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Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog
James Grissom

Knopf, 2015

An extraordinary book that masterfully illuminates the dreamlike writing world of Tennessee Williams, revealing the heart and soul of artistic inspiration and the unwitting collaboration between playwright and actor, playwright and director. At a moment in Tennessee Williams' life when he felt he had been relegated to a "lower artery of the theatrical heart," when critics were proclaiming his work overrated, he summoned to New Orleans a young ...
  
  











  



  
Jazz Age Beauties: The Lost Collection of Ziegfeld Photographer Alfred Cheney Johnston
Robert Hudovernik

Universe, 2006

Despite Prohibition, the '20s was the decade of jazz, flappers and hip flasks. While some took their vote and joined the Woman's Christian Temperance Movement, others, well, took liberties. Compiled here for the first time are more than 200 publicity stills and photos of some of America's first "It" girls—the silent film-era starlets who paved the way for the cacophony of Monroes and Madonnas to follow. Accompanying these iconic images are the ...
  
  











  



  
Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East
Scott Anderson

Anchor, 2014

Finalist for the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography One of the Best Books of the Year: The Christian Science Monitor NPR The Seattle Times  St. Louis Post-Dispatch  Chicago Tribune A New York Times Notable Book The Arab Revolt against the Turks in World War I was, in the words of T. E. Lawrence, “a sideshow of a sideshow.” As a result, the conflict was shaped to a remarkable degree by a small handful of ...
  
  











  



  
This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly
Carmen M. Reinhart, Kenneth Rogoff

Princeton University Press, 2011

Throughout history, rich and poor countries alike have been lending, borrowing, crashing--and recovering--their way through an extraordinary range of financial crises. Each time, the experts have chimed, "this time is different"--claiming that the old rules of valuation no longer apply and that the new situation bears little similarity to past disasters. With this breakthrough study, leading economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff ...
  
  











  



  
Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster
Kristen Johnston

Gallery Books, 2013

The New York Times bestseller—a harrowing and hysterical memoir by the two-time Emmy Award-winning actress from the hit television show 3rd Rock from the Sun. “It felt like I was speeding on the Autobahn toward hell, trapped inside a DeLorean with no brakes. And even if I could somehow stop, I’d still be screwed, because there’s no way I’d ever be able to figure out how to open those insane, cocaine-designed doors.” ...
  
  











  



  
The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam
Barbara W. Tuchman

Random House Trade Paperbacks, 1985

Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Barbara W. Tuchman, author of the World War I masterpiece The Guns of August, grapples with her boldest subject: the pervasive presence, through the ages, of failure, mismanagement, and delusion in government.   Drawing on a comprehensive array of examples, from Montezuma’s senseless surrender of his empire in 1520 to Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, Barbara W. Tuchman defines folly as the pursuit ...
  
  











  



  
Nicky Haslam's Folly De Grandeur: Romance and Revival in an English Country House
Nicky Haslam

Rizzoli, 2013

For anyone who has nurtured the dream of having a country house in the English style, celebrated designer Nicholas Haslam has created an inspiring series of exquisite yet relaxed interiors that blend traditional comfort with elegance and a passion for collecting art and antiques. Nicholas Haslam’s delightful "Folly de Grandeur" is a unique country house that many in the interior design community consider to be one of the world’s most ...
  
  











  



  
One Man's Folly: The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood
Julia Reed

Rizzoli, 2014

When it comes to interiors style, antiques, and Southern vernacular architecture, Furlow Gatewood is a one-of-a-kind classic-this book presents his magical private enclave for the first time. Antiques expert Furlow Gatewood's highly personal property in bucolic Americus, Georgia, where he has meticulously restored his family's carriage house and added intimate dwellings and outbuildings-several rescued from demolition-has evolved over decades ...
  
  











  



  
Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World
Richard Rhodes

Vintage, 2012

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes delivers a remarkable story of science history: how a ravishing film star and an avant-garde composer invented spread-spectrum radio, the technology that made wireless phones, GPS systems, and many other devices possible.   Beginning at a Hollywood dinner table, Hedy's Folly tells a wild story of innovation that culminates in U.S. patent number 2,292,387 for a "secret communication system." Along the ...
  
  











  



  
To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism
Evgeny Morozov

PublicAffairs, 2014

In the very near future, “smart” technologies and “big data” will allow us to make large-scale and sophisticated interventions in politics, culture, and everyday life. Technology will allow us to solve problems in highly original ways and create new incentives to get more people to do the right thing. But how will such “solutionism” affect our society, once deeply political, moral, and irresolvable dilemmas are recast as uncontroversial ...
  
