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Architecture

Dream Home

Dream Home

The Property Brothers' Ultimate Guide to Finding & Fixing Your Perfect House

Jonathan Scott and Drew Scott
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The long-awaited first book from HGTV's biggest stars, the Property Brothers, on buying, selling, and renovating a home.
 
Jonathan and Drew Scott have taken HGTV by storm with their four hit shows, Property Brothers, Property Brothers at Home, Buying & Selling, and Brother vs. Brother. The talented duo's good-natured rivalry, playful banter, and no-nonsense strategies have earned the popular twins millions of devoted fans who have been anxiously waiting for a Scott Brothers book. Dream Home is a comprehensive source, covering the ins and outs of buying, selling, and renovating a house, with hundreds of full-color photos throughout.
 
The brothers cover numerous topics including the hidden costs of moving, savvy negotiating tactics, and determining your home must-haves. Other handy features include a calendar of key dates for finding the best deals on home products and a cheat sheet of worth-it fix-its. Look inside for a wealth of information on attaining what you want-on time andon budget. Dream Home also includes all the tips and tricks you won't see on TV, making it a must-have resource not just for fans but for any current or aspiring homeowner.

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Modern North

Modern North

Architecture on the Frozen Edge

Julie Decker
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

The geographic region around the North Pole is a raw and exotic area of untouched nature and inescapable beauty. Unique among the Earth's ecosystems, it includes both a vast, ice-covered ocean and a treeless region of tundra. Building in this extremely cold climate requires an advanced degree of ingenuity and resolve. Ecological conditions including high winds, snowdrifts, and permafrost, combined with periods of little or no sunlight, present seemingly impossible logistical hurdles. Recent years have witnessed an explosion of resident and invited architects creating buildings above 60 degrees latitude. The time has come for a new definition of a northern building, one that is both extraordinarily responsive to place and aesthetically provocative. In Modern North, author Julie Decker presents thirty-four of the most compelling and far-ranging possibilities of contemporary architecture in the North. These buildings, located in northern Canada, Scandinavia, and Alaska, are united in the way they embrace extreme conditions. Rather than shut them out, these conditions are welcomed and often formed into the buildings' structures and materials, as in the way architecture is employed to mediate the harshness of the low-lying sun without replacing it with the harshness of artificial lights. The architects of Modern North exploit the natural topography to provide visual stimulation in places that sometimes offer little more than a whitescape. Modern North includes innovative institutional and residential structures by both established and up-and-coming architects, including a-lab, David Chipperfield, Jarmund/Vigsnaes, Studio Granda, Shim-Sutcliffe, and Snohetta. Essays by Brian Carter, Juhani Pallasmaa, Edwin Crittenden, and Lisa Rochon place the projects in the context of a new architectural response to the North.

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Tilting

Tilting

House Launching, Slide Hauling, Potato Trenching, and other Tales from a Newfoundland Fishing Village

Robert Mellin
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

There is an almost elemental appeal in the rural fishing villages of Nova Scotia, Maine, and Newfoundland. Their intimate connection to nature, to the land, water, and (often harsh) weather; their reliance on ingenuity, on-hand materials, and craftsmanship; and their values of thrift and endurance serve as inspiration and as touchstones for those of us caught up in the hubbub of modern life.

Tilting
 is a celebration of all these virtues and an eclectic documentation of the buildings, landscape, and lifestyle of this remote community on a small island far off the Canadian coast. Through photographs, firsthand historical anecdotes, and delicate pencil drawings, author Robert Mellin presents a personal account of Tilting's houses, outbuildings, furniture, tools, fences, and docks, and, in the process, the way of life of Tilting. Mellin describes how houses are built for mobility and then "launched," or moved; how houses are detailed and constructed; how cabbage houses are built out of overturned boats; and the difference between picket, paling, and riddle fences-with diagrams in case you want to build your own.

Part journal, part sketchbook, part oral history, Tilting is a treasure chest of a book that offers new discoveries with each reading, and a reminder of the simpler aspects of life and building.

"Architecture provides the window through which the author studies the human graces of a community of people. The book is less about roof trusses and clapboard than it is about the poetry of inhabiting a particular piece of geography over centuries, spoken in the language of village architecture." (The Globe and Mail, 100 Best Books of 2003)

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Tom Kundig: Houses

Tom Kundig: Houses

Dung Ngo (editor)
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

The work of Seattle-based architect Tom Kundig has been called both raw and refined, as well as super-crafted and warm. Kundig's projects, especially his houses, uniquely combine these two seemingly disparate sets of characteristics to produce some of the most inventive structures found in the architecture world today. Kundig's internationally acclaimed work is inspired by both the industrial structures with which he grew up in the Pacific Northwest and the vibrant craft cultures that are fostered there. His buildings uniquely meld industrial sensibilities and materials such as Cor-ten steel and concrete with an intuitive understanding of scale. As Kundig states, "The idea is insaperable from the fabrication, inseparable from the materials used." 

Tom Kundig: Houses presents five projects in depth, from their early conceptual sketches to their final lovingly wrought, intimate details. Kundig's houses reflect a sustained and active collaborative process between designer, craftsmen, and owners, resulting in houses that bring to life the architect's intentions, the materials used, and lines of unforgettable beauty.

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Art

The Art of Moana

The Art of Moana

Jessica Julius and Maggie Malone
Publisher: Chronicle Books

The Art of Moana is the latest title in our exceptional series showcasing artwork from the creation of Walt Disney Animations' latest releases.
 
Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world ventured across the Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped-and no one today knows why.
 
From Walt Disney Animation Studios, Moana is a CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors' unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui and together they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed adventure, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds.
 
The stunning artwork in this behind-the-scenes book includes character designs, storyboards, colorscripts, and much more.

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Fantastic Collections

Fantastic Collections

Steve McDonald
Publisher: Chronicle Books

In this newest coloring book by the author of the internationally bestselling Fantastic Cities (more than 400,000 copies in print), artist Steve McDonald uses his unique photo-based approach to create beautiful and intimately detailed line drawings of amazing collections of objects. Finding inspiration in the unusual (museum collections, antiques, and quirky toys) and the everyday (leaves, butterflies, vintage cameras, store product displays), McDonald creates playful and immersive illustrations that are as lovely as they are fun to color. The quality of the large, crisp white pagesare conducive to a range of applications, while a middle margin keeps all the artwork fully colorable. A dozen meditative mandalas created from the drawings round out this gorgeous adult coloring book.

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Fantastic Structures

Fantastic Structures

A Coloring Book of Amazing Buildings Real and Imagined

Steve McDonald
Publisher: Chronicle Books

In this eagerly awaited follow-up to the international bestseller Fantastic Cities, artist Steve McDonald uses his unique large-format approach working from actual photographs to create beautifully detailed line drawings of amazing buildings and other structures from around the world. The globe-trotting selection includes buildings from six continents-including Prague's Astronomical Clock, Russia's St. Basil's Cathedral, a Florentine bridge, a Romanian castle, an Indian palace, and manydozens more-alongside fun-to-color details from iconic structures such as the Eiffel Tower, London's Tower Bridge, and the Chrysler Building. The crisp white pages are conducive to a range of applications, and a middle margin keeps all the artwork fully colorable. A dozen imaginative architectural mandala illustrations round out this gorgeous adult coloring book.

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In the Wilds

In the Wilds

Drawings by Nigel Peake

Nigel Peake
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

In the Wilds is a collection of artist Nigel Peake's hand-drawn observations of rural life. From the trees, fields, lakes, and rolling hills that define the country landscape, to the farm houses, tractors, fences, and telegraph poles that build it, Peake's obsessively detailed pencil and ink drawings and beautifully muted watercolors capture the slow moving rhythm of his surroundings. 

In a time when everyone seems to be seeking relief from the fast pace of everyday life, In the Wilds offers an escape to a countryside as timeless as it is idyllic.

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The Map As Art

The Map As Art

Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography

Katharine Harmon
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

As seen in O: The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, USA Today, Cool Hunting, and countless other media outlets, The Map as Art is available now in a paperback edition. This volume by Katharine Harmon, author of our best-selling book You Are Here, extends that book's celebration of mapmaking to the world of artists' maps. It is little surprise that in an era of globalized politics, culture, and ecology contemporary artists are drawn to maps to express their visions. Using paint, salt, souvenir tea towels, or their own bodies, map artists explore a world free of geographical constraints. 

In The Map as Art, Harmon collects 360 colorful, map-related artistic visions by well-known artists, such as Ed Ruscha, Julian Schnabel, Olafur Eliasson, William Kentridge, and Vik Muniz, and many more less-familiar artists for whom maps are the inspiration for creating art. Essays by Gayle Clemans bring an in-depth look into the artists' maps of Joyce Kozloff, Landon Mackenzie, Ingrid Calame, Guillermo Kuitca, and Maya Lin. Together, the beautiful reproductions and telling commentary make this anessential volume for anyone open to exploring new paths.

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The Native Trees Of Canada

The Native Trees Of Canada

Leanne Shapton
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly

While shopping in a used bookstore, Leanne Shapton happened upon an old edition of the government reference book, The Native Trees of Canada, originally published in 1917 by the Canadian Department of Northern Affairs and National Resources. Most people would simply view the book as a dry cataloguing of a boring subject. Shapton, however, was immediately enchanted by the dusty compilation, saw beauty in the technical details and was inspired to create her own artistic interpretation of The Native Trees of Canada as a present for her fiance.

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A Paris Sketchbook

A Paris Sketchbook

Jason Brooks
Publisher: Laurence King

Paris Sketchbook is a stunning gift book from leading international fashion illustrator Jason Brooks. Although he is best known for his beautiful fashion imagery, which has regularly graced the pages of Vogue and Elle magazines, travel has been a recurrent theme in his work and his adventures continue to inspire and inform his visual repertoire. This book is a whimsical take on Paris, part guide book, part illustrated journal, it will appeal to both travelers and fashionistas.

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The Lunar Chronicles Coloring Book

The Lunar Chronicles Coloring Book

Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Enter the world of Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles, the #1 New York Times bestselling series 
 
People, places, and scenes from Marissa Meyer's bestselling and beloved intergalacticadventure come to life in this enchanting coloring book. Castles, costumes, andcharacters inspired by fairy tales are detailed with intricate anddecorative drawings perfect for coloring. Along with new text from the author,including never-before-published commentary about the series, this is a volume that Lunartics (old fans and new) will want to own.

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Woodcut

Woodcut

Bryan Nash Gill
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

Artist Bryan Nash Gill creates beautiful, detailed prints of woodcuts-cross sections through trees. Various species of trees are represented: oak, maple, locust, ash, cedar, and more. The prints reveal the unique beauty of each tree, including its history (through its shape and rings) and defining characteristics (bends, branches, and burls). In addition to the trees, there will be prints of dimensional lumber and images of the wood blocks used to create the prints. Behind each work is a laborious process-the book may include an account of this process, including how the artist acquires the trees and what he looks for in the cuts, how he prepares the wood for printing, and how he transfers the details of each cut to paper. It could also be interesting to explore dendrochronology (tree-ring dating).

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Beauty & Fashion

100 New Fashion Designers

100 New Fashion Designers

Hywel Davies
Publisher: Laurence King

The fashion industry has always celebrated innovative design, and young, talented fashion designers can make a huge impact as they explore new ideas and push boundaries.

This book showcases the diverse and unique work of the best 100 new creatives in fashion design from around the world. These designers are characterized by their single-minded interpretation of clothing and their ambition to present alternative solutions in dressing for their customers. The book focuses on designers still in the first decade of their career, either working alone on their own label or brand or teamed up into small companies, showcasing collections. As well as pinpointing the best new talent worldwide, this visually stunning survey provides a comprehensive showcase of cutting-edge imagery, including original design work, drawings, and photography.

The ultimate reference guide to the world's movers and shakers in fashion today, this is a book all fashionistas will want to own.

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100 Years of Fashion Illustration

100 Years of Fashion Illustration

Cally Blackman
Publisher: Laurence King

A bible of fashion illustration and unrivalled in its international reach, 100 Years of Fashion Illustration will be an invaluable resource for art and fashion professionals as well as a beautiful design object for all consumers. Over 400 dazzling images complement this comprehensive survey of the genre over the last century, providing an overview of the development of fashion seen through the eyes of the greatest illustrators of the day. The cream of the crop are featured here, among them Andy Warhol, Ty Wilson and Tom Keogh.

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100 Years Of Menswear

100 Years Of Menswear

Cally Blackman
Publisher: Laurence King

A unique collection, 100 Years of Menswear will prove indispensable for all fashion students, historians of dress and lovers of men's clothes. Rare photography and illustrations reveal the elegant tailoring of Savile Row and tough khaki and denim of the uniform and workplace giving way to an exuberant array of styles and colours as the century progresses. Packed with images of Hollywood style icons, the artist personalities of the 1930s and more, the evolution of menswear from practical to peacock is explored in an array of rarely-seen photographs and illustrations. The impact of Pierre Cardin, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren and other designers is contrasted with the street fashion of the 1960s, punk and the clubbing scene to bring together the story of the flourishing menswear scene in one invaluable book.

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Anna Sui

Anna Sui

Anna Sui
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Anna Sui's trendsetting rock-and-roll looks have made her one of this decade's top five fashion icons (Time). Here, in the first book to cover the entire scope of Sui's twenty-year career, fans get rare access to the designer's creative process. This richly visual retrospective celebrates her influence, from her first show that snared the support of supermodels Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, and Kate Moss to the role she's played in making the babydoll dress one of fashion's most iconic silhouettes. With more than 400 photographs from legendary photographers, this exquisite tome, with a shimmering foil-stamped cover, is essential for all fashionistas.

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Bold, Beautiful and Damned

Bold, Beautiful and Damned

The World of 1980s Fashion Illustrator Tony Viramontes

Dean Rhys-Morgan
Publisher: Laurence King

This beautiful hardcover book brings together an extensive collection of fashion illustrator Tony Viramontes's work, featuring striking images of smoldering and smoky-eyed men and women who vibrate with New Wave energy. Viramontes worked with some of the most celebrated names in fashion including Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Chanel, Claude Montana, and Christian Dior.

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British Fashion Designers

British Fashion Designers

Mini Edition

Hywel Davies
Publisher: Laurence King

A fun mini edition of the first book to embrace the whole of the UK and its creative influence on international fashion, this will appeal to industry professionals, students, and anyone with an interest in fashion.

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Masters Of Fashion Illustration

Masters Of Fashion Illustration

David Downton
Publisher: Laurence King

A lavishly illustrated and beautifully designed book that celebrates the work of the great fashion illustrators from late-19th century to the present day. The book covers the work of fashion illustrators, such as Rene Gruau and Antonio Lopez, fine artists such as Boldini and Warhol, and graphic designers such as Tony Viramontes and Bob Peak.

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Modern Menswear

Modern Menswear

Hywel Davies
Publisher: Laurence King

The only guide to the booming market of contemporary menswear, Modern Menswear is full of profiles and a wide range of images-catwalk, sketches, studio and more-of 35 international menswear designers. It is ideal for industry professionals, students and fashion addicts. 


Menswear has evolved from niche markets to mainstream acceptance. Creating this focus are designers who have broken with convention to visualize radical and directional clothing. With a huge range of imagery, Modern Menswear showcases these fashion radicals, both big names and emerging talent from across the world. Designers profiled include Marc Jacobs, Yoyji Yamamoto, Vivienne Westwood and Hedi Slimane of Dior Homme, providing an insight into their design processes and their contribution to the contemporary fashion aesthetic.

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My Wonderful World of Fashion

My Wonderful World of Fashion

Nina Chakrabarti
Publisher: Laurence King

An interactive coloring book for fashionistas of all ages, My Wonderful World of Fashion is packed with beautiful and sophisticated illustrations specially created by the leading fashion-illustrator Nina Chakrabarti. The book encourages creativity, with illustrations to color in and designs to finish off, as well as simple ideas for making and doing (how to make a sari, turn a napkin into a headscarf, dye a t-shirt, etc.). Covering clothing, shoes, bags, jewellery and other accessories, the illustrations span both vintage fashions, drawing on beautiful and interesting objects from past ages, and contemporary designs from the illustrator's own imagination.

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New Icons of Fashion Illustration

New Icons of Fashion Illustration

Tony Glenville
Publisher: Laurence King

Fashion illustration is and always has been about far more than pretty drawings of pretty dresses. This lavish celebration of today's leading artists in the field showcases the timeless craft and amazing diversity that characterize the genre.

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Rookie

Rookie

Yearbook One

edited by Tavi Gevinson
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly

Rookie Yearbook One collects articles, interviews, photo editorials, and illustrations from the popular online magazine for teen girls. Among its 50-plus regular contributors (many of whom are teenage girls themselves) are Lena Dunham, Miranda July, Jon Hamm, David Sedaris, Elle Fanning, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, John Waters, Chloe Sevigny, JD Samson, Ira Glass, Aubrey Plaza, Carrie Brownstein, Paul Feig, Fred Armisen, and Winnie Holzman.

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Stylish Dress Book

Stylish Dress Book

Simple Smocks, Dresses and Tops

Yoshiko Tsukiori
Publisher: Laurence King

Stylish Dress Book features an A to Z of cool tops and tunic dresses that you can wear anywhere. Using simple shapes and individual details, the book shows you how to craft a stylish collection of garments to your own taste. For anyone who knows the frustration of going to the mall and finding racks of identikit clothes in cheap fabrics, this book will offer a fabulous home made alternative. As every sewist knows, DIY fashion is the only way to be stylish.

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Vintage Menswear

Vintage Menswear

A Collection from The Vintage Showroom

Josh Sims, Roy Luckett and Douglas Gunn
Publisher: Laurence King

Classic workwear, sports, and military apparel. Curated by connoisseurs of vintage clothing, The 'Vintage Showroom' is a vast collection of rare 20th-century pieces that fashion designers and stylists pay to view, using the cut and detailing of individual garments as inspiration for their own work. Offering one-of-a-kind access, Vintage Menswear now makes this unique resource available in book form. 

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Biking

The Big Book of Bicycling

The Big Book of Bicycling

Everything You Need to Everything You Need to Know, From Buying Your First Bike to Riding Your Best

Emily Furia and Bicycling Magazine Editors
Publisher: Rodale

For the first time, Bicycling gathers its best advice in a must-have book that cyclists of all levels can refer to again and again for answers to all of their cycling questions. Senior editor Emily Furia and her colleagues have gathered the latest, most useful information on getting started, buying gear, maintaining both road and mountain bikes, training for speed, racing techniques, understanding the rules of the road, and much more. This evergreen book is an invaluable resource for any cyclist who wants to ride their best.

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Bike Snob

Bike Snob

Bike Snob NYC
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Cycling is exploding in a good way. Urbanites everywhere, from ironic hipsters to earth-conscious commuters, are taking to the bike like aquatic mammals to water. Bike Snob NYC cycling's most prolific, well-known, hilarious, and anonymous bloggerbrings a fresh and humorous perspective to the most important vehicle to hit personal transportation since the horse.'Bike Snob' treats readers to a laugh-out-loud rant and rave about the world of bikes and their riders, and offers a unique look at the ins and outs of cycling, from its history and hallmarks to its wide range of bizarre practitioners. Throughout, the author lampoons the missteps, pretensions, and absurdities of bike culture while maintaining a contagious enthusiasm for cycling itself. Bike Snob is an essential volume for anyone who knows, is, or wants to become a cyclist.

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Bike Tribes

Bike Tribes

A Field Guide to North American Cyclists

Mike Magnuson
Publisher: Rodale

A hilarious and essential illustrated field guide that breaks down the tribes of the bicycling community: from the spandex-clad weekend warriors to the hipsters on street bikes who love to laugh at each other (and themselves).

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The Custom Road Bike

The Custom Road Bike

Guy Andrews
Publisher: Laurence King

This lavishly illustrated book reveals the state of the art of the custom racing bicycle. Chapter by chapter, the book builds up the complete guide to specifying and buying your dream bike.

Each chapter covers a particular part of the bike, from frames to forks, headsets, wheels, tyres, hubs, gear components, chains, brakes, saddles, handlebars, pedals and accessories. There are also interviews with and opinions from the top designers and manufacturers. There is advice on getting your own frame custom measured and made and which bike is suited to particular riders and different disciplines. In addition, professional mechanics show the details, special tools and secrets behind making racing bikes run like clockwork.

The Custom Road Bike
is the deluxe guide to creating the ideal road bike, whether it's for weekend racing or a stage of the Tour de France.    

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The Enlightened Cyclist

The Enlightened Cyclist

Commuter Angst, Dangerous Drivers, and Other Obstacles on the Path to Two-Wheeled Transcendence

Bike Snob NYC
Publisher: Chronicle Books

The joys of commuting by bike attract scores of new converts every year. But as fresh-faced cyclists fill the roads, they also encounter their share of frustrations careless drivers, wide-flung car doors, zoned-out pedestrians, and aggressive fellow cyclists, to name a few. In this follow-up to the best-selling'Bike Snob' , BikeSnobNYC takes on the trials and triumphs of bike commuting with snark, humor, and enthusiasm, asking the question: If we become better commuters, will that make us better people? From the deadly sins of biking to tactics for dealing with cars, pedestrians, and other cyclists, this primer on bike travel is a must-read for cyclists new and seasoned alike.

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Fixed

Fixed

Global Fixed-Gear Bike Culture

Andrew Edwards and Max Leonard
Publisher: Laurence King

Fixed-wheel cycling has today become the coolest form of urban transport, giving rise to a global fixed-wheel culture. Fixed is the first book to document fixed-wheel culture.


The authors have travelled to cities around the world to examine at first hand the intersections between the fixed-wheel bikeis design and its racing heritage, and the street style and customization that are at the heart of its current popularity. Interviews with sports-people, frame-builders and those at nexus of design, art and fixed-wheel culture give an insight into fixed-wheel design, philosophy and riding experience.

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I Love My Bike

I Love My Bike

Matthew Finkle and Brittain Sullivan
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Cycling is about joy. Sure, it takes willpower, strength, and grit, but at its core, being on a bike is all about rejoicing in the greatest transportational invention in history. I Love My Bike is a photographic celebration of the grand kinship of bicycles, a bond shared by millions of people around the world. This distinctive and affordable coffee table book for cyclists collects the best of the stories, photographs, and bicycles encountered by the authors during numerous cross-country photo-journaling trips. Readers will meet longtime messengers and hardcore roadies, casual commuters and weekend day-trippers, tattoo artists and skateboarders, bike builders and first-time owners - all of them in love with their two-wheeled contraptions. With gorgeous full-color photos on every spread, I Love My Bike delivers the trifecta of awesome for any cyclist: cool people, cool photos, and really, really cool bikes. 

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Biography & Memoir

The Book of My Lives

The Book of My Lives

Aleksandar Hemon
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Like Hemon’s fiction, The Book of My Lives defies convention and expectation. It is a love song to two different cities; it is a heartbreaking paean to the bonds of family; it is a stirring exhortation to go out and play soccer—and not for the exercise. It is a book driven by passion but built on fierce intelligence, devastating experience, and sharp insight. And like the best narratives, it is a book that will leave you a different reader—a different person, with a new way of looking at the world—when you’ve finished. For fans of Hemon’s fiction, The Book of My Lives is simply indispensable; for the uninitiated, it is the perfect introduction to one of the great writers of our time.

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Boys in the Trees

Boys in the Trees

A Memoir

Carly Simon
Publisher: Flatiron Books

Simon's memoir reveals her remarkable life, beginning with her storied childhood as the third daughter of Richard L. Simon, the co-founder of publishing giant Simon & Schuster, her musical debut as half of The Simon Sisters performing folk songs with her sister Lucy in Greenwich Village, to a meteoric solo career that would result in 13 top 40 hits, including the #1 song "You're So Vain."

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Flappers

Flappers

Six Women of a Dangerous Generation

Judith Mackrell
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Judith Mackrell examines the lives of Lady Diana Cooper, whose coterie included some of the most influential intellectuals and aristocrats of the time; Nancy Cunard, the steamship heiress; Tallulah Bankhead, the politically outspoken actress; Zelda Fitzgerald, whose tumultuous relationship with F. Scott was often tabloid fodder; Josephine Baker, the African American dancer, singer, and actress who relinquished her citizenship and moved to France; and Tamara de Lempicka, the Polish-born art deco painter.

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The Hare with Amber Eyes

The Hare with Amber Eyes

A Hidden Inheritance

Edmund de Waal
Publisher: Picador

An Economist Book of the Year

Costa Book Award Winner for Biography

Galaxy National Book Award Winner (New Writer of the Year Award)

Edmund de Waal is a world-famous ceramicist. Having spent thirty years making beautiful pots - which are then sold, collected, and handed on - he has a particular sense of the secret lives of objects. When he inherited a collection of 264 tiny Japanese wood and ivory carvings, called netsuke, he wanted to know who had touched and held them, and how the collection had managed to survive.

And so begins this extraordinarily moving memoir and detective story as de Waal discovers both the story of the netsuke and of his family, the Ephrussis, over five generations. A nineteenth-century banking dynasty in Paris and Vienna, the Ephrussis were as rich and respected as the Rothchilds. Yet by the end of the World War II, when the netsuke were hidden from the Nazis in Vienna, this collection of very small carvings was all that remained of their vast empire.

