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The History Buff

The History Buff will almost exclusively focus on weighty tomes of nonfiction--especially history (of course) and biography; will also be interested in current events/politics titles and business titles that relate to historic trends 

A History of Life in 100 Fossils Cover Image
ISBN: 9781588344823
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Published: Smithsonian Books - October 14th, 2014

The Smithsonian Institution presents an intriguing overview of evolution through 100 representative fossils, ranging from one-celled organisms to early humans. A HISTORY OF LIFE IN 100 FOSSILS is loaded with a plethora of amazing photographs and illustrations, accompanied by highly informative summaries of the signifcance of these particular rungs in the evolutionary ladder. THE perfect gift for natural history lovers.

Mark Twain's America: A Celebration in Words and Images Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316209397
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 21st, 2014

Lavishly illustrated with photographs and artifacts from the Library of Congress, MARK TWAIN'S AMERICA is a beautiful pictorial biography of Twain and his time. This magnificent volume covers both his private and public lives, presenting Twain in his historical context, while also showing why he is still so relevant today. Guided by Harry Katz's vibrant narrative and including excerpts from Twain's own writing, MARK TWAIN'S AMERICA is sure will appeal to both American history and literature buffs.

Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda and the CIA Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802123145
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - August 19th, 2014

AGENT STORM is the thrilling true story of contemporary terrorist and double agent, Morten Storm. A young Dutch man who converted to Islam and became mixed up in Al Qaeda, Storm eventually flipped and became a spy for the CIA, MI6 and Dutch intelligence, providing information that directly led to the execution of his mentor and American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki. With unprecedented insight into the culture of terrorist and intelligence organizations alike, AGENT STORM is THE spy story of our era. A must-have for any espionage enthusiast or current events connisseur.

The West Point History of the Civil War (West Point History of Warfare #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476782621
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 21st, 2014

Replete with meticulous detailed maps, photographs, primary materials, and expert strategic analysis, THE WEST POINT HISTORY OF THE CIVIL WAR is the most comprehensive military history of the War of the War Between the States ever compiled. Straight from the archives of the United States Military Academy, this is the same information they teach their cadets. Simply a must-have for any military history buff or Civil War nut.

The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476708690
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Simon & Schuster - October 7th, 2014

In Walter Isaacson's inimitable style, THE INNOVATORS profiles the pioneers and accomplishments that led us into the digital world. Including chapters on Ada Lovelace, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Alan Turing and other influential figures in computer science, this is the history of our present. Sure to be pure gold this holiday season, THE INNOVATORS is a perfect gift for readers of science and history.

Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062127181
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Published: Harper - November 11th, 2014

Trying to find something for the history buff whose read absolutely everything? LIVES IN RUINS is a detailed and thrilling look into the lives of archaelogists and their occupational obsessions. This is an entirely new way to experience history--through the lives of those who search for and preserve it every day for the rest of us. Filled with rare stories ranging from mummies to the American Revolution, LIVES IN RUINS is as entertaining as it is fascinating.

Writing History in the Global Era Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393239249
Availability: Backordered
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 15th, 2014

As important as the study of history, is understanding the viewpoint from which it is written. WRITING HISTORY IN THE GLOBAL ERA provides an accessible look at historiography and how the conception of history has changed over time. However, it goes beyond that noble endeavor and also explores the changes that still need to be made in this age of globalization in order to make the study of human history more inclusive and relevant to our time. A great gift idea for the history buff who has read everything, WRITING HISTORY IN THE GLOBAL ERA will also appeal to those interested in cultural studies and theories of writing.

The Fortunes of Africa: A 5000-Year History of Wealth, Greed, and Endeavor Cover Image
ISBN: 9781610394598
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Published: PublicAffairs - October 14th, 2014

Noted expert on Africa, Martin Meredith, surveys 5000 years of the continent's history, from the empires of the Egyptian pharoahs, to the horrors of colonization and the Middle Passage, right up to the myriad present day issues facing the land and its people. THE FORTUNES OF AFRICA is a profound work, almost assured to become a seminal text of African history. For readers who enjoy nothing more than poring over a hefty, epic historical tome, it doesn't get any better than THE FORTUNES OF AFRICA.

Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385531207
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Published: Doubleday Books - October 28th, 2014

This rousing biography draws on numerous, varied sources from across centuries and continents to create a new portrayal of Joan of Arc and why her short life has so resonated throughout time. JOAN OF ARC: A LIFE TRANSFIGURED looks at the contrasting images of this legendary heroine, culminating in a revealing and revitalizing narrative. This is sure to be a hit with fans of biography, world history, religion, and culture.

All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307273383
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 30th, 2014

A work of political history that charts the fall of Gary Hart, a once-promising Democrat brought down by a sex scandal in 1987. This clear-eyed book argues that Hart’s downfall gave rise to something now commonplace: tabloid politics. A book for political and news junkies—those who remember Hart, and also those starting to pay attention to this country.

The Woman Who Would Be King Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307956767
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - October 14th, 2014

Fans of Egypt and books about strong historical figures will delight in this lucid biography of Hatshepsut, a young woman who, in 1478 BCE, became Egypt’s second female pharaoh. But this isn’t just a book for history junkies. This story—full of political intrigue and issues of gender—echoes our present day and resonates still.

Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans Cover Image
ISBN: 9780770437060
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - October 28th, 2014

Millions of Americans are fascinated by New Orleans. Do you know one of those people? This book—the definitive account of the modernization of New Orleans—focuses on Tom Anderson, czar of Storyville, a man of vice. As colorful and fascinating as an HBO miniseries, this wild historical tale will delight lovers of deliciously decadent stories.

The Professional

The Professional is always concerned with the now or looking forward to the next big thing; interested in architecture, current events, science/technology and, always the entrepreneur, business; wants to know how the man-made world works and how that knowledge can be used to their advantage 

Atlas of Cities Cover Image
By Paul Knox (Editor), Richard Florida (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780691157818
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Published: Princeton University Press - August 24th, 2014

A brilliant and unique atlas of urbanism and the evolution of cities. THE ATLAS OF CITIES is divided by category--networked, foundational, green, and more--and postulates what cities of the future might be like. No other book on cities is quite like this one. This indispensable volume and a perfect gift idea for architects and anyone interested in urban studies.

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804139298
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Published: Currency - September 16th, 2014

From Peter Thiel, the billionaire entrepreneur who co-founded PayPal and invested in a nacent Facebook, ZERO TO ONE is an empowering business guide to creating and developing successful start-ups. Thiel puts the focus on the next big thing as opposed to recreating what's already been done. This is the business book and inspirational guide for any forward-thinking creative-type who wants to help build the future.

