Maira Kalman's Picks


  • Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle

    By Vladimir Nabokov

    Our Price: $9.00 - $16.20
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679725220
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: February 1990
    Published two weeks after Nabokov's 70th birthday, ADA OR ARDOR is one of his greatest masterpieces, the glorious culmination of his careers as a novelist. It tells a love story troubled by incest that is also at once a fairy tale, epic, philosophical treatise on the nature of time, parody of the history of the novel, and erotic catalogue. The product of 'an imagination at white heat.' With an Appendix, 'Notes to Ada (written under the anagrammatic pseudonym Vivian Darkbloom). 606p.
  • Allure

    By Diana Vreeland

    Our Price: $31.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780811870436
    • Publisher: Chronicle Books
    • Published: July 2010
    Legendary fashion maven Diana Vreelandat the urging of her editor Jackie Oauthored a classic volume in the 1980s on the quality of "allure" in fashion and in life. Now back in print, this new edition features a foreword from the incomparable fashion designer Marc Jacobs. Throughout Allure, Vreeland lends her famous knack for turning a phrase to an astonishing array of fashion, celebrity, and fine art photographs. Featuring images of such luminaries as Maria Callas, Gertrude Stein, and Marilyn Monroeshot by superstar photographers such as Man Ray, Cecil Beaton, and Richard AvedonAllure is poised to deliver Vreeland's unparalleled point of view to a whole new generation.
  • Berlin Childhood Around 1900

    By Walter Benjamin

    Our Price: $19.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780674022225
    • Publisher: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
    • Published: May 2006
    Begun in Poveromo, Italy, in 1932, and extensively revised in 1938, Berlin Childhood around 1900 is not an autobiography in the customary sense. Rather, Benjamin's recollection of his childhood in an upper-middle-class Jewish home in Berlin's West End at the turn of the 20th century becomes an occasion for unified 'expeditions into the depths of memory.' Terming it one of his 'large-scale defeats,' the work remained unpublished during Benjamin's lifetime. It is translated here into English for the first time in book form, on the basis of the recently discovered final version containing Benjamin's own arrangement of its contents: a city of the mind's kaleidoscope.
  • Candida Hofer: Architecture of Absence

    By Candida Hofer

    Our Price: $20.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781931788489
    • Publisher: Aperture Foundation, Inc.
    • Published: October 2004
    Over the last thirty years, Candida Hofer has created meticulously composed images of the interiors of public and institutional spaces - spaces marked with the richness of human activity, yet largely devoid of human presence. Whether it be a photograph of a national library or a hotel lobby, Hofer's images ask us to conduct a distanced, disengaged examination through the window she has created. Seen as a collection, her rhythmically patterned images present a universe of interiors wholly constructed by human intention, unearthing patterns of order, logic, and disruption imposed on these spaces by their now absent creators and inhabitants.Architecture of Absence examines Hofer's unique oeuvre and the relationship of her architecture work to that of the Becher circle - noted students of the Dusseldorf Art Academy's renowned professor Bernd Becher, including Thomas Ruff, Thomas Struth, Andreas Gursky, and Axel Hutte.
  • Chairs: A History

    By Florence De Dampierre

    Our Price: $55.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780810954847
    • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
    • Published: October 2006
    A visually stunning and readable exploration of chairs and their place in culture through the ages. Along with hundreds of photographs, the book brims over with fascinating information and anecdotes, tracing the chair's emergence in ancient Egypt and examining various forms of seating from classical Greece, the Roman Empire, and the Renaissance era, to the classic designs of today. From thrones to divans, straight-backed to overstuffed, Baroque to Bauhaus,there's a chair to capture your imagination. 546 illus., 498 in color. 432p.
  • Curriculum Vitae

    By Yoel Hoffman

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780811218320
    • Publisher: New Directions
    • Published: 2009
    An Israeli best-seller inspired by elements from the author's life follows a youth's escape from the Holocaust and years in an orphanage to his adult experiences with family life and studies of Japanese Buddhism. Original.
  • How to Wrap Five Eggs: Traditional Japanese Packaging

