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Reads tagged with “Wendy MacNaughton”

The Best Biographies, Memoirs, and History Books of 2014
The Best Biographies, Memoirs, and History Books of 2014

Nabokov’s love letters, Shackleton’s courageous journey, the unsung heroes behind creative icons, Joni Mitchell unbound, and more.

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Albert Camus on Happiness and Love, Illustrated by Wendy MacNaughton
Albert Camus on Happiness and Love, Illustrated by Wendy MacNaughton

“If those whom we begin to love could know us as we were before meeting them … they could perceive what they have made of us.”

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Cats, Dogs, and the Human Condition: The Year’s Best Books about Pets and Animals
Cats, Dogs, and the Human Condition: The Year’s Best Books about Pets and Animals

Artful cats, literary dogs, Bob Dylan, and a whole lot of non-human genius.

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The 13 Best Biographies, Memoirs, and History Books of 2013
The 13 Best Biographies, Memoirs, and History Books of 2013

From Alan Turing to Susan Sontag, by way of a lost cat, a fierce Victorian lady-journalist, and some very odd creative habits.

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How to Be an Educated Consumer of Infographics: David Byrne on the Art-Science of Visual Storytelling
How to Be an Educated Consumer of Infographics: David Byrne on the Art-Science of Visual Storytelling

Cultivating the ability to experience the “geeky rapture” of metaphorical thinking and pattern recognition.

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Pen & Ink: An Illustrated Collection of Unusual, Deeply Human Stories Behind People’s Tattoos
Pen & Ink: An Illustrated Collection of Unusual, Deeply Human Stories Behind People’s Tattoos

Stories that “speak of lives you’ll never live and experiences you know precisely.”

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Meanwhile: An Illustrated Love Letter to the Living Fabric of a City and Our Shared Human Longing to Be Understood
Meanwhile: An Illustrated Love Letter to the Living Fabric of a City and Our Shared Human Longing to Be Understood

A tender reminder that however vast our differences, we are bonded by the yearning to feel seen for who we are.

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Famous Writers’ Sleep Habits vs. Literary Productivity, Visualized
Famous Writers’ Sleep Habits vs. Literary Productivity, Visualized

The early bird gets the Pulitzer … sort of.

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Vino Sans Snobbery: A Charming Illustrated Scratch-and-Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert
Vino Sans Snobbery: A Charming Illustrated Scratch-and-Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert

“No one decides what you are going to have for dinner, what’s your favorite ice cream, and what flavor fluoride you take at the dentist, so why would you let someone else tell you what to drink?”

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The Four Types of Jaywalkers: An Illustrated Morphology of Bad Pedestrians circa 1924
The Four Types of Jaywalkers: An Illustrated Morphology of Bad Pedestrians circa 1924

“The Confusion of Our Sidewalkers: And the Traffic Problem of the Future in the Erratic Pedestrian.”

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