Even More Beautiful Gift Books 2013
Christmas and New Year's fast approach, followed by that last of the gift-giving holidays of the season: Epiphany. Here are some wonder-filled books which make great gift books for family and friends. We all hope that you have delightful, delicious holidays with engaging conversation, joyous singing and eating, and some quiet time for reflecting and reading. Thanks for all your support of our store and of the books, publishers, and authors we carry.
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John & all Dieselfolk
Would America be America without jazz? Would jazz be jazz without Verve Records? The two questions go hand in hand, and if this book doesn't finally answer either (what book possibly could?), it definitively poses them. For some, it will be the evolution of the artwork that keeps you turning the pages. For others, it will be the news clippings and contracts. And for still others, it will be the thought-provoking commentaries on the cultural climate of the '50s and '60s. This is an American music lover's dream book. -- Brad Johnson
I was 24 before I could afford my first pair of Frye boots. I still have that same pair, and have acquired a few more along the way. They're good enough for John Lennon and Jeff Tweedy, and a must-have for any self-respecting boot lover. Frye: The Boots That Made History is a glorious collection of photographs of Frye boots and shoes throughout the company's long history. More appropriate for your coffee table than the boots themselves, The Boots That Made History is a beautiful homage to the artwork of footwear.
21,000 acres of the Santa Monica mountains almost became a sprawling retail utopia called Sunset Mountain. There were plans to demolish the Santa Monica Pier and build a hotel rising from the surf and accessed by a tunnel. L.A.'s Catholic Cathedral was almost a 50-story skyscraper designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Unfortunately, in my opinion, none of these architectural marvels came to pass. Los Angeles' extant tradition of architectural innovation is wonderful but the book Never Built Los Angeles gives an insider's look into what could have been, or at the very least, what architects dream of when they go to sleep. We almost had an inverted building in the shape of a water drop suspended 700 feet in the air! Check it out. -- Cameron Carlson
In their thoughtful and well-executed first book, the editors of Remodelista.com have set a new standard for interior design resource books. Their design aesthetic favors classic over trendy and carefully edited over cluttered. And it's not meant to break the bank. Antiques, Design Within Reach, and IKEA happily coexist in their look. The book is organized logically as an introduction to their design model, with twelve homes that exemplify their idea of good design, followed by the all-important kitchen and bath sections. Next comes an individual ideas section followed by a list of 100 timeless design objects. They save the best for last in "Remodeling Reality," where they provide the framework for planning your remodel along with the tools to get the job done within budget. This design sourcebook will be serving us well for many years into the future. -- Alan Dishman
Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning is a collection of Lange's historic photographs accompanied by autobiographical text in the form of interviews and letters. Soulful and profound, you'll recognize iconic images of the Dust Bowl as well as lesser-known photographs from world travel later in her life. One could give this book in tandem with Marisa Silver's novel Mary Coin, whose protagonist is based on the woman featured in Lange's famous "Migrant Mother" photograph. -- Mia Wigmore
If you can't afford to go to Ireland soon, this is the book for you! It will assuage your wanderlust but also deepen it. Ireland is a very special destination and this book will convince any would-be traveler to go. Gorgeous photography of the luscious landscape and the charms of the urban scene await to be admired. Get a bottle of Jameson to sip and indulge yourself with this book. -- Herb Bivins
Princesses are difficult to buy for. Not only does every gift need to have drama and romance, it also has to pass a parental inspection. This book solves the princess gift problem with ease. Although it is not pink or sparkly, it is incredibly beautiful and very dramatic. The text is a slightly abridged version of the Hans Christian Andersen original, but it's the pop-ups that make this book so noteworthy. Robert Sabuda is a pop-up genius; his previous books include Encyclopedia Prehistorica and other classics like Beauty & the Beast. Just like those previous bestsellers, The Little Mermaid pushes pop-up engineering to the limits. There is an enormous pop-up of a ship, including rigging, while on another page the paper flips inside out to create a magnificent wedding arch, which should satisfy any princess. Each page contains many other inner pages, with pop-ups of their own. This book is a rich treasure and perfect for royalty of all ages. -- Clare Doornbos