Autographed Books by Local Authors

 

 

 

NormandieNormandie, the Tragic Story of the Most Majestic Liner is a well-researched historical novel, presented in a coffee table format with over 250 pictures. Although Silvin focuses on the design, construction and art of the French Line’s glorious 1935 flagship, readers are brought through a tale of the enchanting and romantic history of Twentieth Century, North Atlantic luxury travel. The illustrated narrative is punctuated by glamorous accounts of the famous passengers who travelled on Normandie during her four-year life. While fictional, the celebrities’ conversations are soundly based on what was happening in these legendary people’s lives at the time of their documented “crossings”. Readers will feel as if they are aboard the beguiling ship with artistic, social and political icons from both sides of the Atlantic. Finally, shrouded with details of the major international events that led up to the Second World War, Silvin chronicles the real story of Normandie’s tragic end. The horrid visual of what was to be America’s only large troop carrier lying on her side in New York City only two months after Pearl Harbor, gave way to the most elaborate yet predictably futile salvage job in naval history.

$85.00




 

 

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From its first days as a tropical island resort, Palm Beach has attracted artists, collectors, patrons, and dealers. Founded by Henry Morrison Flagler, the art-loving oil baron, in the late nineteenth century, Palm Beach quickly attracted notables of the art world seeking inspiration and society. Palm Beach Visual Arts explores the incredible story of the island and its painters—including Salvador Dali and Marcel Duchamp—architects, potters, and photographers, as well as the luminaries and doyens who forged the art scene and organizations that still thrive today. This lavishly illustrated portrait explores Palm Beach as a prominent and influential locus for the arts.

$34.95




 

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Laura WoodwardLaura Woodward (1834-1926), born in Mount Hope, Orange County, New York, was one of a handful of women members of the Hudson River and White Mountain Schools. In the 1870s-80s, she hiked and sketched in the wilderness of the Northeast, revering nature and realistically depicting its pristine state. Her paintings invoked great praise from the critics of the day and her bravery cleared the path for women landscape artists to follow.  Woodward came to Florida in the 1880s and from ca.1888-1896 became one of the most extensively traveled artists in the state. She braved the alligator, panther and bear-infused jungles to depict Florida’s natural beauty in colorful watercolors and oils. Woodward was the pioneer artist of Palm Beach, one of the first professional women artists to paint in the Everglades and Miami, and the inspiration to Henry Morrison Flagler in his development of the most magnificent resort in the world. Brought up in the Victorian tradition of modesty, she remained publicly silent about her accomplishments and it is only now that the breadth of her importance is finally known.  Laura Woodward: The Artist Behind the Innovator Who Developed Palm Beach not only rediscovers Florida’s most important nineteenth-century woman artist and one of its greatest publicists, it also explores the challenges of women artists who lived in Woodward’s era. It thoroughly discusses the early history of Palm Beach and myths about the great Henry Morrison Flagler are refuted. As Palm Beach County celebrates its 100th anniversary, it is highly appropriate to acknowledge the woman who precipitated its development.

$39.99




 

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Orville Bulman

This important hardcover art book is the only monograph about the Palm Beach and Grand Rapids artist and the most complete compilation of his artwork to date. It is 264 pages comprised of an extensive annotated biography along with over 365 illustrations including over 190 in color and over 170 in black and white.  The book has already received critical acclaim from highly esteemed art critics such as Gary Schwan of the Palm Beach Post and Sylvia Krissoff of the Grand Rapids Press and has been the #1 bestseller in Palm Beach. Learn the authentic story about this marvelous artist while enjoying the highlights of his enchanted life and fantastic legacy of art. Vicariously experience his exotic adventures in Haiti where he lived among the islanders in the hills who loved and encouraged his art. Be a part of his subsequent whirlwind fame in towns and cities such as Palm Beach, New York, Chicago, Beverly Hills, Paris and London. One of the most successful American artists of the mid-twentieth century, Orville Bulman (1904-1978) remained humble, kind and generous despite his world-wide fame. (Almost all of his one-man exhibitions sold out before they opened to the public.) The roster of Bulman’s collector’s reads like a Who was Who, from Hollywood stars such as Henry Fonda, Greer Garson, George Hamilton and Joan Fontaine to high society doyennes such as Marjorie Merriweather Post (who had around 38 Bulman paintings) and royalty such as the Duchess of Windsor. Corporation magnates and United States politicos such as Robert F. Kennedy and President Gerald Ford owned Bulman paintings as well. From Richard Vettese, History and Special Collections Manager of the Grand Rapids Library: “The new book by Deborah C. Pollack, Orville Bulman: An Enchanted Life and Fantastic Legacy, is an art treasure to behold. Filled with important and new biographical information about one of Grand Rapids’ major 20th century artists, the colorful book will also remind you of what humor in painting is all about. Bringing many smiles to your face, the book is filled with beautiful reproductions of Bulman’s classic works of art, now scattered throughout the world. This re-interpretation of a master mid-century artist reminds us of the unity of all peoples, animals, and plants in a truly diverse world.”

