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How to Read Bible Stories in Myths and Art book cover How to read Bible stories and myths in art: decoding the old masters from Giotto to Goya by Patrick de Rynck.

“In How to Read Bible Stories and Myths in Art, Patrick De Rynck explores the roots of Western civilization from three different angles: He introduces the reader to the best-known stories from the Bible and mythology; he presents a selection of exquisite masterpieces by some of the world’s greatest painters; and he shows the reader how these painters interpreted these famous scenes.” –Publisher’s information.

An Orchard Invisible book cover An orchard invisible: a natural history of seeds by Jonathan Silvertown ; with illustrations by Amy Whitesides

“The story of seeds, in a nutshell, is a tale of evolution. From the tiny sesame that we sprinkle on our bagels to the forty-five-pound double coconut borne by the coco de mer tree, seeds are a perpetual reminder of the complexity and diversity of life on earth. With An Orchard Invisible, Jonathan Silvertown presents the oft-ignored seed with the natural history it deserves, one nearly as varied and surprising as the earth’s flora itself.” -Publisher’s information

The Myth of Mars and Venus book cover The myth of Mars and Venus by Deborah Cameron

“Ambitious in scope and exceptionally accessible, The Myth of Mars and Venus tells it like it is: widely accepted attitudes from the past and from other cultures are at heart related to assumptions about language and the place of men and women in society; and there is as much similarity and variation within each gender as between men and women, often associated with social roles and relationships. Cameron concludes that we have an urgent need to think about gender in more complex ways than the prevailing myths and stereotypes allow. A compelling and insightful read for anyone with an interest in communication, language, and the sexes.” -Publisher’s information

The West Wing Season 2 DVD coverThe West Wing. The complete second season.

“It’s never politics as usual inside this Oval Office. The President and his staff have been targeted for disruption by rival politicians, soon after being targeted by would-be assassins. Yet the determined colleagues continue to serve the U.S. and its President as the administration heads through midterm elections and into a crisis that leads to allegations of criminal conduct. The West Wing’s second season won the Best Drama Series Emmy and Golden Globe Awards.” -Publisher’s info

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