It's beginning to look a lot like your shopping days are numbered and there's not a lot of new releases left to hit the bookstore shelves. Here's a few stragglers, however:
History of Beauty and On Ugliness Boxed Set
By Umberto Eco
It’s a beguiling idea: Take eternal and irreconcilable theories of art and aesthetics — buttressed with numerous examples of art, and quotations from the most celebrated writers and philosophers of each age — embody them in separate volumes boxed in one set, and see if beauty, in a sense, really does kill the beast. Better yet, have renowned cultural critic and novelist Umberto Eco bring his scholarly touch to bear first on the ever-shifting History of Beauty from ancient Greece to today. Closely examining the development of the visual arts and drawing on literature from each era, the range of Eco’s inquiry includes such concepts as natural inspiration versus numeric formulas, plus the idea of love and the unattainable woman.
Then, digging further into the concepts of evil and darkness in art and literature — after all, beauty’s only skin deep but ugly’s to the bone, it’s been said on many a playground — On Ugliness delves into the monstrous and the repulsive in visual culture and arts. Eco’s comprehensiveness and compelling storytelling comes into play in this enticing study of the ugly, revealing that we often safeguard ourselves from what we’re most subliminally drawn to.
The Secret Daily Teachings
By Rhonda Byrne
John Tyler: The American Presidents Series: The 10th President, 1841-1845
By Gary May, Arthur M. Schlesinger (Editor), Sean Wilentz (Editor)
The Adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle: A Biography
By Russell Miller
No Limits: The Will to Succeed
By Michael Phelps, With Alan Abrahamson
Reborn: Journals and Notebooks, 1947-1964
By Susan Sontag, David Rieff (Editor)