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An Atlas of Countries that Don't Exist

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An Atlas of Countries That Don't Exist: A Compendium of Fifty Unrecognized and Largely Unnoticed States Cover Image
$23.96
ISBN: 9781452158686
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 30th, 2016

When I first heard about this book, I assumed these were made up places. They aren't. This atlas is full of real states with complex histories that have disqualified them from being official countries. Some are contemporary, some historical, while others have seen their recognition reneged in recent decades. You'll find everywhere from Lakotah (80,000 mi² within the United States), to Taiwan or Catalonia, to a concrete platform off the coast of England, and many more.

 

Matthew


Handcrafted Maine

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Handcrafted Maine: Art, Life, Harvest & Home Cover Image
By Katy Kelleher, Greta Rybus (Photographer)
$31.96
ISBN: 9781616895679
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - July 18th, 2017

Maine is a state where many people take a risk and create their own jobs. This book honors hardworking and creative people with beautiful photographs and journalistic-like details. This is a great gift for a creative person or Maine-iac!

 

Heather


Bean to Bar Chocolate

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Bean-To-Bar Chocolate: America's Craft Chocolate Revolution: The Origins, the Makers, and the Mind-Blowing Flavors Cover Image
By Megan Giller, Michael Laiskonis (Foreword by)
$15.96
ISBN: 9781612128214
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Published: Storey Publishing - September 19th, 2017

As someone who devours at least two bars of at least 80% chocolate a week (and lives dangerously close to Taza), I found this book fascinating. From process, descriptions of fair-trade versus direct trade, to types of bars to creative pairings, this is THE book on chocolate today. Just remember to include a few bars when you gift it!

Marika


The Great Nadar – The Man Behind the Camera

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$22.40
ISBN: 9781101902608
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Published: Tim Duggan Books - July 11th, 2017

Photography lovers will relish this fascinating biography of the legendary French photographer known as Nadar.  A visionary with an abundance of panache, Nadar pioneered the use of aerial photography – he was an avid balloonist – and celebrity photography, photographing tout le monde de Paris – Bernhardt, Delacroix, George Sand, Victor Hugo, among others – he was the Andy Warhol of his time.  Nathan


The Wicked + the Divine Volume 1

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The Wicked + the Divine Volume 1: The Faust ACT Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781632150196
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Published: Image Comics - November 25th, 2014

Every ninety years, 12 humans are granted the powers of a god and the fame of a pop star, but only for two years, and then they die. Lucifer is accused of murder, but she might be innocent. It's up to fangirl Laura Wilson and skeptical reporter Cassandra Igarashi to find out the truth. Mystery, romance, humor, great art, poor life choices, this series has it all. It's a wild ride from start to finish, and I couldn't put it down.

Shana


Salvation on Sand Mountain

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Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780306818363
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Published: Da Capo Press - August 1st, 2009

Despite his Alabama roots, Dennis Covington only knew about snake handling in a vague sense, until the New York Times asked him to cover a story about a snake handling death in the 1990s. Intrigued by the culture, Covington extended the project and wrote this book. This American subculture is filled with everything from quiet piety to sexual power play; cultish leaders to naive victims. In his thoughtful and elegant book, Covington offers few conclusions, but peels back a side of our country few people know about.

Matthew


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