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Kids Holiday Catalog: Sweet and Humorous

The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763677541
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - October 10th, 2017

When Mac Barnett partners with Jon Klassen, you know the resulting picture book is going to be funny, clever, and fabulous! What happens when I duck and a mouse get swallowed by a wolf? Probably not what you expect! You and the littles will be laughing aloud… and maybe feeling the teensiest bit sympathetic for Mr. Wolf. This one is genius!

Professional Crocodile: (Wordless Kids Books, Alligator Children's Books, Early Elemetary Story Books ) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452165066
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Chronicle Books - August 1st, 2017

Each morning Mr Crocodile gets ready for work. He picks out his tie, pants, and his shirt but what exactly is his job? Follow Mr Crocodile as he preps for work and heads into work. One of our very favorite picture books of the year.

Baabwaa and Wooliam: A Tale of Literacy, Dental Hygiene, and Friendship Cover Image
By David Elliott, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763660741
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Candlewick - September 12th, 2017

A heartwarming picture book about two sheep suspicious of a third, funny-looking sheep that may well be a wolf in sheep's clothing. Hilarious and smart, this story discusses everything from literacy to dental hygiene.

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) Cover Image
By Dan Santat, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781626726826
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 3rd, 2017

You only THINK you know the story of Humpty Dumpty. Now imagine that he did get patched up after that fall from wall… but not without a pesky fear of heights. Understandable, right? So he sets out to cure that and… well, I won’t give the story away except to say that the ending will leave you both smiling and wonderfully surprised!

The Afterlife of Holly Chase Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062318503
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: HarperTeen - October 24th, 2017

Scrooge meets Groundhog Day (or Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall), in this YA reimagining of A Christmas Carol. Bestselling author Cynthia Hand has written a clever novel about life, love and second chances. Five years ago Holly Chase was visited by three ghosts trying to show her how selfish she was. But she didn’t listen. And she died. Now she’s stuck as the Ghost of Christmas Past… but this year’s Scrooge is about to change everything.

Kids Holiday Catalog: Timely and Thought-Provoking

Her Right Foot (American History Books for Kids, American History for Kids) Cover Image
By Dave Eggers, Shawn Harris (By (artist))
ISBN: 9781452162812
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Chronicle Books - September 19th, 2017

A non-fiction picture by Dave Eggers about the Statue of Liberty? Yes please. Perfect for all ages, Eggers explores the iconic statue, focusing on why she’s depicted mid-stride, moving forward. The ending is guaranteed to bring good tears to your eyes. A wonderful gift for everyone on your list.

Long Way Down Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481438254
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 24th, 2017

The prolific Jason Reynolds offers up an unforgettable and intense YA drama--in verse no less! A stark morality tale taking place in 60 seconds, LONG WAY DOWN is also a tremendous psychological thriller and even a ghost story that nevertheless remains firmly rooted in the very real issue of youth violence. A thought-provoking and hip work from the reigning king of young people's literature, give this book to give the mature teen reader on your list this year.

Moxie: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626726352
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 19th, 2017

When Vivian Carter gets fed up with the rampant sexism and misogyny at her small town Texas high school, she fights back by taking a page from her mother’s old Riot Grrrl zine-making days and makes and anonymously distributes a protest zine… and starts a feminist revolution. Already optioned for a film by Amy Poehler, Mathieu’s latest is funny and fiercely girl positive and most of all joyful. A great read for teens and adults, perfect for book clubs and pretty much everyone! Plus Mathieu is a Houston author, journalist, and English teacher at Bellaire High School!

Turtles All the Way Down Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525555360
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - October 10th, 2017

Green’s first novel since THE FAULT IN OUR STARS is a tour de force-- a bit of mystery, a bit of romance, a lot of characteristic witty, philosophical dialogue and a serious look at mental illness as protagonist Aza struggles with spiraling thoughts, friendship, and her own grief at the death of her father, all while falling for a boy who she may not be able to help or love. A solid read for teens and adults, Green’s latest is definitely a crossover YA/Adult title.

