Beautiful American Photography Books

Do you have an affinity for art? Then take note! We have a stunning collection of photography books at AADL. You can take your favorite artists home with you (or maybe discover someone new) and enjoy their photographs printed on big, bold pages. Some highlights include books by seminal American photographers from the 20th century:

GARRY WINOGRAND

EDWARD WESTON: THE LAST YEARS IN CARMEL

ANSEL ADAMS: THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE PHOTOGRAPHS

DOROTHEA LANGE: THE CRUCIAL YEARS

WALKER EVANS

CINDY SHERMAN

UNCOMMON PLACES: THE COMPLETE WORKS by STPEHEN SHORE

WHAT REMAINS by SALLY MANN

DEEP SOUTH by SALLY MANN

And lastly, the posthumously discovered and published Vivian Maier, whose book VIVIAN MAIER: OUT OF THE SHADOWS has delighted critics and fans everywhere!

For more titles, see here.

Download of the Day: July 2

Cuttlefish - Samantha Bell

Learn about these deep sea denizens and the peculiarities that set them apart from their relatives!

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Download of the Day: July 1

Never a Bystander

Ann Arbor filmmaker Evelyn Neuhaus explores the life of Irene Butter, who survived two Nazi concentration camps, and has dedicated herself to sharing the lessons she learned as a Holocaust survivor and develop an understanding and appreciation of human rights in others.

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PreK Bits - "G" is for Girls, Goats and Gunniwolf

Ms. Rachel told stories that had names that started with the letter "G" ... as in "Grubb" and "Gunniwolf".

The THREE SILLY GIRLS GRUBB is a re-tell of The THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF. Three little girls skip over the bridge off to school. They missed the school bus. They had jelly donuts in their lunch boxes ... and someone is under the bridge.
Ms. Sara accompanied Ms. Rachel and the goat limberjack on a floating trip "Down The River" ... where you "can't jump", and you "can't turn around."
The "Jump Josie" song can be heard on the recording DANCE PARTY: movin' and groovin' songs for young children.
Then we went with a little girl to pick flowers for Mama ... until ... The GUNNIWOLF appeared !!

Here are a variety of re-tells. Be sure to get one of the traditional tells too:
The tale is told traditionally The THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF by Janet Stevens and by Paul Galdone.
Get Rabbit Ears: The THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF If you would like to watch the tale told on DVD.
The THREE CABRITOS is a Tex-Mex version told by by Eric Kimmel.
THREE SILLY BILLIES is a diverted version told by Margo Palatini.
THREE TRICERATOPS TUFF is a dinosaur version told by Stephen Shaskan.
You still need to deal with who is under the bridge !

Gorgeous New Country-Rock: Traveller

Chris Stapleton’s first solo album, Traveller, has earned critical acclaim, particularly from NPR Music. Featured on NPR earlier this month, Traveller has now been ranked in the top 25 albums of 2015 so far by the organization. I think this honor is more than well-deserved! Stapleton’s story is a fascinating one. Born and raised in Kentucky, Stapleton dropped out of college and was driving an ice truck and playing music locally in the evenings. After encouragement from friends and fellow musicians passing through, Stapleton finally bit the bullet and moved to Nashville, where he began working as a songwriter for artists like Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan and Darius Rucker. One of the first songs that he wrote, “Nobody’s Fool,” was ultimately recorded by Miranda Lambert. Stapleton also lent his voice as backing vocals to many songs, but couldn’t seem to break out on his own as a solo act. He even recorded an entire album a few years ago, but his label declined to release it.

Traveller is the result of his final chance in the studio—or rather, what likely would have been his final chance if Traveller had proved a lesser album. Morgan Hayes, Stapleton’s wife, who sings harmony on the album, says that she can tell that Traveller came from a “deeper place” inside of Stapleton. The songs focus on common country themes: heartbreak, homesickness and hangovers, but the lyrics are well-crafted and, to borrow a line from one of the cover tracks, “as smooth as Tennessee whiskey.” Traveller is truly a beautiful album, and worth a listen even for those who don't usually enjoy country music.

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #538 -“Are you ready to stop colluding with a culture that makes so many of us feel physically inadequate? Say goodbye to your inner critic, and take this pledge to be kinder to yourself and others." ~ Oprah Winfrey

Dietland * *, Sarai Walker's debut - is "part Fight Club, part feminist manifesto, an offbeat and genre-bending novel that aims high, and delivers."

