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Yes, the hot gift book ideas keep on coming! Our shelves are full of them! Come on in and find that perfect gift for your difficult friend or family member -- we are ready with our years of know-how and time spent reading, giving books (which make great gifts), and recommending books year in and year out. Go indie -- where passion reigns!

Have Wonderful Holidays & as always --
Happy Reading!
John & all Dieselfolk

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Avedon: Murals and Portraits Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419705632
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Published: ABRAMS - May 15th, 2012

This amazing photography book from the Gagosian Gallery chronicles the portraits and murals of one of America's greatest photographers, Richard Avedon. Part celebrity spectacle and part cultural history, this work was all done between 1969-1971. This is the catalog from the exhibition of the same name from early this year, but with the addition of essays on individual murals by Louis Menand, Paul Roth, Bob Rubin, and William Shawcross and archival material from the period. This one is for collectors, connoisseurs, and cultural cognoscenti. Oh, and those who just love art. -- John Evans

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Nostalgia: The Russian Empire of Czar Nicholas II Captured in Colored Photographs by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii Cover Image
ISBN: 9783899554397
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Published: Gestalten - October 1st, 2012

Nostalgia is an incredible photography book about the pioneer of color photography, Sergey Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii. While the book captures an important historical moment in art history, the photos themselves are unbelievably arresting. The earliest photo dates to 1909, and shows the Russian serfs and countryside in incredible color detail. I have a disorienting feeling while viewing these photos: that they are movie stills or contemporary art. I have to remind myself that these are real people. The color and detail, the lack of grain and haze, erases the temporal distance between subject and viewer. It's like gazing into a lost world. -- Cameron Carlson

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101 Essential Rock Records: The Golden Age of Vinyl from the Beatles to the Sex Pistols Cover Image
ISBN: 9781584234883
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Gingko Press - December 6th, 2012

For the music lover in your life, this is an homage to seminal vinyl rock albums. Each LP's original cover art is accompanied by a short essay on its merit and impact -- for example, David Bowie writes on The Velvet Underground. As there are only 101 picks, The Beatles and Bob Dylan both got the maximum-per-artist four albums. Rocking title songs bring back great memories: Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run, James Taylor's Sweet Baby James, and one of my brother's favorites, AC/DC's Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. Fleetwood Mac's Rumours ("Go Your Own Way"!) and Cat Stevens' Tea for the Tillerman ("Miles from Nowhere" and "Where Do the Children Play") were teenage staples, but one of my favorites did not make it: Supertramp's Breakfast in America. Fortunately, you are invited to post your own favorites online. -- Mia Wigmore

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Stay Up!: Los Angeles Street Art Cover Image
ISBN: 9781937359348
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Published: Cameron & Company - December 11th, 2012

It seems that every few weeks a new street art book comes out, and most of them are pretty good, filled with huge pictures of giant murals that artists have painted all over the world. Stay Up! is a little different. That it is entirely focused on Los Angeles got me to pick it up. But inside was so much more than pictures of walls that I've seen every day of my life. There were actually words, content. Words that were all about the Los Angeles artists featured and why the street art scene here, in L.A., is different than anywhere else on Earth. Stay up, pick it up! -- Joey Puente

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My Ideal Bookshelf Cover Image
By Jane Mount (Illustrator), Thessaly La Force (Editor)
ISBN: 9780316200905
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Published: Little Brown and Company - November 13th, 2012

If you're reading this, you obviously have a passion for books or know someone who does. There are the books that have influenced you, the ones you could never part with, the ones you always recommend or purchase multiple times to share with people in your life because they are "must reads." Have you ever wondered what books some of your favorite authors, chefs, musicians, photographers, and designers would feel that way about and have sitting on their Ideal Bookshelf? Editor Thessaly La Force interviewed a wide cross section of over 100 of today's creative people and teamed with artist Jane Mount to compile one of the most delightful gift books of the season. The format alone will immediately delight and draw you in. The contributors' fascinating and sometimes surprising single page essays are placed opposite whimsically bright paintings of the spines of the selections on their "shelf." You can discover that Paola Antonelli, a senior curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, includes a tattered, coverless cookbook that contains her grandmother's notes. Writer Michael Chabon was influenced by Borges, Chandler, Fitzgerald, and Pynchon, among others, so they're all there. Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard law professor, believes his bookshelf is "a philosophy course in how to look at the world" and holds an eclectic mix of both fiction (literary and genre) and nonfiction. Vendela Vida's criteria is this: "I like to keep these books near me." Simply told, this is a perfect addition for anyone who has that love affair with the book. There is even a blank Ideal Bookshelf at the end for you to create a "shelf" of your own. -- Pam Stirling

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Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399162480
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Putnam Adult - November 27th, 2012

From the Queen of Country Music herself, the ever-ostentatious Dolly Parton, comes a pocket-sized book of great life advice. I often thought Dolly Parton would have made a great aunt: the clothes, the shows, the fabulous singularity -- something to which we all aspire, in a way. But she was not available in my formative years to be my mentor and, as Dolly says: "Nowadays, you can't slap sense into your kids like you could back then." This is the book I want for all the young women in my life; I want to wrap it up with Caitlin Moran's How to Be a Woman, because it carries lovely, squeaky-clean versions of the same messages: be yourself, think big, don't let anyone tell you that you are less-than. Oh, and dress up. -- Sus Long