The Closest I've Come Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062488534
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: HarperTeen - November 7th, 2017

Marcos Rivas wants to get away from his neighborhood, his uncaring mom and her abusive boyfriend. He wants a life different from the one he has. But being true to yourself isn’t easy, nor is discovering the realities of that world he’s been longing for. A moving and wonderfully debut YA novel, perfect for fans of Walter Dean Meyers.

Kids Holiday Catalog: Who I Am/Who I'll Be

Saving Marty Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399539077
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Dial Books - September 19th, 2017

Silly, warm-hearted and honest, this story focuses on the friendship between a boy and a pig who thinks it's a dog. This book delves into themes of friendship, love and sacrifice

The War I Finally Won Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525429203
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Dial Books - October 3rd, 2017

This sequel to the New York Times bestselling/ Newbery Honor winning The War That Saved My Life can also be read as a stand-alone. World War II is intensifying and Ada, now living with her brother Jamie at her guardian Susan’s, continues her struggle with war, family, faith and finding her place in the world. Historical fiction at its best, this is fine middle grade fiction: Adventurous, moving, and beautifully written.

All's Faire in Middle School Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525429999
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Dial Books - September 5th, 2017

Eleven-year-old Imogene has grown up on the Renaissance Faire circuit with her parents. She’s even getting ready to train as a squire. Instead, the previously home-schooled Impy is about to head to public school, where she finds that traversing middle school life requires way more bravery than any Renn Fest scenario she could imagine. Bittersweet, funny, and authentic, this is a wonderful new graphic novel by the Newbery Honor-winning author of the very popular Roller Girl.

Like Water Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062373373
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Balzer + Bray - October 17th, 2017

LIKE WATER is a great read from Rebecca Podos, author of THE MYSTERY OF HOLLOW PLACES. It's billed as a "novel of first love," but it's also bigger than that: protagonist Savannah Espinoza must deal with issues around family, identity, and relationships. The characters are memorable and the dialogue is strong, and the story isn't afraid to push toward the vulnerable.

Jane, Unlimited Cover Image
ISBN: 9780803741492
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Kathy Dawson Books - September 19th, 2017

When ordinary Jane’s aunt Magnolia disappears on an expedition in Antarctica, Jane isn’t quite sure what to do. So of course she says yes when a glamorous acquaintance as her to a gala at her family’s mansion, Tu Reviens. So she goes. And suddenly her life takes a crazy twist. 5 choices of how Jane’s story will turn out. Five twists and turns. Five choices. And five different genres of storytelling. JANE UNLIMITED is hitting lots of end of year Best Of lists and for good reason! Great for genre fans and beyond.

A Short History of the Girl Next Door Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524716073
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 26th, 2017

We all have that perfect, motion picture version of our lives that exist only in our own heads and don't always line up with reality. This makes great fodder for Jared Reck's A SHORT HISTORY OF THE GIRL NEXT DOOR: main character Matt Wainwright constantly sabotages himself over his crush and his basketball aspirations. Equal parts hilarity and heartbreak, Reck's debut novel hits all the right notes.

Kids Holiday Catalog: A Little Magic

Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338267105
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 20th, 2017

Based on the British Library collection, this great gift is everything a Harry Potter fan wants to know and more! Explore the Hogwarts curriculum, study previously unseen sketches and manuscript pages and much more. What could be better than a curated collection of Harry Potter lore from the British Library? A fun treasure!

The Book of Dust:  La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375815300
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 19th, 2017

Philip Pullman returns to the world of his acclaimed HIS DARK MATERIALS series with a novel full of adventure and intrigue. When Malcolm Polstead intercepts a message meant for another spy, he's pulled into a great conspiracy centered around finding a child named Lyra. The prose is quick and will keep you turning the page, and Pullman's dialogue is just stellar. A great read for lovers of the original series or those just coming to the title.

Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic Cover Image
By Armand Baltazar, Armand Baltazar (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062402363
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - October 10th, 2017

We’re in deep love with this first book of a new middle grade fantasy series-- an epic tale with more than 150 full color illustrations. Imagine that Earth has been re-shaped-- past, present, and future co-existing. It’s not always peaceful, but it works for Diego. But then Diego turns thirteen, learns he has a special, secret gift within, and his engineer father is kidnapped by a group determined to disrupt humanity. Diego’s adventure is just beginning and it’s a grand one! Perfect for fans of both Rick Riordan and Brian Selznick.

