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The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature (Canto)
C.S. Lewis
Boys and Girls Learn Differently!: A Guide for Teachers and Parents
Michael Gurian, Terry Trueman, Patricia Henley
Ambition and Survival: Becoming a Poet
Christian Wiman
Deep River: The Life and Music of Robert Shaw
Keith C. Burris
Daring, Trusting Spirit
John De Gruchy
The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities, and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church
John Thavis
The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia
Orlando Figes

The Private World of Tasha Tudor

The Private World of Tasha Tudor - Tasha Tudor, Richard Brown This book is a wonderful companion book to read after Bethany Tudor's sweet biography of her mother, "Drawn from New England". (see my review at http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/80311497 ).Photographs provide a beautiful view of those things Tasha loves and also gives more insight into Tasha Tudor as an artist.Fascinatingly enough, Tasha creates art as she goes through her day! She does not have an artist's studio, she paints at a table in the corner of her kitchen. Everything she turns her hand to, she does as an artist does. Whether cooking or tending her animals or washing clothes, she does everything with deliberate loveliness.The book is divided up into the 4 seasons of the year - spring, summer, autumn, winter, which allows you follow Tasha around her home and farm as she takes care of the work that each season provides. Again, I love her garden! The flowers are intoxicating and lush. You see pictures of Tasha painting, gathering firewood, milking her goat, sewing, and reading. My very favorite picture of her in this book is of Tasha standing in her kitchen drying dishes. The quote accompanying it is "I enjoy doing housework, ironing, washing, cooking, dishwashing. Whenever I get one of those questionaires and they ask what is your profession, I always put down housewife. It's an admirable profession, why apologize for it. You aren't stupid because you're a housewife. When you're stirring the jam you can read Shakespeare." I agree wholeheartedly with Tasha Tudor, and it is encouraging to find someone that says what I have long thought but not been able to articulate so aptly. I plan to get this book for my family. It is worth having, just as the habits of hard work and creating beautiful art is worthy of imitating.