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Letters to a Young Farmer

On Food, Farming, and Our Future

Letters to a Young Farmer is for everyone who appreciates good food grown with respect for the earth, people, animals, a ...

Making Books

A Guide to Creating Handcrafted Books

From the London Centre for Books Arts, the internationally recognized, artistrun, open-access studio at the forefront of ...

Build It Yourself

Weekend Projects for the Garden

Are you into gardening, DIY, or organic living? Looking to branch into woodworking? Build It Yourself: Weekend Projects ...


An Illustrated History of the World's Favorite Food

Imagine a plate of crisp, golden, salted fries, and you'll know why this is the world's favorite food.Who better to writ ...


Alphabets & Signs

Now in its fourth iteration, revised and dramatically expanded with over 100 new pages, Julian Rothenstein's classic com ...

Ilf and Petrov's American Road Trip

The 1935 Travelogue of Two Soviet Writers

In 1935, well into the era of Soviet communism, Russian satirical writers Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov came to the U.S as ...


Portraits of Birds of Prey

This delightful and dramatic collection of portraits reveals birds of prey as we never experience them: intimate and up ...

In the City

Drawings by Nigel Peake

For the follow up to In the Wilds, his much-loved illustrated ode to rural life, Nigel Peake swaps the bucolic Irish cou ...

The Wood Carver's Dozen

A Collection of 12 Beautiful Projects for Beginners

If you want to join the woodworking and carving renaissance, The Wood Carver's Dozen is the perfect starting point. An i ...

Inside the Rainbow

Russian Children's Literature 1920-1935: Beautiful Books, Terrible Times

Inside the Rainbow reprints for the first time in English a unique compendium of Soviet-era picture books from the 1920s ...

Welcome to Marwencol

In April 2000, Mark Hogancamp was beaten and left for dead outside a bar in his hometown of Kingston, NY. Waking from a ...

People Kissing

A Century of Photographs

Love is in the air as Barbara Levine and Paige Ramey take on humankind's oldestĄpastime: kissing. In racy candids, humor ...

The Chef Says

Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom

Clean plates don t lie.---Dan BarberGreat chefs are neither self-effacing nor meek. There's no room for manners in the p ...

The Blind Photographer

The blind photographer cannot see a butterfly perched perfectly still on a flower, a bowl of sweet-smelling fruit, or a ...

The Disappearance of Darkness

Photography at the End of the Analog Era

Over the past decade, photographer Robert Burley has traveled the world documenting the abandonment and destruction of f ...

Through Darkness to Light

Photographs Along the Underground Railroad

They left in the middle of the night often carrying little more than the knowledge to follow the North Star. Between 183 ...

Presenting Shakespeare

1,100 Posters from Around the World

A skull held aloft, a lovesick donkey, a bloodied dagger: these familiar icons are instantly recognizable shorthand for ...

Kitchen Lithography

Hand Printing at Home

When printmakers Laura Sofie Hantke and Lucas Grassmann graduated from university, they found themselves without the lux ...

America's Doll House

The Miniature World of Faith Bradford

From the Star-Spangled Banner flag to Dorothy's Ruby Slippers, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American ...

50 Things to Do with a Penknife

Whether you're a beginner or seasoned whittler, this practical guide to the age old yet newly popular art of whittling w ...

War Plan Red

The United States' Secret Plan to Invade Canada, and Canada's Secret Plan to Invade The United States

It's known as the world's friendliest border. Five thousand miles of unfenced, unwalled international coexistence and a ...

One-Track Mind

Drawing the New York Subway

For decades, Philip Ashforth Coppola has meticulously documented the New York City subway in a series of extraordinary d ...

The Sketchbook Project World Tour

Destined to go down as one of the era's most astonishing global art projects, the Brooklyn Art Library's Sketchbook Proj ...

W. E. B. Du Bois's Data Portraits

Visualizing Black America

The colorful charts, graphs, and maps presented at the 1900 Paris Exposition by famed sociologist and black rights activ ...

The Musician Says

The Musician Says is an all-access backstage pass to the world of singers, songwriters, composers, and instrumentalists- ...

Goat Man

How I Took a Holiday from Being Human

The dazzling success of The Toaster Project, including TV appearances and an international book tour, leaves Thomas Thwa ...

People Knitting

A Century of Photographs

People Knitting is a charming tribute in vintage photographs and printed ephemera to the ever-popular, often all-consumi ...

The Bike Deconstructed

A Grand Tour of the Modern Bicycle

On first glance, bicycles look pretty straightforward. And yet, even today's most stripped down bicycles can feature as ...

The Electric Pencil

Drawings from Inside State Hospital No. 3

This bookd tells the remarkable story of Edward Deeds, an "outsider" artist who spent most of his adult life inside Miss ...