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Her

Her

A Memoir

Christa Parravani
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

A blazingly passionate memoir of identity and love: when a charismatic and troubled young woman dies tragically, her identical twin must struggle to survive.

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Leonard

Leonard

My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man

William Shatner and David Fisher
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Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner first crossed paths as actors on the set of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Little did they know that their next roles, in a new science fiction television series, would shape their lives in ways no one could have anticipated. In seventy-nine television episodes and six feature films, they grew to know each other more than most friends could ever imagine.
 
Over the course of half a century, Shatner and Nimoy saw each other through personal and professional highs and lows. In this powerfully emotional book, Shatner tells the story of a man who was his friend for five decades, recounting anecdotes and untold stories of their lives on and off set, as well as gathering stories from others who knew Nimoy well, to present a full picture of a rich life.
 
As much a biography of Nimoy as a story of their friendship, Leonard is a uniquely heartfelt book written by one legendary actor in celebration of another.

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Love Warrior

Love Warrior

Glennon Doyle Melton
Publisher: Flatiron Books

The Newest Oprah Bookclub 2016 Selection.
 
The highly anticipated new memoir by bestselling author Glennon Doyle Melton tells the story of her journey of self-discovery after the implosion of her marriage.
 
Just when Glennon Doyle Melton was beginning to feel she had it all figured out - three happy children, a doting spouse, and a writing career so successful that her first book catapulted to the top of the New York Times bestseller list - her husband revealed his infidelity and she was forced to realize that nothing was as it seemed. A recovering alcoholic and bulimic, Glennon found that rock bottom was a familiar place. In the midst of crisis, she knew to hold on to what she discovered in recovery: that her deepest pain has always held within it an invitation to a richer life.
 
Love Warrior is the story of one marriage, but it is also the story of the healing that is possible for any of us when we refuse to settle for good enough and begin to face pain and love head-on. This astonishing memoir reveals how our ideals of masculinity and femininity can make it impossible for a man and a woman to truly know one another - and it captures the beauty that unfolds when one couple commits to unlearning everything they've been taught so that they can finally, after thirteen years of marriage, commit to living true - true to themselves and to each other.

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Lust & Wonder

Lust & Wonder

A Memoir

Augusten Burroughs
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

In chronicling the development and demise of the different relationships he's had while living in New York, Augusten Burroughs examines what it means to be in love, what it means to be in lust, and what it means to be figuring it all out. With Augusten's unique and singular observations and his own unabashed way of detailing both the horrific and the humorous, Lust and Wonder is an intimate and honest memoir that his legions of fans have been waiting for.

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Mad Women

Mad Women

The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the '60s and Beyond

Jane Maas
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

 

 

"Hilarious! Honest, intimate, this book tells it as it was." - Mary Wells Lawrence, author of A Big Life ( In Advertising ) and founding president of Wells Rich Greene

"A real-life Peggy Olson, right out of Mad Men." - Shelly Lazarus, Chairman, Ogilvy & Mather

"Breezy and salty." - The New York Times

What was it like to be an advertising woman on Madison Avenue in the 60s and 70s – that Mad Men era of casual sex and professional serfdom? A real-life Peggy Olson reveals it all in this immensely entertaining and bittersweet memoir.

Mad Women is a tell-all account of life in the New York advertising world by Jane Maas, a copywriter who succeeded in the primarily male jungle depicted in the hit show Mad Men.

Fans of the show are dying to know how accurate it is: was there really that much sex at the office? Were there really three-martini lunches? Were women really second-class citizens? Jane Maas says the answer to all three questions is unequivocally "yes." Her book, based on her own experiences and countless interviews with her peers, gives the full stories, from the junior account man whose wife almost left him when she found the copy of Screw magazine he'd used to find "a date" for a client, to the Ogilvy & Mather's annual Boat Ride, a sex-and-booze filled orgy, from which it was said no virgin ever returned intact. Wickedly funny and full of juicy inside information, Mad Women also tackles some of the tougher issues of the era, such as unequal pay, rampant, jaw-dropping sexism, and the difficult choice many women faced between motherhood and their careers.

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My Story

My Story

Elizabeth Smart and Chris Stewart
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

For the first time, ten years after her abduction from her Salt Lake City bedroom, Elizabeth Smart reveals how she survived and the secret to forging a new life in the wake of a brutal crime.

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My Way

My Way

An Autobiography

Paul Anka and David Dalton
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

The smooth, charismatic singer and songwriter in his own words—the long-awaited autobiography that reveals the drama of his life.

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Poser

Poser

My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses

Claire Dederer
Publisher: Picador

Poser is unlike any other book about yoga you will read-because it is actually a book about life. Witty and heartfelt, sharp and irreverent, is for anyone who has ever tried to stand on their head while keeping both feet on the ground.

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Still Foolin’ ‘Em

Still Foolin’ ‘Em

Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?

Billy Crystal
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Hilarious and heartfelt observations on aging from one of America's favourite comedians as he turns 65, and a look back at a remarkable career.

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The Trip to Echo Spring

The Trip to Echo Spring

On Writers and Drinking

Olivia Laing
Publisher: Picador

In The Trip to Echo Spring, Olivia Laing examines the link between creativity and alcohol through the work and lives of six of America's finest writers: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever, and Raymond Carver.

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Business

Build Your Family Bank

Build Your Family Bank

A Winning Vision for Multigenerational Wealth

Emily Griffiths-Hamilton
Publisher: Figure 1

A fresh and accessible guide to successful wealth transition—for many generations.

Why do 70% of wealth transition plans fail? This is the question that Emily Griffiths-Hamilton sets out to answer in Build Your Family Bank, a book that looks closely at the core causes of wealth erosion and failed transition plans and offers a set of strategies for building successful wealth transition plans that will benefit many generations.

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Moolala Guide to Rockin’ Your RRSP

Moolala Guide to Rockin’ Your RRSP

Start Rockin' in Five Easy Steps

Bruce Sellery
Publisher: Figure 1

In The Moolala Guide to Rockin' Your RRSP, bestselling author, television host, and popular speaker Bruce Sellery makes retirement relevant to your life today, even though it may be decades before you leave your career behind. He provides a simple plan to help you rock your RRSP immediately, and most importantly, he inspires you to get off your duff and take action.

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To Pixar and Beyond

To Pixar and Beyond

My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History

Lawrence Levy
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The never-before-told story of Pixar's improbable success. 
 
"Hi, Lawrence?" the caller asked. "This is Steve Jobs. I saw your picture in a magazine a few years ago and thought we'd work together someday." 
 
After Steve Jobs was unceremoniously dismissed from Apple, he turned his attention to a little-known graphics art company that he owned called Pixar.
 
 One day, out of the blue, Jobs called Lawrence Levy, a Harvard-trained lawyer and Silicon Valley executive to whom he had never spoken before, in the hope of persuading Levy to help him get Pixar on the right track.
 
What Levy found in Pixar was a company on the verge of failure. To Pixar and Beyond is the extraordinary story of what happened next: How Levy, working closely with Jobs and the Pixar team, produced and implemented a highly improbable roadmap that transformed the sleepy graphics art studio into one of Hollywood's greatest success stories.
 
Set in the worlds of Silicon Valley and Hollywood, the book takes readers inside Pixar, Disney, law firms, and investment banks. It provides an up-close, first-hand account of Pixar's stunning ascent, how it took risks, Levy's enduring collaboration and friendship with Jobs, and how Levy came to see in Pixar deeper parallels that apply to all aspects of our lives.

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Tools of Titans

Tools of Titans

The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers

Tim Ferriss
Publisher:

The latest groundbreaking tome from Tim Ferriss, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The 4-Hour Workweek.
 
From the author:
 
For the last two years, I've interviewed more than 200 world-class performers for my podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show. The guests range from super celebs (Jamie Foxx, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc.) and athletes (icons of powerlifting, gymnastics, surfing, etc.) to legendary Special Operations commanders and black-market biochemists. For most of my guests, it's the first time they've agreed to a two-to-three-hour interview. This unusual depth has helped make The Tim Ferriss Show the first business/interview podcast to pass 100 million downloads.

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You Don’t Have to Be a Shark

You Don’t Have to Be a Shark

Creating Your Own Success

Robert Herjavec
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Many people assume that effective sales ability demands a unique personality and an aggressive attitude. It's not true, and Robert Herjavec is proof. Known as the "Nice Shark" on the ABC's hit show SHARK TANK, Robert Herjavec is consistently selected the most popular "shark" by viewers, who respond to his affable nature. He has developed an honest and genuine approach to life and selling that has set him apart from his cut-throat colleagues, and rewarded him with a degree of wealth measured in hundreds of millions of dollars, and a level of fame and respect that most people can only imagine.
 
In You Don't Have to Be a Shark, Robert transcends pure sales technique and teaches the "non-businessperson" what they need to know in order to sell themselves successfully. We are each our own greatest asset, and in order to achieve our goals, we need to be able to communicate with others, position ourselves and even look the part. Robert's philosophy is simple: Great salespeople are made, not born, and no one achieves success in life without knowing how to sell. Entertaining, enlightening and effective, You Don't Have to Be a Shark will reveal the secrets of one of North America's most successful businessmen, who also happens to be one of today's most prominent TV personalities. All is delivered in a friendly, down-to-earth manner, and filled with anecdotes and observations to support its hard-nosed advice.

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Craft

Amy Butler’s In Stitches

Amy Butler’s In Stitches

25 Simple and Stylish Sewing Projects

Amy Butler
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Celebrated designer Amy Butler marries home decor with craft in these 24 sewing projects ranging from cushy cushions to stylish handbags. The removable pattern sheets are neatly tucked into a folder on the inside cover of the lay-flat spiral-bound book. An easy-to-navigate techniques section, lavish illustrations and lingo-free text make it simple to create beautiful accessories for every room and mood. Included are a glossary and a resource guide.

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Amy Butler’s Little Stitches for Little Ones

Amy Butler’s Little Stitches for Little Ones

20 Keepsake Sewing Projects for Baby and More

Amy Butler
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Amy Butler's Little Stitches for Little Ones — In this lavishly illustrated collection, designer Amy Butler presents 20 charming, contemporary projects for the nursery and beyond. There's a snuggly wrap blanket, imaginative plush toys, bright diaper bags, handy travel bibs, and much more. Our innovative packaging makes for easy use — 7 pattern sheets are neatly tucked into a folder on the inside cover while lay-flat, spiral binding makes for easy reference while sewing. Beautiful photos inspire, while illustrations and simple instructions explain the techniques. Amy also shares tips on choosing baby-friendly fabrics and includes a comprehensive techniques section, glossary, and resource guide. With her eye for detail and her signature fine craftsmanship, Amy has created a delightful offering of handcrafted keepsakes sure to be cherished by generations to come.

"Expectant mothers everywhere will breathe a collective sigh of relief when they see how wonderfully and seamlessly Amy has translated her sophisticated style for their young one's new world." (Djerba Goldfinger, Repro Depot Fabrics)

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Amy Butler’s Style Stitches

Amy Butler’s Style Stitches

12 Easy Ways to 26 Wonderful Bags

Amy Butler
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Celebrated designer Amy Butler's most coveted products are her handbag sewing patterns. In Style Stitches, Butler presents an array of new bag designs for her fans across the globe. The book offers 12 basic patterns with enough variations to achieve 26 unique looks. Ranging from chic clutches and delicate wristlets to pretty hobo bags and handy coin purses, with instructions for altering dimensions, straps, and embellishments to get the desired look, each project incorporates Butler's fresh, modern style and attention to detail. With illustrated step-by-step directions, a comprehensive techniques section, and a bound-in pocket filled with the patterns themselves, Style Stitches is an essential and fashionable addition to every sewer's library.

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Handmade Nation

Handmade Nation

The Rise of D.I.Y., Art, Craft, and Design

Faythe Levine and Cortney Heimerl
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

Today's crafters are no longer interested in simply cross-stitching samplers or painting floral scrolls on china. Instead, the contemporary craft movement embraces emerging artists, crafters, and designers working in traditional and nontraditional media.

Faythe Levine traveled 19,000 miles to document what has emerged as a marriage between historical technique, punk culture, and the D.I.Y. ethos. For Handmade Nation (along with the documentary film of the same name, coming in 2009) she and Cortney Heimerl have selected 24 makers and 5 essayists who work within different media and have different methodologies to provide a microcosm of the crafting community. Participants in this community share ideas and encouragement through websites, blogs, boutiques, galleries, and craft fairs. Together they have forged a new economy and lifestyle based on creativity, determination, and networking. Handmade Nation is a fascinating book for those who are a part of the emerging movement or just interested in sampling its wares.

Faythe Levine and Cortney Heimerl are both based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They met while they were both selling their handmade goods at a local farmer's market.

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Paper Cutting

Paper Cutting

Contemporary Artists, Timeless Craft

Laura Heyenga; preface by Rob Ryan; introduction by Natalie Avella
Publisher: Chronicle Books

There's a renaissance underway in the art form of cut paper, with an explosion of raw talent and an abundance of amazing work produced in the medium in recent years. 

This gorgeous volume features work from 26 contemporary international artists who are creating images of astonishing intricacy, using little more than paper and blade. Featuring a host of new discoveries and including art by such stars as Nikki McClure, Rob Ryan, and Thomas Allen, as well as a number of emerging practitioners, Paper Cutting is sure to engage art buffs and indie crafters alike. An in-depth introduction by paper art expert Natalie Avella illuminates the rich history of the centuries-old form, and a whimsical preface by beloved artist Rob Ryan rounds out this delightful collection.

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Sign Painters

Sign Painters

Faythe Levine and Sam Macon
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

Sign Painters is the first anecdotal history of the craft of sign painting. It features stories and photographs of more than two dozen sign painters working in cities throughout the United States.

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Design & Typography

Art Direction Explained, At Last

Art Direction Explained, At Last

Steven Heller
Publisher: Laurence King

This book is a highly informative, highly entertaining introduction to what art direction is and what art directors do. Co-written by one of the world's leading art directors, it coves the role of art director in numerous environments, including magazines and newspapers, advertising, corporate identity, museums and publishing. It also provides an insight into what
makes a successful art director, what an art director actually does all day, what makes things go right, and what makes things go wrong. Alongside perspectives on typography, illustration and photography, there are case studies of successful art direction in different spheres, from McSweeney's to the Vier5 website. The authors have also invited preeminent international art directors to discuss their roles in special sections of the book which they have art directed themselves. Clearly written, including a glossary of handy art director sayings, an 'art director test' and more, Art Direction Explained will provide students with insights into the world of art direction and professionals with a bible to the profession.

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Bibliographic

Bibliographic

The 100 Best Graphics Books

Jason Godfrey
Publisher: Laurence King

Bibliographic: 100 Classic Graphic Design Books is an insightful compilation of the best design books of the last 100 years. It covers a huge range of material — historic titles from pioneering type foundries to the best of recent monographs from today's leading studios — and provides a unique insight into the evolution of graphic design in the twentieth century. Classic graphic design manuals by Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Josef Müller- Brockmann are included, alongside pioneering instructional titles on advertising and the impact of the avante-garde. Monographs designed by and covering the major individuals and studios of the era — from A.M. Cassandre and Alexey Brodovitch to Stefan Sagmeister and Peter Saville — are detailed, along with groundbreaking anthologies on trademark design, Polish film posters, corporate identity and more.

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Born Modern

Born Modern

The Life and Work Of Alvin Lustig

Elaine Lustig Cohen and Steven Heller
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Alvin Lustig was modern before it was cool. But there has never been a monograph devoted to his work -- until now. A genius best known for his book covers and interior design, his theories on design education were precursors to the curricula of some of the most renowned design schools today. Lustig lent his imaginative vision and talent to a wide range of legendary projects, from the groundbreaking architecture of 1940s Los Angeles to magazine covers that have become collector's items. Spanning the breadth of Lustig's tragically brief but prolific career, Born Modern is a must-have for any student or practitioner of design, as well as anyone interested in the history of American visual culture.

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Creative Inc.

Creative Inc.

The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business

Joy Deangdeelert Cho and Meg Mateo Ilasco
Publisher: Chronicle Books

As the hipster classic Craft, Inc. did for crafters, this book will teach all types of creatives-illustrators, photographers, graphic designers, animators, and more-how to build a successful business doing what they love. Freelancing pros Meg Mateo Ilasco and Joy Deangdeelert Cho explain everything from creating a standout portfolio to navigating the legal issues of starting a business.

Accessible, spunky, and packed with practical advice, Creative, Inc. is an essential for anyone ready to strike out on their own.

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Elegantissima

Elegantissima

The Design and Typography of Louise Fili

Louise Fili; foreword by Steven Heller
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

Elegantissima, the first monograph on the work of Louise Fili, covers the breadth of her nearly forty-year design career and is a must-have for graphic design students and professionals, as well as anyone interested in advertising, food, restaurants, Italy, and books.

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Graphic Design

Graphic Design

The New Basics

Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

Appropriate both for course adoption and as a book for the amateur design market of Thinking with Type and DIY: Design It Yourself, Graphic Design The New Basics fills a huge gap in course books on graphic design. Classic texts like Meggs' History of Graphic Design don't incorporate the influence of new software and new media, while new books ignore the basics of line, point, colour and grid. Both are addressed in this book by bestselling author Ellen Lupton, who has proven herself as a major player in design education.

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Graphic Design: A User’s Manual

Graphic Design: A User’s Manual

Adrian Shaughnessy
Publisher: Laurence King

This book offers students, novice designers, and battle-toughened professionals alike an insider's guide to the complexities of current graphic design practice and thinking. It contains all you need to know to survive and prosper in the complex, ever-shifting world of graphic design. Set out in A-Z style and written in a realistic, conversational, and insightful way, the book provides advice on the fundamental topics and issues that face designers in their daily lives, looking at everything from kerning to presenting; from budgeting to dealing with rejection; from annual reports to interface design.

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How to Be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul

How to Be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul

New Expanded Edition

Adrian Shaughnessy; foreword by Stefan Sagmeister
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

Published to instant acclaim in 2005, our best selling How to Be a Graphic Designer without Losing Your Soul has become a trusted resource for graphic designers around the world, combining practical advice with philosophical guidance to help young professionals embark on their careers. This new, expanded edition brings this essential text up to date with new chapters on professional skills, the creative process, and global trends that include social responsibility, ethics, and the rise of digital culture.

How to Be a Graphic Designer offers clear, concise guidance along with focused, no-nonsense strategies for setting up, running, and promoting a studio; finding work; and collaborating with clients. The book also includes inspiring new interviews with leading designers, including Jonathan Barnbrook, Sara De Bondt, Stephen Doyle, Ben Drury, Paul Sahre, Dmitri Siegel, Sophie Thomas, and Magnus Vol Mathiassen.

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Lettering & Type

Lettering & Type

Creating Letters and Designing Typefaces

Bruce Willen and Nolen Strals
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

No component of graphic design has attracted as much interest or inspired as much innovation in recent years as lettering and type. These fundamentals of design, once the exclusive domain of professional typographers, have become an essential starting point for anyone looking for a fresh way to communicate. Practical information about creating letters and type often amounts to a series of guidelines for executing a particular process, font program, or style. But what makes lettering and type endlessly fascinating is the flexibility to interpret and sometimes even break these rules. 

Lettering & Type is a smart-but-not-dense guide to creating and bending letters to one's will. More than just another pretty survey, it is a powerful how-to book full of relevant theory, history, explanatory diagrams, and exercises. While other type design books get hung up on the technical and technological issues of type design and lettering, Lettering & Type features the context and creativity that shape letters and make them interesting.

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Pulled

Pulled

A Catalog of Screen Printing

Mike Perry
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

Popularized in the 1960s by Pop artists such as Andy Warhol, screen printing remains a favorite of artists due to its remarkable versatility and relatively low cost.

In Pulled, best-selling author Mike Perry (Hand Job, Over and Over) collects the work of more than forty of today's most talented designers who are, in their own way, pushing the boundaries of this dynamic medium.

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Saul Bass

Saul Bass

A Life in Film and Design

Jennifer Bass and Pat Kirkham
Publisher: Laurence King

This is the first book to be published on Saul Bass, one of the greatest American designers of the 20th Century, who was as famous for his work in film as for his corporate identity and graphic work. With more than 1,400 illustrations, many of them never published before and written by the leading design historian Pat Kirkham, this is the definitive study that design and film enthusiasts have been eagerly anticipating.

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Sketchbooks: The Hidden Art of Designers, Illustrators & Creatives

Sketchbooks: The Hidden Art of Designers, Illustrators & Creatives

Richard Brereton
Publisher: Laurence King

Sketchbooks provides a revealing glimpse into the inner workings and private inspiration of creatives from the world of advertising design, graphic design, fashion design, art, street art, and illustration. Intimate and often unseen sketchbooks document the sources of inspiration as well as the journey to final execution. They showcase ideas and how these evolve and change into accomplished works. Fresh and spontaneous, their style connects directly with current illustration trends. The material is complemented by interviews where artists explain how they use their sketchbooks and how these relate to finished works. These along with the sketchbooks themselves will give readers a direct and unmediated insight into the process of research and creation.

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Thinking With Type Revised Edition

Thinking With Type Revised Edition

A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, and Students

Ellen Lupton
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

Princeton Architectural Press' all time best selling book is now available in a revised and expanded second edition.

Thinking with Type is the definitive guide to using typography in visual communication, from the printed page to the computer screen. This revised edition includes forty-eight pages of new content, including the latest information on style sheets for print and the web, the use of ornaments and captions, lining and non-lining numerals, the use of small caps and enlarged capitals, as well as information on captions, font licensing, mixing typefaces, and hand lettering. Throughout the book, visual examples showhow to be inventive within systems of typographic form—what the rules are and how to break them. Thinking with Type is a type book for everyone: designers, writers, editors, students, and anyone else who works with words. The popular online companion to Thinking with Type has been revised to reflect the new material in the second edition.

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Typeface

Typeface

Classic Typography for Contemporary Design

Tamye Riggs
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

If there is one experience that any graphic designer can relate to, it's the quest for the perfect typeface. The right typeface communicates the visual essence of the content while enhancing the impact of the overall design. The dozens of type samplers available are often more confusing than helpful, offering hundreds of choices but little guidance.

Typeface: Classic Typography for Contemporary Design is a unique sourcebook featuring sixty classic typefaces that continue to resonate with today's most influential graphic designers. The book is organized using typographic classifications such as sans serif, serif, display script, and dingbats. Each typeface is presented in detail including its origin, main characteristics, and uses. The main character set of each type specimen is accompanied by typesheet, style examples including technical specifications, and non-Latin characters.

In addition, Typeface includes a unique feature certain to delight designers: a choice of similar typefaces is given for each font so that alternatives can be easily compared taking the stress out of tracking down typefaces. Characteristics such as vertically stressed oblique serifs or abrupt contrasts are highlighted and easily cross-referenced allowing designers to make educated type choices without having to trawl through the seemingly endless pages of type vendor libraries. Accompanying the main character sets and typesheets are examples of the typefaces in use. Leading practitioners such as Pentagram, karlssonwilker inc., and Why Not Associates provide a working context for each typeface making Typeface both a fully functional sourcebook and an inspirational showcase of international typographic design.

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Typographic Systems

Typographic Systems

Rules for Organizing Type

Kimberly Elam
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

The popular Design Brief series includes two previous books by Kimberly Elam: Geometry of Design and Grid Systems. Now Elam returns with a new addition to this respected series.

Typographic organization is a complex system with many elements at play, including hierarchy, order of reading, legibility and contrast. Typographic Systems explores eight major structural frameworks, including random, radial, modular and bilateral. By taking the reader through exercises, student work and professional examples, Elam offers a broad range of design solutions.

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Father's Day

Dads Are the Original Hipsters

Dads Are the Original Hipsters

Brad Getty
Publisher: Chronicle Books

He listened to vinyl before you did. He drank whiskey before you did. He had a moustache before you did. Admit it: your dad was a hipster before you were! Based on the blog phenomenon of the same name, this book celebrates dads as the original hipsters.

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This Is Ridiculous This Is Amazing

This Is Ridiculous This Is Amazing

Parenthood in 71 Lists

Jason Good
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Blogging sensation and family man Jason Good delivers a laugh-out-loud reminder that everything is easier and more fun when approached with a sense of humour—especially parenting. 

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Fiction

Stars Above

Stars Above

Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

The enchantment continues. . . .
 
The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories - and secrets - that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?
 
With nine stories - five of which have never before been published - and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer's upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.

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The Affairs of Others

The Affairs of Others

Amy Grace Loyd
Publisher: Picador

A mesmerizing debut novel about a young woman, haunted by loss, who rediscovers passion and possibility when she's drawn into the tangled lives of her neighbours.

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All Is Not Forgotten

All Is Not Forgotten

Wendy Walker
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In the small, affluent town of Fairview, Connecticut, everything seems picture perfect.
 
Until one night when young Jenny Kramer is attacked at a local party. In the hours immediately after, she is given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of the violent assault. But, in the weeks and months that follow, as she heals from her physical wounds, and with no factual recall of the attack, Jenny struggles with her raging emotional memory. Her father, Tom, becomes obsessed with his inability to find her attacker and seek justice while her mother, Charlotte, prefers to pretend this horrific event did not touch her perfect country club world.
 
As they seek help for their daughter, the fault lines within their marriage and their close-knit community emerge from the shadows where they have been hidden for years, and the relentless quest to find the monster who invaded their town - or perhaps lives among them - drive this psychological thriller to a shocking and unexpected conclusion.