How to Kill a Unicorn: How the World's Hottest Innovation Factory Builds Bold Ideas That Make It to Market Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804138734
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Published: Crown Business - October 7th, 2014

Today's fast-paced business world revolves around one concept--innovation. And no one is better about developing and marketing innovative products successfully than Fahrenheit 212 founder, Mark Payne. In HOW TO KILL A UNICORN, Payne guides the reader step-by-step through the process of his groundbreaking firm, presenting their unique methodology of combining creativity and business acumen. And you got to love that title!

Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062302458
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Published: HarperBusiness - September 9th, 2014

Drawing on examples from business, world history and celebrity icons, prolific business/technology writer Shane Snow explores people who accomplish amazing things in very short periods of time. SMARTCUTS is written in the style of an adventure narrative that's as fun to read as it is informative. The perfect gift for the up-and-coming entrepeneur striving to make their mark.

How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594632969
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 30th, 2014

Our world is filled with technologies we take for granted—refrigerators, clocks, purified water—but have you ever wondered about the origins of such ubiquitous features of modern life? This book, written in a fast and appealing style, traces the development of some of today’s key technologies. A perfect book for thoughtful people who like to slow down and analyze the world.

Ada's Algorithm: How Lord Byron's Daughter ADA Lovelace Launched the Digital Age Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612194080
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Published: Melville House Publishing - October 14th, 2014

ADA'S ALGORITHM is a fascinating look into the life of Lord Byron's daughter--Ada Lovelace--who created of the world's first computer program before electricity even existed! A true visionary and digital pioneer, Lovelace's contributions to computer science have long been overlooked due to her gender and the time in which she lived. This illuminating biography returns her to her rightful place. ADA'S ALGORITHM would make a terrific gift for readers interested in technology, history, and biographies of remarkable women.

The Glass Cage: Automation and Us Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393240764
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 29th, 2014

Pulitzer finalist Carr, explores the benefits and drawbacks of our ever more automated world in THE GLASS CAGE. Drawing on extensive neurological, psychological and historical research, he makes the case for reconsidering automation's dominion over our lives. A cogent, timely book by an expert science writer, THE GLASS CAGE is perfect for readers interested in the intersection between technology, philosophy and human behavior.

How Google Works Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455582341
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 23rd, 2014

From the bigwigs at Google comes this revealing look into the working environment and creative philosophy that have made Google the giant success it is. Replete with insider anecdotes and the stratagems that have helped to encourage and develop Google's numerous innovations, HOW GOOGLE WORKS is the perfect gift for anyone looking for inspiration to take their business practices to the nth degree.

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451697384
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Simon & Schuster - September 16th, 2014

Shock Doctrine author Naomi Klein's newest book, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING, explores the relationship between capitalism and climate change and how they influence one another in today's world. Sure to be provocative and insightful, Klein makes the case for abandoning capitalism in order to save both our economy and our planet. A great idea for political and environmental activists, or anyone interested in global current events.

A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385349918
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 23rd, 2014

From the authors of Half the Sky, a new book on how to become a global citizen and a positive force through philanthropy. A PATH APPEARS spans the earth, profiling numerous individuals working for the collective good and providing practical advice for making a difference yourself. An inspirational affirmation of what people can accomplish together, A PATH APPEARS is just the gift for idealists who want to help change the world for the better.

Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781610394550
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Published: PublicAffairs - November 11th, 2014

Part travelogue, part expose of the strange new world that is modern Russia, NOTHING IS TRUE AND EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE just might be the most interesting book you read this year. Religious biker gangs, Putin's propagandists, Russia's new elites with untold amounts of money, they all play a part in this surreal odyssey. Perfect for readers of current events, world history and cultural studies--or anyone who believes truth is stranger than fiction.

Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374280604
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - October 7th, 2014

LA Times book editor and author Hector Tobar was the only journalist granted exclusive access to the stories of the 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for more than two months when their shoddy mine collapsed in 2010. A riveting work of reportage, DEEP DOWN DARK is the only authorized account of this real-life adventure story that captivated the world. A great idea for readers of survial stories, current events and tales of human endurance.

The Homebody

The Homebody would rather stay in and relax than have a rousing adventure; looking for lighter reading like humorous fiction and fun, gifty books; will also be into the domestic realm and want cookbooks, interior design and other titles that focus on the beauty of the home; may also be armchair travelers and want titles that bring the world to them 

Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594486296
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 10th, 2014

The effervescent Lamott returns with a profound collection of essays that cover wide-ranging subjects: competition with other moms, dying with dignity, Internet dating, and more! Throughout everything, Lamott is optimistic, finding, as the book’s subtitle suggests, improbable moments of grace. Grab this book for a friend who needs some wisdom, or who needs a reminder that the world, for all its warts, can be an awfully lovely place.

The Pollan Family Table: The Best Recipes and Kitchen Wisdom for Delicious, Healthy Family Meals Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476746371
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Scribner Book Company - October 28th, 2014

Know a food lover with a big family to feed? Take some advice from one of the foodiest families around—the Pollans! So what are you hungry for? Sweet and hot sausage hero melt? Beer-battered fish tacos? Brussels sprouts and pine nuts? These mouth-watering recipes are easy to follow and will delight anyone who cherishes time in the kitchen.

An Amorous Discourse in the Suburbs of Hell Cover Image
ISBN: 9781908276469
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Published: And Other Stories - October 7th, 2014

Are you a person whose microwave dreams of them—whose favorite activity is chatting with the mailman? Or are you someone glittering, romantic, in search of “a clang! a clamour! a new expression!”? In this book-length poem, two lovers—one an accountant, another an angel—debate these opposing points of view. The result? Luminous, funny verse, perfect for any poetry-lover or romantic.

Daily Dishonesty Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419714030
Availability: Backordered
Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 2nd, 2014

How many lies do you tell each day? I don’t mean big ones. I mean small ones, like, “I won’t eat all of the French fries,” or, “I know exactly how you feel,” or, “Me too.” This beautifully illustrated book—envisioned during an evening of wine and cheese—is the perfect gift item: funny, sassy, erudite. For that close friend with whom you’ve shared the most harmless of daily dishonesties.

How to Eataly: A Guide to Buying, Cooking, and Eating Italian Food Cover Image
By Eataly, Mario Batali (Foreword by), Lidia Bastianich (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780847843350
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Published: Rizzoli International Publications - September 30th, 2014

Do you know somebody who loves Italian food? They’ll want to learn from the experts! With this book—assembled by the folks at Eataly, the world’s foremost Italian market—you’ll not only learn about the best ingredients, but you’ll also find delicious recipes written so artfully that anyone could understand them. The cook in your life will love this beautiful book. Yum!

The Jane Austen Rules: A Classic Guide to Modern Love Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612193823
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Published: Melville House Publishing - October 14th, 2014

“The novels of Jane Austen are still our safest guide to the rough-and-tumble course that is true love.” So writes author Murphy in her introduction to this slim, witty volume—a book that takes wisdom from Austen’s work and applies it to contemporary romance in smart and surprising ways. Know an Austen lover, or somebody looking for a erudite guide to dating? They’ll love this book.