    By Hideyuki Oka

    Our Price: $34.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781590306192
    • Publisher: Weatherhill
    • Published: October 2008
    First published in 1967. In Japan, the wrapping of a package is truly an art, as this classic study of the craft of Japanese packaging so beautifully renders into view. The traditional Japanese packaging materials, as depicted here in the more than 200 black-and-white photographs, are absolute in their simplicity - mostly bamboo, rice straw, hemp twine, paper, or leaves. But these ordinary natural materials are transformed by the artist into containers, boxes, baskets, and wrappers that are practical, imaginative, surprising, and sometimes breathtakingly beautiful. Photo-illustrations include gatefolds. 224p.
  • Jakob Von Gunten (NYRB Classics)

    By Robert Walser

    Our Price: $15.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780940322219
    • Publisher: New York Review Books
    • Published: September 1999
    Jakob von Gunten is a seventeen-year-old runaway who enrolls in a school for servants. The Institute is a deeply mysterious place: the faculty lies asleep in a single room; the students, though subject to fierce discipline, come and go at will. Jakob, a spirited and subversive presence, keeps a journal in which he records his quirky impressions of the school, as well as his own enthusiasms and uncertainties, deliberations and dreams. And in the end, as the Institute itself dissolves around him like a dream, he steps out boldly to explore still-unimaginable worlds. 176p.
  • Madame Bovary: Provincial Ways

    By Gustave Flaubert

    Our Price: $14.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780670022076
    • Publisher: Viking
    • Published: September 2010
    The much anticipated new translation of the novel that 'redefined the novel as an art form.' It was only seven years ago that Lydia Davis produced an award-winning, rapturously reviewed new translation of Marcel Proust's Swann's Way. Here, in this landmark publication of MADAME BOVARY, she gives new life to the novel's Flaubertian nuances and particulars, as originally intended, without comprosing this first masterpiece of realist fiction. Suggestions for Further Reading, Chronology, Notes. 342p.
  • Madeline

    By Ludwig Bemelmans

    Our Price: $9.00 - $18.99
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780670445806
    • Publisher: Viking
    • Published: September 1967
    A little French girl living in a boarding school causes much excitement when she must have an appendectomy
  • Memoirs of Hadrian: And Reflections on the Composition of Memoirs of Hadrian

    By Marguerite Yourcenar

    Our Price: $9.00 - $16.20
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780374529260
    • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    • Published: April 2005
    Both an exploration of character and a meditation on history, MEMOIRS OF HADRIAN has received international acclaim since its publication in France in 1951. Written in the form of a testamentary letter from trhe emperor Hadrian to his successor, the youthful Marcus Aurelius, the book is as extraordinary for its psychological depth as for its accurate reconstruction of the 2nd century AD. Marguerite Yourcenar reimagines Hadrian's arduous boyhood, his triumphs and reversals, & finally, as emperor, his reordering of a war-torn world, writing with the imaginative insight of a great writer of the 20th century, while crafting a prose style as elegant as the Latin stylists of Hadrian's time.
  • One Writer's Beginnings

    By Eudora Welty

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780674639256
    • Publisher: Harvard University Press
    • Published: February 1984
    The William E. Massey Sr. Lectures in the History of American Civilization, 1983.
  • Pale Fire

    By Vladimir Nabokov

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679723424
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: April 1989
    Nabokov offers a cornucopia of deceptive pleasures in this half-poem, half-prose work: a 999-line poem by the reclusive genius John Shade; an adoring foreword and commentary by Shade's self-styled Bosewell, Dr. Charles Kinbote; a darkly comic novel of suspense, literary idolatry and one-upmanship, and poltiical intrigue. With an Index. 315p.
  • Pride and Prejudice (Collins Classics)

    By Jane Austen

    Our Price: $3.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780007350773
    • Publisher: HarperPress
    • Published: April 2010
    Jane Austen's best-loved tale of love, marriage and society in class-conscious Georgian England still delights modern readers today with its comedy and characters. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE follows the feisty, quick-witted Elizabeth Bennet as her parents seek to ensure good marriages for her and her sisters in order to secure their future. Through the irrepressible characters of Mr. Collins and Mrs. Bennet and the sensitivities and nuances of the relatioship between Darcy and Elizabeth, the author's skill and artistry shines. 402p.
  • Revelations

    By Diane Arbus

    Our Price: $60.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780375506208
    • Publisher: Random House
    • Published: September 2003
    A stunning retrospective spanning Diane Arbus's entire career features two hundred full-page duotones, many never before seen, accompanied by an essay on the artist's work, a discussion of her printing techniques, a definitive chronology, more than three hundred color illustrations, and previously unpublished excerpts from letters, notebooks, and other writings. 50,000 first printing.