Neil Gaiman - Make Good Art

If you know someone who is an artist – or creator or visionary or eccentric – this is the book for them. Unlike many graduation speeches, this one is perfect for high school or college graduation - or just to inspire someone. Neil Gaiman - author of Neverwhere, Stardust, Coraline, and many, many others - knows how to be inspiring without being corny and how to give good advice without being preachy. The book is engaging, both as a speech and as a work of art. Chip Kidd, the graphic artist who designed the book, clearly studied and understood each phrase and enhanced it with his art.
Make Good Art: Inspiration for Creative People By Neil Gaiman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062266767
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Published: William Morrow - May 14th, 2013

Sjón - From the Mouth of the Whale

Elegant. Epic. Odd. From the Mouth of the Whale is a surreal masterpiece set in 1630s Iceland. The story of Jonas Palmason the Learned unfolds in one surreal revelation after another. In some chapters, Jonas himself relates the tales of his exploits – banishing an unruly ghost, bantering with Basque whalers – and at times a more objective voice describes his adventures – imprisonment for sorcery; the births and deaths of his six children; discussing myth, runes, and natural history with a renowned scholar. Sjón (Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson, his abbreviated pen-name means “sight”) is a poet, lyricist, and novelist already rightly famous in Iceland. This short novel is in turns heartbreaking and hilarious, and always delightful and surprising.
From the Mouth of the Whale: A Novel By Sjón, Victoria Cribb (Translated by) Cover Image
By Sjón, Victoria Cribb (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780374159030
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 30th, 2013

The Violinist's Thumb - Sam Kean

Sam Kean ‘s clever and engaging biography of DNA covers far more than biology; it explores how one elegant molecule structures our bodies and lives, and it captures the complex discoveries of scientists—and their equally complex personalities—in an entertaining narrative style. The Violinist’s Thumb (Little, Brown, $15.99) is full of amazing facts (did you know that there’s enough DNA in our bodies to stretch to the moon?) and illuminating analogies (the nimble, ever-shifting RNA is compared to ancient oral storytelling, while sturdy, consistent DNA is like writing). The book’s broad range makes it ideal for readers of history, biology, psychology, and politics; the many tales of A, T, C, and G reveal what our genes mean to us and how they have shaped us as a culture, a species, and as individuals.
The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code By Sam Kean Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316182331
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Published: Back Bay Books - July 16th, 2013