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All the Rage

All the Rage

Courtney Summers
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

The sheriff's son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything-friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy's only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when agirl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn't speak up. Nobody believed her the first time-and they certainly won't now-but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear.
 
With a shocking conclusion and writing that will absolutely knock you out, Courtney Summers' new novel All the Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women in a culture that refuses to protect them.

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Another Piece of My Heart

Another Piece of My Heart

Jane Green
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

From The New York Times bestselling author of Jemima J and The Beach House comes Jane Green’s most emotional and powerful novel yet: a story that explores the complications of a woman marrying into a ready-made family.

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Best Kept Secret

Best Kept Secret

Jeffrey Archer
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Jeffrey Archer's mesmerizing saga of the Clifton and Barrington families continues…

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Calling Me Home

Calling Me Home

Julie Kibler
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

A soaring debut interweaving the story of a heartbreaking, forbidden love in 1930s Kentucky with an unlikely modern-day friendship.

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Carry On

Carry On

Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

#1 New York Times bestselling author! 

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen. 

That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right.

Half the time, Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor's avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon's face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here - it's their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon's infuriating nemesis didn't even bother to show up.

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Come Home

Come Home

Lisa Scottoline
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

From the New York Times bestselling author of Save Me comes an explosive novel about a woman faced with an impossible choice

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Confessions of a Wild Child

Confessions of a Wild Child

Jackie Collins
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

The prequel to all of Jackie Collin’s Lucky Santangelo novels, featuring a young, beautiful and headstrong teenaged Lucky, eager to taste the world of boys, sex, drugs and rock n’roll – on her way to becoming the kick ass woman Collins fans the world over adore.

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A Dog’s Journey

A Dog’s Journey

W. Bruce Cameron
Publisher: Tor / Forge

The direct sequel to the New York Times and USA Today bestselling A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron.

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A Dog’s Purpose

A Dog’s Purpose

A Novel for Humans

W. Bruce Cameron
Publisher: Tor / Forge

A Dog's Purpose - which spent a year on the New York Times Best Seller list - is heading to the big screen!
 
Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog's Purpose is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog's many lives, but also a dog's-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man's best friend. This moving and beautifully crafted story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.

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Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park

Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits-smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

  • Winner of the 2013 Goodreads Choice Award for Young Adult Fiction 
  • New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Books
  • Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Fiction 2013
  • Publishers Weekly Best Children's Fiction 2013

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Everybody Rise

Everybody Rise

Stephanie Clifford
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

"Best novel of the summer."—Malcolm Gladwell

"A modern day Edith Wharton."—Elle Magazine

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Family Pictures

Family Pictures

Jane Green
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

New York Times bestseller Jane Green delivers a riveting novel about two women whose lives intersect when a shocking secret is revealed.

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Farthing

Farthing

Jo Walton
Publisher: Tor / Forge

First published in 2006, Jo Walton's Farthing was hailed as a masterpiece, a darkly romantic thriller set in an alternate postwar England sliding into fascism.

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Firsts

Firsts

Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

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Fly Away

Fly Away

Kristin Hannah
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

The #1 New York Times bestselling author returns to Firefly Lane with an emotionally-complex, heartwrenching novel about love, family, motherhood, loss, and redemption.

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The Forgetting Tree

The Forgetting Tree

Tatjana Soli
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

From The New York Times bestselling author of

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The Good House

The Good House

Ann Leary
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

The Good House is by turns funny, poignant, and terrifying. A classic New England tale that lays bare the secrets of one little town, this spirited novel will stay with you long after the story has ended.

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Half a Crown

Half a Crown

Jo Walton
Publisher: Tor / Forge

For the first time in paperback, the culminating novel of Hugo and Nebula Award-winner Jo Walton's stunning Small Change trilogy.

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Ha’penny

Ha’penny

Jo Walton
Publisher: Tor / Forge

Before Jo Walton won the Hugo and Nebula Awards for her stunning Among Others, she published a trilogy set in a dark alternate postwar England that had negotiated "Peace with Honor" with Nazi Germany in 1941. These novels—Farthing, Ha'penny, and Half a Crown—are connected by common threads, but can be read in any order.

In Ha'penny, England has completed its slide into fascist dictatorship. The last hopes of democracy seem extinguished. Then a bomb explodes in a London suburb.

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Heartless

Heartless

Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.
 
Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

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The House I Loved

The House I Loved

Tatiana de Rosnay
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

From New York Times bestselling author of Sarah's Key and A Secret Kept comes an absorbing new novel about one woman's resistance during an epoque that shook Paris to its very core. Paris, France: 1860's. Hundreds of houses are being razed, whole neighborhoods reduced to ashes. By order of Emperor Napoleon III, Baron Haussman has set into motion a series of large-scale renovations that will permanently alter the face of old Paris, moulding it into a "modern city." The reforms will erase generations of history but in the midst of the tumult, one woman will take a stand. 

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How To Be a Good Wife

How To Be a Good Wife

Emma Chapman
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

In the tradition of Emma Donoghue's Room and S.J. Watson's Before I Go to Sleep, How To Be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman is a haunting literary debut about a woman who begins having visions that make her question everything she knows

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How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky

How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky

Lydia Netzer
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Lydia Netzer, the award-winning author of Shine Shine Shine, weaves a mind-bending, heart-shattering love story that asks, "Can true love exist if it's been planned from birth?"

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If I Forget You

If I Forget You

Thomas Christopher Greene
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Two former lovers reconnect in this beautiful and haunting tale of great lost love from the critically acclaimed author of The Headmaster's Wife.

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Landline

Landline

Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

From New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell, comes a hilarious, heart-wrenching take on love, marriage, and magic phones.
 

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Last Telegram

Last Telegram

A Novel of What Saves US

Liz Trenow
Publisher: Sourcebooks

We all make mistakes. Some we can fix. But what happens when we can't?

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The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

Adelle Waldman
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Bold, touching, and funny-a debut novel by a brilliant young woman about the coming-of-age of a brilliant young literary man.

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Love is a Canoe

Love is a Canoe

Ben Schrank
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

In Love Is a Canoe, Ben Schrank delivers a smart, funny, romantic, and hugely satisfying novel about the fragility of marriage and the difficulty of repairing the damage when well-intentioned people forget how to be good to each other.

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Manual for Cleaning Women

Manual for Cleaning Women

Lucia Berlin
Publisher:

 A Manual for Cleaning Women compiles the best work of the legendary short-story writer Lucia Berlin. With the grit of Raymond Carver, the humor of Grace Paley, and a blend of wit and melancholy all her own, Berlin crafts miracles from the everyday, uncovering moments of grace in the Laundromats and halfway houses of the American Southwest, in the homes of the Bay Area upper class, among switchboard operators and struggling mothers, hitchhikers and bad Christians.
 
 Readers will revel in this remarkable collection from a master of the form and wonder how they'd ever overlooked her in the first place.

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Marrow Island

Marrow Island

Alexis M. Smith
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The new novel from a former Powell's bookseller and the author of the critically acclaimed Glaciers, Marrow Island tracks a young woman's return home to investigate a secretive community that has mysteriously rescued an island devastated by natural and chemical disaster - as well as taken hold of one of her oldest friends.

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Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend

Matthew Dicks
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Budo is lucky as imaginary friends go. He's been alive for more than five years, which is positively ancient in the world of imaginary friends. But Budo feels his age and thinks constantly of the day when eight-year-old Max Delaney will stop believing in him. When that happens, Budo will disappear.

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The Nature of the Beast

The Nature of the Beast

Louise Penny
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

New from #1 Globe and Mail and New York Times bestselling author, Louise Penny.

Hardly a day goes by when nine year old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. From alien invasions, to walking trees, to winged beasts in the woods, to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. Including Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache, who now live in the little Quebec village. But when the boy disappears, the villagers are faced with the possibility that one of his tall tales might have been true. 

And so begins a frantic search for the boy and the truth. What they uncover deep in the forest sets off a sequence of events that leads to murder, leads to an old crime, leads to an old betrayal. Leads right to the door of an old poet. And now it is now, writes Ruth Zardo. And the dark thing is here. A monster once visited Three Pines. And put down deep roots. And now, Ruth knows, it is back. 

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The Nature of the Beast

The Nature of the Beast

Louise Penny
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Hardly a day goes by when nine year old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. From alien invasions, to walking trees, to winged beasts in the woods, to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. Including Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache, who now live in the little Quebec village.
 
But when the boy disappears, the villagers are faced with the possibility that one of his tall tales might have been true.
 
And so begins a frantic search for the boy and the truth. What they uncover deep in the forest sets off a sequence of events that leads to murder, leads to an old crime, leads to an old betrayal. Leads right to the door of an old poet.
 
And now it is now, writes Ruth Zardo. And the dark thing is here. A monster once visited Three Pines. And put down deep roots. And now, Ruth knows, it is back. Armand Gamache, the former head of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec, must face the possibility that, in not believing the boy, he himself played a terrible part in what happens next.

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The Nightingale

The Nightingale

Kristin Hannah
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes an epic novel of love and war, spanning from the 1940s to the present day, and the secret lives of those who live in a small French town. 

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One-Way Bridge

One-Way Bridge

Cathie Pelletier
Publisher: Sourcebooks

In her highly anticipated new novel, acclaimed literary master Cathie Pelletier returns to Mattagash, Maine, the beloved New England town where it all started.

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The Other Story

The Other Story

Tatiana de Rosnay
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

From the author of Sarah's Key, an absorbing new novel about a young writer who, while digging into his family’s deeply buried secrets, finds the key to his future.

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The Paris Architect

The Paris Architect

Charles Belfoure
Publisher: Sourcebooks

In 1942 Paris, gifted architect Lucien Bernard accepts a commission that will bring him a great deal of money—and maybe get him killed. But if he's clever enough, he'll avoid any trouble. All he has to do is design a secret hiding place for a wealthy Jewish man, a space so invisible that even the most determined German officer won't find it. He sorely needs the money, and outwitting the Nazis who have occupied his beloved city is a challenge he can't resist.

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The Pink Hotel

The Pink Hotel

Anna Stothard
Publisher: Picador

Long-listed for the Orange Prize

A seventeen-year-old girl pieces together the mystery of her mother's life and death among the bars and bedrooms of Los Angeles in this dazzling debut novel.

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The Revenant

The Revenant

A Novel of Revenge

Michael Punke
Publisher: Picador

The year is 1823, and the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Trapping beaver, they contend daily with the threat of Indian tribes turned warlike over the white men's encroachment on their land, and other prairie foes - like the unforgiving landscape and its creatures.

Hugh Glass is among the Company's finest men, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker. But when a scouting mission puts him face to face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive. The Company's captain dispatches two of his men to stay behind and tend to Glass before he dies, and to give him the respect of a proper burial. When the two men abandon him instead, taking his only means of protecting himself-including his precious gun and hatchet- with them, Glass is driven to survive by one desire: revenge.
 
With shocking grit and determination, Glass sets out crawling inch by inch across more than 3,000 miles of uncharted American frontier, negotiating predators both human and not, the threat of starvation, and the agony of his horrific wounds. In Michael Punke's hauntingly spare and gripping prose, The Revenant is a remarkable tale of obsession, the human will stretched to its limits, and the lengths that one man will go to for retribution.

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Sarah’s Key

Sarah’s Key

Tatiana de Rosnay
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

New York Times bestseller. Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.
Paris, May 2002: On Vel' d'Hiv's 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France's past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl's ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d'Hiv', to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah's past, she begins to question her own place inFrance, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life.


Tatiana de Rosnay offers us a brilliantly subtle, compelling portrait of France under occupation and reveals the taboos and silence that surround this painful episode.

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Save Me

Save Me

Lisa Scottoline
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

From the New York Times bestselling author of Think Twice and Look Again comes her most emotionally powerful novel yet, about mothers and daughters and the choices we have to make.

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Shine Shine Shine

Shine Shine Shine

Lydia Netzer
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

"Netzer deftly illuminates the bonds that transcend shortcomings and tragedy. Characterized by finely textured emotions and dramatic storytelling, Netzer's world will draw readers happily into its orbit." — Publishers Weekly

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Shotgun Lovesongs

Shotgun Lovesongs

Nickolas Butler
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Shotgun Lovesongs is a remarkable and uncompromising saga that explores the age-old question of whether or not you can ever truly come home again-and the kind of steely faith and love returning requires.

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The Silver Linings Playbook

The Silver Linings Playbook

Matthew Quick
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A heart-warming debut novel, now a major movie by David O. Russell-nominated for eight Academy Awards (including Best Picture), four Golden Globes, and four Screen Actors Guild Awards!

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Spring Fever

Spring Fever

Mary Kay Andrews
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

New York Times bestselling author of Summer Rental delivers her delicious new escapist novel about small towns, old flames, and deep secrets

"Mary Kay Andrews fills the book with all the charm you’d expect to find in the inhabitants of a sassy southern U.S. town, plus a whole lot of scandal for good measure!" — Chatelaine

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The Starboard Sea

The Starboard Sea

Amber Dermont
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Set against the backdrop of the 1987 stock market collapse, The Starboard Sea is an examination of the abuses of class privilege, the mutability of sexual desire, the thrill and risk of competitive sailing, and the adult cost of teenage recklessness. It is a powerful and provocative novel about a young man finding his moral center, trying to forgive himself, and accepting the gift of love.

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That Night

That Night

Chevy Stevens
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

A stunning breakout novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Still Missing in which a woman is convicted of her sister's murder.

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This River Awakens

This River Awakens

Steven Erikson
Publisher: Tor / Forge

Steven Erikson's first novel, This River Awakens, is a lyrical, tender, and disturbing portrayal of a rite of passage that is both harsh and revelatory..

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This Was a Man

This Was a Man

The Final Volume of the Clifton Chronicles

Jeffrey Archer
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

This Was a Man is the captivating final installment of the Clifton Chronicles, a series of seven novels that has topped the bestseller lists around the world, and enhanced Jeffrey Archer's reputation as a master storyteller.
 
This Was a Man opens with a shot being fired, but who pulled the trigger, and who lives and who dies? In Whitehall, Giles Barrington discovers the truth about his wife Karin from the Cabinet Secretary. Is she a spy or a pawn in a larger game?
 
Harry Clifton sets out to write his magnum opus, while his wife Emma completes her ten years as Chairman of the Bristol Royal Infirmary, and receives an unexpected call from Margaret Thatcher offering her a job.
 
Sebastian Clifton becomes chairman of Farthings Kaufman bank, but only after Hakim Bishara has to resign for personal reasons. Sebastian and Samantha's talented daughter, Jessica, is expelled from the Slade School of Fine Art, but her aunt Grace comes to her rescue.
 
Meanwhile, Lady Virginia is about to flee the country to avoid her creditors when the Duchess of Hertford dies, and she sees another opportunity to clear her debts and finally trump the Cliftons and Barringtons.
 
In a devastating twist, tragedy engulfs the Clifton family when one of them receives a shocking diagnosis that will throw all their lives into turmoil.

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Those Girls

Those Girls

Chevy Stevens
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

> Chevy Stevens is back with her most powerful, emotional thriller yet—a story of survival and revenge. As much a thriller as a deep exploration of the bonds among sisters, THOSE GIRLS is an unforgettable portrait of desperation, loyalty, and evil.

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Truly Madly Guilty

Truly Madly Guilty

Liane Moriarty
Publisher: Flatiron Books

Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. It's just a normal weekend. What could possibly go wrong? In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty turns her unique, razor-sharp eye towards three seemingly happy families.
 
Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there's anything they can count on, it's each other. Clementine and Erika are each other's oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don't hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vid's larger than life personalities there will be a welcome respite.
 
Two months later, it won't stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can't stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn't gone?

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The Unfortunates

The Unfortunates

Sophie McManus
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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The Weekenders

The Weekenders

Mary Kay Andrews
Publisher:

Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle, North Carolina. Others come only for the weekends-and the mix between the regulars and the weekenders" can sometimes make the sparks fly. Riley Griggs has a season of good times with friends and family ahead of her on Belle Isle when things take an unexpected turn. While waiting for her husband to arrive on the ferry one Friday afternoon, Riley is confronted by a process server who thrusts papers into her hand. And her husband is nowhere to be found.
 
So she turns to her island friends for help and support, but it turns out that each of them has their own secrets, and the clock is ticking as the mystery deepens… in a murderous way. Cocktail parties aside, Riley must find a way to investigate the secrets of Belle Island, the husband she might not really know, and the summer that could change everything.

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What a Mother Knows

What a Mother Knows

Leslie Lehr
Publisher: Sourcebooks

Michelle Mason can't remember that day, that drive, that horrible crash that killed the young man in her car. All she knows is she's being held responsible, and her daughter is missing.

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Where We Belong

Where We Belong

Emily Giffin
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

The author of five blockbuster novels, Emily Giffin, delivers an unforgettable story of two women, the families that make them who they are, and the longing, loyalty and love that binds them together.

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With Malice

With Malice

Eileen Cook
Publisher:

For fans of We Were Liars and The Girl on the Train comes a chilling, addictive psychological thriller about a teenage girl who cannot remember the last six weeks of her life.
 
Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron's senior trip to Italy was supposed to be the adventure of a lifetime. And then the accident happened. Waking up in a hospital room, her leg in a cast, stitches in her face, and a big blank canvas where the last 6 weeks should be, Jill comes to discover she was involved in a fatal accident in her travels abroad. She was jetted home by her affluent father in order to receive quality care. Care that includes a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accident… wasn't an accident. Wondering not just what happened but what she did, Jill tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life.

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Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

Therese Anne Fowler
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

A dazzling novel that captures all of the romance, glamour, and tragedy of the first flapper, Zelda Fitzgerald.

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Crime Fiction

The Beautiful Mystery

The Beautiful Mystery

A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

Louise Penny
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

The brilliant new novel in the bestselling series by Louise Penny, one of Canada's most acclaimed crime writers. Now available in paperback.  

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Bitter River

Bitter River

Julia Keller
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

In the next stunning novel from Pulitzer Prize-winning Julia Keller, following the popular A Killing in the Hills, a pregnant teenager is found murdered at the bottom of a river.

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Evil in All Its Disguises

Evil in All Its Disguises

Hilary Davidson
Publisher: Tor / Forge

Anthony Award-winner Hilary Davidson weaves a thrilling story of paranoia, vengeance, and murder with Evil in All Its Disguises.

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Holy Orders

Holy Orders

Benjamin Black
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

When the body of his daughter's friend is brought to his autopsy table, Quirke is plunged into a world of corruption that takes him to the darkest corners of the Irish Church and State.

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How the Light Gets In

How the Light Gets In

A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

Louise Penny
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Chief Inspector Gamache returns to Three Pines in the stunning new novel in Louise Penny’s award-winning, New York Times bestselling series.

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A Killing in the Hills

A Killing in the Hills

Julia Keller
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

In this powerful, intricate debut from a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Julia Keller, a mother and a daughter try to do right by a town and each other before it's too late.

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The Long Way Home

The Long Way Home

Louise Penny
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

The new Chief Inspector Gamache novel from the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, How the Light Gets In.

Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide, has found a peace he’d only imagined possible. But when his neighbour Clara Morrow tells him that Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home, he gets up and joins her. Together with his former second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and Myrna Landers, they journey deeper and deeper into Québec. And deeper and deeper into the soul of Peter Morrow.

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Never Knowing

Never Knowing

Chevy Stevens
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

From the acclaimed author of Still Missing comes a psychological thriller about one woman's search into her past and the deadly truth she uncovers. 

All her life, Sara Gallagher has wondered about her birth parents. As an adopted child with two sisters who were born naturally to her parents, Sara did not have an ideal home life. The question of why she was given up for adoption has always haunted her. Finally, she is ready to take steps and to find closure. But are some questions are better left unanswered?

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Snow White Must Die

Snow White Must Die

Nele Neuhaus
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

An atmospheric, character-driven and suspenseful mystery set in a small town that could be anywhere, dealing with issues of gossip, power, and keeping up appearances.

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Still Missing

Still Missing

Chevy Stevens
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

On the day she was abducted, Annie O' Sullivan, a thirty-two-year-old Realtor, had three goals--sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she' s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all. Interwoven with the story of the year Annie spent captive in a remote mountain cabin—which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist—is the second narrative recounting the nightmare that follows her escape: her struggle to piece her shattered life back together, the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor, and the disturbing sense that things are far from over. Still Missing is a shocking, visceral, brutal, and beautifully crafted novel about surviving the unsurvivable—and living to bear witness.

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A Trick of the Light

A Trick of the Light

A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

Louise Penny
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

"Hearts are broken," Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. "Sweet relationships are dead." But now Lillian herself is dead. Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow's garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Clara's solo show at the famed Musée in Montreal. Chief Inspector Gamache, the head of homicide at the Sûrete du Quebec, is called to the tiny Quebec village and there he finds the art world gathered, and with it a world of shading and nuance, a world of shadow and light. Where nothing is as it seems. Behind every smile there lurks a sneer. Inside every sweet relationship there hides a broken heart. And even when facts are slowly exposed, it is no longer clear to Gamache and his team if what they've found is the truth, or simply a trick of the light.

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The Unquiet Dead

The Unquiet Dead

Ausma Zehanat Khan
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Ausma Zehanat Khan's haunting debut follows detectives Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty as they investigate the death of a man who may have been a war criminal with ties to the Srebrenica massacre.

"This is a writer to watch."—Margaret Cannon, Globe and Mail

"An outstanding debut that is not easily forgotten."The Associated Press

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Vengeance

Vengeance

A Novel

Benjamin Black
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

A bizarre suicide leads to a scandal and then still more blood, as one of our most brilliant crime novelists reveals a world where money and sex trump everything.

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Historical Fiction

The American Heiress

The American Heiress

Daisy Goodwin
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

From the Gilded Age mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, to the grand estates of the British aristocracy, the richest heiress in America learns what money can—and can’t—buy in this irresistible New York Times bestseller.

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The Magician’s Lie

The Magician’s Lie

Greer Macallister
Publisher: Sourcebooks

Water for Elephants meets The Night Circus in The Magician's Lie, a debut novel in which the country's most notorious female illusionist stands accused of her husband's murder—and she has only one night to convince a small-town policeman of her innocence.

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The Paris Architect

The Paris Architect

Charles Belfoure
Publisher: Sourcebooks

In 1942 Paris, gifted architect Lucien Bernard accepts a commission that will bring him a great deal of money—and maybe get him killed. But if he's clever enough, he'll avoid any trouble. All he has to do is design a secret hiding place for a wealthy Jewish man, a space so invisible that even the most determined German officer won't find it. He sorely needs the money, and outwitting the Nazis who have occupied his beloved city is a challenge he can't resist.

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Race to Splendor

Race to Splendor

Ciji Ware
Publisher: Sourcebooks

"In her story inspired by the architect Julia Morgan, Ware depicts the race against time to rebuild a luxury hotel following the devastating 1906 earthquake, which left 250,000 people homeless. Meticulously researched, this richly detailed novel, whose earthquake scenes are so real that readers will believe they are witnessing the event, will enthrall. It's a testament to San Francisco?s men and women and the oft-forgotten Chinese, who played a major role in their city?s history. Kudos to Ware for creating an unforgettable story." —RT Book Reviews

"A Race to Splendor is a penetrating look at what it takes to survive and what it means to succeed in a city that has literally crumbled. Greed and envy, anger and rage, love and lust all make an appearance in this fascinating exploration of human nature. The intriguing, dedicated personalities in Ware's latest release provide an excellent source of information about the San Francisco tragedy as well as captivating entertainment."—ForeWord

"Vividly evocative of the time and place, Ware's (Island of the Swans) first novel in ten years deftly blends history and romance in a page-turning story. From her gripping descriptions of the earthquake and its aftermath to the interplay between the protagonists, this is another winner from an excellent wordsmith." —Library Journal

Inspired by female architect Julia Morgan, this is the riveting tale of a race against time to rebuild two luxury hotels after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake destroyed 400 city blocks and left 250,000 homeless.


 

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Sins of the House of Borgia

Sins of the House of Borgia

Sarah Bower
Publisher: Sourcebooks

"Bower brilliantly merges history with politics and convincing characters to draw readers into a lush and colorful tapestry of Renaissance life. This richly satisfying and fulfilling novel tugs at the heart as readers empathize with the heroine and come to understand the joy and pain of love. This powerful piece of fiction ranks with some of the finest of the genre; dazzling in backdrop and glimmering like the Borgia's jewels."—RT Book Reviews

In 1492, when Ferdinand and Isabella expel the Jews from Spain, six year old Esther Sarfati finds herself travelling to Rome to join her father, a successful banker who has helped his fellow Spaniard, Rodrigo Borgia, finance his bid for the Papacy. Nine years later, as Pope Alexander VI, Rodrigore pays the favour by offering Esther a place in the household of his daughter, Lucrezia. Against her own better judgement, Esther converts to Christianity and enters Lucrezia's service. Flattered by Lucrezia's favour, seduced by the friendship of her cousin, Angela Borgia and swept off her feet by Lucrezia's glamorous and dangerous brother, Cesare, she is drawn into a web of intrigue and deceit which will test her heart to its utmost and burden her with secrets she must carry to her grave.

