Description : Manhattan, the coldest night of the year -- six best friends rush to attend a celebration. Blown by wind and snow, the women arrive flushed, each caught in midadventure.... Tonight's the night of nights -- to rejoice in a new lover, leave an unfaithful husband, or decide to have a baby on one's own. These "six in the city" profes-sional women fight for their female choices. Sparks and zingers fly across the table....Love lives, secrets, and friendships go up in candle flame. Who will win -- the romantics or the realists? How can working women triumph in such trying times? While the cell phones chime and the biological clocks rewind, the friends enact a timeless ceremony. Here is our urban "friends-as-family" generation -- Beautiful Bodies is a dazzling comedy of manners in the grand tradition of Dorothy Parker and Mary McCarthy.
Description : Beautiful Bodies The Adventures of Malvina Hoffman This is not a story about art. Although Malvina Hoffman was known as America’s Rodin, her story is one of adventure, intrigue, and life among the greatest artists and powerbrokers during the early to mid-twentieth century. Every action Malvina undertook broke glass ceilings. She smashed through her fears to achieve the impossible, many times over. She was an inspiration to all. Sculptor of the first rank in the twentieth century, Hoffman was student and great friend of Auguste Rodin. She hid his works with him, in the basement of the Biron Hotel (Musée Rodin) before World War I, then went on to install the first Musée Rodin after Rodin’s death. She won almost every award in sculpting in New York and Paris and was a household name. The indefatigable Malvina traveled the world and sculpted 105 life-size bronzes for the Field Museum in three years, creating a collection filled with life. The Hall of Mankind commission was a feat so extraordinary it may never be repeated. Over ten million people visited her exhibition at the Field Museum until it was dismantled in 1968. Hoffman traveled around the world in 1931 to the deepest, darkest corners of the globe and brought history to life for many of the ancient cultures she sculpted. War, jungles, typhoons, freezing temperatures, radical surgery on her arm, and disease did not hamper Malvina’s quest or success in this magnificent effort. She not only completed the close-to-impossible commission, but she gave life to the people she cast in bronze; she gave them a voice. No man or woman today could do the same body of work in only three years. Malvina Hoffman completed the Hall of Mankind on time and on budget. The financial success of the exhibition helped save the Field Museum during the economic depression in America. The scope was historic, greater than Rodin’s Gates of Hell. Included will be stories about her three aunts on board Titanic. Auguste Rodin plays heavily. She was his good friend and protégé. There are letters to and from many of the greatest artists and people of the day. This is an intimate portrayal of a woman of influence and talent who lived life by her own rules. Gertrude Stein, Ida Sedgwick Proper, and Paris in the early twentieth century are featured. Hoffman’s relationship with ballerina Anna Pavlova, her muse and dearest friend, is explored. Pavlova and Hoffman collaborated for over fifteen years, and both helped each other in the business of their businesses. Both women were single, global entrepreneurs before women had the right to vote. Their friendship was tied together through their love of dance, art, and business, and together they created what was called a masterpiece: a twenty-six-panel bas-relief frieze of the Bacchanale ballet, which was only seen twice in its entirety. Malvina Hoffman was, and is, an American treasure. It is time to bring her out of the basements of the greatest museums and back into her rightful place as American woman extraordinaire. Compelling and quick moving, Malvina Hoffman never rested, nor does the book.
Description : A brave and witty examination of how and why we try to control our bodies with food. Like most people, Kimberly Rae Miller does not have the perfect body, but that hasn’t stopped her from trying. And trying. And trying some more. Her first attempt to use food to change her body came at age four, when she learned that the Inuit ate fat to stay warm in the winter. If this diet worked in the Arctic, she reasoned, why not in Long Island? Postcollege, after a brief stint as a diet-pill model, she became a health-and-fitness writer and editor working on celebrities’ bestselling bios—sugarcoating the trials and tribulations celebs endure to stay thin. But what is the ideal body? Knowing she’s far from alone in this struggle, Kim sets out to find the objective definition of this seemingly unattainable level of perfection. While on a fascinating and hilarious journey through time that takes her from obese Paleolithic cavewomen, to the bland menus that Drs. Graham and Kellogg prescribed to promote good morals in addition to good health, to the binge-drinking-prone regimen that caused William the Conqueror’s body to explode at his own funeral, Kim ends up discovering a lot about her relationship with her own body. Warm, funny, and brutally honest, Beautiful Bodies is a blend of memoir and social history that will speak to anyone who’s ever been caught in a power struggle with his or her own body…in other words, just about everyone.
