Of all the world's great metropolises, Paris and Los Angeles are among those that house the most significant and immediately recognizable cultural milieus. From the Champs- lys es to the Sunset Strip, Marilyn Monroe to Brigitte Bardot, LACMA to Louvre, there is plenty for visitors and residents alike to fall in love with these storied cities -- and in Why LA? Pourquoi Paris?, for the first time ever, they are revealed in parallel. Written in English and French by Diane Ratican -- a Los Angeles based entrepreneur who calls Paris her second home -- with illustrations by acclaimed artists Eric Giriat (Paris) and Nick Lu (Los Angeles), Why LA? Pourquoi Paris? is a gorgeous, full-color, 272-page collectible art book, travel guide, and personal journey. Playfully 'connecting the dots' between respective historical landmarks, architectural icons, style codes, and cultural peculiarities, Ratican weaves a compelling narrative throughout Why LA? Pourquoi Paris?, which is interspersed with quotes from famed L.A. and Paris residents such as Walt Disney, Jim Morrison, Coco Chanel, and Ernest Hemingway. Colorful, charming illustrations by Girat and Lu -- many of which are available to purchase as prints via online contemporary art dealer Image Republic -- compare and contrast the foods, fashions, cultures, and cityscapes of the City of Stars and City of Lights. And, as an added bonus, precise GPS coordinates are included next to each illustrated page bringing the experience of these two incredible cities 'off the page' and into the real world Cleverly divided into seven distinct sections, Why LA, Pourquoi Paris? looks at: * Cityscapes & Landmarks Magnifiques * Culture C l bre: Cinema, Entertainment & Glamour * Fashion, Style & Shopping la Mode * Sports & Leisure * Communicating Ideas: Art & Culture * Cuisine & Dining * Cities in Motion "I have lived in Los Angeles most of my life, and never tire of waking up each day to it," writes Ratican in the book's foreword. "It is an eclectic, energetic, and stunningly beautiful place." "However, like a true Parisian woman who believes she can have the best of both worlds, Los Angeles is my husband and Paris is my lover," she continues. "Paris has its own drama and majesty, and like no other city I have ever traveled to, enables me to experience the privilege of being who I really am." A singular, delightful, and beautiful addition to the art book market brimming with joie de vivre and cool California glamour, Why LA? Pourquoi Paris? is a must-have for the bookcases, coffee tables, and suitcases of jetsetters, art lovers, culture enthusiasts alike.
S.J. Simon's classic bridge text book 'Why You Lose at Bridge', dispensing advice to the improving card player through archetypical bridge-playing characters such as Futile Willie, the Unlucky Expert, and Mrs. Guggenheim, is regarded as one of the best books ever written on the game. In this follow-up book, Julian Pottage uses the same approach to discuss common failings of modern club players - mis-describing your shape, overvaluing your hand, bidding the wrong slam, playing a flawed system, giving the wrong signal, making losing leads, and many more.
A unique over-the-shoulder look at the thought processes of one of the world's best players as Jeff Meckstroth takes the reader through the highs and lows of winning the Bermuda Bowl -- the world teams championship. Written in the style of Terence Reese's classic 'Play Bridge with Reese', this book gives readers a chance to make their own decisions at critical stages in each deal, and compare their solutions with the authors'. The narrative does not follow any specific world championship event, but all the deals are ones that Meckstroth actually played in Bermuda Bowl competition. Meckstroth is regarded as one of the top half-dozen players in the world; as his first book, this title will attract a great deal of attention.
Duplicate bridge is a different game. It's true that you can get by if you play exactly the same way as you would in a home social game or a team match. Duplicate pairs is a highly competitive game, though, and few contestants are happy just to 'get by'. They want to win - not just once in a while but regularly To be successful at duplicate pairs, you must adjust your bidding. You must know when to compete vigorously, taking a risk in doing so. You must also know when it is right to bid conservatively. You have to understand which contract to choose in various situations. In the play and defense you meet similar dilemmas. Should you risk the contract for a lucrative overtrick? Should you risk giving away an extra trick in defense, hoping that you can beat the contract? This is a book that every novice bridge player needs to read before that first pairs game at their local club.
A brilliant sequel to There Must Be A Way, this book presents fifty-two more problems in post-mortem analysis. The two-step solution approach has been retained, and the hands are no less fun. Again, the reader is challenged to decide whether each hand can be made with best play and defence. For variety, in this book some hands are presented in single dummy format as well. Dr. Andrew Diosy (1924-2012) was a physician specializing in internal medicine, whose hobbies included bridge and chess. Born in Hungary in 1924, he moved to Canada after the Hungarian uprising in 1957, where he lived in Toronto, Ontario. Linda Lee (Toronto, Canada) is a retired project management executive who now spends much of her time playing bridge and writing about the game. A multiple Canadian champion who has represented her country several times at the world level, her blog http: //linda.bridgeblogging.com is one of the most popular bridge blogs on the net. Her books range from beginner texts to a revised and updated edition of Clyde Love's classic Bridge Squeezes Complete.