 

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Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

Therese Anne Fowler
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

A dazzling novel that captures all of the romance, glamour, and tragedy of the first flapper, Zelda Fitzgerald.

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Fantasy

Among Others

Among Others

Jo Walton
Publisher: Tor / Forge

 

Startling, unusual, and irresistibly readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and science fiction, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.

As a child growing up in Wales, Morwenna played among the spirits who made their homes in industrial ruins. But her mind found freedom in the science fiction novels that were her closest companions. When her half-mad mother tried to bend the spirits to dark ends, Mori was forced to confront her in a magical battle that left her crippled - and her twin sister dead.

Fleeing to a father whom she barely knew, Mori was sent to boarding school in England - a place all but devoid of true magic. There, she tempted fate by doing magic herself, in an attempt to find a circle of like-minded friends. But her magic also drew the attention of her mother, bringing about a reckoning that could no longer be put off... .

Combining elements of autobiography with flights of imagination, this is a stunning new novel by an author whose genius has already been hailed by dozens of her peers.

One of School Library Journal 's Best Adult Books 4 Teens titles of 2011       

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Caraval

Caraval

Stephanie Garber
Publisher: Flatiron Books

Whatever you've heard about Caraval, it doesn't compare to the reality. It's more than just a game or a performance. It's the closest you'll ever find to magic in this world . . . 
 
Welcome, welcome to Caraval - Stephanie Garber's sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game. 

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Child of a Hidden Sea

Child of a Hidden Sea

A.M. Dellamonica
Publisher: Tor / Forge

A rousing tale of adventure and adversity, politics and personal trials, in the fascinating world of Stormwrack Archipelago.

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Half a Crown

Half a Crown

Jo Walton
Publisher: Tor / Forge

For the first time in paperback, the culminating novel of Hugo and Nebula Award-winner Jo Walton's stunning Small Change trilogy.

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Ha’penny

Ha’penny

Jo Walton
Publisher: Tor / Forge

Before Jo Walton won the Hugo and Nebula Awards for her stunning Among Others, she published a trilogy set in a dark alternate postwar England that had negotiated "Peace with Honor" with Nazi Germany in 1941. These novels—Farthing, Ha'penny, and Half a Crown—are connected by common threads, but can be read in any order.

In Ha'penny, England has completed its slide into fascist dictatorship. The last hopes of democracy seem extinguished. Then a bomb explodes in a London suburb.

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The Just City

The Just City

Jo Walton
Publisher: Tor / Forge

From the acclaimed, award-winning author of Among Others and My Real Children, a tale of gods and humans, and the surprising things they have to learn from one another.

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A Memory of Light

A Memory of Light

#1 Globe and Mail and New York Times Bestseller

Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
Publisher: Tor / Forge

When Robert Jordan died in 2007, it was feared that conclusion of his extraordinary saga would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork. With The Gathering Storm (Book 12) and Towers of Midnight (Book 13) behind him, Sanderson now re-creates the vision that Robert Jordan left behind.

Edited by Jordan's widow, who edited all of Jordan's books, A Memory of Light will delight, enthrall, and deeply satisfy all of Jordan's legions of readers.

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Stormdancer

Stormdancer

Jay Kristoff
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

The first in an epic fantasy series, introducing an unforgettable new heroine and a stunningly original dystopian steampunk world with a flavour of feudal Japan

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What Makes This Book So Great

What Makes This Book So Great

Re-Reading the Classics of Fantasy and SF

Jo Walton
Publisher: Tor / Forge

With over 130 essays, What Makes This Book So Great is an immensely readable, engaging collection of provocative, opinionated thoughts about past and present-day fantasy and science fiction, from one of our best writers.

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When the Saints

When the Saints

Dave Duncan
Publisher: Tor / Forge

When we left the Brothers Magnus, they had assembled in Cardice to help Anton Magnus defend the castle from attack by a neighboring state with a significant military advantage and several officers who at any moment could request help from saints - or, depending on your perspective, from the devil.

But Cardice has a secret weapon in the form of young Wulfgang Magnus, who can ask a few favors of his own from these devil-saints. The only problem is that Wulf is in love with Madlenka, the countess from Cardice who was forcibly married to Anton to explain why he's suddenly leading the country.

Even Wulf is unsure if family and political loyalty should override love. He's also beginning to realize that the magical battle he's stepped into has some serious rules that he doesn't know, and has no way to learn. And when several wild cards in every battle can tap into nearly limitless sources of magic, who knows how far and wide the battle might range?

This stunning continuation of the story begun in Speak to the Devil amps up the romance and intrigue, while letting readers spend more time with master fantasist Dave Duncan's unique, complex, and ornery-but-delightful characters.

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Literary Fiction

The Affairs of Others

The Affairs of Others

Amy Grace Loyd
Publisher: Picador

A mesmerizing debut novel about a young woman, haunted by loss, who rediscovers passion and possibility when she's drawn into the tangled lives of her neighbours.

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All Grown Up

All Grown Up

Jami Attenberg
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Who is Andrea Bern? When her therapist asks the question, Andrea knows the right things to say: she's a designer, a friend, a daughter, a sister. But it's what she leaves unsaid-she's alone, a drinker, a former artist, a shrieker in bed, captain of the sinking ship that is her flesh-that feels the most true. Everyone around her seems to have an entirely different idea of what it means to be an adult: her best friend, Indigo, is getting married; her brother-who miraculously seems unscathed by their shared tumultuous childhood-and sister-in-law are having a hoped-for baby; and her friend Matthew continues to wholly devote himself to making dark paintings at the cost of being flat broke.
 
But when Andrea's niece finally arrives, born with a heartbreaking ailment, the Bern family is forced to reexamine what really matters. Will this drive them together or tear them apart? Told in gut-wrenchingly honest, mordantly comic vignettes, All Grown Up is a breathtaking display of Jami Attenberg's power as a storyteller, a whip-smart examination of one woman's life, lived entirely on her own terms.

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At Last

At Last

Edward St. Aubyn
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A work of glittering social comedy, profound emotional truth, and acute verbal wit, At Last is the stunning culmination of one of the great fiction enterprises of the past two decades in the life of the English novel.

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Can’t and Won’t

Can’t and Won’t

Stories

Lydia Davis
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A new collection of short stories from the best prose stylist in America.

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The Exiles Return

The Exiles Return

Elisabeth de Waal; foreword by Edmund de Waal
Publisher: Picador

Set in the ashes of post–World War II Vienna, a powerful, stubtle novel of five people as they return home, 15 years after being exiled by Hitler's deadly reign. 

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Marrow Island

Marrow Island

Alexis M. Smith
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The new novel from a former Powell's bookseller and the author of the critically acclaimed Glaciers, Marrow Island tracks a young woman's return home to investigate a secretive community that has mysteriously rescued an island devastated by natural and chemical disaster - as well as taken hold of one of her oldest friends.

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Outline

Outline

Rachel Cusk
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A luminous, powerful novel that establishes Rachel Cusk as one of the finest writers in the English language.

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The Turner House

The Turner House

A Memoir

Angela Flournoy
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

For over fifty years the Turners have lived on Yarrow Street. Their house has seen thirteen children get grown and gone-and some return; it has seen the arrival of grandchildren, the fall of Detroit's East Side, and the loss of a father. But when their powerful mother falls ill, the Turners are called home to decide their house's fate and to reckon with how their past haunts-and shapes-their future. The Turner House is a striking examination of the price we pay for our dreams, and the ways in which our families bring us home.

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The Unfortunates

The Unfortunates

Sophie McManus
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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Romance Fiction

Echoes in Death

Echoes in Death

J.D. Robb
Publisher:

Echoes in Death, the chilling new suspense novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author J.D. Robb is the perfect entry point into the compelling In Death police procedural series featuring Lieutenant Eve Dallas. 
 
As NY Lt. Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband Roarke are driving home, a young woman - dazed, naked, and bloody - suddenly stumbles out in front of their car. Roarke slams on the brakes and Eve springs into action.
 
Daphne Strazza is rushed to the ER, but it's too late for her husband Dr. Anthony Strazza. A brilliant orthopedic surgeon, he now lies dead amid the wreckage of his obsessively organized town house, his three safes opened and emptied. Daphne would be a valuable witness, but in her terror and shock the only description of the perp she can offer is repeatedly calling him the devil"… 
 
While it emerges that Dr. Strazza was cold, controlling, and widely disliked, this is one case where the evidence doesn't point to the spouse. So Eve and her team must get started on the legwork, interviewing everyone from dinner-party guests to professional colleagues to caterers, in a desperate race to answer some crucial questions:
 
What does the devil look like? And where will he show up next?

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One with You

One with You

A Crossfire Novel

Sylvia Day
Publisher:

From #1 international bestselling author Sylvia Day, the final chapter in the global blockbuster Crossfire quintet
 
Gideon Cross. Falling in love with him was the easiest thing I've ever done. It happened instantly. Completely. Irrevocably.
 
Marrying him was a dream come true. Staying married to him is the fight of my life. Love transforms. Ours is both a refuge from the storm and the most violent of tempests. Two damaged souls entwined as one.
 
We have bared our deepest, ugliest secrets to one another. Gideon is the mirror that reflects all my flaws … and all the beauty I couldn't see. He has given me everything. Now, I must prove I can be the rock, the shelter for him that he is for me. Together, we could stand against those who work so viciously to come between us.
 
But our greatest battle may lie within the very vows that give us strength. Committing to love was only the beginning. Fighting for it will either set us free … or break us apart.
 
Heartbreakingly and seductively poignant, One with You is the breathlessly awaited finale to the Crossfire saga, the searing love story that has captivated millions of readers worldwide.

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The Pharos Gate

The Pharos Gate

Griffin & Sabine's Missing Correspondence

Nick Bantock
Publisher: Chronicle Books

A love story for the ages, the tale of Griffin and Sabine is an international sensation that spent over 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and continues to beguile readers 25 years after its original publication. Here to celebrate that anniversary is the final volume in Griffin and Sabine's story-a book that can be enjoyed as a singular reading experience or in conjunction with the series as a whole.
 
The Pharos Gate rejoices in the book as physical object, weaving together word and image in beautifully illustrated postcards and removable letters that reveal a sensual and metaphysical romance, one full of mystery and intrigue. Published simultaneously with the 25th-anniversary edition of Griffin & Sabine , The Pharos Gate finally shares what happened to the lovers in a gorgeous volume that will surely delight Griffin and Sabine's longtime fans and a new generation of readers.

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Griffin and Sabine, 25th Anniversary Limited Edition

Griffin and Sabine, 25th Anniversary Limited Edition

An Extraordinary Correspondence

Nick Bantock
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Beloved by millions the world over, Griffin & Sabine redefines the art of the novel. With its combination of lush illustration, creative storytelling, and the guilty pleasure of reading other people's correspondence, Griffin & Sabine is part romance, part mystery, and completely a work of art. Each turn of the page contains a new card or letter to be unfolded from its envelope, and is vibrant with wildly imaginative creatures, landscapes, and intrigue.
 
Destined to become a collector's volume, this limited, 25th anniversary edition contains new artwork, an original postcard, and specially created decorative stamps, making this a book that is as rewarding to enjoy all over again-or to discover for the very first time.

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A Place in the Country

A Place in the Country

Elizabeth Adler
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Elizabeth Adler delivers an emotionally powerful novel about mothers and daughters, the secrets we share, and those we keep to ourselves.

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Science Fiction

Company Town

Company Town

Madeline Ashby
Publisher: Tor / Forge

Madeline Ashby's Company Town is a brilliant, twisted mystery, as one woman must evaluate saving the people of a town that can't be saved, or saving herself. 
 
Elegant, cruel, and brutally perfect, Company Town is a prize of a novel." - Mira Grant, New York Times Bestselling and Hugo-Award nominated author of the Newsflesh series 
 
New Arcadia is a city-sized oil rig off the coast of the Canadian Maritimes, now owned by one very wealthy, powerful, byzantine family: Lynch Ltd.
 
Hwa is of the few people in her community (which constitutes the whole rig) to forgo bio-engineered enhancements. As such, she's the last truly organic person left on the rig - making her doubly an outsider, as well as a neglected daughter and bodyguard extraordinaire. Still, her expertise in the arts of self-defense and her record as a fighter mean that her services are yet in high demand. When the youngest Lynch needs training and protection, the family turns to Hwa. But can even she protect against increasingly intense death threats seemingly coming from another timeline?
 
Meanwhile, a series of interconnected murders threatens the city's stability and heightens the unease of a rig turning over. All signs point to a nearly invisible serial killer, but all of the murders seem to lead right back to Hwa's front door. Company Town has never been the safest place to be - but now, the danger is personal.

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Earth Afire

Earth Afire

Orson Scott Card
Publisher: Tor / Forge

One hundred years before Ender's Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. This is the story of the First Formic War.

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The Human Division

The Human Division

John Scalzi
Publisher: Tor / Forge

Following the events of The Last Colony, John Scalzi tells the story of the fight to maintain the unity of the human race.

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What Makes This Book So Great

What Makes This Book So Great

Re-Reading the Classics of Fantasy and SF

Jo Walton
Publisher: Tor / Forge

With over 130 essays, What Makes This Book So Great is an immensely readable, engaging collection of provocative, opinionated thoughts about past and present-day fantasy and science fiction, from one of our best writers.

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Thrillers

Always Watching

Always Watching

Chevy Stevens
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Family secrets and missing memories collide in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Still Missing.

 

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Behind Her Eyes

Behind Her Eyes

Sarah Pinborough
Publisher: Flatiron Books

Only two can keep a secret if one of them is dead.
 
David and Adele seem like the ideal pair. He's a successful psychiatrist, she is his picture-perfect wife who adores him. But why is he so controlling? And why is she keeping things hidden?
 
As Louise, David's new secretary, is drawn into their orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong. But Louise can't guess how wrong - and how far a person might go to protect their marriage's secrets.

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The Cairo Affair

The Cairo Affair

Olen Steinhauer
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Espionage master and New York Times bestseller Olen Steinhauer returns with a brilliant international thriller about the aftermath of a diplomat's assassination and his wife's relentless investigation.

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Cometh the Hour

Cometh the Hour

Jeffrey Archer
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Cometh the Hour opens with the reading of a suicide note, which has devastating consequences for Harry and Emma Clifton, Giles Barrington and Lady Virginia.
 
Giles must decide if he should withdraw from politics and try to rescue Karin, the woman he loves, from behind the Iron Curtain. But is Karin truly in love with him, or is she a spy?
 
Lady Virginia is facing bankruptcy, and can see no way out of her financial problems, until she is introduced to the hapless Cyrus T. Grant III from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who's in England to see his horse run at Royal Ascot.
 
Sebastian Clifton is now the Chief Executive of Farthings Bank and a workaholic, whose personal life is thrown into disarray when he falls for Priya, a beautiful Indian girl. But her parents have already chosen the man she is going to marry. Meanwhile, Sebastian's rivals Adrian Sloane and Desmond Mellor are still plotting to bring him and his chairman Hakim Bishara down, so they can take over Farthings.
 
Harry Clifton remains determined to get Anatoly Babakov released from a gulag in Siberia, following the international success of his acclaimed book, Uncle Joe . But then something unexpected happens that none of them could have anticipated.
 
Cometh the Hour is the penultimate book in the Clifton Chronicles and, like the five previous novels - all of which hit the New York Times bestseller list - showcases Jeffrey Archer's extraordinary storytelling with his trademark twists.

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A Foreign Country

A Foreign Country

Charles Cumming
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

From the internationally acclaimed, New York Timesbestselling author of The Trinity Six, comes a compelling tale of deceit and betrayal, conspiracy and redemption. 

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Let Me Go

Let Me Go

Chelsea Cain
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Beautiful killer Gretchen Lowell tightens her grip on Detective Archie Sheridan in New York Times bestseller Chelsea Cain’s nail-biting thriller.

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Never Let You Go

Never Let You Go

Chevy Stevens
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

The author of Still Missing targets her readership with a novel that hits all the notes they come to expect from her-and ratchets up the stakes even more. Lindsey Nash has left an abusive relationship and her ex-husband was sent to jail. She has started over with a new life, her own business, and a teenage daughter who needs her more than ever. When her husband is finally released, Lindsey believes she has cut all ties. There is no way he can ever find her and her daughter again. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her, tracking her every move. Her new boyfriend is threatened. Her home is invaded. Even her daughter is shadowed. Lindsey is convinced it's her ex-husband, even though he claims he is a different person and doesn't want to do her any harm. But can he really change? Is the one who wants her dead even closer to home than she thought? 

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That Night

That Night

Chevy Stevens
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

A stunning breakout novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Still Missing in which a woman is convicted of her sister's murder.

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Those Girls

Those Girls

Chevy Stevens
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

> Chevy Stevens is back with her most powerful, emotional thriller yet—a story of survival and revenge. As much a thriller as a deep exploration of the bonds among sisters, THOSE GIRLS is an unforgettable portrait of desperation, loyalty, and evil.

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With Malice

With Malice

Eileen Cook
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For fans of We Were Liars and The Girl on the Train comes a chilling, addictive psychological thriller about a teenage girl who cannot remember the last six weeks of her life.
 
Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron's senior trip to Italy was supposed to be the adventure of a lifetime. And then the accident happened. Waking up in a hospital room, her leg in a cast, stitches in her face, and a big blank canvas where the last 6 weeks should be, Jill comes to discover she was involved in a fatal accident in her travels abroad. She was jetted home by her affluent father in order to receive quality care. Care that includes a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accident… wasn't an accident. Wondering not just what happened but what she did, Jill tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life.

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Food & Drink

Bar Tartine

Bar Tartine

Techniques and Recipes

Cortney Burns and Nick Balla with Jan Newberry
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Bar Tartine—co-founded by Tartine Bakery's Chad Robertson and Elisabeth Prueitt—is obsessed over by locals and visitors, critics and chefs. Everything is made in-house and layered into extraordinarily flavorful food. Helmed by Nick Balla and Cortney Burns, it draws on time-honored processes (such as fermentation, curing, pickling), and a core that runs through the cuisines of Central Europe, Japan, and Scandinavia to deliver a range of dishes from soups to salads, to shared plates and sweets. With more than 150 photographs, this highly anticipated cookbook is a true original.

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Bottega

Bottega

Michael Chiarello, Ann Krugger Spivack and Claudia Sansone
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Michael Chiarello's fans have watched him on Top Chef Masters, the Food Network, and PBS. He's an Emmy Award winner and award-winning author, with combined cookbook sales of over 400,000 copies. Chiarello returns to the kitchen with a cookbook inspired by the soulful Southern Italian-style menu at his new Napa Valley restaurant, Bottega. It's rich with more than 120 photographs that convey the Bottega experience and 100 amazing recipes for Southern Italian specialties, which, with signature Chiarello style, are designed for the home cook to have as much easy joy cooking as eating. Bottega is Michael Chiarello at his best.

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Breakfast Love

Breakfast Love

Perfect Little Bowls of Quick, Healthy Breakfasts

David Bez
Publisher: Quadrille

Breakfast Love contains more than 160 bowls for healthy, speedy breakfast ideas that will set you up for the day. Breakfast Love will make you fall in love with this often over-looked meal, and energize you to create a beautiful bowl of breakfast salad before you start the day. Each bowl is made up of a base of grains, two seasonal fruit and vegetables, some protein, a delicious dressing, yogurt or milk, and an optional topping. There are sweet and savory ideas, and basic recipes to make your own granola, muesli, and dairy-free nut 'yogurt'. Every recipe is categorized as vegan, vegetarian, raw, carnivore, or omnivore so that you can cater to your own dietary preference. With a stunning photo of every recipe, this is a feast for the eyes and fantastically inspiring.

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Burgoo

Burgoo

Food for Comfort

Justin Joyce and Stephan MacIntyre
Publisher: Figure 1

Burgoo brings its recipes to the page for the first time, satisfying long-time guests of the restaurants and introducing home cooks to delicious and easy-to-make dishes for every day or for entertaining a crowd. From dips to brunch dishes, make-ahead soups to last-minute desserts, Burgoo offers seventy-five unpretentious, family favourites for every palate, all beautifully photographed and smartly packaged.

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The Country Cooking of France

The Country Cooking of France

Anne Willan; Photographs by France Ruffenach
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Visually stunning, this comprehensive guide to rustic French cuisine is the only up-to-date cookbook that covers all the regions of France. Creating this classic was a vast labour of love for Anne Willan, combining extensive research with years of experience cooking and writing about French cuisine.

Over 250 recipes include the best regional and country dishes, from the time-honoured La Truffade with its crispy potatoes and melted cheese to the Languedoc specialty Cassoulet de Toulouse, a bean casserole of duck confit, sausage and lamb, along with fish stews, savory tarts and desserts such as Pets de Nonne (deep-fried cream puffs).

"After Julia Child, Willan, by dint of her books alone, has probably done more to illuminate French cooking for home chefs than any other woman in America or England." —Washington Post

English-born ANNE WILLAN (France) founded La Varenne, a highly respected cooking school, 30 years ago. Her many cookbooks include The Good Cook and the influential La Varenne Chateau du Fey. Among her many awards is a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals

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The Country Cooking Of Ireland

The Country Cooking Of Ireland

Colman Andrews; Photographs by Christopher Hirsheimer
Publisher: Chronicle Books

In The Country Cooking of Ireland, internationally acclaimed food and travel writer Colman Andrews brings to life the people, countryside, and delicious food of Ireland. Fast emerging as one of the world's hottest culinary destinations, Ireland is a country of artisanal bakers, farmers, cheesemakers, and butteries, where farm-to-table dining has been practiced for centuries. Meticulously researched and reported, this sumptuous cookbook includes 250 recipes and more than 100 photographs of the pubs, the people, and the emerald Irish countryside taken by award-winning photographer Christopher Hirsheimer. Rich with stories of the food and people who make Ireland a wonderful place to eat, and laced with charming snippets of song, folklore, and poetry, The Country Cooking of Ireland ushers in a new understanding of Irish food.

Colman Andrews is an award-winning food editor and food and travel writer. He lives in Connecticut. Christopher Hirsheimer's photographs have appeared in numerous food magazines and cookbooks. She lives in Pennsylvania.

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Crazy Sexy Kitchen

Crazy Sexy Kitchen

150 Plant-Empowered Recipes to Ignite a Mouthwatering Revolution

Kris Carr with Chad Sarno, Chef
Publisher: Hay House

Crazy Sexy Kitchen gives readers all the tools and know-how needed to adopt a joyful and vibrant Crazy Sexy Diet and Lifestyle. What is the Crazy Sexy Diet and Lifestyle, you ask? A nutrient-dense, plant-happy approach to eating and living that harmonizes your beautiful body at the cellular level. It's a celebratory way of life that's deeply connected, healthy, awake and engaged. Now that's SEXY!

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The Dirty Apron Cookbook

The Dirty Apron Cookbook

Recipes, Tips and Tricks for Creating Delicious, Foolproof Dishes

David Robertson (foreword by Vikram Vij)
Publisher: Figure 1

Want to impress your dinner guests? Need to diversify your regular menu? Nervous about trying a new cooking technique? Tired of eating alone? The Dirty Apron Cooking School caters to a range of students—both beginners and more experienced cooks—looking to come away with delicious menus and more confidence in the kitchen. The Dirty Apron Cookbook brings together the best of these recipes along with many of the tips and tricks shared in the school’'s classes.

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Drink Like a Man

Drink Like a Man

The Only Cocktail Guide Anyone Really Needs

Ross McCammon and David Wondrich
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Drink Like a Man distills 83 years of drinking wisdom into this indispensable manual. With more than 125 cocktail recipes and 100 photos, including 13 drinks every man should know how to make, variations on classic cocktails, and drinks batched large enough to satisfy a crowd, it's an essential guide to cocktail making, but also a manual for how to drink. As a host, at a bar, with a friend, on your own-whatever the situation may be- Esquire offers wisdom, encouragement, and instructions. And also a damn good drink.

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The Family Cooks

The Family Cooks

100+ Recipes to Get Your Family Craving Food That's Simple, Tasty, and Incredibly Good for You

Laurie David
Publisher: Rodale

In The Family Cooks, Laurie David inspires parents and kids to take control of what they eat by making it themselves. With her long-time collaborator, Kirstin Uhrenholdt, David offers more than 100 recipes that are simple, fast, "low in the bad stuff and high in the good stuff," and designed to bring kids into the cooking process.

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Fire It Up

Fire It Up

More than 400 Recipes for Grilling Everything

Andrew Schloss and David Joachim
Publisher: Chronicle Books

What can we grill? EVERYTHING! From the best-selling authors of Mastering the Grill, comes the first grill book focused on ingredients. 

Fire It Up shows today's cooks how to buy, prepare, and grill more than 290 ingredients from beef and pork to chicken, fish, vegetables, fruit, and more. Handy charts explain different cuts, best grilling methods, and perfect doneness. Insider Know-How and Keep It Simple tips solve dozens of dinnertime dilemmas. Gorgeous color photos and useful illustrations bring it all to life. With more than 400 delicious recipes and 160 winning rubs, brines, marinades, and sauces, Fire It Up makes it easy for everyone to become a backyard grill master, no matter what's on the menu. 

Jam packed with recipes, tips, and illustrations, Fire It Up is THE grill book for this summer.