My Favorite Things Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062122971
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Published: Harper Design - October 21st, 2014

Which personal possessions define who you are? This volume collects images and writing about objects—paintings, photographs, books—from Kalman’s personal collection and also from Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. In the process, it becomes a love song to objects, and also a sort of autobiography told through possessions—exactly the way so many of us like to tell our own stories. Perfect for the sentimental collector in your life.

Collected: Living with the Things You Love Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419713958
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 14th, 2014

This gorgeous book is a dream for collectors! Consisting of photographic tours of collections around the world—from sewing tools to sand—this expansive work not only presents collections but also replicates the thrill of the hunt, suggesting great psychological truths about why people bring objects into their homes and arrange them for display.

The Biographical Dictionary of Literary Failure Cover Image
By C. D. Rose, Andrew Gallix (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781612193786
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Published: Melville House Publishing - November 4th, 2014

You’ve no doubt heard of Franz Kafka, but have you heard of Hans Kafka, born across the street? Despite his literary ambitions, poor Hans never quite made it, falling into obscurity. This book collects dozens of satirical stories like Hans Kafka’s, forming a hilarious alternate history of the written word. Literature snobs with a sense of humor will love this.

Room: Inside Contemporary Interiors Cover Image
By The Editors of Phaidon Press, Nacho Alegre (Contribution by), Aric Chen (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9780714867441
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Published: Phaidon Press - October 20th, 2014

This book proves that interior design is an art of its own. Leaf through this tome of cutting edge interiors from around the world, and you’ll be blown away by everything, from a “box-like chestnut-wood” restaurant in Barcelona to the Rain Room in London, where people can walk through the rain without getting wet. For design nerds and young urbanites in need of a killer coffee table book.

On the Edge Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250046017
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Published: Picador USA - October 14th, 2014

An early novel from the acclaimed St. Aubyn, available in the United States for the first time. In this fast, fun book, a merchant banker falls under the spell of New Age-y woman and abandons his life to follow her to California. A delightful satire of both conformity and nonconformity, give this book to the fiction addict in your life who loves a quick, smart read.

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How to Build a Girl: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062335975
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Harper - September 23rd, 2014

What happens when a fourteen-year-old girl gets sick of her failed-rock-star father, her overabundance of siblings, and government assistance? She transforms herself into Dolly Wilde, a sexy, scathing music journalist. A raw, charming, funny debut, perfect for teenagers who run from the mainstream, and for fans of sharp and imaginative literary fiction.

The Texan

The Texan is looking for all things Texas--cookbooks, eye-catching photography, some Texas-based fiction, and nonfiction about how awesome the Lone Star State is.

Hill Country Houses: Inspired Living in a Legendary Texas Landscape Cover Image
ISBN: 9781580933780
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Monacelli Press - October 7th, 2014

This big, beautiful limited edition monograph of big, beautiful Texas hill country houses is simply jaw-dropping. A variety of stunning residences, with designs ranging from rustic charm to contemporary opulence, are featured. Focusing on both architecture and interior design, HILL COUNTRY HOUSES is the perfect gift for anyone who appreciates the art of beautiful and oh-so-Texan homes.

The Devil's Backbone Cover Image
By Bill Wittliff, Jack Unruh (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780292759954
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Published: University of Texas Press - October 1st, 2014

The great Bill Wittliff presents a chilling illustrated novel of the Texas frontier, centering on an unnamed child trying to escape his abusive, domineering father. Adventures and discoveries abound! THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE is the perfect work of fiction for the Texas-fanatic in your life, and it will definitely please fans of Cormac McCarthy and Larry McMurtry.

Jack Allen's Kitchen: Celebrating the Tastes of Texas Cover Image
ISBN: 9780292763593
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Published: Jack Allen's Kitchen Restaurants - October 15th, 2014

Jack Allen's Kitchen has been making sensational farm-to-table fare in Central Texas for years, and now this popular chef has his own cookbook! JACK ALLEN'S KITCHEN inculdes some of the restaurants signature dishes, as well as remarkable food and beverage from across the state. A love letter to Texas food and the people who make it possible, JACK ALLEN'S KITCHEN is quintessential Texas.

The Face of Texas Cover Image
ISBN: 9780292761094
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Published: University of Texas Press - September 30th, 2014

Willie Nelson! Lady Bird Johnson! Kinky Friedman! All the icons that make Texas such a special place are featured in THE FACE OF TEXAS. Terrific photographic portraits accompanied by brief yet revealing biographical profiles make this the ultimate coffee table book for any Texan!

Marfa Flights: Aerial Views of Big Bend Country (Tarleton State University Southwestern Studies in the Humanities #26) Cover Image
By Paul V. Chaplo, T. Lindsay Baker (Foreword by), Lawrence John Francell (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781623491680
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Published: Texas A&M University Press - July 29th, 2014

MARFA FLIGHTS is exactly what it sounds like: spectacular aerial photographs of West Texas and the Big Bend. Filled with stunning vistas, this is a great gift idea for anyone enamored with the natural beauty of the Lone Star State.

On the Road with Texas Highways: A Tribute to True Texas Cover Image
By J. Griffis Smith, Charles J. Lohrmann (Foreword by), E. Dan Klepper (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9781623491833
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Published: Texas A&M University Press - September 15th, 2014

For thirty years, J. Griffis Smith has crisscrossed the state taking photos for the storied Texas Highways magazine. This collection brings together the best of his career, with pictures of hallowed landmarks as well as the hidden beauty just off the beaten path. A fantastic photographic travelogue, ON THE ROAD WITH TEXAS HIGHWAYS is a true celebration of all the vast wonders Texas has to offer.

The Astrodome: Building an American Spectacle Cover Image
ISBN: 9780990528210
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Published: Aspinwall Press - July 16th, 2014

Looking for a Texas read that hits a little closer to home? This book provides a fascinating insight into the machinations behind building the '8th Wonder of the World', Houston's Astrodome--the first ever domed stadium. A great gift idea for readers interested in local history and architecture.

Texas on the Table: People, Places, and Recipes Celebrating the Flavors of the Lone Star State Cover Image
ISBN: 9780292744097
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Published: University of Texas Press - October 15th, 2014

TEXAS ON THE TABLE is more than a mere cookbook, it is a celebration of the people and places that make Texan cuisine one of the most varied and vibrant in the world. Organized by ingredients and their regions of origin, TEXAS ON THE TABLE is a must-have volume for any Texas foodie!

