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Dressed

by Shahidha Bari Basic Books (March 16, 2020)

Perfect for readers of Women in Clothes, this beautifully designed philosophical guide to fashion explores art, literature, and film to uncover the hidden meaning of a well-chosen wardrobe.

We all get dressed....


Dressed

by Shahidha Bari Basic Books (March 17, 2020)

For readers of Women in Clothes, a philosophical guide to fashion

We all get dressed. But how often do we pause to think about the place of clothes in our world? What unconscious thoughts do we express when...


Music

by Ted Gioia Basic Books (October 14, 2019)

"A dauntingly ambitious, obsessively researched" (Los Angeles Times) global history of music that reveals how songs have shifted societies and sparked revolutions

Histories of music overwhelmingly suppress stories...


Music

by Ted Gioia Basic Books (October 15, 2019)

A preeminent music historian and critic presents a global history of music from the bottom up

Histories of music overwhelmingly suppress stories of the outsiders and rebels who created musical revolutions and...


Mind in Motion

by Barbara Tversky Basic Books (May 20, 2019)

An eminent psychologist offers a major new theory of human cognition: movement, not language, is the foundation of thought

When we try to think about how we think, we can't help but think of words. Indeed, some...


The Art of Looking

by Lance Esplund Basic Books (November 26, 2018)

A veteran art critic helps us make sense of modern and contemporary art

The landscape of contemporary art has changed dramatically during the last hundred years: from Malevich's 1915 painting of a single black...


The Art of Looking

by Lance Esplund Basic Books (October 23, 2018)

A veteran art critic helps us make sense of modern and contemporary art

A hand-signed porcelain urinal. An abstract drip painting. A silent 700 hour performance.

Art has changed since the days of Giotto, Michelangelo,...


A Mad Love

by Vivien Schweitzer Basic Books (September 17, 2018)

A lively introduction to opera, from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century

There are few art forms as visceral and emotional as opera -- and few that are as daunting for newcomers. A Mad Love offers a...


Hadrian's Wall

by Adrian Goldsworthy Basic Books (April 09, 2018)

From an award-winning historian of ancient Rome, a definitive history of Hadrian's Wall

Stretching eighty miles from coast to coast across northern England, Hadrian's Wall is the largest Roman artifact known...


Celestial Bodies

by Laura Jacobs Basic Books (May 07, 2018)

A distinguished dance critic offers an enchanting introduction to the art of ballet

As much as we may enjoy Swan Lake or The Nutcracker, for many of us ballet is a foreign language. It communicates through movement,...


Celestial Bodies

by Laura Jacobs Basic Books (April 10, 2018)

A distinguished dance critic offers an enchanting introduction to the art of ballet

As much as we may enjoy Swan Lake or The Nutcracker, for many of us ballet is almost literally a foreign language. It communicates...


The Amorous Heart

by Marilyn Yalom Basic Books (January 08, 2018)

An eminent scholar unearths the captivating history of the two-lobed heart symbol from scripture and tapestry to T-shirts and text messages, shedding light on how we have expressed love since antiquity

The...


The Amorous Heart

by Marilyn Yalom Basic Books (January 09, 2018)

The symmetrical, exuberant heart is everywhere: it gives shape to candy, pendants, the frothy milk on top of a cappuccino, and much else. How can we explain the ubiquity of what might be the most recognizable...


Messiah

by Jonathan Keates Basic Books (October 23, 2017)

From Handel's renowned biographer, the story of one of the most celebrated compositions of Western classical music, Handel's famous oratorio, Messiah

In the late summer of 1741, George Friderick Handel, composed...


Messiah

by Jonathan Keates Basic Books (October 24, 2017)

From Handel's renowned biographer, the story of one of the most celebrated compositions of Western classical music, Handel's famous oratorio, Messiah

In the late summer of 1741, George Friderick Handel, composed...


How to Listen to Jazz

by Ted Gioia Basic Books (September 18, 2017)

"Mr. Gioia could not have done a better job. Through him, jazz might even find new devotees." --The Economist

In How to Listen to Jazz, award-winning music scholar Ted Gioia presents a lively introduction to...


Beethoven's Eroica

by James Hamilton-Paterson Basic Books (December 04, 2017)

An ode to Beethoven's revolutionary masterpiece, his Third Symphony

In 1805, the world of music was startled by an avant-garde and explosive new work. Intellectually and emotionally, Beethoven's Third Symphony,...


Winning at New Products

by Robert G. Cooper Basic Books (September 18, 2017)

For more than two decades, Winning at New Products has served as the bible for product developers everywhere. Robert G. Cooper demonstrates why consistent product development is vital to corporate growth and...


The Design of Everyday Things

by Don Norman Basic Books (November 04, 2013)

Design doesn't have to complicated, which is why this guide to human-centered design shows that usability is just as important as aesthetics.

Even the smartest among us can feel inept as we fail to figure out...


The Design of Everyday Things

by Don Norman Basic Books (November 05, 2013)

Even the smartest among us can feel inept as we fail to figure out which light switch or oven burner to turn on, or whether to push, pull, or slide a door. The fault, argues this ingenious—even liberating—book,...


Talking Pictures

by Ann Hornaday Basic Books (June 12, 2017)

A veteran film critic offers a lively, opinionated guide to thinking and talking about movies -- from Casablanca to Clueless

Whether we are trying to impress a date after an art house film screening or discussing...


Talking Pictures

by Ann Hornaday Basic Books (June 13, 2017)

Whether we are trying to impress a date after an art-house film screening or discussing Oscar nominations with friends, we all need ways to watch and talk about movies. But with so much variety between an Alfred...


Language of the Spirit

by Jan Swafford Basic Books (April 10, 2017)

A preeminent composer, music scholar, and biographer presents an engaging and accessible introduction to classical music

For many of us, classical music is something serious -- something we study in school,...


Language of the Spirit

by Jan Swafford Basic Books (April 11, 2017)

For many of us, classical music is something serious-something we study in school, something played by cultivated musicians at fancy gatherings. In Language of the Spirit, renowned music scholar Jan Swafford...


Bit by Bit

by Andrew Ervin Basic Books (May 01, 2017)

An acclaimed critic argues that video games are the most vital art form of our time

Video games have seemingly taken over our lives. Whereas gamers once constituted a small and largely male subculture, today...


Bit by Bit

by Andrew Ervin Basic Books (May 02, 2017)

An acclaimed novelist and critic argues that video games are the most vital art form of our time

Video games have seemingly taken over our lives. Whereas gamers once constituted a small and largely male subculture,...


What I Found in a Thousand Towns

by Dar Williams Basic Books (September 04, 2017)

A beloved folk singer presents an impassioned account of the fall and rise of the small American towns she cherishes.

Dubbed by the New Yorker as "one of America's very best singer-songwriters," Dar Williams...