Alicia "Plum" Kettle, tipping the scale at 300 lbs. is counting the days when she will become her true, thin self... "she won't be alone all the time... she'll dress in pretty clothes, she'll travel, she'll have a job that she likes", instead of being the closeted advice columnist for a glamor teen magazine, working out of the corner café. After every diet plan imaginable has failed her, Plum is contemplating bariatric surgery. While used to humiliated stares and taunts, she is uneasy when she finds herself being stalked by a odd-looking young woman who leaves her strange little "gifts" that ultimately leads her to a secret society of women responsible for a series of gruesome kidnappings and killings worldwide.

"Hilarious, surreal, and bracingly original, Walker's ambitious debut avoids moralistic traps to achieve something rarer: a genuinely subversive novel that's also serious fun." If I have failed to convince you that this is one debut not to be missed, here is what two of my favorite authors have to say...

"Dietland is a book I have been waiting for someone to write all my life, and it hit me hard right where I live, right where so many of us have wasted too much time living. It's courageous, compassionate, intelligent, pissed off and much more fun than it has any right to be." ~ Pam Houston

"Sarai Walker is an immensely talented writer and her debut novel, Dietland—filled with wit, wisdom and wonder—is a pleasure." ~ Jill McCorkle

For readers who enjoyed The Middlesteins; Where'd You Go, Bernadette; and The Next Best Thing. Ideal for book groups seeking something more socially aware and gender-conscious in their women's fiction.

* * = 2 starred reviews

The Shepherd's Life: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape

It is possible that there has been subsistence farming with sheep in the Lake District of England for at least 5000 years. James Rebanks can trace his family’s participation in this economy for the last 600 of them. Oxford-educated, Rebanks returned home to continue the tradition and is now the popular tweeter of his life as a shepherd at @herdyshepherd1, with a following of 67,000. He is also the best-selling author of The Shepherd’s Life: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape.

The mountainous and remote Lake District was popularized by poets and walkers, like the Wordsworths and Alfred Wainwright, and is a prime tourist attraction, drawing upwards of 12 million visitors per year. But it is a harsh, inhospitable environment for a farmer. Only very special breeds of fell sheep, who evolved in the mountains, can survive. The farmers of the region need a sturdiness and resoluteness, in the face of numerous obstacles, to stay on the farms they have inherited and continue the long tradition of shepherding. Even the sheep dogs here are especially hardy and tenacious, Border Collies with specific training in retrieving the half-wild sheep from the ravines and crags of the fells where they are let loose in the summer, so the lower fields can be used to harvest hay.

The Shepherd’s Life is the story of Rebanks's farm and family. James leaves no stone unturned in examining the histories of both, including all the less than idyllic moments and encounters. In the process he recounts the history of an ancient way of life, with age-old attractions and antipathies, the challenging relationship to the struggles and triumphs of a life tied to the land, and the difficulties of maintaining dignity and purpose in the face of common prejudices against farmers and farming. His deep commitment to his landscape and his abiding love and respect for the grandfather and father who taught him how to survive in it are evident on every page.

Ultimately, the book is a rallying cry for the importance of good farms and smart farmers, a pastoral manifesto for the continuity of farm families who carry their attachments to their places forward with heart, who live, breathe and work their landscapes. “This is my life. I want no other.", says Rebanks. It is a delight to read about this life, set in the beauty and constancy of his mountains, continuing the story his ancestors began.

Download of the Day: June 30

Dead Mans Hand - Seismic Anamoly

This instrumental album brings power guitar and a heavy metal feel together into a homegrown rock and roll sound.

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Surrealism At Its Most Hilarious!

OH MAN. You guys have to read this book! It’s so weird and beautiful and hilarious. I first discovered the author, Lisa Hanawalt, through her Maximum Fun podcast with comedian Emily Heller, Baby Geniuses. Since I started listening to the podcast, I’ve been trying to convince everyone else I know to listen to it too, and I am so thrilled to do the same with Hanawalt’s book!

My Dirty Dumb Eyes, by Lisa Hanawalt, is an adult graphic novel with a series of comics on strange subjects. Topics range from “What do Dogs Want??” (one answer: a tennis-ball bride) to “The Secret Lives of Chefs” (“Christina Tosi employs a child think tank to come up with recipes for Milk Bar”) to “North American Wildlife and Hats,” which features images such as an elk in a “New Jersey turnpike hat”, and a desert hare sporting a “lazy susan hat with hotdog and pancake condiments.”

The drawings in this book are just as surreal and gorgeous as you could hope for. The book is full of bright, bold colors and meticulous details. It contains very mature themes and drawings, so it is not for young folks. But all you grown ups out there, check out My Dirty Dumb Eyes now!

Download of the Day: June 29

The Heat of the Moon - Sandra Parshall

An incident on a rainy night sends veterinarian Rachel Goddard down a rabbit hole of family secrets guarded by her manipulative psychologist mother.

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