American Wolf, which focuses on the life and adventures of the world-famous alpha female O-Six and her pack, is one of the most thrilling, affecting books I’ve ever read. O-Six and her family are besieged on all sides in and around Yellowstone National Park— by rival packs, by ranchers and hunters who would loving nothing more than to kill every wolf in America, and by state and federal politicians indifferent to the ecological importance of wolves. And yet O-Six, seemingly invincible, endures. Nate Blakeslee’s mythic story of an American legend is surely the best nature book of 2017.
A wild ride through the history of one of our most iconic, truest symbols of our American selves, the triumphant/tragic saga of the wild Mustang is exhilarating, yet eye-opening. Protected but misunderstood the population of one of our country’s first natives is at risk of disappearing. Philipps has written a rich history spanning centuries, that delves deeply into the current day crisis, but also gives us hope for the future of this truly amazing animal.
Wise Trees is a glorious coffee table book depicting 50 wondrous ancient and sacred trees throughout the world. From familiar icons like Isaac Newton's Apple tree to the incomprehensibly massive Montezuma Cypress in Mexico, each one is astonishing. The format includes stunning photos and fascinating stories that will draw you into the lives of these profoundly magnificent living monuments.
Here’s a book not only for birders, but lovers of art and biographies. While I did, indeed spend hours just marveling at the detailed illustrations of the birds, their nests, and their eggs, I also enjoyed reading the history. I found Elphick’s writing approachable and soon was caught up the in voyages that allowed these artists, known and unknown to us, the chance to paint. What makes this a truly magnificent gift is the sumptuous prints included in this box set.
Where the Animals Go is a joy to read for lovers of animals, science, and graphics. Cheshire and Uberti tell highly engaging and well-researched stories of how animals navigate the world, and the relationship their navigation has with surrounding human populations. The maps and graphics are beautiful to look at, and bring to life environments and landscapes I had no familiarity with. After reading this book, you will want to study the animal kingdom more.
In Endangered, renowned photographer Tim Flach does an incredible job of capturing the ephemeral beauty of our planet’s most precious species. Flach’s breathtaking photographs should strike a chord with readers concerned with protecting our planet’s most precious species. By exposing readers to the threats that our global ecosystem faces (climate change, poaching, reduction in natural habitats, and deforestation), this book will inspire readers to make changes in their own day-to-day lives. Our future depends on it.
For me, there is no better way to discover the diversity that is America than through food, a universal common denominator. This cookbook takes you on a food journey through the 50 states with 800 delicious and authentic American dishes! This book is for those who love food, cooking, and the traditions behind them!
At 400 plus pages, The Book of Cheese can appear daunting. The scope of the book, however, is less noteworthy than the author's unorthodox approach to the subject. She organizes the book not by type of cheese, but rather by identifying nine gateway cheeses which guide the reader based on taste. All the expected details are covered: country and animal of origin, aroma, texture, and flavor. This book is a great companion for delving into the world of cheese.
A new sensation from Ottolenghi focusing on dessert! Clearly described and simple enough for new bakers, while master bakers will find these recipes unusual and refreshing. Sweet includes a chocolate cake so perfect it doesn’t need frosting, a sesame seed brittle so easy you don’t use a candy thermometer, and a spice cake where, by changing one ingredient, it goes from fabulous to exotic. Long time bakers here at R J Julia Booksellers exclaimed, “Amazing! I need this book!”
I am addicted to any Jacques Pepin cookbooks! They are an easy way to make it seem like I am a brilliant cook!! His cookbooks are perfect for everyday cooking and now, with his granddaughter Shorey, he’s provided great recipes for cooking with kids. Here’s a wonderful way to spend meaningful time with all the kids in your life.
Filled with striking photographs and vivid profiles, this book lives up to its billing: the best of the New York Times Home Section. The gorgeous interior and architectural designs found within span a wide range of styles, inspirations, and locales, from Alabama to Russia, with a wealth of gorgeous selections from the New York area alone. Any lover of beautiful and unique homes will enjoy sinking into the pages of this exceptional collection.
