Holiday Gift Ideas

It’s often difficult to find just the right book for someone who’s read it all, so I wanted to offer a few personal favorites from our booksellers;  gems you may have overlooked in your quest for the perfect gift.  These are but a few of those titles.  More to come in the following days and weeks.

 

Charley Harper’s Animal Kingdom- Todd Oldham and Charley Harper-AMMO publishing-$100.00

Celebrated designer Todd Oldham opens another treasure trove of unseen and unpublished illustrations in the AMMO Books release, “Charley Harper’s Animal Kingdom.” Todd has done it again by going deeper into Charley Harper’s extensive archive to create the ultimate companion to “An Illustrated Life” and present the absolute best of Charley’s previously hidden illustrations.
Ranging from bugs and birds to all creatures of land and sea from the bountiful imagination of the artist, animal lovers and fans of Charley alike will be thrilled with this stunning new collection. Featuring more than 300 previously unseen illustrations,

 

The Mini Minimalist: Simple Recipes for Satisfying Meals (Hardcover) Clarkson Potter-$19.95

Bestselling cookbook author and New York Times op-ed columnist Mark Bittman anthologizes his popular recipes from the Minimalist series in this easy-to-reference slipcase set of four miniature cookbooks: (1) Small Plates and Soups; (2) Pasta, Pizza, and Grains; (3) Meat, Fish, and Poultry; (4) Vegetables.

This boxed set contains over 160 recipes ideal for the harried chef who is still interested in serving delicious meals. Mark Bittman, renowned for the quick and easy recipes featured in his weekly New York Times food column, prunes his collection in order to minimize the effort and ingredients required for each dish featured in this anthology. The ideal size and packaging for gift giving, this small slipcase set of cookbooks makes a thoughtful housewarming or holiday gift for the everyday gourmand or novice chef.

 

Go with Me (Paperback)-Castle Freeman-Harper Perennial-$12.99

Someone MUST put this book into the hands of Joel and Ethan Coen. This spare little masterpiece packs more storytelling into it’s 160 pages than most books can provide in twice the length. Loose, funny, bloody and righteous; Go With Me is a tale that proves wit and cleverness can indeed outwit cruelty.

The story follows Lillian, a young woman recently relocated to a tiny Vermont logging town, who is menaced by a mysterious stalker named Blackway. This one man—who kills her cat, forces her boyfriend to flee the state in terror, and silently threatens her very existence—is a force little understood by the local figures to whom she turns for help. Yet, in this spare and powerful tale, Lillian enlists the powerful brute Nate and the curmudgeonly Lester to take the fight to her tormenter as a raggedy quartet of town elders ponders her likely fate.

 

State of Wonder (Paperback)-Ann Patchett-Harper Perrenial-$15.99

Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Ann Patchett returns with a provocative and assured novel of morality and miracles, science and sacrifice set in the Amazon rainforest. Infusing the narrative with the same ingenuity and emotional urgency that pervaded her acclaimed previous novels, Patchett delivers an  innovative tale of aspiration, exploration, and attachment in State of Wonder—a gripping adventure story and a profound look at the difficult choices we make in the name of discovery and love.

The Best American Short Stories 2012-Tom Perotta-editor-Mariner Books-$14.95

It is the business of the author to travel into the wilds of the human heart in order to bring back the experiences of life and love.  In this collection, Perotta has gathered up a  fine assembly of authors who travel the landscape of the human heart with skill and dexterity. We have Nathan Englander’s title story from his recent collection, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank; a story about the limits of faithfulness and love, Steven Millhauser’s Miracle Polish; a tale about the seductive limits of fantasy as they stack up against reality,Carol Anshaw’s The Speaker of The Language; about a young woman’s epiphanic and transitory experience of the complete joy of love. And then there’s Alice Munro’s Axis, a story with a nearly throwaway final sentence that amazes. If I have left any of this incredible range of storytellers out of this description it is because you must discover these facets for yourself.

 

 

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