The Architect Says

Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom

If there's anything architects like doing more than designing buildings, it's talking about architecture. Whether musing ...


Games, Tests, Questionnaires, Histories

Who knew a trip to the therapist could be so much fun, even aesthetically rewarding? Beyond sharing feelings or complain ...


Being comfortable in your clothes is important, but how you feel underneath them may matter even more. Slipping on linge ...

You Are Here: NYC

Mapping the Soul of the City

Maps are magical. Every graphic, like every story, has a point of view, and New York is rife with mapmaking possibilitie ...


To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, and Other Artists' Enumerations from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art

From the weekly shopping list to the Ten Commandments, our lives are shaped by lists. Whether dashed off as a quick remi ...

The Lovings

An Intimate Portrait

The Lovings: An Intimate Portrait documents the extraordinary love story of Mildred and Richard Loving. The Lovings pres ...

Balancing Acts

Three Prima Ballerinas Becoming Mothers

There are few jobs more rarefied or as physically and mentally demanding as prima ballerina. And yet, despite very real ...

Botanical Sketchbooks

Recording the world of plant and animal life and documenting the strange beauty of the natural world have been human pas ...

The Designer Says

Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom

Whether musing about the creative process, the merits of failure and criticism, or the challenges of keeping the studio ...

The Inventor Says

Quotes, Quips and Words of Wisdom

The sixth in our popular Words of Wisdom series, The Inventor Says invites readers to a gathering of history's most bril ...

Artists Unframed

Snapshots from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art

Tucked away among the letters, diaries, and other ephemera in the Smithsonian's archives lies a trove of rarely seen sna ...

Joan Miro: I Work Like a Gardener

In 1958, artist Joan Miro and critic Yvon Taillandier sat down for an in-depth discussion on Miro's life and work. Their ...

Iowa State Fair

Country Comes to Town

More than 150 years old and still going strong, the Iowa State Fair is an American institution that was recently selecte ...

The Art and Craft of Geometric Origami

With the increasing popular interest in mindfulness, and seeking quiet in the tumult of modern life, origami, the centur ...

Finding Home

Shelter Dogs and Their Stories

Bold, retiring, serious, sparkling, quirky, or lovable the dogs in Traer Scott's remarkable photographs regard us with ...

People Fishing

A Century of Photographs

Although people have fished for food since the dawn of time, fishing today is one of the most popular pastimes in the wo ...

More Scenes from the Rural Life

Verlyn Klinkenborg's regular column, The Rural Life, is one of the most read and beloved in the New York Times. Since 19 ...

The Big Cloud

Our culture is addicted to weather: hourly forecasts, apps, radio, TV channels, alerts, warnings, and watches. And under ...

More Than Words

Illustrated Letters from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art

Our widely celebrated compendium of illustrated letters is now available in paperback. Drawn from the largest repository ...

Posters for Change

Tear, Paste, Protest

The US presidential election in 2016 brought to a head myriad political activism around the world, around the rights of ...

The Toaster Project

Or A Heroic Attempt to Build a Simple Electric Appliance from Scratch

"Hello, my name is Thomas Thwaites, and I have made a toaster." So begins The Toaster Project, the author's nine-month-l ...

Coffee Lids

Peel, Pinch, Pucker, Puncture

If you're one of the 200 million Americans who drink coffee every day, you may have marveled at the ubiquitous plastic c ...

The Smith Tapes

Between 1969 and 1972, Village Voice "Scenes" columnist, WPLJ FM radio host, and cult figure Howard Smith got to the hea ...

The Writer Says

Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom

The seventh in our popular Words of Wisdom series, The Writer SaysĄsummons readers to an intimate gathering of novelists ...

The Filmmaker Says

Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom

"No saint, no pope, no general, no sultan, has ever had the power that a filmmaker has; the power to talk to hundreds of ...

LaPorte, Indiana

Found magazine editor Jason Bitner has made it a habit of picking up after us, walking down the back alleys of our lives ...

Blackstock's Collections

The Drawings of an Artistic Savant

Modern life is an ever-accelerating barrage of people, buildings,vehicles, creatures, and things. How much can a curious ...

The Complete Engraver

A Guide to Monograms, Crests, Ciphers, Seals, and the Etiquette and History of Social Stationery

In this age of emails, texts, and instant messages, receiving a letter has become a rare treat. Engraved stationery can ...


Shoes celebrates the world's most beautifully made footwear from hand crafted bespoke pieces to the most sought after co ...

The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide

How to Split Wood, Shuck an Oyster, and Master Other Simple Pleasures

Modern living isn't easy. It often seems to require some know-how our parents didn't pass on, or a special tool. Happily ...