Does winter have you dreaming of escaping to far-away places? After reading this, we guarantee you’ll consider at least one of these 25 gorgeous destinations for your next trip. Comprised of alluring travel essays and stunning photography, each destination is sure to tantalize novices and seasoned travelers alike. This book will inspire you to dig your suitcase out of the closet and start packing!
Consider this your invitation to celebrate the charming whimsy of noted artist and entertaining maven Cathy Graham. Each beautifully photographed page is a delight! You will be inspired by Cathy's floral arrangements, tickled by the hidden treasures on her table settings and simply astonished by each painstaking detail that raises her parties to events. I may never put a fur-covered Ken doll on my Christmas table, but I'm thrilled to live in Cathy's world.
Calling a book "The Art Museum" and trying to replicate the immersive experience of being in a real museum is an ambitious task. However, Phaidon has expertly crafted one of the most comprehensive collections of stunning art images and vivid photos of the museums they reside in. The chapters are laid out like a real museum would be, and includes almost any artistic format you could imagine. Flipping through this book is like strolling from exhibit to exhibit.
Few modern photographers have a portfolio and client repertoire as vast as Annie Leibovitz. Few also have as distinct a style of portraiture- painterly, timeless, recognizable instantly when glanced on the cover of a glossy magazine. This collection of those portraits is at home on the shelf of the art critic, the movie buff, the music enthusiast, the fashion obsessed, and the casual celeb-stalker alike.
Chris Ware has created his own artistic category, joining people like Miles Davis, David Bowie, and Andy Warhol as one who has taken an art form beyond its own preconceived borders. With this monograph of his work spanning decades, Ware shows us how he quickly outgrew the cartoonist label to become one of the most lauded graphic artists and pointed social critics of the modern age. An amazing book to be savored by even the most casual art lover.
Just how big are the worlds we enter when we watch a movie? And just how far do the characters go? Cinemaps aims to show you, with exquisitely illustrated maps showing the locations in each film, and the paths characters took from place to place. Side bars give you trivia and additional commentary on specific locations and each map is paired with an essay giving you a brief overview of the film and its geography. From Star Wars to Pulp Fiction, no film geography is too small or big to be displayed in this gorgeous book for film buffs and people who love to see all the details.
Rediscover The Wind in the Willows with this beautifully illustrated new edition! The friendship, adventures and high-jinks of Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad in this timeless story are perfectly suited for sharing across generations.
America’s greatest storyteller isn’t finished yet. Culled from notes in an archive scribbled down after some particularly good bedtime stories for his daughters, Philip and Erin Stead have brought to life a lost Mark Twain tale. Complete with talking animals, mad kings, and magic seeds, this story is sure to satisfy the young and put a smile on the face of the old. Though the story is for children, Twain does not spare us his trademark wit and social commentary.
Simply put, this book is brilliant. It defines any and all ideas we may have as to the limitations paper has. This book had the ability to put the Ursa Major and Capricornus on my ceiling. It gave me the opportunity to strum a few chords on a guitar. It allowed me to set a secret code that only my friend could decipher. Whoever said pop-up books were for children has clearly never experienced this book, but they ought to. Both educational and wildly fun, this book is for people of all ages.
Grab this book and get learning about how things work! Cameras, smart phones, skyscrapers, self-driving cars and robots are just a few things that this book tackles. With great colorful illustrations and diagrams, this book takes complex topics and boils them down to their most fundamental nature. As a bonus, there are profiles on scientists, innovators and engineers as well as fun life hacks. This is a fun introduction to science and technology for a young person.
The cover and every single page of this book is super cool with spectacular photographs of all things in the natural world. You feel like you can reach out and touch a chameleon’s skin or a leopard’s fur. When not being blown away by the photos, you will learn about how hummingbird hover and frogs communicate and thousands of other fascinating nature facts. A great family gift!
Since 1847, West Point has published and updated their own textbook for cadets, “The West Point History of Warfare”. Finally available to the public, this impressive tome is stocked with tactical maps, data visualizations, and newly commissioned chapters that make it the definitive history of our revolution. A book to be examined and revisited, appropriate for history fans young and old.
Using the stories of six people, Russell Shorto has painted a broad picture of life and struggle in the 18th century. Shorto looks at the lives of a young woman, the British Secretary of War, an Iroquois chief, a free black man (living in Connecticut), an ambitious politician in Albany, and George Washington. He fills the book with fascinating details and gives us a deeper understanding of the society that the revolution played out in. Fascinating, thought provoking, fun, entertaining, enjoyable- I could go on. A must read!
Even as a child, one of the most gifted, imaginative, and inventive characters, Leonardo was a man before his time. Ever wonder why the Mona Lisa is the most famous smile of all times? Isaacson has once again taken one of history’s most famous persons, painted the most riveting picture of Leonardo in full-color, and written an engrossing true tale that you will not be able to stop reading.
What really matters? 200 women from a variety of backgrounds -some famous and some not- are asked this question along with four additional questions. Their answers are equally moving and eye opening. Paired with a brief bio and stunning photograph of each woman, this makes an ideal gift full of inspiration!
The soul: that mysterious thing that guides our lives and may or may not survive our deaths. In these times, where the line between spiritual and self-help is often ambiguous, it is hard to find a book the manages this intersection as effectively as Rabbi Levy does. As I read – underling, making notes, and re-reading – I was touched, enlightened, and comforted. This book provides anecdotes and insights that inform us in profound ways about how to live our lives.
In celebration of the bicentennial of Thoreau’s birth, this slim volume is more relevant than ever. Walking is Thoreau’s essay about the importance of mindfulness within nature, and in this special edition, is complemented by beautiful black and white nature photographs. You’ll feel more connected after reading – a perfect give for the nature lover in your life.
Devotions is stunningly honest, incredibly kind, and utterly hopeful. Mary Oliver writes with an essence of knowing, noticing, and pointing out. Pulled from 27 individual publications, the poems in this collection highlight her ability to string together quiet moments, and spin them into profound verse, often grounded in the natural world. This is a must-have for Oliver fans, poetry fanatics, and nature lovers, alike.
Night Stories is a beautiful idea executed to perfection. Linden Frederick, known for his realistic paintings of rural New England at dusk and at night, gathered some of New England's favorite storytellers who used his art to tell stories that dive beyond the surface of the canvas and into the hearts and lives of the people you'd find in those scenes. Each author brings their own voice to Frederick's art in their own way. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but in this case, I'd say having both is even better!
On a cold winter’s night, William is visited by a progression of animals of increasing size, each requesting a warm place to rest their head. When a bear shows up, the other guests are reluctant to share their space in bed, but William’s generosity has warmed them to accepting one last friend. Fun to read with expressive illustrations, this is a beautiful tale of sharing.
Such a down-right clever, unique, interactive book! You and your little one will have so much fun lifting flaps, turning pages and discovering opposites. Whether it’s left from right or outside from in, you will enjoy pulling this book off the shelf again and again. Even the big kids will like this one.
There is something extra sweet about this book. Let your little one say good night with Little Bear and his forest friends as they prepare for their winter’s sleep. Snuggles, and kisses, and hugs…oh my!
Buildablock is just as fun, clever, and beautiful as the rest of the books in the alphablock series. A perfect gift for a child who can’t get enough at construction sites, this inventive book showcases a wide range of construction equipment. (I think I even learned something!)
From the first page, fun and vivid illustrations capture the magic of two siblings waking to freshly fallen snow. Ignoring the biting cold, the two venture out to build their Snowbear. But there's a slippery hill and a dark forest and all that lurks inside, just waiting. Grab your hot cocoa, cuddle up, and enjoy this perfect winter's tale.
Snuggle with this huggable, cuddle-able, and loveable polar bear with plush white fur. Donning a bright red and white striped winter knit scarf, this 12" tall bear is sure to melt your heart!
Were they brought together by fate or coincidence? Tumble and Blue arrive in the small town of Murky Branch, GA just in time for the red sickle moon and a chance to be the one to ask the legendary alligator, Munch, to change their fates. But if only one person can ask, what happens to the other? Tumble and Blue are about to learn a lot about free will, friendship, and finding your own future. A great read for all!
Grab your brollies (umbrellas) and take a leap--that's what Morrigan Crow must do, trusting the strange Jupiter North, a man who rescues her from her cursed 11th birthday. But she soon finds she has been volunteered to compete for a place in the magical Wundrous Society, for which she is completely unprepared. Help from her new friend Hawthorne evens the playing field, but cannot prepare her for what she ultimately learns about herself. A great magical adventure.
This charming story is a feel-good realistic fiction account (based on the author's childhood!) of Josie, a girl in a large family struggling to make ends meet, but still having space in their hearts (if not in their apartment!) for a little pig runt named Hamlet. With gymnastics finals coming, and Dad's deadline to find a home for Hamlet, Josie discovers the strength she needs resides in her herself, her family, and her friends. A thoroughly modern tale that feels like a classic!
What if the past, present, and future had been mashed together creating a whole new world? That’s Diego’s world. And when his father—a talented engineer whose skills have been helping stabilize this new world—is kidnapped, Diego goes after him. Joining him is best friend Petey, from the 1920's, and classmates Paige from 1984, and Lucy from the late 1800's. They end up on a pirate ship, travel across the ocean, and make a shattering discovery. This is a grand tale of adventure! The full color illustrations are balanced with text that’s sure to captivate you as much as it did me. What a great gift for boys (& girls!).
A thrilling, immersive ride through a series of lies, personal reinventions, and a deadly quest for a privileged life. Jule changes herself at will,to cover up the destruction she has caused in the lives of others. Cunningly written in a reverse timeline of events, the journey back through the evolution of the girl Jule has become is captivating and fast-paced. A suspenseful and diabolical story!
What a thrilling, well written debut novel for both guys and gals. Scott Reintgen has skillfully achieved a balance of compelling plot with highly authentic characters that drive the story forward. A former high school teacher, Reintgen has used his experiences to create relatable characters in a classroom-like scenario, but in an outer-space setting—I couldn’t help but like Emmet and wanted to know what would happen to him next. Whether you’re a fan of sci-fi or not, you will love this book!
Historical fiction, thriller, and love story-- this is my top pick of the year!Based on true events that happened in Timbuktu in 2012, conservative muslim Ali meets liberal muslim Kadi during a siege that will change their lives. Dramatic and thoughtful, nothing could be more important than examining these perspectives and seeing them played out with an ending that will leave you breathless. Historical fiction, thriller, and love story-- this is one of my top picks of the year!
Sparrow is a book that will stay with you long after the last page has been read. It is a story of a young girl, who with the help of her doctor and supportive mother, discovers her voice in more ways than one. Follow Sparrow's journey all the way from a hospital room, to her school classroom, and finally, to a rock and roll music camp. It is a story about friendship, loss, hope, and above all, triumph! Sparrow is an unforgettable character in an unforgettable story!
These classic white and navy stripe laminated bags are perfect for a weekend get-away or everyday use. These bags are waterproof, durable, and resistant to fading, sure to make a lasting impression! Gift one, two, or the whole set! Styles include: cosmetic bag, dopp kit, large travel bag, backpack, and hanging toiletry bag. Priced
Generously sized at 18" in diameter, this festive serving tray is heat, moisture, and alchohol resistant. With its high gloss finish, this will be a favorite home accessory for years to come, perfect for serving gifts during holiday gatherings or as a delightful gift sure to matche seasonal decor!
Gather all the dolls and stuffed animals- there's a tea party to attend! This charming porcelain tea set includes four plates, spoons, and cups, plus teapot, sugar bowl, and creamer. Delicately painted with pink butterflies, daisies, and a fairy, it can be safely stored in the sweet sparkly case for the next tea party.
There are all kinds of strange combinations of food at the Blue Plate Diner. Players have 30 seconds to remember which foods go to which plates without looking. Make it through breakfast, lunch, and dinner without making your customers angry, and everyone wins!
Kids love playing this cooperative high paced, fast-flipping, matching card game!
What looks like a hardcover, beautifully illustrated book opens to a 3D super world! Choose from a city scene, an evil laboratory or fire and ice cave. Add in any one of twelve characters and your child can create a different story every time they open the book. This is one book I will never tire of reading my grandchildren since each adventure is ours to create.