How Oscar Indigo Broke the Universe (And Put It Back Together Again) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062377494
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: HarperCollins - November 7th, 2017

David Teague offers a story filled wtih baseball, stopping time, philosophers that surf, and an unlikely hero trying to save a universe about to break (and he just so happens to be the one to have broken it in the first place). This is a fun read full of wacky and imaginative details and characters that are easy to cheer for, or against. Still riding high from that Astros World Series win? Keep the baseball trend going with this entertaining read.

Wild Beauty: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250124555
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Feiwel & Friends - October 3rd, 2017

Murder, Magic, and What We Wore Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553535204
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 19th, 2017

A magical Regency-era mystery, this one is perfect for younger YA readers and up. Sixteen-year-old Annis’s father has died. His money is missing. The result? Annis becomes a spy to hunt down his killer. Better yet? She’s got the magical ability to sew garments that disguise the wearer! Will tracking a killer be harder than getting through the London social season? This one is fun and funny, a rollicking read!

All the Crooked Saints Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545930802
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Scholastic Press - October 10th, 2017

Meet the Soria family of Bicho Raro, Colorado, who have the ability to perform miracles, passed down for generations. This book is equal parts magic and science, written with strong leanings towards magical realism. Fans of Stiefvator will delight in her lush prose style, and newcomers will be swept up this magical tale of love, forgiveness, and family.

Kids Holiday Catalog: Family Classics

The Antlered Ship Cover Image
By Dashka Slater, Terry Fan (Illustrator), Eric Fan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481451604
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Beach Lane Books - September 12th, 2017

A fox who longs to journey beyond the horizon takes to the seas in a wonderfully thrilling adventure story from the renowned Fan Brothers! THE ANTLERED SHIP is a timeless quest story of self discovery, featuring brilliant illustrations, a whole menagerie of animals, and...pirates!!! This is the kind of picture book kids will love even as they grow older, and parents will actually enjoy reading over and over and over again. A perfect gift for the boisterous young reader who loves animals, ships, and daring do! 

Good Day, Good Night Cover Image
By Margaret Wise Brown, Loren Long (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062383105
Availability: BACKORDERED
Published: HarperCollins - October 3rd, 2017

From famed children’s author Margaret Wise Brown comes a new book that will become an instant classic. Each morning and each night a little rabbit greets the morning and says goodnight to all the things outside. With the tenderness of Good Night, Moon, Good Day, Good Night will become a favorite bedtime story.

Jan Brett's Animal Treasury Cover Image
By Jan Brett, Jan Brett (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781524738020
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - October 3rd, 2017

The Vanderbeekers Of 141st Street Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544876392
Availability: BACKORDERED
Published: Clarion Books - October 3rd, 2017

Told that they will have to move out of their Harlem brownstone just after Christmas, the five Vanderbeeker children, ages four to twelve, decide to change their reclusive landlord's mind. Humorous and warm, this sweeping family story is as lively and noisy as any street in New York City.

Rapunzel Cover Image
By Bethan Woollvin, Bethan Woollvin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781682630037
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - October 1st, 2017

In a dark and funny spin on the classic fable, RAPUNZEL is trapped in a tower by an evil witch nut is no damsel in distress. Playful art and irreverent wit make this a fun read for kids and parents alike, as the titular heroine saves herself instead of waiting around for some prince.

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316508889
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 31st, 2017

Part Harry Potter, part Willy Wonka, part Neil Gaiman, Nevermoor is a clever, funny, thrilling new fantasy series. Morrigan Crow is supposedly a cursed child, thought to be to blame for everything that goes wrong in her town, doomed to die on her 11th birthday. Which is when the strange and wonderful Jupiter North appears to rescue her safely to magical Nevermoor, where Morrigan discovers she’s been chosen to try out for membership in something called the Wundrous Society. The competition won’t be easy, especially because each child competing has to have an extraordinary talent, and Morrigan doesn’t think she has one. Of course that remains to be seen. Magical and creative, Nevermoor is perfect for middle grade readers ready for a new magical adventure!

