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My Passion for Design [Hardcover]

Barbra Streisand
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Book Description

November 16, 2010
A lavishly illustrated personal tour of the great star's homes and collections.

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 Streisand reveals another aspect of her talent: the taste and style that have inspired her beautiful homes and collections. My Passion for Design focuses on the architecture and construction of her newest homes, the dream refuge that she has longed for since the days when she shared a small Brooklyn apartment with her mother, brother, and grandparents. A culmination and reflection of Streisand's love of American architecture and design between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries, the book contains many of her 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. In addition to glimpses of her homes, Barbra shares memories of her childhood, the development of her sense of style, and what collecting has come to mean to her. My Passion for Design is a rare and intimate private tour into the world of one of our most beloved stars. It will be welcomed by her many fans and all lovers of the great achievements of American design.


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About the Author

Barbra Streisand is the only artist ever to receive Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe, National Endowment for the Arts, and Peabody awards, as well as the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award and the Kennedy Center Honors.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult; 1st edition (November 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670022136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670022137
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1.2 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (284 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barbra Streisand is the only artist ever to receive Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe, National Endowment for the Arts, and Peabody awards, as well as the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award and the Kennedy Center Honors.

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110 of 122 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great photos & interesting journey November 17, 2010
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From reading the book, I get a clearer picture of the woman behind the unsurpassed talent. It's that thorniness in her character about having things be absolutely right. Perfect. That's the driving force in her success. And she does address this quest for perfection in the book many times, both the positive side and the annoying side. I get the feeling that this incredible eye for detail causes much internal turmoil and is a doubled edge sword of sorts. Through the book, one can appreciate the style, the taste and creative vision... I'm crazy for the millhouse with waterwheel by a stream... the grounds are breathtaking! Organic gardens, chickens with pale green eggs and more roses than the Rose Parade!!
My favorite photo in the book is of her sitting room/office... dead flowers on the coffee table... papers stacked up on the desk... real life. Just like the rest of us.
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58 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book November 16, 2010
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This book came this morning and I've already devoured it. The time, thought, and patience (not to mention money) that went into the building of this compound is staggering. A beautiful book with interesting and insightful text. A great Christmas gift with beautiful photography and great color.

Of course, a must-have for Streisand fans.
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60 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful book of Design November 17, 2010
By Derek.
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As many long time Streisand fans and followers know, Barbra has collected art pieces,furniture & has had an eye for antiques,design and creativity from the beginning (about 50 years of collecting). I am glad a book of her recent efforts mixed with some treasures from the past have been put together in a nice book as such.I am just about done reading the entire book and I would recomend this for any fan of Barbra or anyone interested in design, antiques and style. A +
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If I could give this book 10 stars I would! January 9, 2011
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Barbra Streisand is an amazing talent of our time, who knew she was also a visionary designer? This book is an inspiration and a gift to anyone who reads it. If you don't believe in heaven, you might want to reconsider when you see the environment by the sea that Babs has imagined and brought to glorious life. No detail has been left to chance and she has been extremely generous in sharing her thinking, her point of view, her life.

My Passion For Design is luscious, don't hesitate to purchase it. At nearly 300 hundred pages, every page is rich with gigantic photos most of which were taken by Barbra herself. It's a treasure.

Don't waste time reading this review, because I would have paid $300.00 for My Passion For Design---go buy the book, go buy the book, go buy the book. You'll thank yourself. I'm thanking Barbra!
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29 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her Passions proceeds to charity November 17, 2010
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Yes, this book is a little pricey, but most of the proceeds are being donated for "Women's Heart Health" She was interviewed yesterday on Oprah and stated that she wants to raise 5 million and will "match" the 5 million. The name of the hospital she is working with directly escapes me but she has made women's heart health her personal mission because so many women die of heart disease. A great book on Barbra's passion for a great cause!
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32 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good going Barbra!! November 16, 2010
By rednn
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Thanks to Barbra for taking the time and effort to do something to create a better awareness of and more funding for women's heart research. Women need to support women, and she is putting herself out there for us all. I'll love seeing her incredible home -- she has worked hard for it.
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29 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BARBRA'S MAGICAL WORLD..... November 16, 2010
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The "SO- CALLED" book review by PJ Samith (one star) sounds more like a personal attack on Streisand more than a book review. How can you review the book if you didn't buy it or read it? Sad really. Since I have bought the book, and read almost half of it today, I think I'll rebut your review and give the book 5 stars. My only complaint is that a
couple pictures have a pixellated look to them. Other than that, Streisand's attention to detail is amazing, and her taste impeccable. Getting a glimpse inside the worlds greatest star's world is worth the price alone. Barbra's writing feels like she is speaking right to the reader, telling you her personal stories and filling you in on all that it took to create this magical place. BRAVO Barbra!

SIDE NOTE: MR. SAMITH....WITH ALL RESPECT, I was there in the stadium at Madison Square Garden the night of the "outburst". People payed good money to hear Streisand, Not it listen to some blow hard Republican shouting stuff from the stands. Miss. Streisand did the right thing telling him to "SHUT THE ____ UP!" She also said she would give him his money back if he wasn't happy. The thunderous applause that night showed that 98% of the audience think she did the right thing. So please don't blame that event for your review. Thank you!
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36 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful ! This book is great November 16, 2010
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I'm so proud of this woman. To come from a poor childhood and become such a great success, she deserves everything life has to offer! yes there are many haters out there, but this comes from jealousy of things that we ourselves wish we had and sadly are without much to offer to society but bitterness, and at those people I simply "chuckle" Bless you Barbra and thanks for such a beautiful book.
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Perfect for me.
Published 18 days ago by Bob in Baltimore
5.0 out of 5 stars So nice to look at -always.
beautiful book of a beautiful paradise.
Published 22 days ago by Karen Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars Love looking at every page and the writing was purely ...
Phenomanal book. Love looking at every page and the writing was purely (hello) gorgeous. Highly recommended. A big coffee table book.
Published 1 month ago by Tess lafferty
5.0 out of 5 stars Great pictures and text.
Filled with a ton of great pictures on the building of her Malibu home. I would not have had the patience! Every detail down to the last detail. A fun book to peruse.
Published 1 month ago by Janny J.
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Love her attention to detail and her innate good sense of taste. What an elegant home she and her husband, James Brolin live in. Read more
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Amazing book !!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy
Each page has a beautiful photo, many were before and after of her property. The colors are lovely, and the rooms from each of her movies was the best. Read more
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Not what her first book should be about!
At least ten or more books have been written on her career. I don't need (or want) another one until SHE'S ready to write her own story - and she intends to, as she has mentioned many times. She has every right to work on whatever project she feels is right for her. And design, architecture,... Read More
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