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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; 1ST edition (25 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670022136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670022137
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 3 x 31 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 311,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barbara 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Suave on 17 Dec. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Before Barbra Streisand was famous, a friend of Barbra who went to visit her apartment in New York. He said you could spend the whole day in her bathroom looking at her stuff and kinck knacks that she bought at the antique shops. And when she went out from her apartment, she wore rare antique clothes, someone once remarked that she looked like "a walking Smithsonian". In one of the black and white photographs taken back in 1964 by Bill Eppridge, I remember Barbra standing in front of an empty frame (she couldn't afford to buy a painting back then). But did she ever realise how soon this empty frame would be filled with such amazing achievements and colourful events in her life?

In this book, you can see that her taste is quite conservative. Her houses are born somewhere in time. Her artistic vision is poetic and whimsical. She is restriant when it comes to her palette. She chooses only pastels and avoids the primary colours. She hates orange and purple. Even the fish in her pond have to be in the right colours. Her Grandma's House is my favourite. In her grandma's house cosy sitting room, there is an interesting picture where there is a music stand and the music sheet on the stand is the song from Funny Girl "I'd rather be blue over you". She has to colour cordinate even with the text "Blue".

I don't think Barbra understands the word "tired". Her relentless quest for perfection and beauty is incredible. This book reminded me of the apartment scene (my favourite scene) from the film, "Nuts". It's an intimate tour of her house and Barbra is an incredibly witty raconteur!

Imperfection of the book is that some photographs appear to have been taken in a hurry: there are so many blurry images.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bison on 31 Mar. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am a collector of rare books and this is an excellent purchase. It's obvious a lot of time was spent on this book. It's a shame it's not an autobiography, but it doesn't detract from the quality of the product. I'm sure Barbra will get round to writing her updated life story but for now this edition remains the best signed book on the market. Pricey, but she is one of the greats so it justifies the price tag.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Musiclover on 14 Dec. 2010
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Thank you for making this Deluxe book Barbra. It was something you didn't have to do and it is a dream come true for your fans.

The book is beautifully packaged in a brown cardboard box that seals around and holds the book perfectly. The box is numbered to correspond with the edition number (/500) that Barbra has written inside each book. The book is in a shiny black cloth-covered slipcase. Slotted in the back of the slipcase is a 15 minute DVD that Barbra has narrated and directed. The book is covered in burgundy cloth. It shimmers and is so classy. Barbra has numbered and signed each book, with her full signature. As she assures us on her website, she personally signed these books over several days. From all the signatures I have seen so far, she has signed nearly all of these in thick sharpie and others with a thinner pen. I am SO pleased with my copy. Everything about it screams class and Barbra has designed something that I will treasure forever. Highly recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tricky JJ on 30 Nov. 2010
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I received my book today and what can I say, other than it is absolutely amazing to see inside Barbra Streisand's home and be taken through the thought process behind these stunningly designed rooms, home, and gardens. A sheer delight watching the dvd being narrated by Barbra. She is a true perfectionist and she should always take that comment as a compliment. Her eye for detail is exquisite. I now have in my possession a stunning signed book to treasure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tina1960 on 15 Jun. 2011
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This book is absolutely beautiful and for the quality and content i think its a really cheap buy. It makes a fab pressie too. I bought 6 because I was so impressed..Im also a big Barbra fan..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CDG on 19 Sept. 2013
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In my view one of the most talented Divas of all time who displays, in this book, her complete artistic nature. She is a Designer/Decorator, loves photography, loves bringing the outside in. She is an avid collector of remarkable antiques and various other collectors items.
This book illustrates her unique talents and stunning interior and exterior concepts. It is a must have for any designer, aspiring designer and, of course, Streisand lovers.
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Barbra is clearly sincere and definitely shows and explains her taste to us. But it's not taste one would want to make a career out of, so it's a good job her other one has been so spectacularly successful. There was an anecdote about Miles Redd (you must know him, big in New York) viewing her auction items and commenting on hideous red furniture. Everything about Barbra glows but she needs a professional with great sensitivity for her interiors. Someone like Michael Smith or even Miles Redd. A whole book? Really?
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LET ME SUMMERIZE IN A FEW WORDS WHAT I FELT WHEN I READ THIS ALBUM : i ALREADY WAS A FAN OF HER SINGING, ACTING, DIRECTING AND PRODUCING. I BECAM A FAN OF HER DECORATING POSSIBILITIES. THANK YOU BARBRA TO HAVE ALLOWED ME TO ENTER INTO YOUR INTIMATE PLACE. THANK YOU FOR WHO YOU ARE. YOU ARE THE PERFECTION ON EARTH AND MY ONLY WISH WOULD BE TO HAVE THE GREAT HONOUR TO MEET WITH YOU. EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH IS TRANSFORMED IN GOLD.
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