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Flour

Flour

A Baker's Collection of Spectacular Recipes

Joanne Chang and Christie Matheson
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Every day 1,500 Bostonians can't resist buying sweet, simple treats such as Homemade Pop-Tarts, from an alumna of Harvard with a degree in economics. From Brioche au Chocolat and Lemon Raspberry Cake to perfect croissants, Flour Bakery-owner Joanne Chang's repertoire of baked goods is deep and satisfying. While at Harvard she discovered that nothing made her happier than baking cookies -- leading her on a path that eventually resulted in a sticky bun triumph over Bobby Flay on the Food Network's Throwdown. Almost 150 Flour recipes such as Milky Way Tart and Dried Fruit Focaccia are included, plus Joanne's essential baking tips, making this mouthwatering collection an accessible, instant classic cookbook for the home baker.

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Food, Health, and Happiness

Food, Health, and Happiness

115 On-Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life

Oprah Winfrey
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Oprah Winfrey will be the first to tell you, she has had a complicated relationship with food. It's been both a source of delight and comfort for her, but also the cause of an ongoing struggle with her weight.

In Food, Health, and Happiness, Oprah shares the recipes that have allowed eating to finally be joyful for her. With dishes created and prepared alongside her favorite chefs, paired with personal essays and memories from Oprah herself, this cookbook offers a candid, behind-the-scenes look into the life (and kitchen!) of one of the most influential and respected celebrities in the world.
 
Delicious, healthy, and easy to prepare, these are the recipes Oprah most loves to make at home and share with friends and family. From simple pleasures like Unfried Chicken and Turkey Chili, to such celebrations of freshness as Tuscan Kale and Apple Salad and Pasta Primavera, this is food as it should be: a taste of happiness, a ritual to be shared, a toast to life.

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From Seed to Skillet

From Seed to Skillet

A Guide to Growing, Tending, Harvesting, and Cooking Up Fresh, Healthy Food to Share with People You Love

Jimmy Williams
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Jimmy Williams learned all about vegetable gardening at the knee of his grandmother, a South Carolina native from a traditional Gullah community whose members were descendents of Caribbean slaves. He pays homage to his family history in this inspiring step-by-step guide to designing and planting a backyard vegetable garden and growing one's own food. With this essential garden manual, home gardeners can learn how easy it is to plan a garden, design and construct growing beds, tend the crop without using harmful chemicals, harvest gorgeous vegetables, and cook a delicious feast using Jimmy's favorite family recipes.

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Gjelina

Gjelina

Cooking from Venice, California

Travis Lett
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Gjelina is Los Angeles's most talked-about restaurant, lauded by critics from London to New York to San Francisco and beloved by stars, locals, and out-of-towners alike for its seductive simplicity and eclectic Cal-Med menu from talented chef Travis Lett. 

 

This standout cookbook features 125 of the rustic and utterly delicious salads, toasts, pizzas, vegetable and grain dishes, pastas, fish and meat mains, and desserts that have had fans clamoring for a table since the restaurant burst onto the scene.

 

More than 150 color photographs from acclaimed photographer Michael Graydon and stylist Nikole Herriott, plus a tactile, artisanal package, evoke the vibe of Venice Beach and the Gjelina (the G's silent) aesthetic, and showcase the beautiful plated food of Lett's ingredient-based, vegetable-centric cooking. This is the cookbook for the way we want to cook and eat now.

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Green Kitchen Smoothies

Green Kitchen Smoothies

Healthy and Colorful Smoothies for Every Day

David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl
Publisher: Hardie Grant

Delicious smoothies from the authors behind the award-winning and hugely popular blog Green Kitchen Stories
 
Bestselling authors David and Luise now share their top smoothie recipes, as well as some new and exciting ideas. The book is divided into simple smoothies, post-workout favorites, breakfast ideas, energizers, desserts, and more. David and Luise also reveal their recipes for nut milks and butters, granola, muesli, as well as their favorite juices, which can be added to the recipes. Recipes include the Green Bowl, Sleeping-in Smoothie, Green Stamina Workout, the Warm Smoothie, and Apple Pie in a Glass.
 
This is no run-of-the mill smoothie book. For anyone reluctant to switch to a purely liquid breakfast, there are snacks to go along with them. And for any Nutribullet™ experts who are looking for some new ideas, this is the perfect book.

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How to Bake Everything

How to Bake Everything

Simple Recipes for the Best Baking

Mark Bittman
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

In the most comprehensive book of its kind, Mark Bittman offers the ultimate baker's resource. Finally, here is the simplest way to bake everything, from American favorites (Crunchy Toffee Cookies, Baked Alaska) to of-the-moment updates (Gingerbread Whoopie Pies). It explores global baking, too: Nordic ruis, New Orleans beignets, Afghan snowshoe naan. The recipes satisfy every flavor craving thanks to more than 2,000 recipes and variations: a pound cake can incorporate polenta, yogurt, ricotta, citrus, hazelnuts, ginger, and more. New bakers will appreciate Bittman's opinionated advice on essential equipment and ingredient substitutions, plus extensive technique illustrations. The pros will find their creativity unleashed with guidance on how to adapt recipes to become vegan, incorporate new grains, improvise tarts, or create customized icebox cakes using a mix-and-match chart. Demystified, deconstructed, and debunked-baking is simpler and more flexible than you ever imagined.

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The Little Paris Kitchen

The Little Paris Kitchen

120 Simple But Classic French Recipes

Rachel Khoo
Publisher: Chronicle Books

In this charming cookbook, Rachel Khoo demystifies French cooking with 120 enticing recipes for simple, classic, and fresh French dishes, from gouter (snacks) to elegant desserts. More than 100 breathtaking photos from celebrated photographer David Loftus shine a spotlight on the delicious food and the City of Light, and capture Khoo interacting with her purveyors and friends. We all can't have springtime in Paris. But we all can enjoy this delectable, do-able food!

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Mastering the Art of Chinese Cooking

Mastering the Art of Chinese Cooking

Eileen Yin-Fei Lo; photographs by Susie Cushner
Publisher: Chronicle Books

This new masterwork of Chinese cuisine showcases acclaimed chef Eileen Yin-Fei Lo's decades of culinary virtuosity. A series of lessons build skill, knowledge, and confidence as Lo guides the home cook step by step through the techniques, ingredients, and equipment that define Chinese cuisine. With more than 100 classic recipes and technique illustrations throughout, Mastering the Art of Chinese Cooking makes the glories of this ancient cuisine utterly accessible. Stunning color photography reveals the treasures of old and new China, from the zigzagging alleys of historical Guangzhou to the bustle of city centers and faraway Chinatowns, as well as wonderful ingredients and gorgeous finished dishes. Step-by-step brush drawings illustrate Chinese cooking techniques. This lavish volume takes its place as the Chinese cookbook of choice in the cook's library.

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Montreal Cooks

Montreal Cooks

A Tasting Menu from the City's Leading Chefs

Jonathan Cheung and Tays Spencer
Publisher: Figure 1

There has never been a more exciting time to eat in Montréal. With the established food scene being joined by an explosion of new, globally minded, locally focused restaurants, Montréal has evolved into a city of unparalleled culinary excellence.

Montréal Cooks presents 80 recipes from 40 of Montreal's most talented and unique chefs. Written with the home cook in mind, this cookbook is designed to make recipes from fan-favorite restaurants achievable for everyone.

Montréal Cooks is written by Tays Spencer and Jonathan Cheung, owner of Appetite for Books with a foreword by culinary expert, food writer and television personality, Gail Simmons.

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My Little French Kitchen

My Little French Kitchen

More than 100 Recipes from the Mountains, Market Squares, and Shores of France

Rachel Khoo; photographs by David Loftus
Publisher: Chronicle Books

The world fell in love with Rachel Khoo through her cookbook and television show The Little Paris Kitchen, and immediately began to covet her Parisian lifestyle, fashion sense, and delicious recipes. In My Little French Kitchen, Rachel leaves Paris and travels to the mountains, villages, and shores of France, sampling regional specialties and translating them into more than 100 recipes. With more than 100 photographs, as well as dozens of Rachel's own hand-drawn illustrations, this is the perfect gift for young foodies and Francophiles as well as fans of The Little Paris Kitchen hungry for more fresh takes on French classics.

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Plenty

Plenty

Vibrant Vegetable Recipes From London's Ottolenghi

Yotam Ottolenghi
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Yotam Ottolenghi is one of the most exciting new talents in the cooking world, with four fabulous, eponymous London restaurants and a weekly newspaper column that's read by foodies all over the world. 

Plenty
is a must-have collection of 120 vegetarian recipes featuring exciting flavors and fresh combinations that will delight readers and eaters looking for a sparkling new take on vegetables. Yotam's food inspiration comes from his Mediterranean background and his unapologetic love of ingredients. Not a vegetarian himself, his approach to vegetable dishes is wholly original and innovative, based on freshness and seasonality, and drawn from the diverse food cultures represented in London. A vibrant photo accompanies every recipe in this visually stunning book. 

Essential for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike!

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Small Victories

Small Victories

Julia Turshen
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"I can't wait to cook my way through this amazing new book," Ina Garten writes in the foreword to this cookbook of more than 400 recipes and variations from Julia Turshen, writer, go-to recipe developer, co-author for best-selling cookbooks such as Gwyneth Paltrow's It's All Good , Mario Batali's Spain: A Culinary Road Trip, and Dana Cowin's Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen. The process of truly great home cooking is demystified via more than a hundred lessons called out as "small victories" in the funny, encouraging headnotes; these are lessons learned by Julia through a lifetime of cooking thousands of meals.
 
This beautifully curated, deeply personal collection of what Chef April Bloomfield calls "simple, achievable recipes" emphasizes bold-flavored, honest food for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. More than 160 mouth-watering photographs from acclaimed photographers Gentl + Hyers provide beautiful instruction and inspiration, and a gingham spine elevates this entertaining and essential kitchen resource into a covetable gift for both beginners and accomplished home cooks."

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Tartine

Tartine

Elisabeth M. Prueitt and Chad Robertson
Publisher: Chronicle Books

The chef-owners of San Francisco's beloved neighbourhood bakery-cafe, Tartine, now bring their fruit tarts, tender cakes and savoury treats to readers.

Tartine's irresistible and easy-to-follow recipes include the classic Buttery Brioche, Coconut Cream Pie and Pumpkin Tea Cake. Practical notes convey the authors' vast know-how as extraordinary pastry chefs.

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Tartine Bread

Tartine Bread

Chad Robertson
Publisher: Chronicle Books

or the home or professional bread-maker, this is the book of the season. It comes from a man many consider to be the best bread baker in the United States: Chad Robertson, co-owner of Tartine Bakery in San Francisco, a city that knows its bread. To Chad, bread is the foundation of a meal, the center of daily life, and each loaf tells the story of the baker who shaped it. He developed his unique bread over two decades of apprenticeship with the finest artisan bakers in France and the United States, as well as experimentation in his own ovens. Readers will be astonished at how elemental it is. A hundred photographs from years of testing, teaching, and recipe development provide step-by-step inspiration, while additional recipes provide inspiration for using up every delicious morsel.

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Toronto Cooks

Toronto Cooks

100 Signature Recipes from the City's Best Restaurants

edited by Amy Rosen
Publisher: Figure 1

There has never been a more exciting time to eat in Toronto. While always known for its vibrant and varied food scene, over the past few years the city has been experiencing a culinary explosion. Innovative, globally minded, locally focused restaurants have been cropping up all over town as Toronto evolves into one of the world's greatest places to eat. Toronto Cooks: 100 Signature Recipes from the City's Best Restaurants captures this evolution specifically with the home cook in mind. 

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Weber’s New American Barbecue

Weber’s New American Barbecue

A Modern Spin on the Classics

Jamie Purviance
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

From the most trusted name in grilling, the new definitive guide that that blends traditional techniques and modern recipes.
 
To define American barbecue as ribs and roasts cooked low and slow in the Southern style" doesn't do it justice. Traditional barbecue, in all its delicious glory, is a foundation-an idea to be built upon. And all across the country, home grillers and restaurant chefs alike are doing just that. In this big melting-pot of a nation, we all bring something different to the table-flavors, spices, perspectives-and each time we do, the meaning of barbecue changes a little.
 
Through stories and essays, hundreds of photos, crystal-clear techniques, and 100 exceptional and fool-proof recipes, Weber's New American Barbecue™ celebrates what's happening at the grill today. From chefs creating new classics to everyday backyard heroes melding flavors to pitmasters setting new standards of excellence at competitions, this book explores the delicious evolution of our true American pastime-barbecue.

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The White Spot Cookbook

The White Spot Cookbook

White Spot
Publisher: Figure 1

Produced in celebration of White Spot's 85th anniversary, The White Spot Cookbook is an engaging, visually-rich collection of recipes, memories and memorabilia, designed to showcase the legacy of one of BC's most enduring brands. The book conveys the spirit of the legendary restaurant, conveying White Spot's evolution from a single drive-in location in 1928 to a modern family restaurant with more than 65 locations in two provinces.

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Baby’s in Black

Baby’s in Black

Astrid Kirchherr, Stuart Sutcliffe, and The Beatles in Hamburg

Arne Bellstorf
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

A fascinating, exhilarating portrait of the Beatles in their early years.

Meet the Beatles... right at the beginning of their careers. This gorgeous, high-energy graphic novel is an intimate peek into the early years of the world's greatest rock band.

The heart of Baby's In Black is a love story. The "fifth Beatle," Stuart Sutcliffe, falls in love with the beautiful Astrid Kirchherr when she recruits the Beatles for a sensational (and famous) photography session during their time in Hamburg. When the band returns to the UK, Sutcliffe quits, becomes engaged to Kirchherr, and stays in Hamburg. A year later, his meteoric career as a modern artist is cut short when he dies unexpectedly.

The book ends as it begins, with Astrid, alone and adrift; but with a note of hope: her life is incomparably richer and more directed thanks to her friendship with the Beatles and her love affair with Sutcliffe. This tender story is rendered in lush, romantic black-and-white artwork.

Baby's In Black is based on a true story.

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Battling Boy

Battling Boy

Paul Pope
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

The adventure begins in the new graphic novel by comics legend Paul Pope. Monsters roam through Arcopolis, swallowing children into the horrors of their shadowy underworld. Only one man is a match for them—the genius vigilante Haggard West.

Unfortunately, Haggard West is dead.

Arcopolis is desperate, but when its salvation comes in the form of a twelve-year-old demigod, nobody is more surprised than Battling Boy himself.

IT'S TIME TO MEET AN ELECTRIFYING NEW HERO.

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Boxers

Boxers

Gene Luen Yang
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Boxers & Saints is an innovative new graphic novel in two volumes—the parallel stories of two young people caught up on opposite sides of a violent rift.

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The Death-Ray

The Death-Ray

Daniel Clowes
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly

Teen outcast Andy is an orphaned nobody with only one friend, the obnoxious-but-loyal Louie. They roam school halls and city streets, invisible to everyone but bullies and tormentors, until the glorious day when Andy takes his first puff on a cigarette. That night he wakes, heart pounding, soaked in sweat, and finds himself suddenly overcome with the peculiar notion that he can do anything. Indeed, he can, and as he learns the extent of his new powers, he discovers a terrible and seductive gadgetna hideous compliment to his seething rage, that forever changes everything. 

The Death-Ray
utilizes the classic staples of the superhero genre – origin, costume, raygun. sidekick, fight scene – and reconfigures them in a story that is anything but morally simplistic. With subtle comedy, deft mastery, and an obvious affection for the bold pop-art exuberance of comic book design, Daniel Clowes delivers a contemporary meditation on the darkness of the human psyche.

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Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant

Tony Cliff
Publisher:

Lovable ne'er-do-well Delilah Dirk is an Indiana Jones for the 19th century. She has travelled to Japan, Indonesia, France, and even the New World. Using the skills she's picked up on the way, Delilah's adventures continue as she plots to rob a rich and corrupt Sultan in Constantinople.

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The Envelope Manufacturer

The Envelope Manufacturer

Chris Oliveros
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly

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Feynman

Feynman

Jim Ottaviani; illustrated by Leland Myrick
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Richard Feynman: physicist . . . Nobel winner . . . bestselling author . . . safe-cracker.In this substantial graphic novelbiography, First Second presents the larger-than-life exploits of Nobel-winning quantum physicist, adventurer, musician, world-class raconteur, and one of the greatest minds of the twentieth century: Richard Feynman.

Written by nonfiction comics mainstay Jim Ottaviani and brilliantly illustrated by First Second author Leland Myrick, Feynman tells the story of the great man’s life from his childhood in Long Island to his work on the Manhattan Project and the Challenger disaster. Ottaviani tackles the bad with the good, leaving the reader delighted by Feynman’s exuberant life and staggered at the loss humanity suffered with his death.

Anyone who ever wanted to know more about Richard P. Feynman, quantum electrodynamics, the fine art of the bongo drums, the outrageously obscure nation of Tuva, or the development and popularization of the field of physics in the United States need look no further than this rich and joyful work.

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Goliath

Goliath

Tom Gauld
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly

Goliath of Gath isn't much of a fighter. Given half a choice, he would pick admin work over patrolling in a heartbeat, to say nothing of his distaste for engaging in combat. Nonetheless, at the behest of the king, he finds himself issuing a twice-daily challenge to the Israelites: "Choose a man. Let him come to me that we may fight. If he be able to kill me then we shall be your servants. But if I kill him, then you shall be our servants." Day after day he reluctantly repeats his speech, and the isolation of this duty gives him the chance to banter with his shield-bearer and reflect on the beauty of his surroundings.

This is the story of David and Goliath as seen from Goliath's side of the Valley of Elah. Quiet moments in Goliath's life as a soldier are accentuated by Tom Gauld's drawing style, which contrasts minimalist scenery and near-geometric humans with densely crosshatched detail reminiscent of Edward Gorey. Goliath's battle is simultaneously tragic and bleakly funny, as bureaucracy pervades even this most mythic of figures. Goliath displays a sensitive wit, a bold line, and a traditional narrative reworked, remade, and revolutionized. 

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The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists

The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists

Seth
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly

Whenever you're in Dominion, on Milverton Street you will stumble across an arresting array of handsome old buildings. The one with the pink stone facade with the familiar Canadian cartoon characters over the doorway is the Dominion branch of the Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists, erected in 1935 and the last standing building of the once prestigious members-only organization. 

For years, this building, filled with art deco lamps, simple handcrafted wooden furniture, and halls and halls of black-and-white portraits of Canada's best cartoonists where the professionals of the Great White North's active comics community met – so active that there were outposts in Montreal and Winnipeg, with headquarters in Toronto. Everyone from all branches of the industry nnewspaper strips, gag cartoons, nickel-backs, comic books, political art, accordion books, graphic novels – gathered in their dark green blazers to drink cocktails, eat, dance, and discuss all things cartooning.

Seth opens up his sketchbook to an unseen world of Canadian comics, sometimes fictional and sometimes not, sometimes humorous and sometimes bittersweet, but always fascinating in its creative exploration of Canadian comics history. Whereas Wimbledon Green celebrated the comics collectors, The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists celebrates the cartoonists the comics collectors love.

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Hark! A Vagrant

Hark! A Vagrant

Kate Beaton
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly

Hark! A Vagrant takes readers on a romp through history and literature — with dignity for few and cookies for all — with comic strips about famous authors, their characters, and political and historical figures, all drawn in Beaton's pared-down, excitable style. This collection features favourite stories as well as new, previously unpublished content. Whether she's writing about Nikola Tesla, Napoleon, or Nancy Drew, Beaton brings a refined sense of the absurd to every situation. 

In just four years, Kate Beaton has taken the comics world by storm with her non sequiturs, cheeky comebacks and irreverent punch lines. With 1.2 million monthly hits on her site — 500,000 of them unique — and comics appearing in Harpers Magazine, the National Post and The New Yorker, her caricatures of historical and fictional figures filtered through a contemporary lens display a sharp, quick wit that knows no bounds.

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In the Kitchen with Alain Passard

In the Kitchen with Alain Passard

Inside the World (and Mind) of a Master Chef

Christophe Blain
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Available in English for the very first time, In the Kitchen with Alain Passard is the first graphic novel to enter the kitchen of a master chef.

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Jerusalem

Jerusalem

Chronicles from the Holy City

Guy Delisle
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly

"Jerusalem is not only an extremely handsome book... but it also presents Delisle... at his career best."—Globe and Mail

"[Jerusalem] will no doubt cement Delisle’s reputation as a master cartoonist working at a time when mainstream North America grows increasingly accepting of the graphic novel"—Maclean's

"Neither Jewish nor Arab, Delisle explores Jerusalem and is able to observe this strange world with candidness and humor...But most of all, those stories convey what life in East Jerusalem is about for an expatriate." —Haaretz

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Jerusalem

Jerusalem

A Family Portrait

Boaz Yakin illustrated by Nick Bertozzi
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Jerusalem is a sweeping, epic work that follows a single family-three generations and fifteen very different people-as they are swept up in chaos, war, and nation-making from 1940-1948. Faith, family, and politics are the heady mix that fuel this ambitious, cinematic graphic novel.

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Kenk

Kenk

A Graphic Portrait

Richard Poplak; Nick Marinkovich; Jason Gilmore; Alex Jansen
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KENK: A Graphic Portrait is a groundbreaking 304-page journalistic comic book detailing the life and times of Igor Kenk, "the world's most prolific bicycle thief" (The New York Times and The Guardian).

Kenk Kenk

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Letting It Go

Letting It Go

Miriam Katin
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly

Miriam Katin's debut graphic novel, the 2006 memoir We Are On Our Own, was a unique portrait of how one family survived World War II. A companion to We Are On Our Own, Letting It Go shows Katin, now an adult, dealing with her son Ilan's recent move to Berlin. As she struggles to accept his decision, she realizes that her hesitations have more to do with long-held grudges than any sort of legitimate concern.

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Louis Riel

Louis Riel

A Comic-Strip Biography

Chester Brown
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly

The bestselling graphic novel on Canada's infamous folk hero is back in a paperback edition with a new cover by Chester Brown. Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography is the book that launched the graphic novel medium in Canada. Brown received the Harvey Award for best writing and best graphic novel, and made several Best of the Year lists. Publishers Weekly hailed the book as a "contender for best graphic novel ever."

Chester Brown reinvents the comic book medium to create a historical biography on Louis Riel. He crafts a compelling and meticulous retelling of the charismatic 19th-century Metis leader, regarded by some as a martyr and by others as a treacherous murderer. Canadian history at its best, Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography is entertaining and accessible for all ages.

"If you love to read a gripping story, if you are awed by the talent of an artist, then look no further: Chester Brown's Louis Riel is comix history in the making, and with it, history never looked so good." — Globe and Mail

Ages 14 and up

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Marble Season

Marble Season

Gilbert Hernandez
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly

Marble Season is the semi-autobiographical novel by the acclaimed cartoonist Gilbert Hernandez, author of the epic masterpiece Palomar and cocreator, with his brothers, Jaime and Mario, of the ground-breaking 'Love and Rockets' comic book series.

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Market Day

Market Day

James Sturm
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly

Mendleman's life goes through an upheaval when he discovers that he can no longer earn a living for his growing family doing the work that defines him-making well-crafted rugs by hand. A proud artisan, he takes his donkey-drawn cart to the market only to be turned away when the distinctive shop he once sold to now only stocks cheaply manufactured merchandise. As the realities of the marketplace sink in, Mendleman unravels. James Sturm draws a quiet, reflective, and beautiful portrait of eastern Europe in the early 1900s-bringing to life the hustle and bustle of an Old-World marketplace on the brink of the industrial revolution. Market Day is an ageless tale of how economic and social forces can affect a single life.

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Mid-Life

Mid-Life

Joe Ollman
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly

Mid-Life is the story of a 40-year-old man, John, who becomes a father again with his much-younger second wife, which results in a slow, painful attack by flowered baby bags and front facing baby carriers on his virility and self-identity. John always believed that age is a state of mind. His adult daughters, baby son, energetic wife, stressful job, house full of cats, and flabby body complete with bloated stomach and sagging bosom, however, all lead John reluctantly to admit that he is having a midlife crisis. The crisis drives John to yell at his wife, pick fights with his daughters and miss deadlines at work that put his job on the line. John takes solace from the stress of everyday life with a seemingly harmless infatuation with the pretty children's performer Sherry Smalls who sings adoringly to him directly from his son's DVD.

Sherry Smalls, meanwhile, is equally desperate to find a distraction in life. Her path to rock stardom has been rudely overtaken by a semi-successful but completely loathsome gig as a children's performer. It pays the bills and a Saturday morning television show is on the horizon. That is, if she is able to fire her alcoholic on-again, off again boyfriend/bandmate.
As their lives snowball, John's infatuation turns into obsession and a haphazard, fateful email leads to a necessary reality check that neither may have wanted, but both will surprisingly welcome.

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Odd Duck

Odd Duck

Cecil Castellucci; illustrated by Sara Varon
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Theodora is a perfectly normal duck. She may swim with a teacup balanced on her head and stay north when the rest of the ducks fly south for the winter, but there's nothing so odd about that. Chad, on the other hand, is one strange bird. Theodora quite likes him, but she can't overlook his odd habits...

