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the Time in the World: A Book of Hours by Jessica Kerwin Jenkins

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All the Time in the World: A Book of Hours Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385535410
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Nan A. Talese - October 29th, 2013

Such a fascinating book: this contemporary Book of Hours feeds the mind and heart. Topics range from Casanova's famous late-night card match, to the love of roses in ancient Persia, to the confusing evolution of star naming. Minka Sicklinger's illustrations are a perfect companion. I loved basking in it by reading only an entry a day...

Jennifer


Twisted Myths

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Twisted Myths: 20 Classic Stories with a Dark and Dangerous Heart Cover Image
By Maura McHugh, Jane Laurie (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780764166204
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Barron's Educational Series - October 1st, 2013

This collection highlights the darker side of mythology and has absolutely amazing illustrations. And by “amazing” I mean BRUTAL IN THE MOST AWESOME WAY POSSIBLE! Entertaining and informative for mythology buff and, surprisingly, a fantastic coffee table book for the heavy metal fan in your life.

Josh


Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures and Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs, by Paul Koudounaris

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$29.95
ISBN: 9780500251959
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Published: Thames & Hudson - October 8th, 2013

Worth it for the pictures alone, scholar Koudounaris fleshes out a strange little corner of Catholic history- that of the skeletal remains of martyrs that were dressed and ornamented as a response by the Catholic Church to the Protestant Reformation. Read about the skeletons, what they meant to the communities that hosted them and how they ended up. Fascinating!

Marie


George Hurrell's Hollywood

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George Hurrell's Hollywood: Glamour Portraits 1925-1992: Images from the Collections of Michael H. Epstein & Scott E. Schwimer Adn Ben S. Carbonet Cover Image
By Mark A. Vieira, Sharon Stone (Foreword by)
$60.00
ISBN: 9780762450398
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Running Press Book Publishers - November 12th, 2013

An almost unbearably gorgeous book full of almost impossibly glamorous people. One of the ancillary art forms spawned by Hollywood in the studio era was the studio star portrait, and probably the master of them all was George Hurrell. Lighting, makeup and wardrobe helped, but look at what there was to work with (see freckled Joan Crawford's before-and-after portraits)!

Gary


Big Appetites: Tiny People in a World of Big Food

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Big Appetites: Tiny People in a World of Big Food Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9780761176411
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Published: Workman Publishing - September 10th, 2013

In Christopher Boffoli's book, you'll find typical people doing typical people things --just with big food. The photos are smart, funny, even philosophical at times. A fun gift book for foodies, artists, or anyone appreciative of the unusual.

Jennifer


Sky High

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By Germano Zullo, Albertine (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781452113920
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Chronicle Books - November 21st, 2012

Competing neighbors building outlandish houses, is there no end to it? Yes. In the meanwhile enjoy the drawings and delightful quips that bring this story to its very funny conclusion. Make sure to check out his childrens books as well, Little Bird and Line 135.

Robin


My Ideal Bookshelf

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By Thessaly La Force (Editor), Jane Mount (Artist)
$24.99
ISBN: 9780316200905
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Published: Little Brown and Company - November 13th, 2012

Everything about this book is cool…from the concept, to the font, to the shape, to the colorful sketches of book spines (which happen to be accurate). It screams “perfect gift book” and makes a fine complement to My Bookstore , edited by Ronald Rice, for the book lovers and readers in your life. Your most beloved authors/artists write about the books that define  their “dreams and ambitions”, in other words what constitutes  their ideal bookshelf. This book should be in everyone’s library.


Ellen


The Where, the Why, and the How

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The Where, the Why, and the How: 75 Artists Illustrate Wondrous Mysteries of Science Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781452108223
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Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - September 26th, 2012

Did you know that squirrels create a mental map of their nut caches and can actively retrieve them using this memory? Turn to page 130 to learn more! Do you know why pigeons bob their heads when they walk, why each snowflake is unique, or why we blush? You will find all the answers within these wonderful pages. Scientific mysteries are explained and illustrated in unique and whimsical essays and drawings. Be sure to read the introduction in which David Macaulay explains how the artwork was paired with each question. This is an immensely readable book, fascinating to look at, and educational as well.


Megan


The Hare With Amber Eyes, Illustrated Edition

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The Hare with Amber Eyes (Illustrated Edition): A Hidden Inheritance Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780374168285
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 13th, 2012

Artist Edmund de Waal recounts the history of his illustrious family through good times and bad, from the late 19th century, the Holocaust and World War 2 to the present day through the carved eyes of a collection of Japanese miniatures- a fascinating, engrossing and readable best-selling sensation.  This gorgeous, lavishly illustrated edition is the best bet of the season and a perfect gift for the history or art buff in your life- or a beautiful treat for yourself.


Marie


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