The Deep Thinker

The Deep Thinker lives the life of the mind; will shop across the sections--philosophy, poetry, essays, fiction, culture, science--but is always looking for the most challenging, intellectual reads 

By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from the New York Times Book Review Cover Image
By Pamela Paul (Editor), Scott Turow (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781627791458
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - October 28th, 2014

BY THE BOOK collects all the best author interviews from the extremely popular column appearing in the New York Times Book Review every week. Authors include Neil Gaiman, Jeffrey Eugenides, Jhumpa Lahiri, James McBride, and many more! Every obsessive reader loves the NYT Book Review, and BY THE BOOK is sure to be a hit this holiday season.

River of Ink: [an Illustrated History of Literacy] Cover Image
ISBN: 9781619024267
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - December 1st, 2014

RIVER OF INK is a global history of the ways the literary and visual arts have affected human culture for millennia. Spanning from ancient to contemporary times and filled with a bevy of astonishing full-color images, these essays range from the 1258 sacking of Baghdad when the Tigris ran black with the ink of destroyed books to the culture of book reviewing today. RIVER OF INK will intrigue anyone interested in art, world history or cultural studies. One of this year's hidden gems!

On Immunity: An Inoculation Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555976897
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 30th, 2014

Eula Biss’s essays about the immunization debate range from the personal to the body politic and back again. Drawing on her experiences as a mother and an astonishing diversity of sources, Biss plumbs our ancient fear of infection. Biss’s precise language and wry humor make ON IMMUNITY a fine collection, as engaging as it is informative. It's a great gift for readers of science and culture.

Prelude to Bruise Cover Image
ISBN: 9781566893749
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Published: Coffee House Press - September 9th, 2014

A blistering debut collection from one of the hottest young poets working today, PRELUDE TO BRUISE is seriously good stuff. Buzzfeed LGBT editor, Saeed Jones, explores our relationship to race, sexuality and identity through 53 subtly devasting poems. The title poem alone is worth the price of admission. Make the holidays for the poetry lover in your life with PRELUDE TO BRUISE.

The Quest for a Moral Compass: A Global History of Ethics Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612194035
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Melville House Publishing - September 2nd, 2014

THE QUEST FOR A MORAL COMPASS is a 3000-year exploration of ethical thought, from Hellenic Greece and Maoist China to ancient India and modern America. Noted intellectual and cultural critic, Kenan Malik, takes on heavy questions about right and wrong, focusing on how morality has evolved across time and cultures. At times controversial and provocative, THE QUEST FOR A MORAL COMPASS is definitely for the deep-thinker. A great gift idea for readers with an interest in philosophy, religion and world history.

Event: A Philosophical Journey Through a Concept Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612194110
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Published: Melville House Publishing - August 26th, 2014

The world's most popular and controversial living philosopher, Slavoj Zizek, presents his most accessible text to date. Exploring the ways unforseen and apocalyptic changes in personal and public life forever alter our understanding of the world and ourselves, EVENT is the perfect introduction to this challenging thinker. But it won't disappoint long-time acolytes either. If you're shopping for a reader who's always searching for the underlying causes behind world events, look no further than EVENT!

The Lagoon: How Aristotle Invented Science Cover Image
ISBN: 9780670026746
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Published: Viking Books - September 25th, 2014

Every one knows Aristotle as a heavyweight of Western thought, but THE LAGOON points out that, in his break with Plato, he became the first biologist and the inventor of science as a field of study. Exploring both Aristotle's astonishing discoveries and spectacular misconceptions, THE LAGOON is a highly entertaining and peculiar science biography. A great gift idea for people interested in science and history.

The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness Cover Image
ISBN: 9781595341983
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Published: Trinity University Press - October 28th, 2014

A new collection of essays by Rebecca Solnit is always an event, and THE ENCYLOPEDIA OF TROUBLE AND SPACIOUSNESS is her most ambitious and sprawling offer yet. Covering numerous subjects, from climate change and revolution to communication technologies and Thoreau's laundry, Solnit's immitable style and piercing insight are on full display in this firecracker of a book. It's the perfect read for any creative nonfiction enthusiast.

The Meaning of Human Existence Cover Image
ISBN: 9780871401007
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - October 1st, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist, Edward O. Wilson, takes on huge philosophical questions and flies in the face of a purely mechanical worldview to get at what makes humans different from other animals in THE MEANING OF HUMAN EXISTENCE. Wilson's books are always highly informative, well-written and likely to stir up controversy. THE MEANING OF HUMAN EXISTENCE is no different! Readers of science and philosophy will devour it.

What We See When We Read Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804171632
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Published: Vintage - August 5th, 2014

WHAT WE SEE WHEN WE READ is a beautiful, uniquely designed book exploring the myriad ways in which readers experience what they're reading. Full of fascinating cut-and-paste style art that helps illustrate Mendelsund's lucid ideas on reader collaboration and synesthesia, WHAT WE SEE WHEN WE READ will instantly appeal to lovers of fiction, culture, literary criticism, and graphic design.

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ISBN: 9781612193762
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Published: Melville House Publishing - September 2nd, 2014

A ruminative book of ideas in the form of a hilarious university coming-of-age farce, Iyer's latest novel, WITTGENSTEIN JR, revolves around a morose philosophy professor and his disillusioned students who are trying to reconcile the life of the mind with the harsh realities waiting for the after graduation. Comical high-jinks and profound insights abound! WITTGENSTEIN JR is the smartest and funniest novel you'll read this year.

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ISBN: 9781566893688
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Published: Coffee House Press - September 9th, 2014

This stylistically daring novel charts the disturbing experiences of a damaged woman in broken yet emotionally-laden prose that will stay with you long after you turn the last page. A GIRL IS A HALF-FORMED THING took almost a decade to publish, but when it was, it became one of the most critically acclaimed novels of the year. A true Irish, avant-garde masterpiece. This is challenging, high-brow literature at its best. Perfect for fans of Mary Gaitskill and Samuel Beckett.

The Cyberpunk

The Cyberpunk is attracted to nonfiction books on science and technology with a forward-thinking futurist worldview, but not necessarily as serious as the CC; some of what they read has origins in cyberspace; will be drawn to more ‘pop’ types of fun reads and obsessive fanatic stuff 

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Here (Pantheon Graphic Novels) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375406508
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Published: Pantheon Books - December 9th, 2014

An ultra cool graphic novel depicting the events in a single space over thousands of years, HERE uses ingenious page cuts to layer the images from different times on top of one another, creating strange, dream-like tableaus. This year's Building Stories, HERE will be a gem in the collection of any graphic novel enthusiast. An imported and extremely limited title, get your copy of HERE while you can!

Information Doesn't Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age Cover Image
By Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman (Foreword by), Amanda Palmer (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781940450285
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Published: McSweeney's - November 18th, 2014

Cory Doctorow's first full-length nonfiction book explores the current state of copyright law, net neutrality, and the future of creativity in the internet age. INFORMATION DOESN'T WANT TO BE FREE provides a convincing, passionate and timely argument that is impossible to be ambivalent about. This is the perfect gift idea for the tech savvy activist in your life or anyone interested in current events and our digital world.