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Paying For It

Paying For It

Chester Brown
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly

Chester Brown has never shied away from tackling controversial subjects in his work. As the cartoonist of the autobiographical The Playboy and the biography Louis Riel, Paying for It is a natural progression for Brown as it combines the personal and sexual aspects of his autobiographical work with the polemical drive of Louis Riel

Brown calmly lays out the facts of how he became not only a willing participant in but a vocal proponent of one of the world's most hot-button topics-prostitution. Paying for It offers an entirely contemporary exploration of sex work-from the timid john who rides his bike to his escorts, wonders how to tip so as not to offend, and reads Dan Savage for advice, to the modern-day transactions complete with online reviews, seemingly willing participants, and clean apartments devoid of cliched street corners, drugs, or pimps.

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Picture This: Nearsighted Monkey

Picture This: Nearsighted Monkey

Lynda Barry
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly

Lynda Barry singlehandedly created a literary genre all her own, the graphic-memoir-how-to, otherwise known as the bestselling, the acclaimed, but most importantly, the adored and the inspirational WHAT IT IS. The R.R. Donelley and Eisner Award-winning book posed, explored and answered the question "Do you think you can write?" Now with PICTURE THIS, Barry asks "Why do we stop drawing?" and "Why do we start?" It features the return of Barry's most beloved character, Marlys, and introduces a new one, the Nearsighted Monkey.Like WHAT IT IS, PICTURE THIS is an inspirational, take home extension of Barry's traveling, continually sold out, and sought after workshop, Writing The Unthinkable.

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The Playboy

The Playboy

A Comic-Strip Memoir

Chester Brown
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly

As with every Chester Brown book, The Playboy—originally published in 1992—was ahead of its time, illustrating the fearlessness and prescience of the iconoclastic cartoonist. A memoir about Brown’s adolescent sexuality and shame, The Playboy chronicles his teenage obsession with the magazine of the same name, but it’s also a work that explores the physical form of comics to their fullest storytelling capacity.

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Primates

Primates

The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas

Jim Ottaviani; illustrated by Maris Wicks
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Jim Ottaviani returns with an action-packed account of the three greatest primatologists of the last century: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas.

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The Property

The Property

Rutu Modan
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly

The Property is a work that will inspire, fascinate, and delight readers and critics alike. Savvy and insightful, elegant and subtle, Rutu Modan's second full-length graphic novel is a triumph of storytelling and fine lines.

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Pyongyang

Pyongyang

A Journey in North Korea

Guy Delisle
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly

Voted "Best of" by CBC Radio One's "Talking Books," the American Library Association and Time.com.

More timely than ever, Guy Delisle's acclaimed Pyongyang is a glimpse into one of the most secretive and mysterious nations in the world today: North Korea. Pyongyang is a graphical record of the time cartoonist Guy Delisle spent working as an animator in Pyongyang, becoming one of the few Westerners to witness current conditions in the surreal showcase city.

"The memoir is topical, coming at a time when interest in the goings-on behind the last remaining panel of the Iron Curtain is high... The episodes are smart, sharply observed and funny, without downplaying the untold horrors (death camps, starvation) that lurk around every corner."
Globe and Mail

"Tinged with black humour, ...[Pyongyang] offers a perspective no straight-up print journalism could."
National Post

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Relish

Relish

My Life in the Kitchen

Lucy Knisley
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Lucy Knisley loves food. The daughter of a chef and a gourmet, this talented young cartoonist comes by her obsession honestly. In her forthright, thoughtful, and funny memoir, Lucy traces key episodes in her life thus far, framed by what she was eating at the time and lessons learned about food, cooking, and life.

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Reunion

Reunion

Pascal Girard
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly

Reunion is a semiautobiographical book that recounts when Pascal Girard received an invitation to attend his ten-year high-school reunion. Initially dismissing the idea of attending, he changes his mind when he receives an e-mail from Lucie Cote, the girl he had a huge crush on in high school, asking if he would accompany her. Pascal becomes flustered with joy, but two problems remain: he must keep his almost uncontrollable infatuation a secret from his girlfriend, Julie, and he must do something about his weight, which is at 252 pounds.

Three months pass as Pascal dutifully jogs to lose 50 lbs and fantasizes about meeting Lucie. Pascal arrives at the big event, full of anticipation, but his fantasies are cruelly deflated by each conversation he has with his former classmates. Reunion is laugh-out-loud funny, with wry, self deprecating humor, and Girard's cartooning is effortless in its fluidity.

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Saints

Saints

Gene Luen Yang
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Boxers & Saints is a groundbreaking graphic novel in two volumes. This innovative format presents two parallel tales about young people caught up on opposite sides of a violent rift. Saints tells Vibiana's story, and the companion volume, Boxers, tells the story of Little Bao, a young man who joins the Boxer Rebellion.

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Step Aside, Pops

Step Aside, Pops

A Hark! A Vagrant Collection

Kate Beaton
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly

Ida B. Wells, the Black Prince, and Benito Juárez burst off the pages of Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection, armed with modern-sounding quips and amusingly on-point repartee . Kate Beaton's second D+Q book brings her hysterically funny gaze to bear on these and even more historical, literary, and contemporary figures. Irreverently funny and carefully researched, no target is safe from Beaton's incisive wit in these satirical strips.

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A User’s Guide to Neglectful Parenting

A User’s Guide to Neglectful Parenting

Guy Delisle
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly

An intimate, offbeat look at the joys of parenting.

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What It Is

What It Is

Lynda Barry
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly

"Deliciously drawn (with fragments of collage worked into each page), insightful and bubbling with delight in the process of artistic creation. A+"
Salon

How do objects summon memories? What do real images feel like? For decades, these types of questions have permeated the pages of Lynda Barry's compositions, with words attracting pictures and conjuring places through a pen that first and foremost keeps on moving. What It Is demonstrates a tried-and-true creative method that is playful, powerful and accessible to anyone with an inquisitive wish to write or to remember. Comprising completely new material, each page of Barry's first Drawn & Quarterly book is a full-colour collage that is not only a gentle guide to this process but an invigorating example of exactly what it is: "The ordinary is extraordinary." 

Praise for Lynda Barry's previous work:

"Barry is, underneath the wonky handwriting and the quirky, na*ve drawings, a great memoirist ... Like [Tobias] Wolff and [Dave] Eggers, she finds a tone that accommodates self-criticism and self-irony without tipping over into self-loathing ... but what she is particularly good at is resonance."
The New York Times

"Barry is not just a storyteller, she's an evangelist who urges people to pick up a pen-or a brush ... and look at their own lives with fresh, forgiving eyes."
The San Francisco Chronicle

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Wilson

Wilson

Daniel Clowes
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly

Meet Wilson, an opinionated middle-aged loner who loves his dog and quite possibly no one else. In an ongoing quest to find human connection, he badgers friend and stranger alike into a series of one-sided conversations, punctuating his own lofty discursions with a brutally honest, selfnegating sense of humor. After his father dies, Wilson, now irrevocably alone, sets out to find his ex-wife with the hope of rekindling their long-dead relationship, and discovers he has a teenage daughter, born after the marriage ended and given up for adoption. Wilson eventually forces all three to reconnect as a family — a doomed mission that will surely, inevitably backfire. In his first all-new graphic novel, one of the leading cartoonists of our time, Daniel Clowes, creates a thoroughly engaging, complex and fascinating character study of the modern egotist-outspoken and oblivious to the world around him. Working in a single-page-gag format and drawing in a spectrum of styles, the cartoonist of Ghost World, Ice Haven, and David Boring gives us his funniest and most deeply affecting novel to date.

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History

The Guns at Last Light

The Guns at Last Light

The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945

Rick Atkinson
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

The magnificent conclusion to Rick Atkinson's acclaimed Liberation Trilogy about the Allied triumph in Europe during World War II.

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The Year Without Summer

The Year Without Summer

1816 and the Volcano That Darkened the World and Changed History

William K. Klingaman
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Like Winchester's Krakatoa, The Year Without Summer reveals a year of dramatic global change long forgotten by history.

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Humour

F in Exams

F in Exams

The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers

Richard Benson
Publisher: Chronicle Books

F' stands for 'funny' in this perfect gift for students or anyone who has ever had to struggle through a test and needs a good laugh. 

Celebrating the creative side of failure in a way we can all relate to, F in Exams gathers the most hilarious and inventive test answers provided by students who, faced with a question they have no hope of getting right, decide to have a little fun instead. Whether in science (Q: What is the highest frequency noise that a human can register? A: Mariah Carey), the humanities (Q: What did Mahatma Gandhi and Genghis Khan have in common? A: Unusual names), math, or other subjects, these 250 entries prove that while everyone enjoys the spectacle of failure, it's even sweeter to see a FAIL turn into a WIN.

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Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book

Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book

Grumpy Cat
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Celebrating the grouch in everyone, the Grumpy Cat book teaches the fine art of grumpiness and includes enough bad attitude to cast a dark cloud over the whole world.

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The Grumpy Guide to Life

The Grumpy Guide to Life

Observations from Grumpy Cat

Grumpy Cat
Publisher: Chronicle Books

In a world filled with inspirational know-it-alls and quotable blowhards, only one figure is indifferent enough to tell the cranky truth: Grumpy Cat. Following the success of her New York Times bestselling debut, everyone's favorite disgruntled feline is back with this demotivational guide to everyday life, love, friendship, and more. Featuring many new photos of Grumpy Cat's famous frown and packed with uninspiring observations, The Grumpy Guide to Life will help anyone get in touch with their inner grouch.

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This is That

This is That

Travel Guide to Canada

Chris Kelly, Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring
Publisher: The Tite Group

From CBC Radio's most beloved satirical comedy team comes This is That: Travel Guide to Canada, a hilariously outrageous parody of the travel guide genre and what it means to visit Canada. Searching for a weekend away with the kids? This is That: Travel Guide to Canada will teach you how to navigate the twelve petting zoos of Etobicoke and how to avoid pickpockets in Kamloops. Planning your summer holiday? Keep in mind that the city of Brandon, Manitoba, is closed for annual maintenance between July 12 and August 19 and that tipping your server in Swift Current is offensive. Presented in the familiar casing of a traditional travel guidebook, à la Lonely Planet or Rough Guide, This is That: Travel Guide to Canada takes readers on a farcical - and unbelievable - journey from coast to coast to coast to coast to coast. This faux guide also includes essential travel tips, such as useful Canadian phrases to locate the bathroom, best places to portage, and most spectacular malls above sea level.

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Mind & Body

1001 Ways to Be Romantic

1001 Ways to Be Romantic

More Romantic Than Ever

Gregory J.P. Godek
Publisher: Sourcebooks

Sure, you could buy some roses.
Yes, you could cook an elegant romantic dinner.
Of course, you could give a heart-shaped box of chocolates.

But sometimes you want to do more than that. Sometimes you want to show just how much you really care, how much passion you really feel, and how much more your partner means to you than absolutely anything else.

Packed with unique suggestions, easy gestures, and thoughtful gift ideas, 1001 Ways to Be Romantic is “worth memorizing” (Boston Herald). More than one and a half million people have used this book to kick up the fun and romance, making it a modern classic and #1 national bestseller. It’s a must-have for anyone, in any relationship, who wants to spark some more love in their lives.

You’ll find:

  • Little things you can do every day
  • Big ideas for when you want to go all out
  • How to be romantic without spending a dime
  • How to really go to town when money is no object
  • Tons of resources, including websites, online shopping, places to go, music, movies, and much, much more
     

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7 Minutes to Fit

7 Minutes to Fit

50 Anytime, Anywhere Interval Workouts

Brett Klika
Publisher: Chronicle Books

There's a reason why searching Google for the New York Times article "The Scientific 7-Minute Workout" yields nearly 100 million results: we all want an exercise routine that's quick, efficient, and delivers powerful results. In 7 Minutes to Fit, the scientific study's co-author presents 50 all-new high-intensity interval circuits that only require a chair and a timer. 

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The Case for Falling in Love

The Case for Falling in Love

Why We Can't Master the Madness of Love - and Why That's the Best Part

Mari Ruti
Publisher: Sourcebooks

Only through falling in love and failing in love can we gain some of the most profound experiences in life, says The Case for Falling in Love, an inspiring book proclaiming the benefits of going with your heart and emphasizing the ways in which heartbreak can be translated into creativity and wisdom. A call to liberation for those frustrated by today's self-help shelf, this book also showcases all the ways in which life's sorrows, hardships, and disenchantments can render us deliciously alive -- and maybe that's what the real purpose of love is.

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Crazy Sexy Kitchen

Crazy Sexy Kitchen

150 Plant-Empowered Recipes to Ignite a Mouthwatering Revolution

Kris Carr with Chad Sarno, Chef
Publisher: Hay House

Crazy Sexy Kitchen gives readers all the tools and know-how needed to adopt a joyful and vibrant Crazy Sexy Diet and Lifestyle. What is the Crazy Sexy Diet and Lifestyle, you ask? A nutrient-dense, plant-happy approach to eating and living that harmonizes your beautiful body at the cellular level. It's a celebratory way of life that's deeply connected, healthy, awake and engaged. Now that's SEXY!

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The Honest Life

The Honest Life

Living Naturally and True to You

Jessica Alba
Publisher: Rodale

The Honest Life recounts Alba's personal journey of discovery and reveals her tips for making healthy living fun, real, and stylish, while offering a candid look inside her home and daily life. She shares strategies for maintaining a clean diet (with favorite family-friendly recipes) and embraces nontoxic choices at home and provides eco-friendly decor tips to fit any budget. Alba also discusses cultivating a daily eco beauty routine, finding one's personal style without resorting to yoga pants, and engaging in fun, hands-on activities with kids. Her solutions are easy, chic, and down-to-earth: they're honest. And discovering everyday ways to live naturally and authentically-true to you-could be honestly life-changing.

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How Not to Die

How Not to Die

Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease

Gene Stone
Publisher: Flatiron Books

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Make Your Own Rules Diet

Make Your Own Rules Diet

Tara Stiles
Publisher: Hay House

In Make Your Own Rules Diet, Tara Stiles introduces readers to easy and fun ways to bring yoga, meditation, and healthy food into their lives. As the designer and face of Reebok's first yoga lifestyle line, author of Slim, Calm, Sexy Yoga, and the founder of Strala—the movement-based system that ignites freedom, known for its laid-back and unpretentious vibe—Tara has long been a proponent of creating a tension-free healthy life by tapping into the unique needs of her clients. In this new book, she teaches readers how to apply this inward-looking philosophy to themselves. When people understand what they need for true well-being, they can make their own rules-rules that will help them become their best selves.

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Medical Medium Life-Changing Foods

Medical Medium Life-Changing Foods

Save Yourself and the Ones You Love with the Hidden Healing Powers of Fruits & Vegetables

Anthony William
Publisher: Hay House

The highly anticipated new release from the groundbreaking, New York Times best-selling author of Medical Medium!
 
Experience the next level of medical revelations. Packed with information you won't find anywhere else about the Unforgiving Four-the threats responsible for the rise of illness-and the miraculous power of food to heal, this book gives you the ability to become your own health expert, so you can protect yourself, friends, family, and loved ones from symptoms, suffering, and disease. Unleash the hidden powers of fruits and vegetables and transform your life in the process.
 
Anthony Wiiliam, the Medical Medium, has helped tens of thousands of people heal from ailments that have been misdiagnosed or ineffectively treated-or that medical communities can't resolve. And he's done it all by listening to a divine voice that literally speaks into his ear, telling him what is at the root of people's pain or illness and what they need to do to be restored to health.

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Older, Faster, Stronger

Older, Faster, Stronger

What Women Runners Can Teach Us All About Living Younger, Longer

Margaret Webb
Publisher: Rodale

One part personal quest to discover running greatness after age 50, one part investigation into what the women's running boom can teach athletes about becoming fitter, stronger, and faster as we age, Older, Faster, Stronger is an engrossing narrative sure to inspire women of all ages. A former overweight smoker turned marathoner, Margaret Webb runs with elite older women, follows a high-performance training plan devised by experts, and examines research that shows how endurance training can stall aging. She then tests herself against the world's best older runners at the world masters games in Torino, Italy.

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O’s Little Book of Happiness

O’s Little Book of Happiness

O, The Oprah Magazine
Publisher: Flatiron Books

A collection of thoughtful and affecting writing on happiness—the first in a series of inspirational books from O, The Oprah Magazine.

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Wishes Fulfilled

Wishes Fulfilled

Mastering the Art of Manifesting

Wayne W. Dyer
Publisher: Hay House

This book is dedicated to your mastery of the art of realizing all your desires. The greatest gift you have been given is the gift of your imagination. Everything that now exists was once imagined. And everything that will ever exist must first be imagined.

Wishes Fulfilled is designed to take you on a voyage of discovery, wherein you can begin to tap into the amazing manifesting powers that you possess within you and create a life in which all that you imagine for yourself becomes a present fact.

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer explores, for the first time, the region of your highest self; and definitively shows you how you can truly change your concept of yourself, embark upon a God-realized way of living, and fulfill the spiritual truth that with God all things are possible – and 'all things' means that nothing is left out.

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Mystery

A Great Reckoning

A Great Reckoning

Louise Penny
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes.
Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets. To an old friend and older adversary. It leads the former Chief of Homicide for the Sûreté du Québec to places even he is afraid to go. But must.

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The Nature of the Beast

The Nature of the Beast

Louise Penny
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

New from #1 Globe and Mail and New York Times bestselling author, Louise Penny.

Hardly a day goes by when nine year old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. From alien invasions, to walking trees, to winged beasts in the woods, to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. Including Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache, who now live in the little Quebec village. But when the boy disappears, the villagers are faced with the possibility that one of his tall tales might have been true. 

And so begins a frantic search for the boy and the truth. What they uncover deep in the forest sets off a sequence of events that leads to murder, leads to an old crime, leads to an old betrayal. Leads right to the door of an old poet. And now it is now, writes Ruth Zardo. And the dark thing is here. A monster once visited Three Pines. And put down deep roots. And now, Ruth knows, it is back. 

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The Nature of the Beast

The Nature of the Beast

Louise Penny
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Hardly a day goes by when nine year old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. From alien invasions, to walking trees, to winged beasts in the woods, to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. Including Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache, who now live in the little Quebec village.
 
But when the boy disappears, the villagers are faced with the possibility that one of his tall tales might have been true.
 
And so begins a frantic search for the boy and the truth. What they uncover deep in the forest sets off a sequence of events that leads to murder, leads to an old crime, leads to an old betrayal. Leads right to the door of an old poet.
 
And now it is now, writes Ruth Zardo. And the dark thing is here. A monster once visited Three Pines. And put down deep roots. And now, Ruth knows, it is back. Armand Gamache, the former head of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec, must face the possibility that, in not believing the boy, he himself played a terrible part in what happens next.

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Mother's Day

150 Secrets to a Happy Wife

150 Secrets to a Happy Wife

Joe Gumm
Publisher: Sourcebooks

Joe Gumm knows how to please his wife-but that's only because he learned the hard way, by doing lots of stupid things first. Now he's giving men funny and poignant ideas to keep them out of the doghouse for good and remind women every day why they love their guys so much. Written in a comedic tone, guaranteed to have wives and husbands laughing together and nodding in recognition, 150 Secrets to a Happy Wife conquers the topic of how couples disconnect, especially after the kids are born, and more importantly how to reconnect through teamwork, compassion, humor, and romance.

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My Mom, Style Icon

My Mom, Style Icon

Piper Weiss
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Moms are people, too...fashionable people! Before we came along to yank on their skirts, they showed leg, sported killer bangs, and flaunted bikinis. Some even wore feathers and halter tops and drove around on motorcycles. Was their style shocking? Yes. Covetable? Absolutely. 

Based on Piper Weiss's hugely popular blog of the same name, this book features 200 color photographs from decades past of moms showing us how it's done. A perfect gift for mothers, daughters, and style mavens, My Mom, Style Icon is an entertaining celebration of the very first, and most important, style icon in a young woman's life.

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Why a Daughter Needs a Mom (Miniature Edition)

Why a Daughter Needs a Mom (Miniature Edition)

Gregory E. Lang
Publisher: Sourcebooks

The perfect gift to honor any mom, this mini edition of NYT bestselling author Greg Lang's classic, Why a Daughter Needs a Mom will be the perfect gift for a girl's most trusted friend. Filled with heartwarming text and touching photographs of mothers and daughters from various walks of life.

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Why a Son Needs a Mom (Miniature Edition)

Why a Son Needs a Mom (Miniature Edition)

Gregory E. Lang
Publisher: Sourcebooks

The perfect gift for a boy's lifelong fan, this mini edition of NYT bestselling author Greg Lang's classic, Why a Son Needs a Mom will bring together mothers and sons everywhere. Filled with heartwarming text and touching photographs of mothers and sons from various walks of life.

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Music

The Small Stakes

The Small Stakes

Music Posters

Jason Munn
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Renowned graphic artist Jason Munn, the one-man operation behind the studio The Small Stakes, is a leader in modern-day music poster design. Collected here for the first time are over 150 of his iconic posters for various bands, including Beck, Wilco, Built to Spill, the Flaming Lips, the Pixies, and many more. Unique in their conceptual elegance, Munn's silk-screened posters are widely appreciated for perfectly evoking each artist or band s character and distinctive sound. With a foreword by Death Cab for Cutie's bassist Nicolas Harmer, an interview conducted by prolific poster artist Jay Ryan, and 6-color printing that showcases metallic silver and gold, this book is a beautiful celebration of art and music.

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The White Stripes

The White Stripes

Under Great White Northern Lights

Photographs by Autumn de Wilde, Foreword by Jim Jarmusch
Publisher: Chronicle Books

In the weeks leading up to The White Stripes' tenth-anniversary show, the band embarked on an adventurous and unprecedented tour that took them to every province and territory in Canada—from ocean to permafrost—playing unusual venues to crowds of all sizes, and culminating with the anniversary show.

Photographer Autumn de Wilde traveled with the band into town and over tundra, capturing the beauty of the landscape, the exhilarating power of the live shows, the band's intense connection with their fans, and Jack and Meg White's on- and offstage lives, all with rare and candid access.

In nearly 300 color and black-and-white images, this remarkable book documents an epic journey and an amazing band

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Beck

Beck

Autumn de Wilde
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Over the past 15 years, photographer Autumn de Wilde and musician Beck Hansen's friendship and collaboration have yielded a body of work every bit as playful, innovative, and lyrical as his music. This beautifully designed volume—featuring a circular fold-out poster jacket—collects the best of these amazing photographs, including intimate portraits as well as images documenting the recording of his seminal album Mutations, and gorgeous photo sessions informed by Surrealism, Dada, Op Art, and other artistic influences. 

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Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie

Autumn De Wilde
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Over the course of six albums, from celebrated indie releases to #1 on the Billboard charts, Death Cab for Cutie's open-hearted pop has earned a large and devoted audience. Photographer and close friend to the band Autumn de Wilde has spent years documenting them, with unique access to their recording sessions, tours, and downtime. This book collects 200 of her candid and compelling images, including the recording of their Grammy-nominated breakthrough album Plans in a farmhouse turned studio in upstate New York. Also including conversations with and personal ephemera from the band, this is an intimate, must-have portrait for die-hard fans.

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Def Leppard

Def Leppard

The Definitive Visual History

Ross Halfin (photographer); foreword by Joe Elliot
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Def Leppard's unstoppable, anthemic hard rock has earned it sales of more than 65 million albums worldwide and a legion of dedicated fans. 

This fully authorized visual history of the band follows them from the new wave of British heavy metal to their massive Pyromania and Hysteria albums to the sustained power of their records and tours today. Legendary rock photographer Ross Halfin has been shooting Def Leppard since 1978, and his candid and definitive pictures have helped capture and shape the image of the band. 

Def Leppard includes more than 250 classic and unseen photographs, along with text from Halfin and stories and commentary by the band members and others. The book's publication coincides with the release of an all-new Def Leppard album in the spring and a worldwide tour in the summer.

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Eddie Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen

Photographs by Neil Zlozower; Foreword by Slash
Publisher: Chronicle Books

One of the most revolutionary and influential players ever to pick up a guitar, Eddie Van Halen's music and technique continue to energize legions of fans and guitarists around the world. This book of photographs and text focuses on the innovative early years of the band Van Halen, when Eddie burst on the scene and changed the face of electric guitarnplaying and melodic hard rock. More than 150 images of Eddie in action—both classic and never before seen—are complemented by text and testimony from dozens of famous guitarists, music writers, and many others. Featuring a foreword from Eddie himself, this is a must-have visual history of classic Van Halen.

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Elliott Smith

Elliott Smith

Autumn de Wilde
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Including a CD of unreleased live acoustic performances, 200 photos and revealing conversations with Smith's surviving friends, family and fellow musicians, Elliott Smith is the only book on the beloved and troubled singer/songwriter by those who knew him well. Written by a close friend, it is authorized by Smith's family.

A major indie-rock cult figure when he died, Smith's Beatlesque pop songs have left a deep mark on a generation of fans and musicians. His music in the film Good Will Hunting was nominated for an Oscar. His six albums have sold over a million copies worldwide and counting.


Musicians Beck Hansen and Chris Walla write the foreword, while interviews range from members of the bands Death Cab for Cutie and Nada Surf to Smith's roommate, his girlfriend and his manager. Accompanying these personal conversations are handwritten song lyrics and ephemera.

