The Refined

The Refined has expensive tastes for “the finer things”; will gravitate toward titles with a more classic feel (older art books as opposed to modern/contemporary); looking for the height of style and craftsmanship; likes “the good life” but will be more conservative overall. 

Goya: Order & Disorder Cover Image
By Goya (Artist), Stephanie Stepanek (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Frederick Ilchman (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
ISBN: 9780878468089
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Published: MFA Publications - October 31st, 2014

A comprehensive overview of the career of one of the world’s greatest artists, derived from the largest North American Goya exhibition in a quarter-century. Know somebody who loves collecting art books, or who just needs something a little strange and distinctive to decorate a coffee table? Goya stuns to this day.

The Heart Is Strange: New Selected Poems Cover Image
By John Berryman, Daniel Swift (Editor), Daniel Swift (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780374221089
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - October 21st, 2014

One of the quintessential tortured poets—alcoholism, combativeness, mental illness, suicide—but look beyond that for a moment: Berryman was one of the greats, and this collection, which spans his entire career, reminds us of the beauty of his work apart from all that biographical baggage. If you know a poetry lover—especially one who already adores Berryman—this volume will enthrall them.

The Thing the Book: A Monument to the Book as Object Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452117201
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 23rd, 2014

A beautiful collection of miscellany that seeks to answer the question: “What exactly is a book?” Flip through this argument for the book as an art object, and you’ll find essays, full color photographs, ribbons, inserted notes—in short, you’ll find something like a cross between an exhibition and a high-end scrapbook. It belongs on a thoughtful person’s coffee table, and it’s perfect for lovers of design.

Ever Yours: The Essential Letters Cover Image
By Vincent Van Gogh, Leo Jansen (Editor), Hans Luijten (Editor)
ISBN: 9780300209471
Availability: Backordered
Published: Yale University Press - December 2nd, 2014

A portrait of the artist as a young man! This collection of Van Gogh’s letters reveals his complex temperament as he grapples with his own artistic destiny and his fraught relationship with his family. But the letters also tell the story of Paris in the nineteenth century, as modernity and the avant-garde began to transform the city forever. Perfect for art and French history lovers in your life.

Heritage Cover Image
By Sean Brock, Peter Frank Edwards (Photographer)
ISBN: 9781579654634
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Published: Artisan Publishers - October 21st, 2014

The long-awaited first cookbook from Sean Brock, beloved chef and emissary for Southern food and culture. Here, you’ll get updates on comforting fare—corn-goat cheese soup, crispy fried farm eggs, crispy pig’s ear lettuce wraps. Know a displaced Southerner who needs a taste of home? Know a foodie who wants yummy twists on classics? They’ll find this book delicious.

Cecil B. DeMille: The Art of the Hollywood Epic Cover Image
ISBN: 9780762454907
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Published: Running Press Adult - November 1st, 2014

Cecil B. DeMille was one of the greatest filmmakers of the old Hollywood system—a director of scope and grandeur, known for classics like The Greatest Show on Earth and The Ten Commandments. With this gorgeous book—which opens the archives and presents a plethora of behind-the-scenes material—Mr. DeMille is ready for his close-up. Lovers of old movies will delight.

Frank Lloyd Wright: The Rooms: Interiors and Decorative Arts Cover Image
By Margo Stipe (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Alan Weintraub (Photographer), David A. Hanks (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780847843428
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Published: Rizzoli International Publications - October 21st, 2014

There are many books about Frank Lloyd Wright, but this is the first high-end monograph that focuses on his interior design. What does that mean? Well, take a second; flip through this beautiful book. The photographs—of both private and public spaces—speak for themselves. Any lover of design and/or art books will relish this unique collection.

Alcohol: A History Cover Image
ISBN: 9781469617602
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - November 14th, 2014

Know somebody who likes to pour herself a drink and settle in with a good book? Consider buying them Alcohol: A History. The title says it all. This book tells the story of alcohol, focusing on both the positive and the negative. But it also tells a broader story about class, race, and gender. A work of history that’s perfect for the thoughtful drinker in your life.

The Ugly Renaissance: Sex, Greed, Violence and Depravity in an Age of Beauty Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385536592
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Doubleday Books - October 7th, 2014

We all know about the beauty of the Renaissance, but what about the ugliness? This work of history provides a new window into the Renaissance, examining the nastiness—scheming politicians, vicious rivalries, debauched sex—that lurked behind some of the world’s most beautiful art. Perfect for history lovers, and for people who think most history books are too dry.

Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452141442
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Published: Chronicle Books - November 11th, 2014

Is there a jazz-lover in your life? Or somebody just beginning to dip into the history of that iconic genre of music? Here is the perfect gift for aficionados and newcomers: a collection of vintage album covers, photos, performances, and other materials that tells the quintessential history of this storied jazz record label. And the book itself is a work of art!

Let Me Be Frank with You Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061692062
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Published: Ecco Press - November 4th, 2014

Sardonic observations about American masculinity? Yup, this is the new Frank Bascombe novel. Ford places his iconic protagonist in the wreckage of Hurricane Sandy, where Frank helps a friend assess his damaged property, listens to a stranger’s story of family tragedy, and grouses about aging in America. Ford is a master, and this is a new classic—perfect for fans of thoughtful literary fiction.

Twilight of the Eastern Gods Cover Image
By Ismail Kadare, David Bellos (Translator)
ISBN: 9780802123114
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Published: Grove Press - November 4th, 2014

When Boris Pasternak, author of Doctor Zhivago, won the Nobel Prize in 1958, it created an uproar in the USSR. In the wake of this, a young writer in Moscow struggles with the position of literature within a Communist country, learning dangerous truths about freedom and art. A newly-translated early novel by this acclaimed writer, it’s ideal for people who love intelligent stories about writers and art.

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