Virtually Human: The Promise--And the Peril--Of Digital Immortality Cover Image
By Martine Rothblatt, Ray Kurzweil (Foreword by), Ralph Steadman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250046635
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: St. Martin's Press - September 9th, 2014

VIRTUALLY HUMAN is an incredible look at the very real future of cyberconsciousness--computer technology that can simulate the human brain, or artificial intelligence. Sound like science fiction? This is happening now. Sentient robots exist. So much human thought has already been digitized through the internet and social media that soon it will be possible to completely replicate a human consciousness--a digital copy of an actual person that would technically be immortal. But what ethical implications does this technology pose for humanity? An unbelievably true exploration of cutting edge science, VIRTUALLY HUMAN is a vital read for any technophile.

Knowledge Is Beautiful: Impossible Ideas, Invisible Patterns, Hidden Connections--Visualized Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062188229
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Published: Harper Design - October 21st, 2014

Utilizing stunning infographics, David McCandless shows how disparate flows of information explain how the world works. KNOWLEDGE IS BEAUTIFUL breaks down the formulae behind movie plotting, the make-up of the galaxy, the ethics of corporations, the various structures of political economy, and much more! But more than simply presenting this information in an aesthetic way, the reader learns how to process this info into knowledge and create practical understanding. Anyone with an interest in graphic design, culture and science will absolutely love KNOWLEDGE IS BEAUTIFUL.

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544272996
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 2nd, 2014

Providing scientific answers to absurd questions has made Randall Munroe of xkcd and internet star. Now, in WHAT IF?, former NASA employee Munroe collects his explanations to the weirdest questions ever posed to him. What is the statistical probability of finding your soulmate? What would happen if every human being jumped at the same time? How would Mars change if the Earth's oceans were dumped on it? This is science (albeit hypothetical) explained with intelligence and humor. WHAT IF? has something for everyone. It's a great gift choice for that person on your list who's impossible to shop for.

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By King Zog (Editor)
ISBN: 9782365680059
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Jean Boite Editions - September 30th, 2014

Limited to only 300 copies, this beautiful one-of-a-kind artbook collects all the top Google Images search results for every word in the Oxford English Dictionary. More than a mere visual reference book, GOOGLE, VOLUME 1 provides a snapshot of our cultural timeline. It is somewhere between art and archive. Sure to appeal to anyone in love with art, pop culture or design, Google, Volume 1 is a must-have rarity.

The Onion Magazine: The Iconic Covers That Transformed an Undeserving World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316256452
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little Brown and Company - November 4th, 2014

The Onion. Need I say more? I do? OK. Well, this side-splitting, over-sized collection of the most hilarious covers published by the cultural satire stalwarts at The Onion. How to Stay Goth After 50, What to Know Before Adopting a Great White, they're all here. THE ICONIC COVERS is a great gift idea for any fan or anyone who just loves to laugh.

Is Your Neighbor a Zombie?: Compelling Philosophical Puzzles That Challenge Your Beliefs Cover Image
ISBN: 9781620408414
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - October 28th, 2014

IS YOUR NEIGHBOR A ZOMBIE? is philosophy at its most fun. Filled with brainbending logic puzzles and thought experiments and composed with Stangroom's trademark wit, these conundrums will challenge you to examine the way you see the world and teach you about key tenants of philosophical theories along the way. Entertaining and smart on many levels, IS YOUR NEIGHBOR A ZOMBIE? is sure to confound and amuze the smarty-pants in your life. Don't worry! Solutions and commentary are included.

Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey to the Heart of the Planet We Made Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571313577
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Published: Milkweed Editions - December 1st, 2014

ADVENTURES IN THE ANTHROPOCENE is the travelogue of Gaia Vince, environmental activist and editor of Nature magazine, who toured the world, visiting locales on the frontline of climate change. She observed all of the ways human industry has affected the planet from rising sea-levels to pollution. However, she also witnesssed the ingenious ways people are fighting back--making artificial glaciers, electrified reefs, islands constructed out of trash, and more! It's a sobering look at the present state of our global environment and an optimistic appraisal of human ingenuity in solving the very crisis it caused. This will make a terrific gift for readers of nature, travel and science writing.

Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension: A Mathematician's Journey Through Narcissistic Numbers, Optimal Dating Algorithms, at Least Two Kinds o Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374275655
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - December 2nd, 2014

Mathematics made fun again! THINGS TO MAKE AND DO IN THE FOURTH DIMENSION is an accessible and entertaining tour of math, from basic arithmetic principles to extremely advanced Calculus and theoretical concepts. Aimed at being entertaining as well as educational and including games, puzzles and hands-on activities, THINGS TO MAKE AND DO IN THE FOURTH DIMENSION is the perfect gift for the mathlete on your list.

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ISBN: 9780385353304
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 9th, 2014

STATION ELEVEN is the most optimistic post-apocalyptic novel you'll read this year! Set in a dystopian future after a plague has killed almost everybody, a nomadic troupe of Shakespearian actors roam the wasteland and put on performances for the survivors. It's a celebration of the humanity of the technological age and the arts' ability to give life purpose in a horrible, meaningless world. This National Book Award finalist will make the season for any science fiction and/or Shakespeare geek, while also appealing to readers who demand the highest in literary quality from their fiction.

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ISBN: 9780553418842
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Published: Hogarth - October 28th, 2014

A philosophical exploration masquerading as high science fiction, A BOOK OF STRANGE NEW THINGS follows the incredible journey of a missionary on an alien planet, where the locals have shown an immense interest in religion. Meanwhile, his wife is on a disintegrating Earth and communications are starting to fail. A testament to the endurance and frailty of faith, love and humanity in the face of unfathomable challenges, A BOOK OF STRANGE NEW THINGS is the book of the year for anyone who craves literature that isn't afraid to take chances.

Fiction Addict

The Fiction Addict is basically like us--fiction all the time; reads from both big and small presses; always looking for the next life changing novel or story; fiction is our forte and this list should rock

A Map of Betrayal Cover Image
By Ha Jin
ISBN: 9780307911605
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Pantheon Books - November 4th, 2014

A Chinese-American woman confronts the history of her estranged father after his death, discovering his life as an imprisoned spy. In the wake of this knowledge, where do her national allegiances lie: to America, or to China? A great psychological page-turner that dramatizes a common immigrant experience: the feeling of being pulled between two countries.

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ISBN: 9781616954550
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Soho Press - October 21st, 2014

A young writer goes to interview a notorious murderer—a photographer accused of burning to death two models—before his impending execution. The relationship that forms between interviewer and subject recalls The Silence of the Lambs, but with even more depravity, cruelty, and obsession. Make no mistake: this is a dark book. But it’s tailor-made for strong-stomached fans of edgy fiction.