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Grateful Dead Scrapbook

Grateful Dead Scrapbook

The Long, Strange Trip in Stories, Photos and Memorabilia

Ben Fong-Torres
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Grateful Dead fans are legendary for their Dead-ication to the band and its enduring legacy of freewheeling musical exploration.The Grateful Dead Scrapbook collects rare removable memorabilia and evocative images culled from the Grateful Dead Archives at the University of California, Santa Cruz, including never-before-published photos, flyers, fan letters, and other ephemera. To accompany the eye-popping visuals, renowned journalist Ben Fong-Torres draws on his personal knowledge of the San Francisco music scene in a rich text that conveys the Grateful Dead's story in a fresh way, centering each chapter on a pivotal song that encapsulates a certain era of the group's songwriting, performance, and community. An attractive slipcase and an audio CD round out the book's beautiful design, delivering a richly illustrated volume as colorful as the band itself.

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Lennon Legend

Lennon Legend

An Illustrated Life of John Lennon

James Henke
Publisher: Chronicle Books

A celebration of the life, love, music and creativity of John Lennon, this illustrated biography features removable facsimiles of his handwritten lyrics and famous drawings as well as rare photographs, documents and other memorabilia drawn from Yoko Ono's personal archives and other sources.

The biographical text runs chronologically from Lennon's early years in Liverpool through to his death in New York City, with the focus on his life as a musician and artist. The 40 interactive elements cover his school days, the years with The Beatles, his career with Yoko Ono and his work as a solo artist. Besides the handwritten lyrics, mementoes include an early report card, a ticket to the Ed Sullivan Show, Yellow Submarine posters, drawings and a previously unpublished "Dear World" letter calling for world peace. Illustrated throughout with contemporary photographs, this innovative and interactive package is completed by a CD with a live recording of "Imagine" and several interviews with Lennon talking about his life and art.


James Henke is curator of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He wrote for Rolling Stone magazine for 16 years and is the author of Take You Higher and Lennon: His Life and Work.

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Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

Before He Was King

Todd Gray
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Photographer Todd Gray worked with Michael Jackson for several years before Jackson requested that he become his personal photographer, a relationship that began after a trip to Disneyland and encompassed Michael's time performing with the Jacksons through the release of his smash solo albums Off the Wall and Thriller. Michael Jackson: Before He Was King collects unseen and intimate photographs of Michael taken over a span of 10 years, from 1974 to 1983, just as he bloomed into unprecedented international stardom, but before he became insulated as the King of Pop. Throughout, Gray was granted personal access to Michael at home, with his family and fans, as well as to his incredible, career-making live performances and the video shoot for "Beat It."

Michael?s obvious comfort, candor, and pure joy shine through in the images. And Gray, a young black man not much older than Michael at the time they met, brings unique insights to his time with the singer. An introduction and narrative captions by Gray add context to the images, and together create an intimate portrait of Michael at his creative peak, as he grew from a brilliantly talented young man into a pop icon.

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Music Listography Journal

Music Listography Journal

Your Life in (Play)lists

Lisa Nola
Publisher: Chronicle Books

The newest addition to the smash-hit Listography series will have list-makers singing for joy! Loaded with a lovin' spoonful of music-inspired list topics ranging from traditional (top 20 favorite albums) to eclectic (favorite dance party playlist) to downright experimental (concerts you wish you could time travel back to), this journal gives music lovers a backstage pass to hours of list-making fun.

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My Way

My Way

An Autobiography

Paul Anka and David Dalton
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

The smooth, charismatic singer and songwriter in his own words—the long-awaited autobiography that reveals the drama of his life.

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Six-String Heroes

Six-String Heroes

Photographs of Great Guitarists

Neil Zlozower
Publisher: Chronicle Books

For nearly 40 years, legendary rock photographer Neil Zlozower has documented an astonishing who's who of the most influential players of rock and metal guitar from the 1970s to today.Six-String Heroes collects his killer shots of the best players ever to wield an axe, including candid, studio, and live photos of such giants as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Slash, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Dave Navarro, Dimebag Darrell, John Frusciante, Joe Satriani, Angus Young, and many more. With a foreword by Steve Vai, notes by Zlozower, and short texts by some of the guitarists themselves, Six-String Heroes captures the power and technique of the instrument through the lens of its legendary players a must-have for guitar fans everywhere.

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Taking Aim

Taking Aim

Unforgettable Rock and Roll Photographs Selected by Graham Nash

Graham Nash
Publisher: Chronicle Books

This handsome volume features vibrant photographs of some of the world?s most recognizable musicians, selected by Graham Nash, an internationally acclaimed artist of two media?photography and music?who is uniquely qualified in both worlds. Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, and Johnny Cash share pages with Kurt Cobain, Sting, Michael Stipe, and many others in shots by legendary photographers such as Daniel Kramer, Charles Peterson, Annie Leibovitz, and others. A rare collection, Taking Aim is destined for the shelves of both photo collectors and rock and roll fans.

 

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The Ultimate Metallica

The Ultimate Metallica

Ross Halfin
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Legendary music photographer Ross Halfin has documented Metallica for nearly 25 years, from their beginnings as a scrappy, furious garage band to their current status as the heaviest and most popular metal band in the world. The Ultimate Metallica collects the best of his amazing images, taken over the years with access granted exclusively to him as a friend to the band. These candid photographs-taken onstage, backstage, on and off tour-are supplemented by text from numerous people close to the band, including managers, engineers, roadies, and music writers, plus personal observations from the band members themselves. Including a foreword by Lars Ulrich, The Ultimate Metallica is a powerful and definitive collection of images and text, and a must-have for the band's fans around the world.

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Your Playlist Can Change Your Life

Your Playlist Can Change Your Life

Galina Mindlin, MD, PhD, Don DuRousseau, MBA and Joseph Cardillo, PhD
Publisher: Sourcebooks

From internationally renowned brain scientists, Your Playlist Can Change Your Life teaches how to use your favorite music to enhance your health, memory, organization, alertness, and more. Readers will learn how to use the power of music to attain increased levels of performance as well as enhance their ability to fight off the negatives of stress, insomnia, anxiety, depression, and even addiction. Based on author-conducted research that's not available anywhere else on shelf, this is a book that speaks to the music lover in all of us. Your Playlist Can Change Your Life offers a natural way to a better you simply by listening.

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Nonfiction

Adnan’s Story

Adnan’s Story

The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial

Rabia Chaudry
Publisher:

The cat walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears, and paws . . . 
 
In this glorious celebration of observation, curiosity, and imagination, Brendan Wenzel shows us the many lives of one cat, and how perspective shapes what we see. When you see a cat, what do you see?

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The Book of My Lives

The Book of My Lives

Aleksandar Hemon
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Like Hemon’s fiction, The Book of My Lives defies convention and expectation. It is a love song to two different cities; it is a heartbreaking paean to the bonds of family; it is a stirring exhortation to go out and play soccer—and not for the exercise. It is a book driven by passion but built on fierce intelligence, devastating experience, and sharp insight. And like the best narratives, it is a book that will leave you a different reader—a different person, with a new way of looking at the world—when you’ve finished. For fans of Hemon’s fiction, The Book of My Lives is simply indispensable; for the uninitiated, it is the perfect introduction to one of the great writers of our time.

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The Empathy Exams

The Empathy Exams

Essays

Leslie Jamison
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

From personal loss to phantom diseases, The Empathy Exams is a bold and brilliant collection of essays. It is winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and a Publishers Weekly top 10 essay collection for Spring 2014.

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Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden

Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden

Erin Benzakein and Julie Chai
Publisher: Chronicle Books

From Erin Benzakein, a leader in the locaflor farm-to-centerpiece movement and owner of internationally renowned Floret Flower Farm, Cut Flower Garden is equal parts instruction and inspiration-a book overflowing with lush photography of magnificent flowers and breathtaking arrangements organized by season. This beautiful guide to growing, harvesting, and arranging gorgeous blooms year-round gives readers vital tools to nurture a stunning flower garden and use their blossoms to create showstopping arrangements. With irresistible photos of Erin's flower farm that showcase exquisite blooms, tips for growing in a variety of spaces and climates as well as step-by-step instructions for lavish garlands, airy centerpieces, and romantic floral decor for every season, Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden informs and entices gardeners of all skill levels.

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Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck

Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck

Amy Alkon
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

To lead us out of the miasma of modern mannerlessness, science-based and bitingly funny syndicated advice columnist Amy Alkon rips the doily off the manners genre and gives us a new set of rules for our twenty-first century lives.

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The Guns at Last Light

The Guns at Last Light

The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945

Rick Atkinson
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

The magnificent conclusion to Rick Atkinson's acclaimed Liberation Trilogy about the Allied triumph in Europe during World War II.

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The Hare with Amber Eyes

The Hare with Amber Eyes

A Hidden Inheritance

Edmund de Waal
Publisher: Picador

An Economist Book of the Year

Costa Book Award Winner for Biography

Galaxy National Book Award Winner (New Writer of the Year Award)

Edmund de Waal is a world-famous ceramicist. Having spent thirty years making beautiful pots - which are then sold, collected, and handed on - he has a particular sense of the secret lives of objects. When he inherited a collection of 264 tiny Japanese wood and ivory carvings, called netsuke, he wanted to know who had touched and held them, and how the collection had managed to survive.

And so begins this extraordinarily moving memoir and detective story as de Waal discovers both the story of the netsuke and of his family, the Ephrussis, over five generations. A nineteenth-century banking dynasty in Paris and Vienna, the Ephrussis were as rich and respected as the Rothchilds. Yet by the end of the World War II, when the netsuke were hidden from the Nazis in Vienna, this collection of very small carvings was all that remained of their vast empire.

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Her

Her

A Memoir

Christa Parravani
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

A blazingly passionate memoir of identity and love: when a charismatic and troubled young woman dies tragically, her identical twin must struggle to survive.

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Humans of New York: Stories

Humans of New York: Stories

Brandon Stanton
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

The follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller Humans of New York 

In the summer of 2010, photographer Brandon Stanton began an ambitious project: to single-handedly create a photographic census of New York City. The photos he took and the accompanying interviews became the blog Humans of New York. His audience steadily grew from a few hundred followers to, at present count, over fifteen million. Ever since Brandon began interviewing people on the streets of New York, the dialogue he's had with them has increasingly become as in-depth, intriguing and moving as the photos themselves. Humans of New York: Stories presents a whole new group of people in stunning photographs, with a rich design and, most importantly, longer stories that delve deeper and surprise with greater candor. Let Brandon Stanton and the Humans of New York he's photographed astonish you all over again.

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Poser

Poser

My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses

Claire Dederer
Publisher: Picador

Poser is unlike any other book about yoga you will read-because it is actually a book about life. Witty and heartfelt, sharp and irreverent, is for anyone who has ever tried to stand on their head while keeping both feet on the ground.

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The Sixth Extinction

The Sixth Extinction

An Unnatural History

Elizabeth Kolbert
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes.

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The Trip to Echo Spring

The Trip to Echo Spring

On Writers and Drinking

Olivia Laing
Publisher: Picador

In The Trip to Echo Spring, Olivia Laing examines the link between creativity and alcohol through the work and lives of six of America's finest writers: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever, and Raymond Carver.

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The Unwinding

The Unwinding

An Inner History of the New America

George Packer
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A riveting examination of a nation in crisis, from one of the finest political journalists of our generation.

  • 2013 National Book Award Winner
  • Globe & Mail Top 10 Books of 2013
  • New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books 2013
  • Publishers Weekly Best Nonfiction Books 2013

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Visit Sunny Chernobyl

Visit Sunny Chernobyl

And Other Adventures in the World's Most Polluted Places

Andrew Blackwell
Publisher: Rodale

For most of us, travelling means visiting the most beautiful places on Earth-Paris, the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon. It's rare to book a plane ticket to visit the lifeless moonscape of Canada's oil sand strip mines, or to set sail for the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But in Visit Sunny Chernobyl, Andrew Blackwell embraces a different kind of travel, taking a jaunt through the most gruesomely polluted places on Earth.

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The Year Without Summer

The Year Without Summer

1816 and the Volcano That Darkened the World and Changed History

William K. Klingaman
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Like Winchester's Krakatoa, The Year Without Summer reveals a year of dramatic global change long forgotten by history.

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Obsessed With...

Obsessed With Star Wars

Obsessed With Star Wars

Benjamin Harper
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Even the most die-hard Star Wars fans will find themselves challenged by this entertaining new approach to the details of the saga. This fourth volume in the popular, addictive "Obsessed With..." series again includes an innovative scoring module right in the book, so a player can select questions by number or at random and keep score. With 2,500 original questions covering little known facts, entertaining quotes, and tough trivia from all six episodes, Obsessed With Star Wars will have readers dominating the galaxy in no time.

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Parenting

150 Secrets to a Happy Wife

150 Secrets to a Happy Wife

Joe Gumm
Publisher: Sourcebooks

Joe Gumm knows how to please his wife-but that's only because he learned the hard way, by doing lots of stupid things first. Now he's giving men funny and poignant ideas to keep them out of the doghouse for good and remind women every day why they love their guys so much. Written in a comedic tone, guaranteed to have wives and husbands laughing together and nodding in recognition, 150 Secrets to a Happy Wife conquers the topic of how couples disconnect, especially after the kids are born, and more importantly how to reconnect through teamwork, compassion, humor, and romance.

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Dirty Little Secrets from Otherwise Perfect Moms

Dirty Little Secrets from Otherwise Perfect Moms

Trisha Ashworth and Amy Nobile
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Trisha Ashworth and Amy Nobile conducted interviews with hundreds of mothers while researching their best-selling book I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids. It didn't take long before these moms began to reveal their Dirty Little Secrets—surprising, thought-provoking, guilty confessions they hadn't told anyone else. Cringe-worthy moments ("I bit my daughter's finger trying to steal a bite of her cookie.") meet real insights ("I love my kids but I didn't always. It took time to fall in love with them."). These are the private thoughts that every mom has—and every mom can relate to.

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How to Have Your Second Child First

How to Have Your Second Child First

100 Things That Would Have Been Good to Know the First Time Around

Kerry Colburn and Rob Sorenson
Publisher: Chronicle Books

As any parent of more than one child will tell you, things are much easier the second time around. In this warm and reassuring book, scores of real-life second-time parents offer first-timers their stories and lessons learned. One hundred accessible entries guide new parents through pregnancy and the first year of life, covering everything from birth plans and breast-feeding to finding a parental comfort zone. With a dose of patience and a sprinkling of humor, How to Have Your Second Child First helps first-timers navigate parenthood with the savvy and calm of moms and dads who have been there before twice.

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I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids

I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids

Reinventing Modern Motherhood

Trisha Ashworth and Amy Nobile
Publisher: Chronicle Books

What mother hasn't secretly thought along the lines of "I wonder if I could get my own apartment?" or "Is slowly browsing the aisles at Target by myself actually better than therapy?" Fresh from the front lines of modern motherhood comes a book that uncovers the guilty secrets of today's moms, in their own words. Brimming with true stories that will make moms everywhere laugh out loud and say amen, this girlfriend's guide to being a mom is both insightful and sincere.

Through over 100 interviews, the authors found that, past the first 20 minutes of touting the joys of motherhood, mothers everywhere were at some level unsure of whether they were doing a good job—and whether they even liked that job. Does passing off Safeway cookies as home-made make you a Bad Mom? Are you a Bad Mom because you screamed at a four-year-old who got up 12 times in one night? Without being academic, preachy or depressing, I Was a Really Good Mom diagnoses the craziness and extends a loving hand. Reading it is like having the best coffee klatch ever.

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The Kind Mama

The Kind Mama

A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning

Alicia Silverstone
Publisher: Rodale

 In The Kind Mama, Alicia Silverstone has created a comprehensive and practical guide empowering women to take charge of their fertility, pregnancy, and first 6 months with baby. Drawing on her own experience, as well as that of obstetricians, midwives, nutritionists, holistic health counsellors, and others, Silverstone offers advice on getting one's "baby house" in order through nutrient-rocking foods that heal and nourish, and, once pregnant, gentle ways to boost comfort, energy, and health during each trimester.

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My Mom, Style Icon

My Mom, Style Icon

Piper Weiss
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Moms are people, too...fashionable people! Before we came along to yank on their skirts, they showed leg, sported killer bangs, and flaunted bikinis. Some even wore feathers and halter tops and drove around on motorcycles. Was their style shocking? Yes. Covetable? Absolutely. 

Based on Piper Weiss's hugely popular blog of the same name, this book features 200 color photographs from decades past of moms showing us how it's done. A perfect gift for mothers, daughters, and style mavens, My Mom, Style Icon is an entertaining celebration of the very first, and most important, style icon in a young woman's life.

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This Is Ridiculous This Is Amazing

This Is Ridiculous This Is Amazing

Parenthood in 71 Lists

Jason Good
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Blogging sensation and family man Jason Good delivers a laugh-out-loud reminder that everything is easier and more fun when approached with a sense of humour—especially parenting. 

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Why a Daughter Needs a Mom (Miniature Edition)

Why a Daughter Needs a Mom (Miniature Edition)

Gregory E. Lang
Publisher: Sourcebooks

The perfect gift to honor any mom, this mini edition of NYT bestselling author Greg Lang's classic, Why a Daughter Needs a Mom will be the perfect gift for a girl's most trusted friend. Filled with heartwarming text and touching photographs of mothers and daughters from various walks of life.

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Why a Son Needs a Mom (Miniature Edition)

Why a Son Needs a Mom (Miniature Edition)

Gregory E. Lang
Publisher: Sourcebooks

The perfect gift for a boy's lifelong fan, this mini edition of NYT bestselling author Greg Lang's classic, Why a Son Needs a Mom will bring together mothers and sons everywhere. Filled with heartwarming text and touching photographs of mothers and sons from various walks of life.

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Religion

Mortal Sins

Mortal Sins

Sex, Crime, and the Era of Catholic Scandal

Michael D'Antonio
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

An explosive, sweeping account of the paedophile scandal that has sent the Catholic church into a tailspin and the fight to bring it to justice.

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Performing Arts

The World of Downton Abbey

The World of Downton Abbey

Jessica Fellowes
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Millions of American viewers were enthralled by the world of Downton Abbey, the mesmerizing TV drama of the aristocratic Crawley family - and their servants - on the verge of dramatic change. On the eve of Season 2 of the TV presentation, this gorgeous book - illustrated with sketches and research from the production team, as well as on-set photographs from both seasons - takes us even deeper into that world, with fresh insights into the story and characters as well as the social history.

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Photography

Bird

Bird

Andrew Zuckerman
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Turning his camera to the world of birds, Andrew Zuckerman has a created a new body of work showcasing more than 200 stunning photographs of nearly 75 different species. These winged creatures from exotic parrots to everyday sparrows, and endangered penguins to woody owls are captured with Zuckerman's painstaking perspective against a stark white background to reveal the vivid colors, textures, and personalities of each subject in extraordinary and exquisite detail. The ultimate art book for ornithologists and nature enthusiasts alike, Bird is a volume of sublime beauty.

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Creature

Creature

Andrew Zuckerman
Publisher: Chronicle Books

As delightful as it is thought-provoking, Creature is the first book of up-and-coming photographer Andrew Zuckerman's striking studio portraits of wild animals from around the world.

Shot against white backgrounds, 200 wild creatures-from leopards to parrots, bears to baboons-are depicted with a rare sensitivity, insight, humour and wonder. The portraits of baby animals are particularly appealing.

These astonishing images will appeal to animal and nature lovers, photography fans and anyone interested in the world around us and its many fragile, natural wonders. The book will also be of interest from an environmental perspective, as more and more people become concerned with preserving the natural world against such threats as climate change.

ANDREW ZUCKERMAN (New York) is a photographer and filmmaker.

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Disappearance of Darkness

Disappearance of Darkness

Photography at the End of the Analog Era

Robert Burley
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

Over the past decade, photographer Robert Burley has traveled the world documenting the abandonment and destruction of film-based photography, namely, the factories where film was produced and the labs that developed it. The Disappearance of Darkness is an elegiac reflection on the resilience of traditional art forms in the digital era and a vital commemoration of a century-old industry that seems to have disappeared overnight.

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Humans of New York

Humans of New York

Brandon Stanton
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Based on the blog with more than a million loyal fans, a beautiful, heartfelt, funny, and inspiring collection of photographs and stories capturing the spirit of a city.

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Instant

Instant

The Story of Polaroid

Christopher Bonanos
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

During the 1960s and '70s, Polaroid was the coolest technology company on earth. Like Apple, it was an innovation machine that cranked out one must-have product after another. Led by its own visionary genius founder, Edwin Land, Polaroid grew from a 1937 garage start-up into a billion-dollar pop-culture phenomenon. Instant tells the remarkable tale of Land's one-of-a-kind invention-from Polaroid's first instant camera to hit the market in 1948, to its meteoric rise in popularity and adoption by artists such as Ansel Adams, Andy Warhol, and Chuck Close, to the company's dramatic decline into bankruptcy in the late '90s and its unlikely resurrection in the digital age. 

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Power

Power

Portraits of World Leaders

Platon with David Remnick
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Power brings readers face to face with the major world leaders of today. 

In this one-of-a-kind collection, Platon, World Press Photographer of the Year, turns his lens on 150 current international leaders from across the political spectrum to create a profound portrait of global power. Shot within a twelve-month period at the United Nations, and captured with unique candor and insight, these photographs offer an intimate glimpse of the personalities behind the public faces of the world's most powerful decision-makers. 

With an incisive text by New Yorker editor and Pulitzer Prize winner David Remnick, this comprehensive historical record of our time is an essential volume for anyone interested in world politics.

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Tulip Anthology

Tulip Anthology

Ron van Dongen
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Coveted by kings and admired by gardeners in ancient and modern times alike, the tulip has nearly brought nations to moral and economic ruin. The Tulip Anthology is a beautiful and comprehensive celebration of this most astonishing and beloved of flowers. Ron van Dongen's lush color photography is paired with visual art from the last thousand years, as well as writings on the mystery and wonder of the tulip from throughout human history. A foreword by best-selling author and tulip expert Anna Pavord explores the bloom's rich cultural history and rounds out this vast and sumptuous anthology. A deluxe gift for flower lovers, this book rivals the beauty of the tulip itself.

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Self-Help

Don’t Let Anything Dull Your Sparkle

Don’t Let Anything Dull Your Sparkle

How to Break Free of Negativity and Drama

Doreen Virtue
Publisher: Hay House

Difficult relationships and challenging circumstances all come down to one thing: drama. In this groundbreaking book, Doreen Virtue guides you through the process of determining your Drama Quotient. You'll discover how much stress you are unnecessarily tolerating and absorbing from other people and situations—and you'll learn natural and scientifically supported methods for restoring peace and balance to your body and your life.

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The Five Thieves of Happiness

The Five Thieves of Happiness

John Izzo
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

Stop Seeking Happiness; Just Get Out of Its Way!
 
Happiness is our natural state, for each of us and for humanity as a whole, argues John Izzo. But that happiness is being stolen by insidious mental patterns that he depicts as thieves: the thief of control, the thief of conceit, the thief of coveting, the thief of consumption, and the thief of comfort. He discovered these thieves as he sought the true source of happiness during a year-long sabbatical, walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain and living in the Andes of Peru. This thoughtful and inspiring book describes the disguises these thieves wear, the tools they use to break into our hearts, and how to lock them out once and for all. Izzo shows how these same thieves of personal happiness are destroying society as well. This book will help us all discover, develop, and defend the happiness that is our true nature while creating a world we all want to live in.

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Life Loves You

Life Loves You

7 Spiritual Practices to Heal Your Life

Louise Hay and Robert Holden
Publisher: Hay House

International self-help icon Louise Hay teams up with respected happiness expert Robert Holden to present seven practical experiments that give you firsthand experience that the world works in your favor.
 
Life loves you and you have the power within you to create a life you love. Life loves you is one of Louise Hay's best-loved affirmations. It is the heart thought that represents her life and her work. Together, Louise and Robert Holden look at what life loves you really means-that life doesn't just happen to you; it happens for you. In a series of intimate and candid conversations, they dig deep into the power of love, the benevolent nature of reality, the friendly universe, and the heart of who we really are. Life Loves You is filled with inspiring stories and helpful meditations, prayers, and exercises.
 
Louise and Robert present a practical philosophy based on seven spiritual practices. Key themes cover: The Mirror Principle – practicing the how of self-love, Affirming Your Life – healing the ego's basic fear, Following Your Joy – trusting your inner guidance, Forgiving the Past – reclaiming your original innocence, Being Grateful Now – cultivating basic trust Learning to Receive – being undefended and open, Healing the Future – choosing love over fear.

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Making Life Easy

Making Life Easy

A Simple Guide to a Divinely Inspired Life

Christiane Northrup
Publisher: Hay House

You know Dr. Christiane Northrup as the best-selling author of books such as Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause - a beloved and trusted expert on everything that can gorightwith the female body. Now she brings her wisdom and insight to illuminate the mind, soul, and spirit as well.
 
In this joyfully encouraging new book - as useful for men as it is for women - Dr. Northrupexplores the essential truth that has guided her ever since medical school: our bodies, minds, and souls are profoundly intertwined. Making life flow with ease, and truly feeling your best, is about far more than physical health; it's also about having a healthy emotional life and a robust spiritual life. When you view your physical well-being in isolation, life can become a constant battle to make your body behave." When you acknowledge the deep connection between your beliefs and your biology and start to tune in to the Divine part of yourself, it's a whole new ballgame-and the first step in truly making your life easy.