Kids Holiday Catalog: Adventurers, Explorers, Inventors

Fallingwater: The Building of Frank Lloyd Wright's Masterpiece Cover Image
ISBN: 9781596437180
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 17th, 2017

Falling Water is a beautiful picture book about the creation of one of Frank Loyd Wright’s most iconic and daring buildings. Beautiful illustrations and simple, poetic prose illuminate Wright’s creative process as well as his belief that buildings should complement the natural world, with an ending that will melt even the most cynical heart. This book is perfect for dreamers of any age.

Polaris Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545297165
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Scholastic Press - October 31st, 2017

The sailing ship Polaris has been exploring new lands, making amazing discoveries. But then there’s a mutiny. And the adults abandon ship. The only ones left are kids, which is scary enough until they begin to suspect that maybe something else is on the ship with them. But they’ll still have to maneuver the Atlantic on a treacherous journey home. For middle graders who love excitement and adventure! This latest Northrop novel is a thrill ride through the ocean!

The Explorer Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481419451
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 12th, 2017

Think Hatchet, but in the Amazon, with a group of kids -- Fred, Con, Lila and Max-- who must survive after their plane crashes. Award-winning Katherine Rundell has written a grand middle grade adventure of survival, secrets and mysteries!

Warcross Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399547966
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 12th, 2017

#1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu has crafted an AMAZING technological adventure. Teen Emika Chen becomes a sensation when she illegally hacks her way into a virtual-reality game – but instead of being arrested, she is hired on by a billionaire to do it again, as a spy. Like Neal Stephenson or William Gibson but more teen-friendly, Lu’s virtual-reality thriller is perfect for fans of coding, hacking, gaming, and more.

A great compendium for learners of all ages, HOW THINGS WORK explores the technology behind everyday phenomena like the touch screens on our cell phones, the physics behind bridge construction, and even innovations on the edge of technology like self-driving cars. Concepts are broken down into easy-to-follow language and illustrations, and punny humor is peppered throughout.

Robinson Cover Image
By Peter Sís, Peter Sís (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545731669
Availability: BACKORDERED
Published: Scholastic Press - September 26th, 2017

Peter Sis’ books are always perfect as gifts or to keep around the house for a reader of any age. He manages the perfect blend of gorgeous, detailed illustrations and inspirational, evocative storylines. With ROBINSON, Sis returns with a tale half-drawn from ROBINSON CRUSOE and half from his own childhood of adventure, courage, loneliness, and friendship.

Holiday Catalog: Cooking and Crafting

America: The Cookbook Cover Image
ISBN: 9780714873961
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Phaidon Press - October 9th, 2017

You all totally need this big bad boy! So yeah it’s almost 800 pages. But it’s recipes from all 50 states! It’s regional cooking heaven with guest essays and it even has categories like "vegan" or "one pot" or "less than 30 minutes" (everyone's favorite). This is down and dirty American cooking, everything from Frito pie to barbeque spaghetti to pork posole; whitefish shore lunch to tater tot hot dish to clam fritters and oyster stew; and classics like Buttermilk Fried Chicken with hot honey. You're hungry just reading this, aren't you?

A Book That Takes Its Time: An Unhurried Adventure in Creative Mindfulness (Flow) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780761193777
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Workman Publishing Company - October 3rd, 2017

Unlike many guided journals, A BOOK THAT TAKES ITS TIME combines the techniques of a guided journal along with reading that urges us to slow down. Mixing inspiring quotes, articles, mini journals, blank pages for collaging and many other things to do. Once complete, each book will have a personal feel, and no two books will be the same. Created with the groundbreaking international magazine Flow.

Christopher Kimball's Milk Street: The New Home Cooking Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316437288
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 12th, 2017

A fresh, funky but accessible cookbook from Christopher Kimball, MILK STREET is a gem for anyone looking for up their home-cooking game. Ranging from Japanese Fried Chicken to Semolina Polvorones, MILK STREET is provides delicious but hassle free recipes for novices and masters.

David Tanis Market Cooking: Recipes and Revelations, Ingredient by Ingredient Cover Image
ISBN: 9781579656287
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Artisan - October 3rd, 2017

Truly a teaching cookbook with a straightforward approach to classic cooking. Each section is organized by ingredient, with over 200 recipes along with illustrations that create a better understanding of techniques. A great cookbook for the experienced cook as well as someone who is just starting out in the kitchen.

Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites: A Cookbook Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101874813
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Knopf - October 24th, 2017

Beloved writer and home cook of the blog, The Smitten Kitchen, Deb Perelman returns with her second cookbook. Finally! If you love The Barefoot Contessa/Ina Garten, you will love Deb Perelman too! She is warm and funny and offers the best vegetable-centric recipes and desserts.

The World Atlas of Street Food Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9781477313961
Availability: OUT OF PRINT - Not Available for Order
Published: University of Texas Press - October 3rd, 2017

Street food has really taken off in this young century, and this book proves why with fully illustrated pages providing an overview of the best of this culinary category worldwide. A great art object, and a mouth-watering treat of a book. It'll make the food lover in your life go "yum!"

Holiday Catalog: Texas

Bluebird, Bluebird (A Highway 59 Novel #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316363297
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Mulholland Books - September 12th, 2017

The new standalone thriller from Houston native Attica Locke! BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD follows a Texas Ranger's attempt to solve a double murder in the deep racial divides of East Texas. But what starts out looking like a crime of passion ends up spiraling into a conflagration that threatens to consume the entire town. A pitch-perfect Texas crime story for anyone who enjoys a balance of page-turning thrills and literary merit.

From Rendering to Reality: The Story of Buffalo Bayou Park Cover Image
ISBN: 9781623496104
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Buffalo Bayou Partnership - June 22nd, 2017

Houstonians know, Buffalo Bayou Park is one of the nation's great achievements in public space. This mix of beautiful photography and loving text, assembled by the Buffalo Bayou Partnership itself, is a glorious tribute to this space, but in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, it becomes something even greater: a memory of what once was before the waters rose, and a testament to what the bayou will become again in the future. Not only about the park, this book is a document of the enduring strength of Houston.

Hometown Texas Cover Image
By Peter Brown (Photographer), Joe Holley (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
ISBN: 9781595348074
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Maverick Books - November 7th, 2017

A beautiful book from two Houstonians! HOMETOWN TEXAS offers regional profiles of smalltown Texas life by combining Brown's photography and locals' stories as told through Holley's writing. This book is a shameless celebration of what it means to be a Texan. A great gift for anyone proud of their Lone Star State heritage, worthy of display on any coffee table (including your own).

Produced by Rice professor Geoff Winningham's Pozos Project, this beautiful collection of Houston photographs has a unique angle: all were taken by school children. Yet the aesthetic quality of this work is beyond reproach, and the views of Houston--a mix of expected (the bayous) and eclectic (shopping centers and sprawl)--creates a portrait of a city in flux as seen by its youngest residents. Perfect for anyone who loves Houston and wants to see it anew!

Texas, we all know, is large, with an even larger history, replete with the romance and pain of expansion in equal measure. Hodge's TEXAS BLOOD is a definite, yet personal, portrait of the borderlands through seven generations of his own family, written with the humanity of the best fiction. Fans of Texana will adore this book.

Texas Modern: Redefining Houses in the Lone Star State Cover Image
By Hannah Jenkins (Editor)
ISBN: 9781864707311
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Images Publishing Group - November 10th, 2017

What defines Texas architecture? Is it ranch- and farmhouses on the plains? Not according to this beautiful new volume, which highlights the greatest achievements in modern, often urban architecture across all of Texas. Full of gorgeous photographs and compelling portraits of architects and the people who live in their homes, this book will be beloved by experts and people just looking for a beautiful accessory for their coffee table.

Willie Nelson: American Icon Cover Image
ISBN: 9781454926191
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Union Square & Co. - October 3rd, 2017

Come on, now: who doesn't like Willie Nelson? An icon not only for his music but also his activism, Nelson's entire career is recounted in this gorgeous photographic portrait assembled by renowned music journalist Vaughan. Nelson's appeal spans generations, and this book is art object as tribute. Not many musicians, no matter how durable, demand this kind of archival treatment.

