Vic's Staff Picks

The elusive Vic Herman founded Horizon Books in 1961; he is now President of the corporation and is rarely seen in the store. This photograph was captured in the wild using a motion-activated lens.

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Naked: The Nude in America Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780847833665
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Published: Rizzoli International Publications - October 26th, 2010

The quality of the book and the prints are exceptional! The author "Dijkstra is a cultural historian rather than an art critic, refusing to separate 'high' and 'low' art, charting instead" historical events. "In chronological and thematic order, the work demonstrates the link between the works of some of the most famous names in the history of American painting... and that of the outlaw hordes of cartoonists, book-cover illustrators, and visual extremists..."

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The Woman in the Fifth: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451602111
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Published: Atria Books - July 5th, 2011

This book grabbed my attention from the beginning. An American has lost his job, his marriage, the love of his teenage daughter and run away to Paris. Just when he thinks he's hit rock bottom, he finds a new love. But are things really looking better? Harry Ricks must make some decisions. Will he escape the nightmare of his life or find his happiness? Human sorrow is universal and you'll find yourself rooting for intelligent, sensitive Mr. Ricks.

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Bonobo Handshake: A Memoir of Love and Adventure in the Congo Cover Image
ISBN: 9781592406340
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Published: Avery - June 7th, 2011

This is an excellent memoir of science, adventure and love written with humor and intelligence. The author, Woods, follows her new husband as he pursues his study of the endangered bonobo ape, an ape that shares as much as 98.7% of our own human DNA. The much-studied chimpanzee is cruel and competitive, while the recently discovered bonobos, just across the river, are peaceful and female dominated, using sex to resolve conflict. The human characteristics of cooperation and sharing, traits not shared with most animals, set the bonobos apart. This makes for fascinating reading and is one of the few books available about bonobos.

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