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An Illustrated Guide to Cocktails

Lovely holiday gift.  Lovely benefits you’ll reap.

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Paravion Press

Gorgeous editions of books I’m willing to bet you haven’t read in a long time.  How chicly literate you’ll be at your Sunday picnic in the park.

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Bamboo Notebook

I’m fickle with my notebook love, but I have a major sweet spot for Kikkerland.  So this is my book of the moment.

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Art Style Guide

Insight from the insider, this lovely (and easy!) guide shows the rest of us how to get that brilliant art collection started.  Must. read. now.

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Curiosities

Keep track of them in this little book, and the hedgehog will guard them for you.

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I love your style

“How to define and refine your personal style.”

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Beautiful Books

Penguin took a few classics and made them as beautiful on the outside as they are in.  (So it’s probably safe to judge these books by their covers and treat your bookish friends this season.)  Notables: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Great Expectations, Sense and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice.

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Momofuku

I love the restaurant (and peaches).  Now let’s see if David Chang can help me round out my Asian cooking abilities.

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Capitalists

You’ve met a lot of people you liked.  Why not keep track?  Another example?  Husbands.

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The Book of the Kiss

Men: just buy it now and hang onto it.  There will come a day when you forget something.

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Emergency

Just the book, okay?  Anyway, let no young person go without reading this.  (Partly for fun, partly for reals.)

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Kitten’s First Full Moon

Book 9 of 9 Awesome Reads for Kids.

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My Friend Rabbit

Book 8 of 9 Awesome Reads for Kids.

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The Man Who Walked Between The Towers

Book 7 of 9 Awesome Reads for Kids.

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Make Way for Ducklings

Book 6 of 9 Awesome Reads for Kids.

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Where The Wild Things Are

Book 5 of 9 Awesome Reads for Kids.

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The Little House

Book 4 of 9 Awesome Reads for Kids.

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The Snowy Day

Book 3 of 9 Awesome Reads for Kids.

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Corduroy

Book 2 of 9 Awesome Reads for Kids.

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The Little Island

Book 1 of 9 Awesome Reads for Kids.

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Doughnuts Journal

Architectural journal with such a sweet and lovely binding.

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Kindle 2

The closer this thing gets to looking and feeling like an iPhone, the closer I get to thinking I could actually use it as my primary “book”.

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Plus and Minus

Bruno Munari’s brilliant game of 72 cards to help kids create layered images.

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Buying In

By the author of NYT Magazine’s Consumed, Buying In provides a new picture of the branding world that consumers have helped to create.

And unlike most marketing analysis books, it’s actually interesting and reads kind of like Clay Shirky’s Here Comes Everybody (which, by the way, everybody should read).

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Felted Button Bookmark

Adorable and practical.

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Red Patent Moleskine

The vamp of the notebook world.  I would love to have this puppy for daily notes, and yes, I’m drooling a little (because it’s just so shiny).

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Cavallini

The perfect journal for on-the-go jotting.  The elastic strap reminds me of those book straps high school kids in 50s movies always use to tote their stuff home.  Of course this has nothing to do with that, but the strap, it is good.

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Classic Feynman

Think his contemporaries said that about him with a roll of the eye?  Nah, he’s easily the most entertaining physicist ever.


 

Guts and Glory

For the football fan whose obsession runs deeper than the headlining Sunday game, this is an amazing collection, selected from over ten thousand rolls of Neil Leifer’s photos from 1958-78.

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The Polysyllabic Spree

Who doesn’t love a spree?  Nick Hornby’s collection of all things wonderful in the essay world is nothing short of a fantastic read.


 

Museum-in-a-Book

The DC Vault is filled with all the heroes he wanted to be as a kid.  Give it to him now, with an addendum: he’s the biggest super hero you know.

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Don’t Get Too Comfortable

David Rakoff still tells the best first world problem stories.  And I’ve read them each at least three times.  Go get it, and start laughing.