Holiday Catalog: Beautiful Art Books

Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005-2016 Cover Image
By Annie Leibovitz (By (photographer)), Alexandra Fuller (Contributions by)
ISBN: 9780714875132
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Phaidon Press - October 25th, 2017

If you’re going to splurge on one coffee table book for yourself or as a gift this year, this collection of Leibovitz’s iconic work is the perfect choice. Stunning, beautifully created, luxuriously oversized, and filled with both familiar and previously unpublished photos, this book is simply luscious. For fans of photography, pop culture, and visual history.

Blitt Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399576669
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Riverhead Books - October 24th, 2017

The long-time illustrator of New Yorker covers, Barry Blitt, gets his hilarious and provocative artwork collected for the first time in this beautiful to-scale package. Just take a look inside! Quite possibly the best survey of contemporary American political and cultural satire around, BLITT will make a terrific gift for New Yorker readers, art lovers, and followers of current events.

Cinemaps: An Atlas of 35 Great Movies Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594749896
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Quirk Books - October 24th, 2017

What is it about film that captures our imagination? In CINEMAPS, Degraff makes the visual argument that it's the world they create, the places they conjure. In this gorgeous art object, Degraff creates a series of maps of cinematic landscapes, ranging from Star Trek to Fargo, creating a coffee table book that conjures the magic of the movies.

Monograph by Chris Ware Cover Image
By Chris Ware, Ira Glass (Preface by), Francoise Mouly (Introduction by), Art Spiegelman (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780847860883
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Rizzoli - October 17th, 2017

Cult comics icon and graphic design genius Chris Ware finally gets the deluxe monograph treatment his idiosyncratic vision deserves. Including selections of his famous New Yorker covers and details of his narrative works, this is the quintessential overview of one of the most singular visual artists of our era. A shoe-in for gift of the year for any art, design or comics lover on your list!

William Henry Fox Talbot and the Promise of Photography Cover Image
By William Henry Fox Talbot (Photographer), Dan Leers (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Larry Schaaf (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
ISBN: 9780880390606
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Carnegie Museum of Art - November 21st, 2017

William Henry Fox is known for his groundbreaking photography, as well has being one of the inventors of the medium. This gorgeous, affordable collection of his work contains more than 30 images that demonstrate his interests, from nature to architecture, all capturing the magic of photography in its very infancy.

Holiday Catalog: Fiction

Affections: A Novel Cover Image
By Rodrigo Hasbún, Sophie Hughes (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781501154799
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Simon & Schuster - September 12th, 2017

A beautifully written story about civil unrest, one father’s determination to reach his dream, and the disintegration of a family. Set in South America, with each chapter told from the perspective of a different person, the reader gets a glimpse into how each of our perspectives are not the same. Based on the life of Third Reich cinematographer Hans Ertl.

Artemis: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553448122
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Ballantine Books - November 14th, 2017

Meet Jazz Bashara, the brash, foul-mouthed working-class anti-hero of Andy Weir's ARTEMIS, the follow-up to his blockbuster debut, THE MARTIAN. Jazz is a highly intelligent and resourceful underachiever with a propensity for bad life choices. She just happens to live in Artemis--the first lunar city. But when her small time smuggling operation gets her mixed up in a much larger conspiracy, Jazz must fulfill her potential in order to save herself and her home. This is smart, fast-paced action fun, with no small amount of humor and all the science nerdery you could hope for. ARTEMIS is the perfect gift for sci-fi fans or any reader looking for a good romp.

The Burning Girl: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393635027
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 29th, 2017

A coming-of-age story of two childhood best friends and how the choices that one makes in life can destroy the strongest of friendships and tear our world apart. Complex, deeply touching, and makes you question the stories that we tell ourselves.

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Compass Cover Image
By Mathias Énard, Charlotte Mandell (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780811226622
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: New Directions - March 28th, 2017

A warm, learned and invigorating novel that takes place in a single night of the musicologist Franz Ritter. As Ritter, fighting an unnamed illness, tries to fall asleep he reflects on a life of travel and love, focusing especially on the cultural intersection of the East and the West. A smart and generous novel, beautifully translated, that will surely stay with you. Insomnia has never been so beautiful.