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The David Foster Wallace Reader Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316182393
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little Brown and Company - November 11th, 2014

No contemporary author has cast a longer shadow over American fiction than David Foster Wallace. With this collection of the master’s work, it’s clear why. Inventive, funny, erudite, heartbreaking, Wallace’s fiction and essays are indispensable, and this volume gathers his best work (and some previously unpublished syllabi). For Wallace fans, and also for newcomers ready to dive in.

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ISBN: 9781439138335
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Published: Scribner Book Company - October 7th, 2014

Poor Nora Webster—at least, so says everyone in the small Irish town where she lives. Recently widowed at forty-six, Nora struggles emotionally and financially to take care of herself and her family, returning to work for the first time in years. But in this highly readable novel, there’s ultimately nothing poor about Nora. Despite the tragic premise, this is a story of hope and optimism—perfect for fiction fans looking for a serious but redemptive read.

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ISBN: 9780865478107
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 2nd, 2014

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, a poet in New York City struggles with his work, his romantic life, and his health. Blurring the line between fact and fiction, Lerner’s novel delights readers with its whimsy and beauty. A smarty pants book with a sense of humor; the young, romantic writer in your life will love it!

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ISBN: 9781594486005
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 2nd, 2014

1970s Jamaica: a time and place not too far removed from us. Against a historical backdrop, James tells a gripping story about the tumultuous aftereffects of political violence. The characters range from CIA agents to ghosts. Epic, vulgar, and inventive, this novel is a new classic of historical fiction. Anyone who fills up shelves with thick, ambitious books will relish this one!

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ISBN: 9780811223737
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - September 9th, 2014

Sometimes it isn’t so good to be the king. Just ask the title character of this historical novel, a Persian monarch in the 1800s who sits in the throne as the world changes around him. A story of a powerful though small-minded man confronting modernization, colonialism, industrialization, you name it. This relevant, lyrical novel is perfect for fans of historical fiction and also international affairs.

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781627792103
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Henry Holt & Company - September 30th, 2014

No, this isn’t the third installment in the Thomas Cromwell trilogy, but that doesn’t mean Mantel doesn’t weave equally enthralling tales in her short stories. In this book, the plots are twisty and the humor is pitch black. Consider one piece called “Comma,” about a mystery person wrapped in a blanket and the cruel, surreal attempts of two young girls to get the figure to talk. It’s strange, funny, sad, and distinctive. For fans of eerie short fiction.

A Little Lumpen Novelita Cover Image
By Roberto Bolano, Natasha Wimmer (Translator)
ISBN: 9780811223355
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - September 16th, 2014

In the exotic setting of Rome, an orphaned brother and sister turn to a life of crime and get into trouble with a blind ex-bodybuilder who may have riches stashed inside his house. An accessible and beautifully written novella that moves with the velocity of a thriller. Anyone in the cult of Bolaño will love this book, but it’s also a great place to first wade into the author’s ocean of an output.

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ISBN: 9781594633119
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 16th, 2014

After World War II, a British woman and her daughter take in two boarders: a husband and a wife. Soon, this act of hospitality descends into a tempestuous love affair, and eventually murder. A historical novel, but one narrow in scope—an intensely focused character study set against shifting times. Aficionados of British history and lovers of lurid romances will delight in this sexy tale.

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By Clemens J. Setz, Ross Benjamin (Translator)
ISBN: 9780871402684
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - November 3rd, 2014

It’s called “Indigo syndrome,” and it causes anyone who comes in contact with an afflicted person to become suddenly nauseated. Where has this syndrome come from? And what is the reason behind the mysterious relocation of several ill children? A haunting, paranoid, and utterly absorbing novel. Fans of Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, and David Foster Wallace will love it.

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By Daniel Kehlmann, Carol Janeway (Translator)
ISBN: 9780307911810
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Published: Pantheon Books - August 26th, 2014

In the first chapter, a German hypnotist ruins a family, and if that isn’t a hook, I don’t know what is. In this book, each character—a priest who doesn’t believe in God, an art forger, a white-collar criminal—is a phony, struggling with various forms of midlife crisis. A satirical novel about the bonds of family and the lengths people go to appear happy—perfect for lovers of literary fiction about complex characters.

Culture Critic

The Culture Critic is interested in “smart”, high-minded books with a distinct social focus; particularly drawn to books about music and film that puts the media arts in its context; always has a finger on the pulse of the cultural zeitgeist; wants overtly hip and more serious cool reads but not averse to humor.

Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's
By Lena Dunham, Joana Avillez (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780812994995
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Published: Random House - September 30th, 2014

“I’m an unreliable narrator,” Girls star Lena Dunham writes early in her memoir, a whip-smart pastiche of young adulthood. Dunham recounts the pitfalls of growing up in a jazzy voice that keeps the book fresh. Perfect for bright twentysomethings, and also for adults who want to smile down on their own youthful mistakes from a perch of maturity.

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The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9780300187373
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Yale University Press - September 2nd, 2014

Know a music nerd—somebody obsessed with the history of rock and roll? Get them this new book by the master of rock criticism, Greil Marcus. His inventive take on rock and roll—looking at its development through the lens of ten tracks, from Beyonce to a “song” that consists of a guitar being dragged behind a car. No rock and roll fan should be without this instant classic.

F**k: An Irreverent History of the F-Word Cover Image
ISBN: 9780007522002
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Published: Friday Project - September 2nd, 2014

What kind of swearer are you? Do you swear in the office? Only around your friends? Do you use that most famous four-letter-word all the time, a kind of music that soundtracks your life? This book takes an irreverent—yet academically fierce—look at the world’s greatest curse word to identify what about swearing is so f**king satisfying. For lovers of smart books about crass things.

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ISBN: 9781551525525
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - October 7th, 2014

How far does a beloved celebrity have to go before you abandon them? In this graphic novel, a rock star misbehaves, Jim Morrison-style—until his debauched lifestyle catches up with him. Maroh’s follow-up to Blue Is the Warmest Color is an allegory for our present day obsession with celebrity. An edgy work, perfect for anyone fed up with shallow pop culture.

Martin Scorsese: A Retrospective Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419710629
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 7th, 2014

Taxi Driver. Raging Bull. Goodfellas. Casino. The Departed. Do you really need me to say anything else? Martin Scorsese is America’s greatest living filmmaker, and this book—featuring never-before-seen interviews and candid photographs—is the most comprehensive retrospective of his career yet. Now go home and get your f**kin’ shinebox.

