Luke Burgess and Michael Ryan’s Only in Tokyo—part city guide, part storybook—is a celebration of food, travel, culture and photography. The Australian chefs (and Japanophiles) take readers on a wild ride through some of the city’s best restaurants, bars and cafes, and offer insight into the individuals that make these locales so special. With interviews, notes on favorite dishes and lovely photos by Burgess, the book blossoms into a personal and captivating tale.
Respected biographer Meryle Secrest seeks to uncover a Cold War era conspiracy in her new book The Mysterious Affair at Olivetti: IBM, the CIA, and the Cold War Conspiracy to Shut Down Production of the World’s First Desktop Computer. The story revolves around the Olivetti company and family, best known for their typewriters, but also the brand behind the first personal computer—some 10 years before competitors like Apple and IBM. The book begins with Adriano (the son of founder Camillo Olivetti) dying on a train to Switzerland in 1960—suspicious considering he had previously worked to remove prime minister Benito Mussolini during WWII and had ties to spy networks. In her book, Secrest seeks to understand why Olivetti, being such a pioneering company in the world of tech, fell into obscurity and what really happened to Adriano and lead engineer Mario Tchou, who also died mysteriously a year later.
Full of dishes that look and taste impressive but are actually simple to prepare, Alison Roman’s Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over provides recipes and also encouragement for home cooks. From labne with scallions to a salad of crushed peas with burrata, the dishes are delicious and diverse. Roman also offers plenty of practical advice for those throwing a dinner party: whether it be never apologizing (for mismatched cookware, a late serve time, anything) to accepting help from guests, to selecting a good olive oil. While encouraging readers to embrace imperfections in the kitchen, Roman fills them with confidence.
Cleo Le-Tan’s A Booklover’s Guide to New York is a thoughtfully selected collection of the city’s most charming book stores and libraries; as well as writers’ homes and favorite cafes, bars and restaurants; and well-known literary landmarks. With whimsical illustrations by beloved French artist Pierre Le-Tan (whose work graced countless New Yorker covers) and contributions from Tavi Gevinson, Marc Jacobs and Hamish Bowles, this guidebook can function as a real-life city guide or the entry-point to a daydream.
Intended for readers from four to eight years old, Rebecca Green’s aptly named How to Make Friends with a Ghost details the best technique for becoming pals with a spook. From making them their favorite treats (mud tarts and earwax truffles) to charming them with bedtime stories and serenades, there are plenty of useful tips. Along with whimsical illustrations, the book is sweet, funny and conveys a message of kindness.
Featuring some of her big hits, rarities and remixes, Mary J Blige’s HERstory Vol. 1 is a set of eight standard-weight, seven-inch records (also available as a double-LP) that’s made for fans of ’90s R&B. With a remix of “What’s the 411” featuring Notorious BIG and K-Ci, and “Can’t Knock The Hustle” with Jay-Z, the album features a bunch of versions not previously available on physical CDs or vinyl. Full of ballads and bops, this is a glorious collection of songs by the R&B queen.
With the work of 400+ artists from all over the world, Great Women Artists spans five centuries of glorious creations—from the Renaissance to Rococo, Surrealism, to street photography and beyond. While there are plenty of household names like Kara Walker, Barbara Kruger, Yayoi Kusama and Elaine de Koonig, hundreds of lesser-known artists are given the same amount of space in this comprehensive tome. Organized in alphabetical order, each artist (be it Anna Waser or Xiao Lu) is illustrated with an image of their work and a short introduction. A wonderful jumping off point for readers to begin exploring many of these artist’s careers, the book—by PHAIDON and in conjunction with Kering’s Women In Motion program—serves as a reminder that while oftentimes undervalued and underrepresented, there have been many, many great women artists.
Covering the years 1950 to 1999, Do You Compute? Selling Tech from the Atomic Age to the Y2K Bug compiles the most memorable tech (specifically computer) advertising of the 20th century. A survey of the advertising industry, study in graphic design and type, and a look at how computers have changed over the years, the book contains images pulled from museums, university archives, and private collections to showcase just how far 50 years got us. Also inside are two essays—one by anthropologist Ryan Mungia and another by graphic design historian Steven Heller—that complement the visual assets. Mungia. along with J.C. Gabel, also edited the book which is an essential for design and tech enthusiasts alike.
Beloved travel website Atlas Obscura’s second edition of An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders channels their keen eye and unparalleled ability to document strangely desirable (and desirably strange) destinations. This compendium of the curious couples almost 100 new destinations with 12 detailed city guides and a foldout map that includes an itinerary for an around-the-world road trip fit for the loftiest dreamer. Delights abound as the guide also manages to direct travelers inward, to the core reason they themselves want to travel.
Part art book, part cookbook, part biography, Mirka & George: A Culinary Affair documents the life of Mirka and Georges Mora, Melbourne-based couple by way of Paris. Their apartment became a hub for the artistic community and their restaurants accommodated the overflow. This book—through photos, prints of their art, recipes and more—explains why the pair were so beloved and became icons of the Australian city.
Grand Union: Stories is prolific author Zadie Smith’s first collection of short stories. The respected and beloved author features her horror tales alongside historical fiction, reflective pieces on modernity, dystopian tales and more. While diverse in subject and genre, Smith’s writing is consistently rich, thoughtful and measured. There are 19 stories within, 11 of which are new and exclusive to this release.
Written by Dave Eggers, