Holiday Selections 2020

Our curated recommendations

for everyone on your list!

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HOLIDAY SELECTIONS


 

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The Truth about Baked Beans: An Edible History of New England (Washington Mews Books #6) Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781479882762
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Published: New York University Press - August 25th, 2020

A fascinating exploration of New England's culinary myths (and truths!) and how the lore behind them grew. All the iconic foods of the region —  lobster, maple syrup, browned breads, and more — are given historical context with intriguing details and anecdotes. The included historic and modern recipes make this an even more alluring book to read or gift! 

— Kelly


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More Beautiful: All-American Decoration Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9780847862269
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Published: Rizzoli - September 1st, 2020

Now that we have spent so much time at home, the need and urgency to refine/redo/reimagine is front and center. There is no better way to begin than turning these delicious pages for one idea after another — all practical yet inspiring. I am already rearranging! 

— Roxanne


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World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781571313652
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Published: Milkweed Editions - September 8th, 2020

A little jewel box of a book. A sort of a memoir told through the plants and animals that surround the author’s life. The Catalpa Tree shades a young brown girl and her sister from the Kansas sun. She imagines herself a narwhal, brave and unique. Gorgeous illustrations accompany these essays. For fans of H Is for Hawk, poetry, memoir, or nature writing

— Andrew


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Storey's Curious Compendium of Practical and Obscure Skills: 214 Things You Can Actually Learn How to Do Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781635861914
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - September 15th, 2020

Storey Publishing has been producing "how to" books for a long time and this is the culmination of that journey. Presenting over 200 skills you can actually learn: quick strawberry jam, carve a wooden spoon, darn socks, build a raised garden bed, navigate by the stars, fix a toilet, you name it! Been home a lot lately? This will help. Amazingly priced, fun, and practical for all ages. 

— Andrew


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Sec Planet Golf USA: The Definitive Reference to Great Golf Courses in America, Revised Edition Cover Image
By Darius Oliver, Ben Crenshaw (Foreword by)
$65.00
ISBN: 9781419748448
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 22nd, 2020

Without question, the finest single volume book on American golf produced today. Now in its newest edition, this impressive tome highlights the best hidden gems, Golden Age masterpieces, and modern marvel courses our country has to offer. With text from the best designers in the business, the lush photography caps off the ultimate gift for a golf lover.

— Andrew


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Good Dog: A Collection of Portraits Cover Image
By Randal Ford, W. Bruce Cameron (Foreword by)
$40.00
ISBN: 9781599621487
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Published: Rizzoli - October 6th, 2020

Even if you’re a “cat person,” I promise that by the time you’re done browsing through this beautiful book, you’ll be a “dog-person,” too. From Chaz, the white Puli, to Rory the English Setter, these portraits solidify the “unparalleled love we feel for our greatest companions.”  The Index of Stories, which provides a bit of background on each pup, is the cherry on top. A portion of the book’s proceeds will be donated to Emancipet for low-cost vet clinics—two paws up! Happy Howlidays! 

— Liz


This book provides the delightful opportunity to stop and think about how design influences our lives. “It’s often said that good design is invisible” may be the case, but this book clearly celebrates the importance of design in urban settings. From graffiti to traffic lights, road signage to city parks, marvel at these revealing city-scape stories.

— Liz


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A cookbook by Jacques Pepin is always the right choice! His newest (a revised edition of The Short-Cut Cook) is perfect for getting a meal together quickly without sacrificing taste and integrity. I love the added touch of his artwork throughout the pages.

— Lori


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Classical Mythology A to Z: An Encyclopedia of Gods & Goddesses, Heroes & Heroines, Nymphs, Spirits, Monsters, and Places Cover Image
By Annette Giesecke, Jim Tierney (Illustrator)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780762470013
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - October 6th, 2020

Classical Mythology A to Z is a magnificent comprehensive volume of all our favorites (Artemis! Medusa!) from the Greco Roman realms with many fascinating lesser known deities and creatures captivatingly described. This is better than any novel for firing the imagination. With its stunning cream and bronze cover, Hellenic endpapers, and gorgeous plates (see Aphrodite!), this is a must for any library.

— Julie


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A Man & His Car: Iconic Cars and Stories from the Men Who Love Them Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781579658922
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Published: Artisan - October 13th, 2020

Author and photographer Matt Hranek has a passion for finely crafted things and the stories that surround them. He traveled the world to seek out the legendary rides for this book. But beyond the speed and celebrity owners, the stories behind these cars and Hranek’s dramatic photography is what truly distinguishes this book. This is the perfect gift for any car lover or someone who appreciates the individuality and craftsmanship of fine objects.

— Andrew


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Garden Portraits: Experiences of Natural Beauty Cover Image
By Larry Lederman, Gregory Long (Foreword by), Thomas Christopher (Text by)
$50.00
ISBN: 9781580935456
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Published: The Monacelli Press - October 13th, 2020

Author Larry Lederman has made a name for himself as a premiere landscape photographer with his highly lauded books over the past decade, but I think he made this one just for us. He visits 16 of the best private gardens in New York and Connecticut in all seasons, in all weather, dawn to dusk. More than just top-notch garden photography, Lederman examines these spaces again and again to know their soul, design, and character. 

