Holiday Catalog: History, Biography, and Memoir

Americana: A 400-Year History of American Capitalism Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780399563799
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Published: Penguin Press - September 26th, 2017

Capitalism: can't live with it, can't live without it. But how did this economic structure, so dominant in the world, become the powerhouse it is now? Srinivasan takes an international look, not a strictly American one, in analyzing the movements and developments of capitalism over the course of 400 years, the people it has helped, and the people it has left behind. Perfect for fans of sweeping popular history that mixes the personal with the global.


Avedon: Something Personal Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780812994438
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - November 21st, 2017

The seminal biography of the great American photographer, Richard Avedon. Replete with reproductions of his renowned work and candid never-before-seen images, AVEDON: SOMETHING PERSONAL brings the notoriously private man behind the artist to the forefront. Written by his long-time studio director and an acclaimed art critic, this is the closest look we will get of this true American original. Any photography aficionado would be ecstatic to get this book for the holidays!


Bookshops: A Reader's History Cover Image
By Jorge Carrion, Peter Bush (Translator)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781771961745
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Published: Biblioasis - October 31st, 2017

As employees of an independent bookstore, we understand the importance of the bookstore as a social and cultural institution. In this travelogue essay, Carrion expounds on why bookshops matter by taking us around the world to observe the importance of ideas and community, both throughout history and in the present. Recommended for all book lovers.


The Bughouse: The Poetry, Politics, and Madness of Ezra Pound Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374284046
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Published: Farrar Straus and Giroux - November 7th, 2017

To put it mildly, Ezra Pound was a complicated figure. A great poet? Check. An influential critic? Check. A virulent fascist and antisemite? Yes, sadly, yes. More than ever, we're talking as a society about the separation between the personal and professional lives of famous artists, if such a separation is even possible. But THE BUGHOUSE is an unsentimental book that looks critically at Pound, his art and his politics, never excusing his actions but also analyzing why the man still enthralls us to this day. Fans of poetry and criticism will be fascinated.


Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316352536
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Published: Hachette Books - October 10th, 2017

A captivating and smoothly-written true account of women cryptographers during WWII. In the spirit of Hidden Figures, CODE GIRLS tells the story of the brilliant yet often unsung women quietly recruited to break enemy codes and thus save lives. For history buffs, feminists, and history lovers fond of stories that have largely gone untold. A fascinating and meticulously researched read (using archival documents from US Army and Navy code-breaking units both before and after the war), CODE GIRLS is a historical crowd-pleaser.


The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781594205811
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Published: Penguin Press - November 7th, 2017

Joseph Conrad was one of the greatest of all authors, and his seminal works, including HEART OF DARKNESS and THE SECRET AGENT, live on. But he was also a fascinating figure beyond his work, a world voyager who became an early explorer of globalization. THE DAWN WATCH tells his story, linking it to our contemporary globalized society. A great book for people who love literature and its connection to real life.


Don't Save Anything: Uncollected Essays, Articles, and Profiles Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781619029361
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - November 14th, 2017

Salter, who passed away in 2015, was always known as a "writer's writer," with careful prose that is both lyrical and restrained. This new volume of previously uncollected essays, articles, and profiles gives the reader some idea of what Salter was like outside of his award-winning fiction and nonfiction. Insights into authors he admired, travel writing, observations on military life, romance; these pages reveal a writer in love with the craft of writing and inquisitive of the world in which he lived. DON'T SAVE ANYTHING is an excellent companion for those already a fan of Salter's work or a great introduction to those coming to his writing for the first time.


Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781524731595
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 17th, 2017

Known for his record-breaking year in space, Astronaut Scott Kelly tells all in his memoir ENDURANCE about his experience in space, his lifetime of discovery, and what that means for the future. Kelly’s perseverance and determination turned an aimless and rambunctious boy from New Jersey into one of the few individuals to explore space. Filled with information about space, Endurance is overall an inspiring book.


Grant Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781594204876
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Published: Penguin Press - October 10th, 2017

Chernow's first book since his zeitgeist-fueling ALEXANDER HAMILTON is an encompassing yet nuanced portrait of Ulysses S. Grant--Civil War hero, statesman, and one tortured and complex human being. Destined to become the benchmark biography of our 18th president, GRANT is a great gift to give history buffs and Civil War enthusiasts this year. But we're all gonna have to wait for the musical.


The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781594634536
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 3rd, 2017

This winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction is as politically relevant today as it has been for the history of modern Russia. Told through the personal histories of four people living through the emergence of a democratic Russia, history can’t help but to repeat itself as the current political landscape is navigated. Gessen is a master journalist and this book is masterfully crafted.


The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781476794044
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Published: Touchstone Books - September 26th, 2017

Augusta says: "I grew up in North Carolina and we would visit the Biltmore Estate every year. The scale of this home is impressive but the history behind the house and its inhabitants is even more fascinating." Recommended for fans of architecture and early 20th century history buffs.


The Last of the Tsars: Nicholas II and the Russia Revolution Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781681775012
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Published: Pegasus Books - September 5th, 2017

Man oh man, what remains to be said about the Russians? A quick glance at the nightly news answers: a lot! This book, rooted in a potent historical period, tells the story of Tsar Nicholas II's last months of power. By anchoring his story in this slim period of history, Service, one of the world's great Russian historians, is paradoxically able to tell an even larger story about a major international player, and how that power radiates into the now.


