopted the sobriquet “Mark Twain” — to his varied careers as a newspaperman, printer and author. Follows him from the home he built in Hartford, Connecticut, to his travels across Europe, the Middle East and the U.S.

With essays by Russell Jocelyn Chadwick, Ron Powers and John Boyer, and an interview with frequent Twain portrayer Hal Holbrook, this book provides a rich portrayal of the first figure of American letters. Beautifully designed!

“This is more than a lavishly illustrated companion book to the Mark Twain PBS series. National Book Critics Circle Award winner Geoffrey C. Ward, Dayton Duncan, and Ken Burns have produced a cogent, colorful portrait of the man who forged our national identity in the sentences he spun,” writes

“Excellent though the brisk narrative may be, the book’s greatest pleasures are the extensive Twain quotations; no one has topped his description of the Mississippi River, and he had a salty remark for every occasion (charged an outrageous fee for a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, he cracked, “Do you wonder now that Christ walked?”).

“Gracefully synthesizing current scholarship, this warmhearted biography provides the perfect introduction to Mark Twain.”

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Great Novels of Mark Twain
Great Novels of Mark Twain: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, & the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain (Hardcover, 438 pages, 2000)

Mark Twain (1835-1910) has achieved fame and a literary following throughout the world for his irreverent humor, realistic depiction of life on the Mississippi River and memorable characters and scenes from mid-19th century America. Beginning life as an apprentice printer, he became a journeyman printer and then a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi until the Civil War brought an end to travel on the river.

After serving briefly as a volunteer soldier and a short stint of work in a silver mine and as a reporter, he began to write and travel. His famous novel “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” comes from his own boyhood experiences in a town on the Mississippi. Its sequel “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is considered to be his masterpiece. This is a facsimile of the 1899/1910 edition. Illustrations.

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April 21, 2010 at 12:01 pm Leave a comment

Cinco de Mayo: Yesterday and Today

Cinco de Mayo: Yesterday and Today
by Maria Cristina Urrutia and Rebeca Orozco (Hardcover, 29 pages, 1999)

May 5th is the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo, which celebrates the Mexican victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1852. Though it’s not Mexico’s Independence Day, it is a day to celebrate Mexican heritage, especially in the United States, with education, food and dance.

Cinco de MayoIn “Cinco de Mayo: Yesterday and Today,” learn about one of the most celebrated days in the Mexican calendar. Using historical sources and the photographic record of a contemporary reenactment, children learn what the holiday commemorates and what it means today.

In the mid-19th century Mexico was in a crisis. Using the pretext that Mexico was not paying off its debt to European powers, the French emperor Napoleon III decided to invade and annex the country.

The Mexicans fought back and eventually defeated the French. One of the decisive battles took place on the fifth of May. As a result, this day has become a symbol of Mexican pride and independence and it continues to be celebrated wherever Mexicans live. Illustrations.

The North American Montessori School lists this book among their “suggested reading” for Cinco de Mayo.

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National Parks Week Books: Ansel Adams: The National Park Service Photographs, Underwater Wonders of the National Parks, Hey Ranger! Kids Ask Questions About Grand Canyon National Park

National Parks Week starts tomorrow, running from April 17th through April 25th. For the next 7 days, all national parks are free, and are hosting celebrations. Here are three books that we offer on National Parks:

Ansel Adams: The National Park Service Photographs

Ansel Adams:
The National Park Service Photographs

Photos by Ansel Adams, Introduction by Alice Gray
(Hardcover, 144 pages, 1995, $25)

In 1941 Ansel Adams was hired by the U.S. Dept. of the Interior to photograph America’s national parks for a series of murals that would celebrate the country’s natural heritage. Because of the escalation of World War II, the project was suspended after less than a year, but not before Adams had produced this group of breathtaking images.

These stunning photographs of the natural geysers & terraces in Yellowstone, the rocks & ravines in the Grand Canyon, the winding rivers & majestic mountains in Glacier and Grand Teton national parks, the mysterious Carlsbad Caverns, the architecture of ancient Indian villages, and many evocative views of the American West demonstrate the genius of Adams’s technical and aesthetic inventiveness.

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Underwater Wonders of the National Parks Underwater Wonders of the National Parks: A Diving and Snorkeling Guide Compiled by the National Park Service
by Daniel J. Lenihan and John D. Brooks (Paperback, 338 pages, 2000, $20)

Perhaps the single best-kept secret about our National Parks is the underwater realm that they include: millions of acres of submerged lands, only a small fraction of which has been explored by divers.

From geysers on the bottom of Yellowstone Lake, to the coral reefs of the Dry Tortugas, to steamers sunk in the frigid waters of Isle Royale in Lake Superior, to the kelp forests of the Channel Islands, the National Parks have much to offer the diver. Almost all 61 NPS areas with significant water holdings are of some interest to divers.

This guide introduces divers and others interested in water sports to this dimension of the National Parks, such as snorkeling rare coral reefs; shipwreck diving and underwater archaeological sites. Color photos and detailed maps.

National Parks Traveler used this book as a reference for the Top 10 favorite diving and snorkeling parks.

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Hey Ranger!: Kids Ask Questions about Grand Canyon National ParkHey Ranger!: Kids Ask Questions about Grand Canyon National Park
Written by Kim Williams Justesen, Illustrations by Judy Newhouse
(Paperback, 46 pages, 2006, $10)

Kids ask the greatest questions! Is the Grand Canyon cursed? Why are there so many bugs here? Do park rangers feed the animals? This book answers the real questions — some smart, some silly — that kids ask Grand Canyon National Park rangers every day. Filled with fascinating facts and ready-to-color illustrations, this fun and educational guide offers hours of entertainment for explorers of all ages.

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