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
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
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
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
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.

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