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Resilience

Resilience

Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life

Eric Greitens
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

In 2012, Eric Greitens unexpectedly heard from a former SEAL comrade, a brother-in-arms he hadn't seen in a decade. Zach Walker had been one of the toughest of the tough. But ever since he returned home from war to his young family in a small logging town, he'd been struggling. Without a sense of purpose, plagued by PTSD, and masking his pain with heavy drinking, he needed help. Zach and Eric started writing and talking nearly every day, as Eric set down his thoughts on what it takes to build resilience in our lives.
 
Eric's letters-drawing on both his own experience and wisdom from ancient and modern thinkers-are now gathered and edited into this timeless guidebook. Greitens shows how we can build purpose, confront pain, practice compassion, develop a vocation, find a mentor, create happiness, and much more. Resilience is an inspiring meditation for the warrior in each of us.

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Trust

Trust

Mastering the 4 Essential Trusts: Trust in God, Trust in Yourself, Trust in Others, Trust in Life

Iyanla Vanzant
Publisher: Hay House

Trust in Self
Trust yourself because you are worthy of your own time, energy, attention, and love. You-as a demonstration of and representative of the presence of the Creator in the world-deserve and are worthy of your own trust . . . Trust yourself because it is the way you demonstrate that you are willing to embrace, engage, and enjoy life . . . Trust yourself because when the rubber meets the road, when all else fails, when everyone else has fallen by the wayside, you will know that you have always been and will always be there for you.
 
Trust in God
Trust in God because it is your sole purpose for being on the planet. Trust in God because you are a human being, prone to losing connection to and awareness of your good sense . . . Trust in God because it is the sure way that you will rise above your humanness into the truth of your authentic identity that is divine, purposeful, joyful, loving, and lovable . . . Trust in God because when you cannot do it-whatever it is-for yourself, God can do it through you and for you.
 
Trust in Others
Trust in others because it is the only way to fine-tune your instincts, deepen your ability to trust yourself, and learn the depth of your capacity to love and forgive . . . Trust in others because you need people to facilitate and support your mental, emotional, and spiritual growth. Even when your interactions and relationships are difficult, challenging, and uncomfortable, trust that you are growing. Trust in others because those whom you do trust-with or without good reason-will supportyou in recognizing the areas of your mind and heart that may still need loving care and attention.
 
Trust in Life
Trust the process of life because it is an incredible journey of wonder, adventure, and evolution that you can experience only in direct proportion to your willingness to trust it. Trust the process because life is on your side. Life wants to encourage you, inspire you, and motivate you, moment by moment, and that can happen only when you trust that life knows exactly what you need, and exactly when you need it . . . When you trust the process, you will deepen your awareness and understanding of who you are and the meaning of every person and experience you encounter.

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The Universe Has Your Back

The Universe Has Your Back

Gabrielle Bernstein
Publisher: Hay House

In her latest book, The Universe Has Your Back, New York Times best-selling author Gabrielle Bernstein teaches readers how to transform their fear into faith in order to live a divinely guided life. Each story and lesson in the book guides readers to release the blocks to what they most long for: happiness, security and clear direction. The lessons help readers relinquish the need to control so they can relax into a sense of certainty and freedom. Readers will learn to stop chasing life and truly live. 
 
Making the shift from fear to faith will give readers a sense of power in a world that all too often makes them feel utterly powerless. When the tragedies of the world seem overwhelming, this book will help guide them back to their true power.

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Politics

The Crisis of Zionism

The Crisis of Zionism

Peter Beinart
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

 

Israel's next great crisis may come not with the Palestinians or Iran but with young American Jews

A dramatic shift is taking place in Israel and America. In Israel, the deepening occupation of the West Bank is putting Israeli democracy at risk. In the United States, the refusal of major Jewish organizations to defend democracy in the Jewish state is alienating many young liberal Jews from Zionism itself. In the next generation, the liberal Zionist dream - the dream of a state that safeguards the Jewish people and cherishes democratic ideals - may die.

In The Crisis of Zionism, Peter Beinart lays out in chilling detail the looming danger to Israeli democracy and the American Jewish establishment's refusal to confront it. And he offers a fascinating, groundbreaking portrait of the two leaders at the center of the crisis: Barack Obama, America's first "Jewish president," a man steeped in the liberalism he learned from his many Jewish friends and mentors in Chicago; and Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister who considers liberalism the Jewish people's special curse. These two men embody fundamentally different visions not just of American and Israeli national interests but of the mission of the Jewish people itself.

Beinart concludes with provocative proposals for how the relationship between American Jews and Israel must change, and with an eloquent and moving appeal for American Jews to defend the dream of a democratic Jewish state before it is too late.

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The Unwinding

The Unwinding

An Inner History of the New America

George Packer
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A riveting examination of a nation in crisis, from one of the finest political journalists of our generation.

  • 2013 National Book Award Winner
  • Globe & Mail Top 10 Books of 2013
  • New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books 2013
  • Publishers Weekly Best Nonfiction Books 2013

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Spirituality

Don’t Let Anything Dull Your Sparkle

Don’t Let Anything Dull Your Sparkle

How to Break Free of Negativity and Drama

Doreen Virtue
Publisher: Hay House

Difficult relationships and challenging circumstances all come down to one thing: drama. In this groundbreaking book, Doreen Virtue guides you through the process of determining your Drama Quotient. You'll discover how much stress you are unnecessarily tolerating and absorbing from other people and situations—and you'll learn natural and scientifically supported methods for restoring peace and balance to your body and your life.

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Excuses Begone!

Excuses Begone!

How to Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking Habits

Wayne Dyer
Publisher: Hay House

In Excuses Begone! Dr. Wayne W. Dyer reveals how to change lifelong, self-defeating thinking patterns that prevent you from living at the highest levels of success, happiness, and health. You may know what to think but find it terribly difficult to change thinking habits that have been with you since childhood.

This business of changing habituated thinking patterns is really the business of eliminating the same old tired excuses. When you eliminate excuses that explain your shortcomings or failures, you'll awaken to your infinite possibilities. Removing the excuses involves examining these thinking habits under a new and truthful light.

In this groundbreaking work, Wayne presents a compendium of conscious and subconscious excuses employed by virtually everyone, along with a new paradigm that guides you to put those excuses to rest once and for all. You'll learn to apply specific questions to any excuse, and then proceed through the steps of the Excuses Begone! paradigm. The old habituated ways of thinking will melt away as you experience the joy of releasing excuses and the absurdity of hanging on to them. There are no excuses worth defending ever, even if they've always been part of your life.

This book represents Wayne's effort to help anyone whose self-defeating thoughts are persistently present, learn how to discard those old thinking habits, and discover the infinite possibilities of life!

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The Vortex

The Vortex

Where the Law of Attraction Assembles all Cooperative Relationships

Esther and Jerry Hicks
Publisher: Hay House

This Leading Edge work by Esther and Jerry Hicks, who present The Teachings of Abraham®, will help you understand every relationship you are currently involved in as well as every relationship you have ever experienced.

This book uncovers a myriad of false premises that are at the heart of every uncomfortable relationship issue, and guides you to a clear understanding of the powerful creative Vortex that has already assembled the relationships that you have desired. Abraham will show you how to enter that Vortex, where you will rendezvous with everything and everyone you have been looking for. Abraham says: "It is our desire to help you to solve the mystery of those seemingly impossible relationships; to sort out the details of joyously sharing your planet with billions of others; to rediscover the beauty of your differences; and, most of all, to reestablish the most important relationship of all: your relationship with the Eternal, Non-Physical Source that is really you. It is our desire that you experience an enhanced appreciation of your planet; your body; your family; your friends; your enemies; your government; your systems; your food; your finances; your animals; your work and your play; your purpose; your Source; your Soul; your past, your future, and your present..."

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Sports

Fixed

Fixed

Global Fixed-Gear Bike Culture

Andrew Edwards and Max Leonard
Publisher: Laurence King

Fixed-wheel cycling has today become the coolest form of urban transport, giving rise to a global fixed-wheel culture. Fixed is the first book to document fixed-wheel culture.


The authors have travelled to cities around the world to examine at first hand the intersections between the fixed-wheel bikeis design and its racing heritage, and the street style and customization that are at the heart of its current popularity. Interviews with sports-people, frame-builders and those at nexus of design, art and fixed-wheel culture give an insight into fixed-wheel design, philosophy and riding experience.

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Star Wars

Art Of Star Wars: Clone Wars

Art Of Star Wars: Clone Wars

Frank Parisi and Gary Scheppke
Publisher: Chronicle Books

The imaginations and passions of a whole new generation of Star Wars fans have been ignited byThe Clone Wars the new animated TV series from Lucasfilm; over 8 million viewers tuned in to watch the series' debut on Cartoon Network. This richly illustrated book is the only publication about the art and making of the popular series, giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at the immensely talented Lucasfilm Animation team and its groundbreaking work.

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The Bounty Hunter Code

The Bounty Hunter Code

From The Files of Boba Fett

Daniel Wallace, Ryder Windham and Jason Fry
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Legendary bounty hunter Boba Fett bound together two volumes of great personal significance: an edition of The Bounty Hunter's Guild Handbook, and a recruiting booklet issued by Death Watch, a secretive splinter group of Mandalorians. Together, these volumes make up The Bounty Hunter Code, detailing the skills needed to make a living beyond galactic law as well as the little-known history, philosophy, and gear of Death Watch. With notes from the books' former owners, this collection serves as a crucial guide to the bounty hunter's essential tools and techniques.

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Darth Vader and Son

Darth Vader and Son

Jeffrey Brown
Publisher: Chronicle Books

What if Darth Vader took an active role in raising his son? What if "Luke, I am your father" was just a stern admonishment from an annoyed dad? In this hilarious and sweet comic reimagining, Darth Vader is a dad like any other—except with all the baggage of being the Dark Lord of the Sith.

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Obsessed With Star Wars

Obsessed With Star Wars

Benjamin Harper
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Even the most die-hard Star Wars fans will find themselves challenged by this entertaining new approach to the details of the saga. This fourth volume in the popular, addictive "Obsessed With..." series again includes an innovative scoring module right in the book, so a player can select questions by number or at random and keep score. With 2,500 original questions covering little known facts, entertaining quotes, and tough trivia from all six episodes, Obsessed With Star Wars will have readers dominating the galaxy in no time.

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Sounds of Star Wars

Sounds of Star Wars

J. W. Rinzler
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Any Star Wars fan can mimic Darth Vader's voice or Chewbacca's roar with ease. But how many of them would be able to identify the lion's roar used in the sound of the Millennium Falcon's engine? In this aurally astonishing and visually engaging book, New York Times best-selling author J. W. Rinzler reveals the illuminating history of the sounds that make the Star Wars universe so believable, as recounted by their creator, legendary sound designer Ben Burtt. An attached sound module with an exterior speaker and headphone jack lets readers listen to more than 250 unique sound effects, and more than 300 photographs illustrate the epic s many memorable scenes. From the first films to the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars series, The Sounds of Star Wars is Star Wars as you've never heard it before.

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Star Wars Epic Yarns: A New Hope

Star Wars Epic Yarns: A New Hope

Jack Wang and Holman Wang
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Jedi apprentices and little princesses will delight in this (heart)felt retelling of the Star Wars saga. And so will Star Wars fans of any age! The series launches with the original trilogy, and every word counts in these small but perfectly formed yarns. That's because each volume features 12 iconic scenes, handcrafted in felt and pithily summarized in just a single word. 

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Vader’s Little Princess

Vader’s Little Princess

Jeffrey Brown
Publisher: Chronicle Books

In this irresistibly funny follow-up to the breakout bestseller Darth Vader and Son, Vader—Sith Lord and leader of the Galactic Empire—now faces the trials, joys, and mood swings of raising his daughter Leia as she grows from a sweet little girl into a rebellious teenager.

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Wildlife of Star Wars

Wildlife of Star Wars

Whitlach Carrau
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Now in paperback, this deluxe field guide offers a unique look at the creatures that populate the Star Wars galaxy. Packed with hundreds of detailed and colourful illustrations of exotic entities in a wide array of habitats, from the ice fields of Hoth and the pastures of Naboo to the concrete jungle of Coruscant, this entertaining and comprehensive classic also provides information on the mating habits, feeding patterns and defense mechanisms of these incredible beasts.

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Top Chef

Top Chef Cookbook

Top Chef Cookbook

Melcher Media
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Pack your knives and go ... straight to the bookstore. Top Chef presents the official companion cookbook to the No. 1 rated food show on cable television! Featuring 100 fabulous recipes from the first three seasons of the show, including dishes from the Elimination Rounds and the Quick-Fire Challenges, Top Chef Cookbook invites fans into the hottest kitchen on prime time. In-depth discussions with contestants, judges and crew reveal the inner workings of the show, and lavish photographs take readers behind-the-scenes into the Top Chef pantry and the competition sites.

Handsomely packaged with a canvas cover inspired by the chef’s jacket worn by each of the Top Chef contestants, this cookbook will have aspiring culinary contenders reliving classic show moments and relishing new recipes just in time to obsess over Padma’s outfits in Season 4.

“The best food companion on TV.” (Los Angeles Times)

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Top Chef Quickfire Challenge Game

Top Chef Quickfire Challenge Game

Top Chef
Publisher: Chronicle Books

The highest-rated food show on cable television serves up a hot new trivia game! Up to six people can play individually or more can form teams and vie for the glory — and the title — of Top Chef. Relive favorite episode moments by answering questions about the contestants, the judges, and the food. What part of the pig does ham come from — the belly, the hind leg, or the back? Which Top Chef judge earned three Michelin stars by the age of 26? Answer correctly and become Top Chef. Answer incorrectly and it’s time to ‘pack your knives and go!’

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Top Chef: the Quickfire Cookbook

Top Chef: the Quickfire Cookbook

Top Chef
Publisher: Chronicle Books

The much-anticipated follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Top Chef: The Cookbook is here! Drawing from all 5 seasons of the show, Top Chef: The Quickfire Cookbook features 75 of the best recipes — from Spike’s Pizza alla Greek to Stephanie’s Bittersweet Chocolate Cake — culled from the Top Chef Quickfire Challenges. Everything the home chef needs to assemble an impressive meal and channel the energy of the Quickfire kitchen is collected here, including advice on hosting a Quickfire Cocktail Party and staging Quickfire Challenges at home. Best of all, this book is spilling over with sidebar material, including tips for home chefs, interviews with contestants, fabulous photos, and fun trivia related to the chefs, dishes, and ingredients that make Top Chef a favourite.

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Travel

Carsick

Carsick

John Waters Hitchhikes Across America

John Waters
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A cross-country hitchhiking journey with America's most beloved weirdo.

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Cities Book

Cities Book

Lonely Planet
Publisher: Lonely Planet

Cities represent civilization and human achievement: they are bubbling microcosms of virtues and vices, vanguards of technology and creative pursuits, incubators of traditions and melting pots of diversity. More than half the world's population now lives in cities, and for travelers they hold an endless fascination. Every city has its own personality, in the form of its streets and buildings and in its human architecture. Taking our cue from the buzz on the street, we have captured the flavor of each city through the eyes of the typical citizen: hot conversation topics, urban myths, the best places to eat and rink and to seek out after dark. It's a tempting cocktail for the urban adventurer.

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Extreme Cuisine

Extreme Cuisine

Exotic Tastes from Around the World

Lonely Planet
Publisher: Lonely Planet

Imagine tucking into grasshoppers as you wander the Mercado Benito market in Oaxaca, Mexico, or chowing down on juicy witchetty grubs on your travels through Central Australia — such meals can be the perfect entrée to a culture. In this book you'll find over 50 delicacies that creep, crawl, sizzle and spit, where they originated from and wher eyou can experience them. You may not salivate over blood, scorpions, chicken's knees or partially digested coffee beans, but travel long enough and you're bound to meet someone who does. Extreme Cuisine is sure to challenge your idea of what makes good eating.

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Lonely Planet’s Beautiful World

Lonely Planet’s Beautiful World

Lonely Planet
Publisher: Lonely Planet

Journey to the planet's most magnificent places with Lonely Planet's Beautiful World—a thought-provoking portrait of our world. This lavishly produced hardback will help you see the planet as you've never seen it before, renewing your relationship with the place we call home.

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Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist

Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist

The 500 Best Experiences on the Planet - Ranked


Publisher: Lonely Planet

Lonely planet's list of the 500 most thrilling, memorable, downright interesting places on the planet—the ultimate travel bucketlist.

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A Moveable Feast

A Moveable Feast

Life-Changing Food Encounters Around the World

Don George (ed.)
Publisher: Lonely Planet

A Moveable Feast presents a collection of travellers' tales set around the world, written by a well-seasoned spectrum of contributors, from celebrity chefs and best-selling travel writers to never-before-published travellers. The theme threading through this delectable multi-course concoction will be the inimitable ability of food to inspire our serendipities, satiate our senses, and enlighten our journeys -- in short, to transform the planet into an endless all-you-can-eat buffet for mind, soul, and stomach.

A Moveable Feast includes 38 Stories from chefs, food writers & travel writers: Anthony Bourdain, Andrew Zimmern, Matthew Fort, Simon Winchester
Jan Morris, Henry Shukman, Alexander Lobrano, Larry Habegger, Pico Iyer, Lawrence Millman, Anthony Sattin, Naomi Duguid, Rhona McAdam, Tim Cahill, Stanley Stewart, Sean McLachlan, Laurence Mitchell, Amanda Jones, Doug Mack, Stefan Gates, David Downie, Mark Kurlansky, Liz MacDonald, Jeff Greenwald, Elisabeth Eaves, David Lebovitz, Matt Preston, Laura Fraser, Anita Breland, Emily Matchar, Jim Benning, Jeffrey Alford, William Sertl, Ruth Rabin, Andrew McCarthy, Karen Coates, John Newman and Johanna Gohmann.

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Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down

Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down

Rosecrans Baldwin
Publisher: Picador

“A Judd Apatow film in the waiting… Very, very funny.”—John Freeman, The Boston Globe

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The Travel Book

The Travel Book

A Journey Through Every Country in the World

Robert Reid
Publisher: Lonely Planet

Celebrate the world! 229 countries & destinations to explore , 817 beautiful images to inspire.

The international bestseller returns, with 100% all NEW images and text.

Bigger, brighter and bolder than ever, the second edition of Lonely Planet's definitive travel pictorial has been revised and updated to be even more inspiring than the last. The Travel Book captures the essence of every country on the planet through stunning photographs and atmospheric text. User-friendly A-to-Z coverage and double-page spreads of every country make this book a total delight - and an amazing gift.

Includes cultural insights, key facts and maps. Breathtaking photographs sourced from Lonely Planet's comprehensive image library, Lonely Planet Images.

"It just reminds me how much of the world there is still to see." --Tony Wheeler, Lonely Planet founder, 145 countries visited and counting ...

"This is a stunning book. From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, it's a classic coffee table book, best perused on a rainy afternoon with a cup of coffee in one hand and your passport in the other, just in case you get the urge to flee the country." --Digital Camera Magazine

"At a time when the world feels as if it's becoming a larger, more divided and increasingly impossible place to understand, let alone discover, The Travel Book is a reminder that the world is truly an amazing place." --The Age (Melbourne, Australia)

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The Travel Book

The Travel Book

A Journey Through Every Country in the World

Lonely Planet
Publisher:

Take a journey through every country in the world. 850 images. 230 countries. One complete picture.
 
With details of every United Nations-approved country in the world, and a few more principalities and dependencies besides, Lonely Planet's Travel Book is the ultimate introduction to a world of travel and the essential travel reference book for every household!

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The Traveller’s Guide to Planet Earth

The Traveller’s Guide to Planet Earth

The World as You've Never Experienced It Before

Lonely Planet
Publisher: Lonely Planet

You've seen the series, now it's time to see the world. In partnership with BBC Books we are proud to announce The Traveller's Guide to Planet Earth. This book enables readers to experience the world as they never have before. Visiting 50 destinations featured in the television series the book provides insight into the destination.

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Visit Sunny Chernobyl

Visit Sunny Chernobyl

And Other Adventures in the World's Most Polluted Places

Andrew Blackwell
Publisher: Rodale

For most of us, travelling means visiting the most beautiful places on Earth-Paris, the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon. It's rare to book a plane ticket to visit the lifeless moonscape of Canada's oil sand strip mines, or to set sail for the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But in Visit Sunny Chernobyl, Andrew Blackwell embraces a different kind of travel, taking a jaunt through the most gruesomely polluted places on Earth.

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Volunteer

Volunteer

A Traveller's Guide to Making a Difference Around the World

Lonely Planet
Publisher: Lonely Planet

Are you looking for a more meaningful travel experience?

Do you want to give back to the communities you visit, make a genuine connection with locals, meet like-minded travelers and build your skills?

International volunteering opens up all these opportunities, and this book has all the advice you need to get you there. Much more than just a resource directory, Volunteer is packed with invaluable information and full-color inspiration to get you planning your perfect short- or long-term volunteer experience anywhere in the world whether it's monitoring sea turtles in Greece, helping set up handicraft businesses in Ghana or building community centers in Guatemala! Features unique, user-friendly structure arranged by type of volunteering program. Over 170 organizations listed and reviewed. Dozens of seasoned volunteers share their experiences and top tips. Written by passionate, well-travelled LonelyPlanet authors advised by a team of experts in the field. Fully illustrated with color photographs of volunteers in action.

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Contemporary Women

All the Rage

All the Rage

Courtney Summers
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

The sheriff's son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything-friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy's only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when agirl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn't speak up. Nobody believed her the first time-and they certainly won't now-but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear.
 
With a shocking conclusion and writing that will absolutely knock you out, Courtney Summers' new novel All the Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women in a culture that refuses to protect them.

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Another Piece of My Heart

Another Piece of My Heart

Jane Green
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

From The New York Times bestselling author of Jemima J and The Beach House comes Jane Green’s most emotional and powerful novel yet: a story that explores the complications of a woman marrying into a ready-made family.

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Come Home

Come Home

Lisa Scottoline
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

From the New York Times bestselling author of Save Me comes an explosive novel about a woman faced with an impossible choice

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Confessions of a Wild Child

Confessions of a Wild Child

Jackie Collins
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

The prequel to all of Jackie Collin’s Lucky Santangelo novels, featuring a young, beautiful and headstrong teenaged Lucky, eager to taste the world of boys, sex, drugs and rock n’roll – on her way to becoming the kick ass woman Collins fans the world over adore.

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Everybody Rise

Everybody Rise

Stephanie Clifford
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

"Best novel of the summer."—Malcolm Gladwell

"A modern day Edith Wharton."—Elle Magazine

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Family Pictures

Family Pictures

Jane Green
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

New York Times bestseller Jane Green delivers a riveting novel about two women whose lives intersect when a shocking secret is revealed.

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Fly Away

Fly Away

Kristin Hannah
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

The #1 New York Times bestselling author returns to Firefly Lane with an emotionally-complex, heartwrenching novel about love, family, motherhood, loss, and redemption.

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The Good House

The Good House

Ann Leary
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

The Good House is by turns funny, poignant, and terrifying. A classic New England tale that lays bare the secrets of one little town, this spirited novel will stay with you long after the story has ended.

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How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky

How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky

Lydia Netzer
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Lydia Netzer, the award-winning author of Shine Shine Shine, weaves a mind-bending, heart-shattering love story that asks, "Can true love exist if it's been planned from birth?"

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If I Forget You

If I Forget You

Thomas Christopher Greene
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Two former lovers reconnect in this beautiful and haunting tale of great lost love from the critically acclaimed author of The Headmaster's Wife.

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Landline

Landline

Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

From New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell, comes a hilarious, heart-wrenching take on love, marriage, and magic phones.
 

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Save Me

Save Me

Lisa Scottoline
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

From the New York Times bestselling author of Think Twice and Look Again comes her most emotionally powerful novel yet, about mothers and daughters and the choices we have to make.

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Shine Shine Shine

Shine Shine Shine

Lydia Netzer
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

"Netzer deftly illuminates the bonds that transcend shortcomings and tragedy. Characterized by finely textured emotions and dramatic storytelling, Netzer's world will draw readers happily into its orbit." — Publishers Weekly

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Truly Madly Guilty

Truly Madly Guilty

Liane Moriarty
Publisher: Flatiron Books

Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. It's just a normal weekend. What could possibly go wrong? In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty turns her unique, razor-sharp eye towards three seemingly happy families.
 
Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there's anything they can count on, it's each other. Clementine and Erika are each other's oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don't hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vid's larger than life personalities there will be a welcome respite.
 
Two months later, it won't stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can't stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn't gone?

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The Weekenders

The Weekenders

Mary Kay Andrews
Publisher:

Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle, North Carolina. Others come only for the weekends-and the mix between the regulars and the weekenders" can sometimes make the sparks fly. Riley Griggs has a season of good times with friends and family ahead of her on Belle Isle when things take an unexpected turn. While waiting for her husband to arrive on the ferry one Friday afternoon, Riley is confronted by a process server who thrusts papers into her hand. And her husband is nowhere to be found.
 
So she turns to her island friends for help and support, but it turns out that each of them has their own secrets, and the clock is ticking as the mystery deepens… in a murderous way. Cocktail parties aside, Riley must find a way to investigate the secrets of Belle Island, the husband she might not really know, and the summer that could change everything.

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