More Beautiful Gift Books



Here are MORE wonderful gift books, which can be found at your quality neighborhood Diesel bookstore! Local is the way to go, especially local that brings the whole world to you -- so see you in the store and we'll help you find the best gifts ever! Have a festive and cosmopolitan holiday season!


Happy Reading!
John & all Dieselfolk

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The Perfectly Imperfect Home: How to Decorate & Live Well Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307720139
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - November 1st, 2011

It's that time of year, when the general focus shifts toward hearth and home. The home is all a flurry with family feasts and holiday parties -- there's oh so much to do and fret over! Why don't you slow it down a little; it doesn't have to be perfect. Enter The Perfectly Imperfect Home: How to Decorate and Live Well. Former Domino editor-in-chief Deborah Needleman shares her insights and helpful tips for making a house into a charmed and happy living space. Eschewing the moneyed, somewhat sterile interiors often found in shelter magazines, Needleman offers a guide for chic home living that is at once attainable and inspirational. Unlike other design books, you won't find photographs here. Colorful watercolor illustrations by Virginia Johnson provide a delightful alternative and allow the reader to project her own imagination and design fantasies for how to attain the overall aesthetic shown. Peppered throughout is Needleman's breezy, conversational prose. She writes, "The point of decorating is to create the background for the best life you can have." I'd like to toast to that. -- Joanna Coelho

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The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs Cover Image
By The New Yorker Magazine, Malcolm Gladwell (Foreword by), Susan Orlean (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9780679644750
Availability: Backordered
Published: Random House - October 30th, 2012

Punctuated by hilarious canine cartoons from the venerable magazine, authors such as Charles Addams, John Cheever, Roald Dahl, Arthur Miller, John Updike. T.C. Boyle, and, of course, James Thurber and Susan Orlean, offer their witty and heartfelt takes on Good Dogs, Bad Dogs, Top Dogs, and Under Dogs. If you own a dog, curl up and read this with them. If you don't own a dog, this book might make you decide to finally get one. A great read all at once or in short spurts. -- Kathryn Gan

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London: A History in Verse Cover Image
By Mark Ford (Editor)
ISBN: 9780674065680
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Belknap Press - July 31st, 2012

Anglophiles love books and this is a book that's never been seen before. Histories of kings, queens, London, Britain, Shakespeare's time, are legion. This is a history of London told through its poets. From the 14th century to the present, poems capturing the spirit of the place through all its transformations and giving voice to its smells, sights, sounds, and bustling humanity. Simultaneously a history of London and a history of English verse, this a stunning anthology, beautifully composed and presented by none other than The Belknap Press. This is the gift for Londoners, Englishfolk, poets, and anglophiles. "I write in South Molton Street, what I both see and hear/In regions of Humanity, in London's opening streets" -- Wm. Blake -- John Evans

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Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health Cover Image
ISBN: 9780756633622
Availability: Special Order - Please call to confirm availability
Published: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) - January 1st, 2008

Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health is a first-class coffee table-style reference book that is both thorough and approachable. B.K.S. Iyengar, the world's leading teacher of yoga (and my teacher!), shares detailed instructions for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students. Clear photographs and step-by-step instructions outline how to perform each posture correctly while a full view of the final pose shows exactly how to position each part of the body. One section illustrates sequences of asanas to treat or prevent a wide range of ailments. Further, a 20-week yoga course, formulated by Iyengar, progresses from simple to more challenging postures. This is a highly accessible gift for anyone who might not be able to make it to a class, but wants a safe and comprehensive guide to use at home. -- Mia Wigmore

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Burma: Rivers of Flavor Cover Image
ISBN: 9781579654139
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Published: Artisan Publishers - September 25th, 2012

In a broad culinary sense, Burma occupies the same place in Asian cuisine that Turkey does in Middle Eastern cuisine: both countries lie at the intersection of numerous culinary traditions, resulting in striking juxtapositions of ingredients and flavors. In 2010, Nur Ilkin's The Turkish Cookbook made the remotest corners of Turkish cuisine accessible to a world audience; now, Naomi Duguid's Burma provides the same in-depth examination, and joyful celebration, of Burmese food. Burma shares borders with India, China, and Thailand, and while its cuisine shows the influences of those countries' great culinary traditions, it also makes use of unique ingredients such as fried shallots, roasted peanuts, and fermented tea leaves to forge its own culinary identity. (If you've never had Burmese food, the de facto national dish, laphet thoke -- tea-leaf salad, page 64 -- is a great place to start.) With appropriately beautiful photography, and just enough cultural asides to provide context, this cookbook makes a fantastic gift for anyone who's passionate about Asian cooking. -- John Peck

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Canal House Cooks Every Day Cover Image
ISBN: 9781449421472
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 30th, 2012

This cookbook is near perfect. From its festive cover to the mouthwatering color photos throughout, it is instantly pleasing. What makes this book shine even more are the recipes, easy enough for a novice home cook and special enough to serve to company. The book shows you how to come up with creative solutions when you are working on a budget and/or only have a few ingredients on hand. The recipes are fabulous and not fussy, which will give you more time to focus on what is important: sharing a quality, memorable meal with family or friends. -- Cheryl Ryan

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The Complete Calvin and Hobbes Cover Image
ISBN: 9781449433253
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - November 13th, 2012

Everything I know I learned from Calvin and Hobbes. The best comic strip ever (come at me, bro!) ran from 1985-1995, and during that period, author and artist Bill Watterson taught me about the power of friendship and imagination, to relish independent thought, and the meanings of a plethora of vocabulary words -- though sadly not, due to the limits of print media, how to pronounce any of them. (Okay, okay, parents' bemused friends at a party in 1991: I get that it's hyperbolee, not hyperbowl. Please stop laughing in my memories.) Newly available in paperback, this four-volume, slipcased set of every Calvin and Hobbes strip ever serves the dual purpose of providing an elegant way to pass this wisdom on to a new generation, as well as embodying, for those of us who remember, a type of ecstatic time travel on par with that made possible by the finest empty cardboard boxes. Read it with a young friend on one of those quintessential lazy Sundays. -- Anna Kaufman