The End We Start from Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802126894
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Published: Grove Press - November 7th, 2017

Look at this gorgeous book. Seriously. Is this going to be the first ever coffee table book that’s a readable piece of fiction? I think so. And the contents are no less fascinating. A soon-to-be-mother is dwelling in London when the waters unhesitatingly rise, leaving her and her husband to begin a long search for safety and comfort. Spare, lyrical; an eerie portrait of what we bring with us when we must leave most things behind. Perfect for fans of new and interesting fiction, or anyone who enjoyed the recent revival of THE HANDMAID’S TALE

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ISBN: 9780735216693
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 26th, 2017

The first short story collection from National Book Award-winner James McBride is a testament to his ability as a consumate storyteller. And these diverse tales--from the hunt for a rare Civil War era toy, to a group of strangers awaiting judgment in the afterlife, to the exploits of a teenage soul band--are the perfect starting place for readers unfamiliar with his work. If you enjoy quirky, memorable characters, humor, and the flat-out ability to just tell a story, look no further than FIVE-CARAT SOUL.

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ISBN: 9780399592805
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Published: Random House - September 5th, 2017

Rushdie’s latest novel has a little bit of something for everyone -- history, culture, politics, art, mythology -- all wrapped up in a compelling narrative about the rise and fall of the house of Nero set against the backdrop of New York City and Mumbai. Mysterious, funny, and captivating. Recommended for fiction aficionados.

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ISBN: 9780316243964
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 19th, 2017

19th century rural Ireland was a superstitious and difficult place to inhabit, as evidenced by this propulsive story of three women trying to banish the evil from a child accused of being a changeling. This tense page-turning thriller based on a true story is both terrifying and enlightening and stuck with me long after it was over. Recommend for historical and literary fiction lovers.

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ISBN: 9780062684387
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Published: William Morrow - October 31st, 2017

In this book Gregory Maguire, the acclaimed author of WICKED, turns his imagination to the Nutcracker, weaving an origin story for the figure and the toy-maker who carved him. Mixing darkness and light in his signature style, Maguire captures both the sinister and joyful elements of folklore. Perfect for fans of the original Grimm fairytales, before Disney!

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ISBN: 9781594631726
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 31st, 2017

An astounding collection of stories (and novellas) from the author of AT NIGHT WE WALK IN CIRCLES. These stories focus on people's place in society, often a society that is unwelcoming. From stories set in the contemporary world to parables, Alarcón's collection is satisfying and accessible.

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ISBN: 9780735225114
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Published: Viking - September 5th, 2017

Master of spy and mystery novels, John le Carre, returns! Interweaving past with present so that each may tell its own intense story, John le Carré has spun a single plot as ingenious and thrilling as the two predecessors on which it looks back: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

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ISBN: 9781476716732
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Published: Scribner - October 3rd, 2017

We're fans of Egan’s novels and Manhattan Beach is no exception. This historical novel follows three characters whose storylines weave together to tell a richly imagined narrative of World War II New York City. The characters are fully realized and very much human and I didn’t want their stories to end. Highly recommend for fans of historical and literary fiction.

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ISBN: 9780451493422
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Published: Knopf - November 7th, 2017

Beginning where Henry James’ classic novel THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY ended, MRS. OSMOND follows fascinating, inscrutable Isabel as she navigates European society and seeks freedom from her deceitful husband, Gilbert Osmond. With nods to James’ elegant style on every page, this book is full of surprises while still satisfying fans of the original. Perfect for the English major in the family, or anyone who wants to dive into rich, lush historical fiction.

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ISBN: 9780374280147
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 19th, 2017

Alice McDermott, known for her National Book Award-winning CHARMING BILLY, has returned with another definitive work of fiction. One of the best writers alive, she turns her attention here to tragedy and forgiveness in a novel that traces the involvement of an elderly nun in a case of suicide. Everything that makes McDermott essential is here, especially her ability to navigate the gulf between toughness and tenderness. Literary fiction rarely gets better than this.

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ISBN: 9780385350594
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Published: Knopf - September 12th, 2017

Books don't get much more erudite than those of Daniel Mendelsohn. But here, the great journalist and historian turns his attention toward the personal: his relationship with his own father, a hardened mathematician who tries to connect with his literary son through his love of the classics. At once a study of THE ODYSSEY and also a story of father and son, this book will delight both academics and people looking for a heartwarming personal story.