Ricky Rouse Has a Gun Cover Image
By Jorg Tittel, John Aggs (Illustrator), Christopher Sprigman (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781906838829
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Published: Selfmadehero - September 30th, 2014

A heartbroken American military deserter wanders into Shanghai and gets a job at an amusement park playing a “Chinese original” mascot: Ricky Rouse. What follows is a colorful, profane, sexy, and violent satire of American culture. Know a sardonic young person who loves poking fun at the way we live today? This one-of-a-kind graphic novel will make the perfect gift.

What I Love about Movies Cover Image
ISBN: 9781623160623
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Published: Opus Books - September 1st, 2014

Movies have captured the world’s attention since the early days of the twentieth century, but exactly do we love about them so much? This was the question that film magazine Little White Lies posed to a series of well-known artists, including Wes Anderson, Juliette Binoche, Spike Jonze, and Quentin Tarantino. The result? A book of film lore and beautiful illustrations to delight any movie fanatic.

Who We Be: A Cultural History of Race in Post-Civil Rights America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312571290
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: St. Martin's Press - October 21st, 2014

We keep hearing in the media that we live in a post-racial society—but how true is that, really? This hip, intelligent book charts the controversial landscape of America’s relationship with race. Using a range of sources from across the last hundred years, this book is perfect for people interested in smart discussions of race and American identity.

Thrown Cover Image
ISBN: 9781936747924
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sarabande Books - October 14th, 2014

A young philosophy student drifts away from a dull academic event and into a mixed martial arts competition. Watching the brutal sport, she feels a sense of transcendence. In attempting to explain this feeling, Howley profiles two MMA fighters, resulting in a book that mixes journalism, memoir, and philosophical inquiry. Know somebody who thinks they dislike sports writing? Get them THROWN.

Bad Feminist: Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062282712
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 5th, 2014

The Who, the What, and the When: 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Sidekicks of History Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452128276
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Chronicle Books - October 14th, 2014

In each of our lives, somebody helps us along—props us up with moral support, works on our health, makes us coffee every day. This beautifully illustrated book is a tribute to those helpers—history’s greatest sidekicks. Learn about John Wayne’s stuntman, George Washington’s dentist, Richard Nixon’s secretary. A tribute to the unknown! For fans of quirky, alternate versions of history.

The Aesthete

The Aesthete is the serious art lover with a more contemporary bent; wants books that are visually stunning or made with unusual production techniques; is into fashion and all things beautiful 

Elsa Schiaparelli Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307701596
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 7th, 2014

This is the first biography of influential French designer and lesser-known contemporary of Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli. More famous than Coco in their time, Schiaparelli had relationships with Surrealists and approached clothing as a form of social revolution. Her biography is the perfect gift for fashion buffs and anyone interested in early 20th century avant garde culture.

33 Artists in 3 Acts Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393240979
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 3rd, 2014

3 ARTISTS IN 3 ACTS is a fascinating "behind-the-scenes" look into the creative lives of a diverse array of contemporary artists. It's less about artworks than the work of art, how these individuals cultivate their public personas and how that affects their artistic output and its reception. Koons, Ai, Orozco, Sherman, and others make appearances. A perfect gift idea for anyone enamored by the intersection of life and art.

Eames: Beautiful Details Cover Image
ISBN: 9781623260316
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Published: Ammo Books - November 1st, 2014

This eyecatching slip-cased mongraph of everyone's favorite husband/wife design team, EAMES: BEAUTIFUL DETAILS, explores the intersection of the Eames' professional and private lives. It's filled with candid snapshots recounting their creative processes and unique personalities, not to mention stunning photographs of their varied works--art, furniture, product design--it's all here. EAMES: BEAUTIFUL DETAILS will make a great gift for design buffs and anyone looking to, as Charles would say, "take their pleasure seriously."

Art in Time: A World History of Styles and Movements Cover Image
By The Editors of Phaidon Press, Gauvin Alexander Bailey (Contribution by), Matthew McKelway (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9780714867373
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Published: Phaidon Press - September 22nd, 2014

ART IN TIME is an incredible historical overview of artistic movements with a twist! Organized in reverse-chronological order, it allows the reader to trace the connections between varied styles from around the world all the way back to the Classical era. Including timelines, expert essays and representational works from each movement all presented in Phaidon quality, ART IN TIME is an indespinable addition for any reader of art history.

Women in Clothes Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399166563
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 4th, 2014

An incredible collection of conversations between hundreds of women on the subject of clothes and how they define their lives. WOMEN IN CLOTHES is a beautiful and very hip compendium of thoughts, photos and collections that will please any fashion lover on your list this year. 

French Art Deco Cover Image
ISBN: 9780300204308
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Published: Metropolitan Museum of Art New York - November 4th, 2014

Early in the 20th century, the French invented Art Deco. The design aesthetics of the modern world have never been the same since. Collecting examples of all facets from furniture to fashion, FRENCH ART DECO is the definitive survey of this iconic style. The book is a work of art in itself and sure to make anyone interested in design and art history smile this holiday season.

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By Viktor Wynd, Oskar Proctor (Photographer), Theatre of Dolls (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9783791349060
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Prestel Publishing - November 12th, 2014

All-around eccentric aesthete Viktor Wynd gives readers a guided tour of insane collections of all kinds from around the world. Whether the collection is medical oddities, Victorian-era pornography, taxidermy or random items that are just strange (and stranger when taken together), Wynd views these collectors as "the ultimate artists" today. A beautiful, unique and artsy book, VIKTOR WYND'S CABINET OF WONDERS will make the perfect gift for that oddball in your life.

Vogue and the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute: Parties, Exhibitions, People Cover Image
By Hamish Bowles, Chloe Malle (Editor), Anna Wintour (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781419714245
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 23rd, 2014

Every year, Vogue and the Met collaborate for the annual Costume Institute exhibit, featuring astonishing combinations of fashion and art. Covering the past fourteen years of exhibits in sumptuous photographs, this beautiful volume features now classic shows centering on Coco Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Punk Couture and more! It's total decadent beauty and will make a stunning gift for those interested in fashion, art and how the two interact.

Men in This Town: London, Tokyo, Sydney, Milan, New York Cover Image
ISBN: 9781742707815
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Published: Hardie Grant Books - September 2nd, 2014

A candid lookbook of men's fashion! MEN IN THIS TOWN collects photos of stylish men in everyday urban settings, including London, Tokyo, Sydney, New York, and Milan, dahlin' Milan! These are not models, just well-groomed dudes who capture the fashion sense of these diverse cities. A beautiful book at a great pricepoint, it's sure to please the menswear aficionado in your life.

Breakfast at Sotheby's: An A-Z of the Art World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781468309669
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Overlook Press - October 2nd, 2014

BREAKFAST AT SOTHEBY'S is an insider account of the famous art auction house, written by a man who worked there for three decades. It's an interesting, tongue-in-cheek look into the business side of the artworld that explains how/why certain works cost as much as they do and all the level of speculation involved in purchasing a masterpiece. A great read for anyone with an interest in art history and the business of culture.

