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March 2017 batch: Requests must be in by Monday, March 27th at 6pm EST.

Freud’s Trip to Orvieto by Nicholas Fox Weber (Bellevue Literary Press)

Description: An illuminating journey into a complex mind, a searing exploration of masculinity, and a celebration of art’s provocative power

“This is an ingenious and fascinating reading of Freud’s response to Signorelli’s frescoes at Orvieto. It is also a meditation on Jewish identity, and on masculinity, memory, and the power of the image. It is filled with intelligence, wit, and clear-eyed analysis not only of the paintings themselves, but how we respond to them in all their startling sexuality and invigorating beauty.” —Colm Toibin

Freud’s Trip to Orvieto is at once profound and wonderfully diverse, and as gripping as any detective story. Nicholas Fox Weber mixes psychoanalysis, art history, and the personal with an intricacy and spiritedness that Freud himself would have admired.” —John Banville

After a visit to the cathedral at Orvieto in Italy, Sigmund Freud deemed Luca Signorelli’s frescoes the greatest artwork he’d ever encountered; yet, a year later, he couldn’t recall the artist’s name. When the name came back to him, the images he had so admired vanished from his mind’s eye. This is known as the “Signorelli parapraxis” in the annals of Freudian psychoanalysis and is a famous example from Freud’s own life of his principle of repressed memory. What was at the bottom of this? There have been many theories on the subject, but art historian Nicholas Fox Weber is the first to study the actual Signorelli frescoes for clues.

What Weber finds in these extraordinary Renaissance paintings provides unexpected insight into this famously confounding incident in Freud’s biography. As he sounds the depths of Freud’s feelings surrounding his masculinity and Jewish identity, Weber is drawn back into his own past. Freud’s Trip to Orvieto is an intellectual mystery with a very personal, intimate dimension. Through rich illustrations, Weber evokes art’s singular capacity to provoke, destabilize, and enchant us, as it did Freud, and awaken our deepest memories, fears, and desires.

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The Topography of Tears by Rose-Lynn Fisher (Bellevue Literary Press)

Description: Marvelous landscapes of human experience and emotion rendered through the magnification of our tears

“A moving depiction of the micro and macro aspects of our emotional lives, and a beautiful means of integrating the often separate realms of science and art.” —Refinery29

Does a tear shed while chopping onions look different from a tear of happiness? In this powerful collection of images, award-winning photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher trains her optical microscope and camera on her own tears and those of men, women, and children, released in moments of grief, pain, gratitude, and joy, and captured upon glass slides.

The Topography of Tears reveals the beauty of recurring patterns in nature and presents evocative, crystalline imagery for contemplation. Underscored by poetic captions, these 67 duotone photographs translate the mysterious act of crying into an atlas mapping the structure and magnificence of our interior lives.

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On sale May 02
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