Leonardo Da Vinci Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781501139154
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 17th, 2017

The author of the acclaimed bestsellers STEVE JOBS, EINSTEIN, and BENJAMIN FRANKLIN brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography. Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science.


Literally Me Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781501169519
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Published: Touchstone Books - October 24th, 2017

A humorous, beautifully illustrated collection of essays from a beloved Instagram star. In LITERALLY ME, Julie Houts creates a compendium of the modern woman and the conflicting messages she receives. In this book, her characters are constantly aware of the unnecessary pressures put upon women in society, and yet keep succumbing to them because, hell, the struggle is real, isn't it? A great gift item for any young woman you know.


Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts: Twelve Journeys Into the Medieval World Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781594206115
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Published: Penguin Press - October 24th, 2017

An absolutely gorgeous volume collecting the histories of some of the most famous illuminated manuscripts from around the world. In a book laden with full-color images, Sotheby's archivist de Hamel guides the reader through 12 of the most beautiful literary objects ever created. From the Book of Kells and beyond, this is a showstopper gift for anyone interested in medieval history, art, or literature.


Nowherelands: An Atlas of Vanished Countries 1840-1975 Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780500519905
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Published: Thames & Hudson - November 7th, 2017

Like a history book, but wittier, Berge’s NOWHERELANDS details the histories of countries that no longer exist. Some names are more familiar, some less, but these entries are each nonetheless intriguing and fascinating. Berge’s query into what makes a country a country is an excellent off-the-beaten-path choice for a history buff who "knows everything."


The Phoenix Years: Art, Resistance, and the Making of Modern China Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781681775272
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Published: Pegasus Books - October 3rd, 2017

THE PHOENIX YEARS is a personal cultural history of China through the eyes of Madeleine O’Dea, an Australian journalist. Situated on and off in the country from the years of 1976 to 2014, O’Dea portrays the intellectual excitement of nine bohemian writers, artists, poets, etc., along with deeper looks at her own views of the arts and literature. This is a fascinating look at history for anyone interested in the arts, memoir, travel, East Asia, the Cultural Revolution… The list goes on.


Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781250171672
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Published: Flatiron Books - November 14th, 2017

"Heartbreaking" is one of those buzzwords that gets thrown around a lot, but when the subject is Joe Biden, it's not an overstatement. PROMISE ME, DAD is a tough but hopeful read, in which the former Vice President chronicles the year in which his son, Beau, fought illness. We all know how this tragic story ends, but Biden, a natural storyteller, finds grace in hardship, writing an essential book for anyone who has lost somebody and understands that life, however imperfect thereafter, must go on.


Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780393245547
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 7th, 2017

The people who built this country during the American Revolution have become historical monuments, yes, but they were flesh and blood too, complicated people who made mistakes yet somehow ushered in a new era. REVOLUTION SONG tells story of the Revolution through six real characters, ranging from a British official to an African slave, creating a rich narrative work that's perfect for anyone who loves to see history come alive.


The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780393240801
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 12th, 2017

A great new history/cultural study from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of THE SWERVE. In his new book, Greenblatt examines the story of Adam and Eve, providing not just history but also an explanation/analysis of what the story has meant throughout the years, and how Adam and Eve have become such a recognized stand-in/analogue for so many aspects of humanity. Not just for the religious people in your life, but also for anyone who wonders how human attributes keep getting and rewritten across millennia.


Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780735224803
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Published: Viking - October 24th, 2017

Known for his appearances on The Daily Show and his podcast where he acts as judge over people’s everyday arguments, John Hodgman has brought his dead-pan humor to a new essayistic memoir, VACATIONLAND. In it, he observes the locals as he splits his time between his two vacation homes in Maine and Massachusetts, ponders his status as a “minor television personality,” and confronts the absurdities of adulthood.


The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983 - 1992 Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9781627791366
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - November 14th, 2017

Tina Brown is an overachiever who seems to have done pretty much everything editorial one can do, with her positions ranging from Tattler to The New Yorker. She's also the founder of The Daily Beast and a bestselling biographer. But of course, her highest profile assignment was reinventing Vanity Fair, and in this book, she tells her own story with the expected grace, humor, and candor. Perfect for aspiring journalists, and for people looking to find out the backstage sagas of how media ACTUALLY works.


The Vietnam War: An Intimate History Cover Image
$60.00
ISBN: 9780307700254
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 5th, 2017

Millions of American gave their rapt attention to Ken Burns' latest documentary on the Vietnam War. That's the thing about Burns' work: it appeals not only to history buffs but also people who just want to know more. This dense mix of photography and text is the perfect accompaniment to this series, putting between two covers what documentary film does so well. And just like the groundbreaking TV work of Burns, this book will enthrall history buffs while also teaching novices that history, it turns out, is endlessly fascinating.


The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780812998931
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Published: Random House - October 24th, 2017

Puchner creates an expansive world history of literature through 16 seminal works, from ancient texts to today's pop fiction. He digs deep into titles rediscovered (the Maya epic Popol Vuh) AND perpetually popular (Harry Potter, Tale of Genji). Discover the world through Puchner's history of writing, printing technology, and the book itself. Great for book lovers of all kinds, from lovers of the well-renowned classics to those who want to explore the deep cuts of book history.


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