Description : This book is a feminist reading of gender performance and construction of the female role players, onnogata, of the Kabuki theatre. It is not limited to a 'theatre arts' focus, rather it is a mapping and close analysis of transformative genders through several historical periods in Japan (the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries).
Description : Nose reconstructions have been common in India for centuries. South Korea, Brazil, and Israel have become international centers for procedures ranging from eyelid restructuring to buttock lifts and tummy tucks. Argentina has the highest rate of silicone implants in the world. Around the globe, aesthetic surgery has become a cultural and medical fixture. Sander Gilman seeks to explain why by presenting the first systematic world history and cultural theory of aesthetic surgery. Touching on subjects as diverse as getting a "nose job" as a sweet-sixteen birthday present and the removal of male breasts in seventh-century Alexandria, Gilman argues that aesthetic surgery has such universal appeal because it helps people to "pass," to be seen as a member of a group with which they want to or need to identify. Gilman begins by addressing basic questions about the history of aesthetic surgery. What surgical procedures have been performed? Which are considered aesthetic and why? Who are the patients? What is the place of aesthetic surgery in modern culture? He then turns his attention to that focus of countless human anxieties: the nose. Gilman discusses how people have reshaped their noses to repair the ravages of war and disease (principally syphilis), to match prevailing ideas of beauty, and to avoid association with negative images of the "Jew," the "Irish," the "Oriental," or the "Black." He examines how we have used aesthetic surgery on almost every conceivable part of the body to try to pass as younger, stronger, thinner, and more erotic. Gilman also explores some of the extremes of surgery as personal transformation, discussing transgender surgery, adult circumcision and foreskin restoration, the enhancement of dueling scars, and even a performance artist who had herself altered to resemble the Mona Lisa. The book draws on an extraordinary range of sources. Gilman is as comfortable discussing Nietzsche, Yeats, and Darwin as he is grisly medical details, Michael Jackson, and Barbra Streisand's decision to keep her own nose. The book contains dozens of arresting images of people before, during, and after surgery. This is a profound, provocative, and engaging study of how humans have sought to change their lives by transforming their bodies.
Description : Originally published between 1909 and 1917 under the name "Harvard Classics," this stupendous 51-volume set-a collection of the greatest writings from literature, philosophy, history, and mythology-was assembled by American academic CHARLES WILLIAM ELIOT (1834-1926), Harvard University's longest-serving president. Also known as "Dr. Eliot's Five Foot Shelf," it represented Eliot's belief that a basic liberal education could be gleaned by reading from an anthology of works that could fit on five feet of bookshelf. Volume XXIV features four philosophical works by Irish statesman EDMUND BURKE (1729-1797): [ "On Taste," a 1756 consideration of critical reasoning [ "On the Sublime and Beautiful," a 1757 essay on aesthetics that would influence Immanuel Kant [ "Reflections on the French Revolution," a 1790 argument against that budding uprising, which continues to inform anticommunist and antisocialist debates [ "A Letter to a Noble Lord," a 1796 missive that is a classic political tirade
Description : "In examining the course of the debate between the philosophies of Rousseau and Wollstonecraft in the first seventy years of the nineteenth century, several important conclusions have been reached. First, a much more diverse spectrum of women's exercise existed in the antebellum era than is currently described in modern historical texts. Second, several exercise systems had significant links to an ideal of womanhood - called in this text Majestic Womanhood - which directly competed with the prevailing construct of the ideology of True Womanhood articulated by historian Barbara Welter. Third, purposive training mattered in the lives of American women influencing them physically, intellectually, and emotionally. In many instances this training empowered women to step beyond the confines of their separate sphere of domestic duty and involve themselves in the world outside their homes."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved