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Weekly Book Special: Manhattan Within, Sketches of the New York Skyline from Central Park by Matteo Pericoli
Weekly Book Special: September 7th-September 13th
Last Friday, September 3rd, marked Skyscraper Day — a celebration of the world’s tallest buildings. To commemorate, this week’s book special focuses on New York’s world-famous skyline:
Written and Illustrated by Matteo Pericoli
Slipcase in original shrinkwrap, 72 pages, 2003, ISBN: 0375508686
List Price: $30.00, OUR PRICE: $9.95
This set by Matteo Pericoli, the best-selling artist-architect of “Manhattan Unfurled” (Our Price: $30.00) includes: A full-color 22-foot-long drawing, in an accordion fold-out format, which provides an amazing 360-degree view of the Manhattan skyline as seen from within Central Park.
Includes a separate, enlightening personal journal about the method, philosophy, and evolution of the work — an unprecedented, dramatic re-envisioning of the relationship between the city and its geographical center and escape. A visual legend and diagram identifies the city’s landmarks and streets.
Watch the CBS Sunday Morning clip on Pericoli’s artistic process (click to watch):
“[Pericoli’s] prose, as it turns out, is as evocative as his art,” writes Booklist in a review.
Pericoli writes: “When I was working on the skyline along the edge of the island, [the buildings] were giving their backs to me as if they didn’t care. From the park all the buildings seem to look at me. I think this is the real skyline of Manhattan.”
This book is discounted only through September 13th. Purchase it for $9.95 (list price $30.00):
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Miracle on 34th Street: Ornament and Book Gift Set
by Valentine Davies
(Hardcover, 125 pages, 2001, ISBN: 152045759, $17.00)
A white-bearded gentleman who appears at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade fills in for an unfit Santa Claus — and is asked to become the store’s resident Santa. This Kris Kringle believes he is Santa, as do children from all over the city, and reindeer at the zoo nearby.
Since its first publication in 1947, this tale has been treasured by generations, making this Academy Award-winning story part of holiday traditions all across America. This facsimile edition faithfully re-creates the first hardcover publication.
A brief historical note, new in this edition, details the simultaneous development of the book and film. Also included in this boxed set is an original keepsake wooden ornament that kindles warm memories — perfect for sharing with new generations of believers.
“Lovingly reproduced to match the original 1947 printing, this handsome hardback edition of Miracle on 34th Street comes in a gift box with a painted wooden tree ornament,” writes Amazon.com in a review.
“[W]hat makes this gift-box edition interesting is a short note describing the book’s production, which happened at a frantic pace–Davies fairly credits director David Seaton for much of the book’s inspiration, and over 400,000 copies were rushed through to premiere simultaneously with the film.
“[F]or that ’40s, old-timey appeal, this gift box can’t be beat — not to mention it being a safe, easy go-to for stuffing stockings and bringing gifts to holiday parties.”
New Government Report: Taxing Caloric Sweetened Beverages: Potential Effects on Beverage Consumption, Calorie Intake, and Obesity (ISBN: 9781437935931)
Taxing Caloric Sweetened Beverages: Potential Effects on Beverage Consumption, Calorie Intake, and Obesity (ISBN: 9781437935931)
By Travis A. Smith, Biing-Hwan Lin, Jonq-Ying Lee
(Paperback, 33 pages, 2010, $25.00)
Despite budget deficits and calls by health advocates, soda taxes have failed to pass recently in New York, Philadelphia, Vermont, Mississippi, Kansas and Alaska, the New York Times reports.
The link between high U.S. obesity rates and the over-consumption of added sugars, largely from sodas and fruit drinks, has prompted calls for a tax on caloric sweetened beverages (CSB). Faced with a tax, consumers may reduce consumption of these CSB and substitute non-taxed beverages, such as bottled water, juice, and milk.
A tax-induced 20% price increase on CSB could cause an average reduction of 3.8 pounds of body weight over a year, for adults and an average of 4.5 pounds over a year, for children.
Given these reductions in calorie consumption, results show an estimated decline in adult overweight prevalence and obesity prevalence, as well as the child at-risk-for-overweight prevalence and the overweight prevalence. Charts and tables.
To Do Justice to Him and Myself: Evert Wendell’s Account Book of the Fur Trade with Indians in Albany, New York, 1695-1726 (includes cd-rom with original Dutch text) (ISBN: 1606189123)
To Do Justice to Him and Myself:
Evert Wendell’s Account Book of the Fur Trade with Indians in Albany, New York, 1695-1726
by Kees-Jan Waterman (American Philosophical Society, ISBN: 1606189123)
(Paperback, 310 pages and CD-ROM with original Dutch text, 2008, $50.00)
It contains accounts of hundreds of Indians, many listed with their own names, who purchased merchandise on credit from Evert Wendell (1681-1750) and his relatives in Albany, NY. Over 2,000 credit transactions and payments are recorded. This book has been praised as a major addition to the literature on the fur trade which challenges many widely held interpretations.
Illustrations. Tables. The book also includes a CD-ROM with transcription of the Dutch manuscript (searchable).
“The introductory essay and the tables put together from Waterman’s detailed reading of the account suggest an active trade between the Evert family and a wide range of Indians from many different tribal groupings,” writes Ann M. Carlos in the Journal of Economic History (70:2). “One has to be particularly impressed with the level of detail extracted from the accounts after looking at the photographs of the original documents.
“Waterman argues that these accounts with about 300 different individuals give us an unprecedented glimpse into intercultural exchanges in the upper Hudson River valley. He points to the role played by women in this trade; to the nature of the goods exchanges; to the range of different tribal groupings; to the mention of “white” and “black” individuals and to the descriptions of naming practices and tattoos or lack of same.
“Not too many family account books from the early eighteenth century exist. This one documents commercial exchanges between an important Dutch trading family and native traders. Waterman provides an incredible level of detail about the people in these transactions [in this] interesting primary source.”