Faithful and Virtuous Night Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374152017
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - September 9th, 2014

FAITHFUL AND VIRTUOUS NIGHT is a new collection from one of the most renowned poets working today. Louise Gluck provides the reader with a guided journey into the nocturnal life of the mind. Written in numerous voices and forms, these poems create a single, dreamlike narrative arch that is sure to appeal to all poetry lovers. A luminous volume!

Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594631412
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 16th, 2014

FRAGRANT provides an expert's insight into the history of scent and how it affects our lives. Focusing on five of the world's most popular scents--cinnamon, mint, frankincense, ambergris, and jasmine, renowned artisan perfumer Mandy Aftel explores the history behind these fragrances and the psychology of scent that makes them so appealing to us. Includes recipes! FRAGRANT is a terrific gift idea those enamored with beauty of all kinds.

The Refined

The Refined has expensive tastes for “the finer things”; will gravitate toward titles with a more classic feel (older art books as opposed to modern/contemporary); looking for the height of style and craftsmanship; likes “the good life” but will be more conservative overall. 

Goya: Order & Disorder Cover Image
By Goya (Artist), Stephanie Stepanek (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Frederick Ilchman (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
ISBN: 9780878468089
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Published: MFA Publications - October 31st, 2014

A comprehensive overview of the career of one of the world’s greatest artists, derived from the largest North American Goya exhibition in a quarter-century. Know somebody who loves collecting art books, or who just needs something a little strange and distinctive to decorate a coffee table? Goya stuns to this day.

The Heart Is Strange: New Selected Poems Cover Image
By John Berryman, Daniel Swift (Editor), Daniel Swift (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780374221089
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - October 21st, 2014

One of the quintessential tortured poets—alcoholism, combativeness, mental illness, suicide—but look beyond that for a moment: Berryman was one of the greats, and this collection, which spans his entire career, reminds us of the beauty of his work apart from all that biographical baggage. If you know a poetry lover—especially one who already adores Berryman—this volume will enthrall them.

The Thing the Book: A Monument to the Book as Object Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452117201
Availability: Backordered
Published: Chronicle Books - September 23rd, 2014

A beautiful collection of miscellany that seeks to answer the question: “What exactly is a book?” Flip through this argument for the book as an art object, and you’ll find essays, full color photographs, ribbons, inserted notes—in short, you’ll find something like a cross between an exhibition and a high-end scrapbook. It belongs on a thoughtful person’s coffee table, and it’s perfect for lovers of design.

Ever Yours: The Essential Letters Cover Image
By Vincent Van Gogh, Leo Jansen (Editor), Hans Luijten (Editor)
ISBN: 9780300209471
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Published: Yale University Press - December 2nd, 2014

A portrait of the artist as a young man! This collection of Van Gogh’s letters reveals his complex temperament as he grapples with his own artistic destiny and his fraught relationship with his family. But the letters also tell the story of Paris in the nineteenth century, as modernity and the avant-garde began to transform the city forever. Perfect for art and French history lovers in your life.

Heritage Cover Image
By Sean Brock, Peter Frank Edwards (Photographer)
ISBN: 9781579654634
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Published: Artisan Publishers - October 21st, 2014

The long-awaited first cookbook from Sean Brock, beloved chef and emissary for Southern food and culture. Here, you’ll get updates on comforting fare—corn-goat cheese soup, crispy fried farm eggs, crispy pig’s ear lettuce wraps. Know a displaced Southerner who needs a taste of home? Know a foodie who wants yummy twists on classics? They’ll find this book delicious.

Cecil B. DeMille: The Art of the Hollywood Epic Cover Image
ISBN: 9780762454907
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Published: Running Press Adult - November 1st, 2014

Cecil B. DeMille was one of the greatest filmmakers of the old Hollywood system—a director of scope and grandeur, known for classics like The Greatest Show on Earth and The Ten Commandments. With this gorgeous book—which opens the archives and presents a plethora of behind-the-scenes material—Mr. DeMille is ready for his close-up. Lovers of old movies will delight.

Frank Lloyd Wright: The Rooms: Interiors and Decorative Arts Cover Image
By Margo Stipe (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Alan Weintraub (Photographer), David A. Hanks (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780847843428
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Published: Rizzoli International Publications - October 21st, 2014

There are many books about Frank Lloyd Wright, but this is the first high-end monograph that focuses on his interior design. What does that mean? Well, take a second; flip through this beautiful book. The photographs—of both private and public spaces—speak for themselves. Any lover of design and/or art books will relish this unique collection.

Alcohol: A History Cover Image
ISBN: 9781469617602
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - November 14th, 2014

Know somebody who likes to pour herself a drink and settle in with a good book? Consider buying them Alcohol: A History. The title says it all. This book tells the story of alcohol, focusing on both the positive and the negative. But it also tells a broader story about class, race, and gender. A work of history that’s perfect for the thoughtful drinker in your life.

The Ugly Renaissance: Sex, Greed, Violence and Depravity in an Age of Beauty Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385536592
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Published: Doubleday Books - October 7th, 2014

We all know about the beauty of the Renaissance, but what about the ugliness? This work of history provides a new window into the Renaissance, examining the nastiness—scheming politicians, vicious rivalries, debauched sex—that lurked behind some of the world’s most beautiful art. Perfect for history lovers, and for people who think most history books are too dry.

Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452141442
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Published: Chronicle Books - November 11th, 2014

Is there a jazz-lover in your life? Or somebody just beginning to dip into the history of that iconic genre of music? Here is the perfect gift for aficionados and newcomers: a collection of vintage album covers, photos, performances, and other materials that tells the quintessential history of this storied jazz record label. And the book itself is a work of art!

Let Me Be Frank With You: A Frank Bascombe Book Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061692062
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Published: Ecco - November 4th, 2014

Sardonic observations about American masculinity? Yup, this is the new Frank Bascombe novel. Ford places his iconic protagonist in the wreckage of Hurricane Sandy, where Frank helps a friend assess his damaged property, listens to a stranger’s story of family tragedy, and grouses about aging in America. Ford is a master, and this is a new classic—perfect for fans of thoughtful literary fiction.

Twilight of the Eastern Gods Cover Image
By Ismail Kadare, David Bellos (Translator)
ISBN: 9780802123114
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Published: Grove Press - November 4th, 2014

When Boris Pasternak, author of Doctor Zhivago, won the Nobel Prize in 1958, it created an uproar in the USSR. In the wake of this, a young writer in Moscow struggles with the position of literature within a Communist country, learning dangerous truths about freedom and art. A newly-translated early novel by this acclaimed writer, it’s ideal for people who love intelligent stories about writers and art.