— Andrew


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Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781571311771
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Published: Milkweed Editions - October 13th, 2020

Braiding Sweetgrass is a modern classic of natural wisdom. Now available again in gorgeous hardcover, this truly special edition begs to handled and enjoyed. In it, Robin Wall Kimmerer shows us the hidden blessings that nature can give us. Writing from the viewpoint of an indigenous woman and a botanist, she teaches us the simple wisdom from plants and animals that is too easily ignored. An essential work for those who enjoy, nature, spiritualism, history, or science. 

— Andrew


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The Encyclopedia of New York Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781501166952
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - October 20th, 2020

I have been a fan of New York Magazine since its inception. This is taking every best tidbit of history, armchair travel, essays, and fun about this city of unceasing fascination and assembling this fabulous book that will charm and thrill any NYC lover. 

— Roxanne


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Dessert Person: Recipes and Guidance for Baking with Confidence Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781984826961
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Published: Clarkson Potter - October 20th, 2020

The most exciting baking book release of the year! A brilliant selection of recipes — from breakfast treats to special occasions to savory items — and wonderfully comprehensive instructions. The recipes I've made were instant winners, and the list of recipes I'm dying to try grows each time I open the book! 

— Kelly


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African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song (LOA #333): A Library of America Anthology Cover Image
By Kevin Young (Editor)
$45.00
ISBN: 9781598536669
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Published: Library of America - October 20th, 2020

This book is a literary event, gathering poetry from before our country was founded up to the present day. With over 250 contributors, we hear the voices of the enslaved, the newly freed, the Harlem Renaissance, the civil rights era, and the 21st century poet all in a gorgeous package worthy of its own gravity. A book to examine and digest over a lifetime and gift meant to impress the literature lover you know.

— Andrew


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The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction Cover Image
By Neil Gaiman, Marlon James (Foreword by)
$40.00
ISBN: 9780063031852
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Published: William Morrow - October 20th, 2020

If you've always wanted to read Neil Gaiman but feel overwhelmed and/or not sure where to begin, this is the perfect book for you. If you've read Gaiman and know someone who would LOVE his work but has been resisting your suggestions, you've just found the perfect gift. Featuring excerpts from Gaiman's adult books, and a large selection of his short stories, The Neil Gaiman Reader is a wonderful entryway into the magical, delightful, and occasionally dark worlds of Neil Gaiman.

— Lindsey


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The French Laundry, Per Se (The Thomas Keller Library) Cover Image
$75.00
ISBN: 9781579658496
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Published: Artisan - October 27th, 2020

Thomas Keller is one of the most celebrated chefs in the world and this is his most complete book to date. For serious chefs, both seasoned and raw, over 100 recipes guide you through his repertoire from the basic to the transcendent. A beautifully produced, authoritative text and one of the most important cookbooks in a decade. Signed copies available while supplies last!

— Andrew


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Open Studio: Do-It-Yourself Art Projects by Contemporary Artists Cover Image
$79.95
ISBN: 9781838661281
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Published: Phaidon Press - October 28th, 2020

Fine art and DIY might not seem like they can co-exist easily, but this book showcases the fascinating intersection between the two. With intimate looks into the studios and creative processes of the artists featured, and a wide variety of disciplines, this is a great book for any art lover looking to be inspired at home.

— Kelly


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The Penguin Book of Christmas Stories: From Hans Christian Andersen to Angela Carter (A Penguin Classics Hardcover) Cover Image
By Jessica Harrison (Editor)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780241396698
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Published: Penguin Classics - November 10th, 2020

There are so many things I love about Christmas! Having a collection of stories all between two covers is as magical as the season gets. Get yourself in a cozy spot, grab your favorite festive drink, and settle in to read the best Christmas stories from around the world.

— Lori


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The Glorious American Essay: One Hundred Essays from Colonial Times to the Present Cover Image
By Phillip Lopate (Editor)
$40.00
ISBN: 9781524747268
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Published: Pantheon - November 17th, 2020

Collections like this make me happy to be an American. The essay is a truly American form, and writers from Thomas Paine and John James Audubon to Zadie Smith and David Foster Wallace illustrate this democratic writing style through a beautiful, complete volume. Generally opinion pieces, essays give us an unfiltered view of writers that fiction and longer non-fiction pieces cannot. A perfect gift for fans of history, general non-fiction, and journalism.   — Andrew


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A Wealth of Pigeons: A Cartoon Collection Cover Image
By Steve Martin, Harry Bliss (Illustrator)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781250262899
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Published: Celadon Books - November 17th, 2020

Not only is this one of the smartest books of the year, it is also one of the funniest. When entertainment genius Steve Martin decided to team up with Harry Bliss to make cartoons for The New Yorker, the world got a little bit funnier. Reminiscent of classic The Far Side work, hysterical brilliance is on every page. A great gift for anyone who appreciates literary funny or someone who just wants a good laugh. — Andrew


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Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780593189481
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 10th, 2020

We should not dread the winter. We should prepare for it, accept it, adapt to it. May’s book provides solace for the dark days. She shows us that winter is an opportunity for rest and rejuvenation. Treat yourself to this beautiful book! Hunker down, retreat, and enjoy the quiet bounty that winter has to offer. — Tricia