Musician and photographer, Chris Darrow, is a "heroine addict". These photographs, taken over the course of 25 years, of the women in his life– family, friends and friends of friends, are a testament to women's strength, desire, and power. Each of the subjects was invited to be photographed as a female archetype that they most identified with. Hand painted and shot by Chris Darrow.
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For more than twenty years, on dozens of film sets, Bridges has perfected his own photography, shooting between takes and behind-the-scenes with a Widelux F8 camera. This fascinating, surprisingly candid body of work began as a personal project, as he recorded the arduous, emotionally intense, evanescent work of the film shoot in books that were privately printed and given as gifts to cast and crew. These are not traditional “Hollywood” pictures, but rather—despite the costumes and lighting, the crowds of extras, the stardom of the subjects—pictures of friends at work. Taken together, the pictures act as Bridges’ personal and professional diary, with actors, directors, and crew appearing as coworkers, all equal participants in the job at hand. Published by powerHouse Books.
If dogs sat around in antique satin smoking jackets, recording their memoirs, this is the journal they would set fountain pen to in an attempt to capture their day. The beautiful clothbound book has a space for its subject's photograph on the cover. Each page is a faded, sepia-toned image from some treasured pooch's life; sharp enough to see, but light enough to provide a backdrop for scribbled musings on the meaning of "a friendship that never betrays, a love that never cools, a loyalty that knows no end." Inspiring quotes are sprinkled throughout the book, and there are many pages intended for photos as well. Lined pages are designated for "Puppy Tales," "Endearing Habits," "Party Tricks and Special Talents," and "Paw Prints for Posterity." A very classy gift for anyone with a canine love in their life. --Katherine Ferguson
What Every Woman Should Have produced by Herter Studio
The biggest little book of the year for grown-up girls of all ages. Here’s the manifesto for the woman who works, plays, and laughs hard. From the recipe for the complete tool box (a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra), to timeless advice about friendships, family, and falling in love...with black-and-white vintage photographs that inspire laughter, reflection, and insight.
Certain dishes (mom's potato salad), specialties (Mama Rose's pickled garlic), and meals (the Thanksgiving when dad roasted the turkey on the backyard grill) say family more than almost anything else. One whiff of mom's spaghetti and meatballs and memories of childhood come rushing back. The Family Table is for saving all that, and passing it on to the future generations. Beautifully designed, it's ready for notes and stories about special occasions, recipes for the dishes everyone loves best, and photographs times spent together. It has six roomy pockets, plenty of space to write, pages for recipes, a lay-flat spiral binding, and a cloth cover for durability. Families share some of their most wonderful moments when they gather for a meal. This unique, sturdy, and practical journal makes a perfect place for cooks to capture them all.
Snowmen offers inspiration for constructing fantastic winter wonderlands. This delightful book celebrates the joys of the white stuff, and provides "recipes" for dozens of witty, beautiful, and impressive polar creations. Emphasizing use of natural materials (pine needles and cones, twigs, icicles, pebbles) and everyday household objects (toothpicks, wigs, pot lids, eggplants), the authors encourage sculptors to seek inspiration and have fun. Don't wait for the first blizzard to hit--start planning a snow extravaganza now! --Emilie Coulter