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Map: Exploring the World

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$59.95
ISBN: 9780714869445
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Published: Phaidon Press - September 28th, 2015

More than just a collection of beautiful maps from around the world and throughout history, this book uses critical juxtaposition to create new perspectives on history, politics, and geography. Easily the most interesting coffee table book this year.

Josh

 


Old Filth Trilogy Boxed Set

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$47.00
ISBN: 9781609452285
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Published: Europa Editions - November 4th, 2014

Old Filth has been a staff pick before, but Europa has now issued the magnificent Filth
trilogy in a single boxed set. The novels trace the interwoven stories of the three main characters, each taking center stage in one of the books. These are stories of the fading British empire in Asia during the mid-20th century, and the gentle decline of three protagonists into old age as they return to rural England. The writing is poignant, funny and incisive, and each book ends making you wish it had another 200 pages.

David


The Art of Tinkering

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$32.50
ISBN: 9781616286095
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Published: Weldon Owen - February 4th, 2014

If you're looking for a gift for a curious, creative, out-of-the-box thinker, this may very well be the perfect one.  From the Tinkering Studio at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, it’s chock-full of jumping-off points for tinkering adventures, suggestions for tools and materials, and wonderful stories of tinkering adventures. Complete with a hackable cover with conductive ink, this book is sure  to amaze, delight and inspire.


Dina


The Gardener's Garden

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By Toby Musgrave (Contributions by), Madison Cox (Introduction by), Bill Noble (Contributions by), Lindsey Taylor (Contributions by)
$79.95
ISBN: 9780714867472
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Published: Phaidon Press - October 27th, 2014

A terrific gift for the gardening friend who has all the reference books they need. The Gardener’s Garden is both encyclopedic and international in scope filled with illustrations and explanatory text about the world’s most interesting and important gardens. A source for inspiration, for potential travel destinations, or just for dreaming.


Dale


Cover

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$60.00
ISBN: 9781576876671
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Published: powerHouse Books - August 5th, 2014

For the book lover, the art lover, the graphic designer, the coffee table book collector, Cover collects artist Peter Mendelsund’s many breathtaking and arresting cover designs. As an added bonus, Cover features an interview with Mendelsund that first appeared on none other than the Porter Square Books Blog.


Josh


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

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$28.95
ISBN: 9780385535410
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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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By Maura McHugh, Jane Laurie (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780764166204
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Published: Barron's Educational Series - October 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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By Mark A. Vieira, Sharon Stone (Foreword by)
$60.00
ISBN: 9780762450398
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Published: Running Press Adult - 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


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