Franklin Steak: Dry-Aged. Live-Fired. Pure Beef.

$20

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Written by James Beard Award-winners, Aaron Franklin and Jordan Mackay, Franklin Steak: Dry-Aged. Live-Fired. Pure Beef. is the ultimate guide to assessing, preparing and cooking steak. Complete with variations for every single cut and plenty of tips on how to build your fire (whether that be on a grill, in a pit, or on the stove), everything is covered. In just over 200 pages, Franklin and Mackay answer just about every question that could be asked about steak—whether it’s cattle’s history, mysteries around dry-aging or how to buy and season the best cuts.

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Anya’s Secret Society

$18

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From author and illustrator Yevgenia Nayberg comes an artistic tale of otherness, Anya’s Secret Society. With a left-handed protagonist who moves from a place where her difference must be hidden to another where it’s accepted, the book celebrates triumph over adversity and all around artistry. Nayberg’s story inspires (especially for us lefties) as do her pages of beautiful illustrations.

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Lust for Los Angeles: A Lifestyle Guide to LA

$55

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Photographer Olivia Lopez brings an insider eye and impeccable design direction to her debut book Lust for Los Angeles: A Lifestyle Guide to LA. With 200 pages of imagery and copy, the book acts as both a guide and a sociological study of the city. From architecture and landscapes to dining and style destinations, Lopez’s journey covers a wide swath of neighborhoods and cultural necessities.

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Dapper Dan’s Harlem

$200

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Created in collaboration with Gucci and limited to an edition of 500, Dapper Dan’s Harlem is a leather-bound book centered around the influential designer/haberdasher’s influence on hip-hop culture. Printed in Italy, the book features photos of friends, admirers, street scenes in Harlem and some of Dan’s work—shot by Ari Marcopoulos. Reminiscent of a bible, the book is an essential for style enthusiasts.

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The NASA Archives. 60 Years in Space.

$150

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To celebrate the organization’s first 60 years in space, The NASA Archives features 400+ photographs and rare renderings—spanning the moon landing, rovers on Mars and more. Launched in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was the world’s first civilian space agency with a focus on peaceful exploration—despite it being founded as part of the Space Race. With notes from science and tech journalists, NASA historians, former astronauts and more, this is a comprehensive and mind-boggling look back at how far we have gone into the unknown.

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Beyond Heaven: Chicago House Party Flyers from 1983-1989

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For fans of electronic music, design or all things retro, Beyond Heaven: Chicago House Party Flyers from 1983-1989 will deliver the goods. Collected by Mario “Liv It Up” Luna (who DJed in the city during the ’80s), these flyers, posters and various other house-related artifacts create a personal but comprehensive perspective on the wildly creative and exciting scene.

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Equal parts sweet, odd and funny, Death Wins a Goldfish: Reflections from a Grim Reaper’s Yearlong Sabbatical follows the new experiences (from skydiving to online dating, camping solo, karaoke and painting) that Death tries out during its vacation. With charming illustrations by author Brian Rea, the book serves as an endearing reminder for readers to take time off work and always endeavor to stay adventurous. 

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Speed Read Supercar

$11

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Speed Read Supercar: The History, Technology and Design Behind the World’s Most Exciting Cars is an in-depth guide to some of the finest impeccably produced, fast and beautiful cars in the world. Logically formatted, each entry includes plenty of specs, historical facts and information about key people in its creation. With retro-influenced images, this book is a mini encyclopedia on all things supercar.

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LCD Soundsystem: Electric Lady Sessions

$30

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Recorded at the famed Electric Lady Studios (built by Jimi Hendrix and designed by architect and acoustician John Storyk), Electric Lady Sessions includes live versions of several LCD Soundsystem tracks, as well as a few covers. With tracks like Heaven 17’s “We Don’t Need This Fascist Groove Thang” and The Human League’s “Seconds,” the record offers extra insight into the band’s new wave and synthpop influences. An essential for LCD fans, this two-vinyl set comes with a DFA lightning bolt sticker.

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Musician/artist/writer Vivek Shraya’s book I’m Afraid of Men is a fascinating, emotionally fraught and deeply personal tome. Shraya traces the concept and issues surrounding the patriarchy—from her own gender performance as a child, to its consequences for people of color, and the ways in which many see masculinity as a synonym for misogyny, violence, homophobia and transphobia. Seeing through the eyes of a transgender woman of color—if only for a moment—will provoke reflection and change in readers.

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From kitsch to classy, François Prost‘s After Party is a 300-page exploration of French nightclub façades. The collection of photographs was shot during the daytime, offering a strangely alien element to the images—with their neon unlit, doors closed, and void of humans. In contrast, the cover boasts a holographic foil which will stand out on bookshelves or coffee tables. With a poster included, this book is available in an edition of 1000 and is published by Ed Banger Records’ Headbangers Publishing. Price is in Euros.

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The creator of the delightful Advanced Style project, Ari Seth Cohen has released a new book—Advanced Love—and it celebrates long-lasting partnerships through tender portraits. With 40 profiles of couples (complete with how-they-met stories and relationship advice), the book honors the timelessness of love between all genders, all over the world.

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The Noma Guide to Fermentation

$26

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Penned by René Redzepi, chef and co-owner of Noma, and David Zilber, head of the restaurant’s fermentation program, The Noma Guide to Fermentation is a book as beautiful as it is informative. Fermenting is a vital part of the culinary world and continues to grow because of its health benefits and complex flavors. Using more than 500 step-by-step recipes and illustrations, the pair give readers exclusive insight into Noma’s famed kitchen, their fermentation practices and the end products—and, with a bit of practice (plus access to great ingredients), anyone can follow along and ferment, too.

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Stanmore II Voice Speaker

$350

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The legendary Marshall Stanmore II speaker gets a 21st-century addition: Amazon Alexa-controlled operations. This incredibly versatile speaker, from the brand’s classic roster, is renowned for crisp audio—thanks to its two 15 Watt class D amplifiers—and its heritage-inspired look (fit with an “EST. 1962” etched into its front). Listeners can now ask Alexa to change the song, adjust the volume or even provide information for upcoming shows from the track’s maker—all from across the room.

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The Mini Bar: 100 Essential Cocktail Recipes

$14

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Divided into a set of eight notebooks, this collection of 100 “essential” cocktail recipes was devised by the editors at PUNCH. Each notebook focuses on one base ingredient–vodka, gin or tequila, for example–and helps readers builds out an expansive repertoire of drinks to have on hand for any occasion. In total, the collection is 384 pages worth of cocktail knowledge, recipes and tips.

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Sneaker Freaker: The Ultimate Sneaker Book!

$42

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An archive of the publication’s immense print and online efforts and an anthology of the past 100 years of sneaker culture, Sneaker Freaker: The Ultimate Sneaker Book! is nothing if not comprehensive. Founded by Simon “Woody” Wood, the publication started back in 2002 and has remained a go-to for sneaker enthusiasts and experts alike. Over 670+ pages, every significant (and some obscure) sneaker moment is documented and studied—from the Air Max to Reebok Pump—in this essential read.

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