  











  



  
Praise of Folly (Penguin Classics)
Desiderius Erasmus

Penguin Classics, 1994

Erasmus of Rotterdam (c. 1466 1536) is one of the greatest figures of the Renaissance humanist movement, which abandoned medieval pieties in favour of a rich new vision of the individual's potential. Praise of Folly, written to amuse his friend Sir Thomas More, is Erasmus's best-known work. Its dazzling mixture of fantasy and satire is narrated by a personification of Folly, dressed as a jester, who celebrates youth, pleasure, drunkenness and ...
  
  











  



  
Robert Morris's Folly: The Architectural and Financial Failures of an American Founder (The Lewis Walpole ...
Prof. Ryan K. Smith

Yale University Press, 2014

In 1798 Robert Morris—“financier of the American Revolution,” confidant of George Washington, former U.S. senator—plunged from the peaks of wealth and prestige into debtors' prison and public contempt. How could one of the richest men in the United States, one of only two founders who signed the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution, suffer such a downfall?   This book examines for the first ...
  
  











  



  
Broadway: The American Musical
Michael Kantor and Laurence Maslon

Bulfinch, 2004

Along with jazz and abstract expressionism, the Broadway musical is one of the few uniquely American art forms. A companion to the six-part PBS documentary series, BROADWAY: THE AMERICAN MUSICAL is the first comprehensive history of the musical, from its roots at the turn of the 20th century through the smashing successes of the new millennium. The compelling, in-depth text is lavishly illustrated with a treasure trove of photographs, ...
  
  











  



  
Proverbs for Parenting : A Topical Guide for Child Raising from the Book of Proverbs
Barbara Decker

Lynn's Bookshelf, 1989

An indispensible tool for parenting, this book arranges the proverbs into over 70 realistic, helpful topics. A sampling of topics covered include: trust in God, obedience, honesty, anger, self-control, temper, arguing, boasting, complaining, love, friendship, happiness, discretion, faithfulness, stewardship, work and many more.
  
  











  



  
Anything Goes: A History of American Musical Theatre
Ethan Mordden

Oxford University Press, 2013

Ethan Mordden has been hailed as "a sharp-eared listener and a discerning critic," by Opera News , which compares his books to "dinner with a knowledgeable, garrulous companion." The "preeminent historian of the American musical" ( New York Times ), he "brings boundless energy and enthusiasm buttressed by an arsenal of smart anecdotes" ( Wall Street Journal ). Now Mordden offers an entirely fresh and infectiously delightful history of American ...
  
  











  



  
Listening to Stone
Dan Snow

Artisan, 2008

A master craftsman provides us with the timeless wisdom he has gained from heaving and hewing stone. In his highly anticipated second book, Vermonter Dan Snow once again proves that he is not just one of America's premier artisans, but also one of our most articulate voices on the natural world and our relationship to it. Snow's medium is stone: He is the nation's premier drystone wall builder. Schooled in this ancient craft, he painstakingly ...
  
  











  



  
God and the Folly of Faith: The Incompatibility of Science and Religion
Victor J. Stenger

Prometheus Books, 2012

A thorough and hard-hitting critique that is a must read for anyone interested in the interaction between religion and science. It has become the prevalent view among sociologists, historians, and some theistic scientists that religion and science have never been in serious conflict. Some even claim that Christianity was responsible for the development of science. In a sweeping historical survey that begins with ancient Greek science and ...
  
  











  



  
A Mad, Wicked Folly
Sharon Biggs Waller

Viking Juvenile, 2014

Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes seventeen-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist—a nearly impossible dream for a girl.             After Vicky poses nude for her illicit art class, she is expelled from her French ...
  
  











  



  
The Folly of Fools: The Logic of Deceit and Self-Deception in Human Life
Robert Trivers

Basic Books, 2014

A New York Times Notable Book of 2012 Whether it’s in a cockpit at takeoff or the planning of an offensive war, a romantic relationship or a dispute at the office, there are many opportunities to lie and self-deceive—but deceit and self-deception carry the costs of being alienated from reality and can lead to disaster. So why does deception play such a prominent role in our everyday lives? In short, why do we deceive? In his bold new ...
  
  











  



  
On Folly Beach
Karen White

New American Library, 2010

Folly Beach, South Carolina, has survived despite hurricanes and war. But it's the personal battles of Folly Beach's residents that have left the most scars, and why a young widow has been beckoned there to heal her own... To most people, Folly Beach is simply the last barrier island before reaching the great Atlantic. To some, it's a sanctuary for lost souls, which is why Emmy Hamilton's mother encourages her to buy the local book store, ...
  
  











  








   



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