Holiday Catalog: Society, Culture, and Politics

101 Movies to Watch Before You Die Cover Image
By Ricardo Cavolo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781910620250
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Published: Nobrow Press - November 7th, 2017

Movie reviews done as a graphic novel. The perfect book for film lovers and especially for those who keep track of their favorites, and even more especially for those who keep track of them over time, remembering them in the context of their life. Cavola’s choices are ecclectic, spanning everything from indies like Winter’s Bone to pop culture faves like Kill Bill, Ghostbusters, Pulp Fiction, and Clerks, to philosophical films like Interstellar and classics like Rear Window or La Dolce Vita, but also aggressively low brow giggles like American Pie. A great collection for any movie buff.

Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555977917
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 14th, 2017

BUNK is the cultural history of the year. Starting with the humbug artist, PT Barnum, award-winning poet Kevin Young traces a red thread through the history of hoaxes in America and finds race at its heart. From Barnum's "Whatsit?" to pseudoscience to Rachel Dolezal to the fake news of today, Young identifies a racial component playing off America's hopes and fears. An utterly absorbing work of nonfiction that is as entertaining as it is criticial, BUNK is perfect for the history buff who's read everything.

Chronicles of a Liquid Society Cover Image
By Umberto Eco, Richard Dixon (Translator)
ISBN: 9780544974487
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - November 14th, 2017

A posthumous essay collection by the great humanist writer Umberto Eco. Intriguing, intelligent and often hilarious. This collection focuses on our contemporary world and its follies.

Devotion (Why I Write) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780300218626
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Published: Yale University Press - September 12th, 2017

A beautiful, thought-provoking essay by the renowned writer and musician. Smith delves into the nature of inspiration and creative invention. Compact but profound, a book that begs to be read more than once.

Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501174445
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Published: Scribner Book Company - October 3rd, 2017

We've all encountered crisis, but how do we handle it? And what do we learn from it? These questions fascinate Harvard professor Koehn in FORGED IN CRISIS, which looks at five masters of crisis, from Abraham Lincoln to Rachel Carson, to see what lessons there are to glean. Inspirational but never trite, this book will appeal to anyone in a leadership position, or who loves probing accounts of the personalities involved in fraught historical moments.

God: A Human History Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553394726
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Published: Random House - November 7th, 2017

The Letters of Sylvia Plath Volume 1: 1940-1956 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062740434
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Published: Harper - October 17th, 2017

The first of two volumes, this enormous "autobigraphy-in-letters" shows another side of Plath's blazing talent. For fans of Plath's as well as anyone interested in the inner workings of a highly original mind.

Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers Cover Image
By Taisia Kitaiskaia, Katy Horan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781580056731
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Published: Seal Press (CA) - October 10th, 2017

The authors pair fabulous female writers throughout history with gorgeous illustrations, and tap into their witchy qualities in a series of brief, evocative lines. A great lookbook regarding the history of the women writers we adore. This is an inspiring, literary gift for readers and aspiring writers alike.

Maestros and Their Music: The Art and Alchemy of Conducting Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451494023
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - November 7th, 2017

Musicians may get all the attention, but who knows music better than conductors? Mauceri is one of the world's greatest, and in this rich new book, he tells the stories of his profession, showing that there's a lot more to the job than just waving an anemic-looking stick, and maybe even some drama that competes with the best stories of rock stars trashing rooms? But basically, conducting is classy, and come now, you KNOW you know someone who wants a damn classy read like this one.

A New Map of Wonders: A Journey in Search of Modern Marvels Cover Image
ISBN: 9780226291918
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Published: University of Chicago Press - November 15th, 2017

Paris: Through a Fashion Eye Cover Image
ISBN: 9781743792476
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Published: Hardie Grant Books - October 17th, 2017

Megan Hess is one of most recognized and famous fashion illustrators. In her second book in the series THROUGH A FASHION EYE, Hess takes you through the heart of Parisian fashion and culture. You will explore the top hotels, boutiques, and restaurants, all while giving you insights into fashion designers from Coco Chanel to Louis-Francois Cartier. She also shares her favorite places to shop. A must-have for lovers of fashion, France, or Paris.

Stephen Colbert's Midnight Confessions Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501169007
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 5th, 2017

Stephen Colbert, as it turns out, has been a very naughty boy. MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS, an extention of a beloved segment from his Late Show, is humorous and irreverent, a look at a contemporary American icon through a decidedly, um, unflattering lens. A great work of comedy, and a terrific gift item for the TV lover in your life.

What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616207823
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Published: Algonquin Books - November 7th, 2017

Beloved native Houstonian and legendary journalist Dan Rather delivers more than six decades of wisdom in the form of essays defining patriotism. Rather’s experience is invaluable and honest. America NEEDS this book!

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