$85.00




 

 


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Villa MiznerVilla Mizner: The House That Changed Palm Beach is about a grand town palace on Worth Avenue — one of the world’s most beautiful and up-scale streets. The book begins with the famous, charismatic architect Addison Mizner’s eight-year tenure (1924 – 1933) in the home of his dreams and includes well-researched, fictionalized conversations with Mizner’s famous clients of the 1920s. This period comes to life as it explores the grand palaces Mizner designed for America’s most extravagant elite. Sadly, many of the magnificent homes Mizner designed during the “roaring twenties” were destroyed forty years later. The book contains dozens of pictures of the properties in an effort to preserve their memory. Readers will also discover details about Mizner’s clients’ lives — all scions of American industry and high society. People like Phipps, Stotesbury, Cosden, Vanderbilt, du Pont, Wanamaker, Duke, Shearson, Chase and Warburton. They will learn of the ill-timed, failed attempt to create the model city of Boca Raton and the reasons why the brilliant, industrialist died intestate, bankrupt and without commissions. The book then chronicles the house’s subsequent owners, beginning with Rose and Mortimer Sachs whose tenure spanned four and a half decades (1939 – 1985). This influential couple built and operated a real estate empire in Via Mizner and along Worth and Peruvian Avenues. Readers will then learn about the villa’s transition period when it was owned by Ian Kean and, later, Robert and Gay Kanuth (1985 – 2003) The in-town mansion finally ends up in the hands of Dee and Nick Adams, descendants of America’s second President, John Adams. This vibrant young couple have brilliantly restored and furnished the house making it look like Mizner just stepped out to dinner. The book brings this villa to life, an amusing and informative history of Palm Beach, Florida.  

$75.00




 

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Palm Beach Community Tribute

“These pages were completed by the community – for their community…..a Tribute.” Troy Devine This coffee table book showcases: • The first 100 years of Palm Beach history, lifestyle and culture • Many of the prominent families and individuals who have made a difference within the community • Many of the top organizations that have had an impact on society Currently available at these Palm Beach stores: The Breakers News & Gourmet, Classic Bookshop, The Flagler Museum, Main Street News and Par3 Golf course.

$78.00




 

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Of Guilt and InnocenceThe abduction of five-year-old Ashley Wooten from her own front yard rattles everyone in the quiet, upscale community of Boca Raton to their core, but no one more so than the little girl’s father, Tom Wooten. As the grieving father and successful businessman becomes desperately entrenched in the stalled investigation into her disappearance, he will be forced to reveal secrets from his past, at the cost of his once comfortable life, in an effort to jumpstart the search to bring her home. Meanwhile, in a seedy neighborhood in the town of Davie, an elderly murder victim is discovered and linked to the long-dormant South Florida Strangler. As clues breathe new life into the dwindling taskforce responsible for hunting the serial killer, a suspect finally comes into focus. As the taskforce zeroes in, the detectives searching for Ashley Wooten unearth clues of their own, bringing the same suspect into their purview. With both investigative teams certain the same man could not be responsible for all these crimes, yet neither willing to budge, it becomes a frantic race to discover which theory, if any, is correct before Ashley or another victim runs out of time.

$16.95





 

 

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