Great Books for the Happy Homebody

Article by Jeremy

It often seems like the world revolves around business, but it’s important to remember that the domestic sphere is where lots of people find the most joy. The domestic gods and goddesses in your life are the glue that keeps the people you love together, not just by caring for them physically but by making a warm and welcoming environment for them to enjoy. Celebrate the unsung heroes of your home this holiday by choosing a book for them to snuggle up with.


A Reader's Book of Days: True Tales from the Lives and Works of Writers for Every Day of the Year Cover Image
By Tom Nissley, Joanna Neborsky (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780393239621
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 4th, 2013

This is the perfect literary companion for every day of the year! Nissley compiles famous dates from both the lives of celebrated authors and their most famous literary works, as well as a variety of book reviews and recommendations that will keep you well-read all year long.

Someone Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374281090
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - September 10th, 2013

McDermott’s latest proves that a novel doesn’t have to be small just because it’s quiet. This is the beautifully rendered story of one ordinary Irish-American woman’s life, defined by her place within her close-knit Brooklyn neighborhood and her compromised eyesight, which makes it difficult for her to see the world, both literally and figuratively, for what it truly is.

Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679644057
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Published: Random House - October 22nd, 2013

This two-time Poet Laureate of the United States is one of our most accessible versifiers, but that fortunately doesn’t mean his poetry is simplistic or unserious. Whether you’re a poetry aficionado or a first-time reader of verse, you’ll delight in the surprising, conversational, and ingenious poems collected here.

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062236678
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Published: Harper - November 5th, 2013

Patchett, celebrated author of novels like STATE OF WONDER and BEL CANTO, has been writing nonfiction for decades. This is a collection of her best essays, speeches, and articles, including pieces on her tumultuous love life, the joys and pains of writing, the perils of bookstore ownership, and her relationships with her friends, both human and canine.

Servants: A Downstairs History of Britain from the Nineteenth Century to Modern Times Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393241099
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 18th, 2013

As anyone who’s seen an episode of Downton Abbey can attest, British history looks very different when it’s viewed from the perspective of the servant classes. Lethbridge uses letters, interviews, and memoirs from servants employed by all sorts of British households in order to understand a crucial part of British history that has been often overlooked.

Living Well Is the Best Revenge Cover Image
ISBN: 9780870708978
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Published: Museum of Modern Art - December 31st, 2013

Originally published in 1971, this stylish biography examines the lives of Gerald and Sara Murphy, an influential American expatriate couple. Between living the Bohemian life in 1920s Paris and Antibes and hosting lavish house parties for the likes of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Cole Porter, Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso, Gerald Murphy also cultivated his own artistic side, enjoying a short-lived but influential career as a cubist painter.

The Flower Recipe Book Cover Image
ISBN: 9781579655303
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Published: Artisan Publishers - April 2nd, 2013

This innovative book from the founders of Studio Choo, San Francisco’s most sought-after floral design studio, shows readers how to make stunning, professional-quality flower arrangements using simple, step-by-step instructions and readily available blooms.

Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307958341
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 1st, 2013

Jane Franklin was smart, curious, and unusually bookish, just like her celebrated brother Benjamin. However, instead of becoming a famous politician, Jane was the poor mother of twelve children. By bringing Jane’s unique perspective to light, Lepore has created a new way of looking at early American history, as well as the project of history itself. A 2013 National Book Award Finalist.

The Breakfast Bible Cover Image
ISBN: 9781408804810
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - May 28th, 2013

If you have a breakfast fanatic on your gift list, search no further. This book examines the cultural history of breakfast and includes a miscellany of little-known breakfast facts and figures, as well as recipes for morning meals from all over the world.

The Taste of America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780714865829
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Published: Phaidon Press - October 14th, 2013

This one-of-a-kind guide to American cuisine is a comprehensive collection of the best regional food products made and enjoyed in the USA. Whether you’re looking for the finest grits, the best Wisconsin cheese, or the hottest hot sauce in Texas, Colman Andrews will show you how and where it’s made, and, better yet, how you can get your hands on some of your own.

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