Staff Picks

New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons

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The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons: A Semi-serious A-to-Z Archive Cover Image
By David Remnick (Foreword by), Bob Mankoff (Editor)
$80.00
ISBN: 9780316436670
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - October 2nd, 2018

 

It's not just enormous and hilarious, it's definitive and comprehensive and brilliant.  Bob Mankoff, longtime cartoon editor, has curated over 3,000 cartoons into categories (Adam and Eve, snowmen, and about 250 others) and has added sparkling, hysterical commentary.  There is no better gift you can buy for anyone who loves humor - or for yourself.

David


Gmorning, Gnight!

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Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You Cover Image
By Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jonny Sun (Illustrator)
$17.60
ISBN: 9781984854278
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Published: Random House - October 16th, 2018

 

Hey, it's easy to feel discouraged right now. The world feels big, individual actions seem small, and one might even say that things are objectively BAD. Luckily Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jonny Sun are here to give you a dose of inspiration. Best read daily--or whenever you're feeling down--these pages will pick you up in the morning & comfort you at night. A great gift for the winter season or way to kick off the new year.

Kate


Glamourie

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Alice Starmore's Glamourie (Calla Editions) Cover Image
By Alice Starmore, Jade Starmore (Photographer)
$48.00
ISBN: 9781606600832
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Published: Calla Editions - February 14th, 2018

 

This mother daughter project is more than just a book of knitting patterns. It’s a beautiful compilation of stories in the style of folk tales, and complex designs that are more costumes than sweaters. Gift this to the knitter, the loud dresser, or the lover of folklore in your life.

Heather


Factfulness

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Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think Cover Image
$22.39
ISBN: 9781250107817
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 3rd, 2018

 

Rx for serious good news! I had to read this in small doses, but it turned out to be one of the most influential and surprising books I've ever read. Obama and Bill Gates are major fans. Go for it.

Molly


The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins

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The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781250153708
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Published: First Second - July 17th, 2018

 

If you've listened to the podcast and want to see our hapless heroes' hijinks in a new format, this is for you! If you've never heard of The Adventure Zone but love beautifully-drawn graphic novels and lighthearted high fantasy adventures, this is definitely for you! I don't think I've ever found another story that made me feel this purely, laughingly happy the whole time I was reading it.

Ari


Hunger

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The Hunger Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735212510
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 6th, 2018

 

Full disclosure, I was VERY into creepy and unsettling things as a child and the tragedy of the Donner party fell right into my wheelhouse. As an adult, this book was a fun mix of history and fiction all mixed with a deep feeling of disquiet that weighs on you throughout the entire book. It might not be the traditional Christmas ghost story, but it's still the perfect spooky winter read.

 

Cissa


Unicorn Food

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Unicorn Food: Beautiful Plant-Based Recipes to Nurture Your Inner Magical Beast Cover Image
$15.96
ISBN: 9781523502134
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - September 4th, 2018

 

If you want gorgeously colorful, instagram-worthy meals, look no further. Odell’s flavorful plant-based recipes are nutrient-rich and delicious, perfect for wowing guests or brightening your mealtime. Think health-food nutrition, fusion flavors, and Lisa Frank presentation.   

Marika


ART: THE DEFINITIVE VISUAL GUIDE

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Art: The Definitive Visual Guide Cover Image
By Andrew Graham Dixon, Ross King (Foreword by)
$40.00
ISBN: 9781465474759
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Published: DK - September 4th, 2018

 

Every house should have one! Paging through this beautiful volume can light up your mind with humanity's creative pageant, as well as inspire, elucidate and finally identify that certain half-remembered  painting (the one with the thing) that you've been trying to recall for years now...

Gary


Abbott

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By Saladin Ahmed, Sami Kivela (Illustrator), Jason Wordie (With)
$14.39
ISBN: 9781684152452
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Published: BOOM! Studios - October 30th, 2018

 

Elena Abbott must contend with racism, sexism, and occult horror while she chases down a serial killer the police aren't pursuing. Only she can stop the murderer, but that's provided she survives. Beautiful art, superb storytelling, and fantastic characters. I had no idea how much I needed this comic until I picked it up.

 

Shana


Sad Animal Babies

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$13.59
ISBN: 9781419729874
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 9th, 2018

 

Filled with fun facts about juvenile animals of all kinds! The drawings that accompany each fact are adorable and peppered with the author's poignant (and slightly painful) jokes. I had a tough time putting it down. Informational, cute, and great for cracking a smile and unleashing an "awwww" or two.

Stacey


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