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ISBN: 9781468314762
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Published: The Overlook Press - October 3rd, 2017

PARIS IN THE PRESENT TENSE is a sweeping tale of loneliness, history, music, and finding love in the most unexpected places. The book follows Jules Lacour, a 74-year- old cellist struggling with the death of his wife. Through a series of unexpected circumstances, he ends up writing hold music for an international conglomerate, grappling with emotional wounds left buried since WWII, and falling in love with a younger woman. Through layers of complex storytelling, Mark Helprin weaves a far-reaching tale that will enthrall anyone looking for a great story.

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ISBN: 9780316022064
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 7th, 2017

Augusta's absolute favorite book of the year! Just in time for the 100th anniversary, Marina’s coming of age tale during the Russian Revolution is enchanting and engrossing; Augusta read this 800+ page book in just 5 days! Gift this to someone who lives literary and/or historical fiction.

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ISBN: 9781501126062
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Published: Scribner - September 5th, 2017

A narrative of a complicated, biracial Mississippi family from the two-time National Book Award-winning Ward. It confronts our country's history of racism in a way that is so all-encompassing as to transcend time. Past, present, and future, living and dead, humans and animals: all are necessary to tell the story of America from slavery to chain gangs to Jim Crow to Trayvon Martin.

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ISBN: 9780735224445
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Published: Viking - October 17th, 2017

A gorgeously written and deeply moving novel about how we deal with the past and how we live in the present. A chance encounter with an old friend stirs up various memories, including some awful ones from childhood that Victor Forde would prefer to stay hidden deep. Doyle’s prose challenges us, makes us laugh, and then leaves us wondering about our own pasts and the power of memory on who we were and who we become. A powerful read that will linger in your memory for a very long time.

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ISBN: 9780525521563
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Published: Knopf - December 5th, 2017

Pulitzer Prize-winning author, actor, and musician Sam Shepard’s final work. Inspired by his own life, this short novel explores illness, memory, a life’s work, and the connections between those we love and come to depend on. The unnamed narrator of SPY OF THE FIRST PERSON journeys into his own memories as he nears his life’s end, navigating his relation to place and people across an unmistakably American landscape. At once vulnerable and celebratory, Shepard’s newest work cements his legacy as one of our finest persons of letters.

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ISBN: 9781631493751
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Published: Liveright - September 19th, 2017

McMurtry is a American icon and a Texas legend, and THALIA collects his first trilogy of novels, all set in the titular town. Containing HORSEMAN, PASS BY; LEAVING CHEYENNE; and THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, THALIA collects McMurtry's fiction from a time when he was young and arriving on the literary scene fully former, with his voice fully intact. Never read McMurtry? Start here! Read everything he has ever written? Buy this gorgeous volume and fall in love all over again.

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ISBN: 9781101946152
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Published: Knopf - October 17th, 2017

A debut short story collection rarely gets much attention, but when the author is Tom Hanks (yes, THAT Tom Hanks), it's a different matter. But this is no vanity publication; Hanks here proves himself to be a nimble and even experimental writer, jumping from form to form while maintaining the core humanity we've come to expect from his legendary performances. Fans of whimsical and inventive fiction will rejoice!

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By László Krasznahorkai, George Szirtes (Translated by), Ottilie Mulzet (Translated by), John Batki (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780811224192
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Published: New Directions - December 5th, 2017

Visionary writer Krasznahorkai returns with a collection of transcendent stories. These pieces, which take the reader across the world, question history, language, and what we take as facts. There is no one writing today who's comparable to Krasznahorkai.

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By Dylan Thomas, John Goodby (Editor)
ISBN: 9780811221146
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Published: New Directions - October 31st, 2017

A gorgeously and thoughtfully curated collection of the work of one of the best poetic voices of the 20th century. Perfect for those new to Thomas as well as those who have read him voraciously. Do not go gentle into that good night without this one. Bravo to New Directions for making Dylan Thomas accessible in such a comprehensive anthology to 21st century audiences.

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ISBN: 9780399563249
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Published: Penguin Press - October 10th, 2017

A definitive collection of Mary Oliver's poetry from the last fifty years. Known for her slim volumes, this large collection collects Oliver's greatest work and displays her love, even obsession, with the natural world.