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My passion for design
Streisand, Barbra.
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Publication Information:
New York ; London : Viking, [2010]

Physical Description:
295 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm
An illustrated tour of Streisand's homes and collections. The book contains photographs of the rooms she has decorated, the furniture and art she has collected, and the gardens she has planted.
An elegant barn -- The mill house -- The barn... a view inside -- Grandma's house -- The main house.
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NA7125 .S77 2010 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
NA7125 .S77 2010 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
NA7125 .S77 2010 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
NA7125 .S77 2010 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
NA7125 .S77 2010 Adult Non-Fiction Home Improvement

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My whole life, in a sense, has been a search for beauty . . . For nearly five decades Barbra Streisand has been one of the singular figures in American entertainment. From the cabaret to the Broadway stage, from television and film stardom to her acclaimed work as a director, from the recording studio to the concert hall, she has demonstrated that the extraordinary voice that launched her career was only one of her remarkable gifts. Now, in her first book, Barbra reveals another aspect of her talent- the taste and style that have inspired her beautiful homes and collections. My Passion for Design is her account of creation and construction of her newest home-the dream refuge she has longed for since the days when she shared a small Brooklyn apartment with her mother, brother, and grandparents, and a culmination and reflection of her love of American architecture and design from the 18th ti the 20th centuries. Whether she is seeking an elusive shade of blue for the panelling in a Federal lounge, tracking down a contemporary woodworker who was able to recreate the exquisite Greene & Greene style, or choosing the roses to harmonize with both the interior and exterior of a given room, Barbra's perseverance and attention to detail are remarkable-and remarkably engaging. She is a wonderfully witty storyteller as well as a knowledgeable and charming guide. My Passion for Design contains not only Barbra's own photographs of the rooms she has decorated, the furniture and art she has collected, and the ravishing gardens she has planted on her land on the California coast, but memories of her childhood, and insights into the development of her own sense of style. The millions of fans who have cherished her voice as a singer will find that she has an equally inimitable and compelling voice as a writer. Here is a rare and intimate private tour of the world of one of our most beloved stars, which will be welcomed by her fans and all lovers of the great achievements of American design.

Author Notes

Barbra Streisand born Barbara Joan Streisand, April 24, 1942, in Brooklyn N.Y. She attended Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn and joined the Freshman Chorus and Choral Club. Streisand became a nightclub singer while in her teens. She wanted to be an actress and appeared in summer stock and in a number of Off-Off-Broadway productions, including Driftwood (1959), with the then-unknown Joan Rivers. Streisand's first television appearance was on The Tonight Show, then hosted by Jack Paar, in 1961, singing Harold Arlen's A Sleepin' Bee. Streisand became a semi-regular on PM East/PM West, a talk/variety series hosted by Mike Wallace. In 1962, after several appearances on PM East/PM West, Streisand first appeared on Broadway, in the small but star-making role of Miss Marmelstein in the musical I Can Get It for You Wholesale. Her first album, The Barbra Streisand Album, won two Grammy Awards in 1963. Following her success in I Can Get It for You Wholesale, Streisand made several appearances on The Tonight Show in 1962. Streisand returned to Broadway in 1964 with an acclaimed performance as entertainer Fanny Brice in Funny Girl at the Winter Garden Theatre. The show introduced two of her signature songs, "People" and "Don't Rain on My Parade". Streisand has recorded 35 studio albums, almost all with the Columbia Records label. Her early works in the 1960s (her debut The Barbra Streisand Album, The Second Barbra Streisand Album, The Third Album, My Name Is Barbra, etc.) are considered classic renditions of theater and cabaret standards, including her slow version of the normally uptempo Happy Days Are Here Again. Barbra Streisand has also become an author of books with her title My Passion which was released in 2010.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

Supplying the principal photography, Streisand takes us through her California coast dream compound-comprising a mill house, barn, guesthouse, main house, pond, gardens, and even a chicken coop-and describes the planning, construction, and decorating. Her casual, conversational tone makes the book feel like a personal tour as she shares anecdotes-like finding the best supplier for old wood for the clapboard siding-and the pleasures of living in her home. She carefully details her decorating decisions, with design styles varying from Federal to Arts and Crafts to American country. Essential for Streisand fans, this will also attract readers interested in celebrities' homes. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.