Monday, December 3, 2012

November Review Round-Up

Here at David R. Godine, Publisher, we strive to produce high quality books above all else. So, when our books and authors are praised, we hope you'll forgive us for acting like proud parents. Please join us in celebrating the recent success of a few of our talented authors.

Garden guru, Allan Becker, calls Rosemary Verey by Barabara Paul Robinson a “very satisfying book.” Here is an excerpt from Allan’s article:
Mrs. Verey’s influence upon me, as well as on many of my colleagues and clients, has been so pivotal that as soon as I found out about this book I added it to my must-read list. In it I found comfort when I learned that the placement of a plant - as challenging as it might be for us today - was no less of a challenge for the world’s great authority on that subject. It is reassuring to discover that even the most talented among us sometimes struggle, as we do, in order to overcome obstacles. Readers are in for a treat…
Continue reading the article here.

Rosemary Verey was also profiled in Gardens Illustrated (UK). Below is an excerpt from the review:
Robinson is also scrupulous in acknowledging the key part played by Rosemary’s husband David in the creation of the Rosemary Verey phenomenon. It was he who introduced her to garden history; he who created the vistas at Barnsley House and imported the architectural features. Verey claimed to have reintroduced the British to their own garden traditions, and the photogenic English Country House style was very much her creation, though she would have been the first to acknowledge her historical antecedents. But Robinson suggests her more enduring legacy might be in the US, where she encouraged American gardeners to have faith in their own horticultural vernacular. Her writings have fared better than her gardens, and Verey’s most important contribution may well be as ‘the great encourager’, crisply exhorting us all to get outside and get on with it.

Enjoy reading this lively review posted on Robinson’s blog. And don’t forget to purchase your own copy of Rosemary Verey today!

ForeWord Reviews recently highlighted David Travis’ Karsh: Beyond the Camera in their Winter 2013 issue. Here is a passage from the review:
Karsh’s works of the 1940s and ‘50s in particular offered a heady glamor or intriguing sense of gravitas: Humphrey Bogart and a waft of cigarette smoke, Harry Truman adjusting his glasses, or Pablo Picasso, who surprised everyone he knew by being punctual and wearing a new shirt. French author Francois Mauriac was posed in a darkened profile, both for dramatic effect and because the electricity wasn’t working in his Paris apartment that particular day. There are also lovely poses from actresses Audrey Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, and Grace Kelly (who went from curlers and blue jeans to gorgeous in minutes), but Karsh insisted that the most “sublime woman he had ever photographed” was activist and author Helen Keller, for everything that was in her soul… Karsh knew the world in all its good and evil, and he had a strong love for his family: his first wife, Solange, whom he lost to cancer, and his second wife, Estrellita. This sense of connection apparently gave Karsh’s portraits an integral depth, just as his ability to see beyond preconceptions made his photographs memorable. Travis has shown us not just a technically brilliant artist, but a man of compassion who wanted to share his vision with us all.
Add this beautiful book of Karsh’s photographs and recollections to your bookshelf today!

Last, but certainly not least, One Times Square: A Century of Change at the Crossroads of the World by Joe McKendry was reviewed in Euroman Magazine (Denmark). We are sure it is a rave review. . . however we can’t be certain because the article is in Danish. Can anyone translate for us? (Click to enlarge the photo.)

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Pick up your copy of One Times Square, a 2012 New York Times and Publishers Weekly Best Illustrated Children’s Book, today!

Congratulations Barbara Paul Robinson, David Travis, and Joe McKendry!

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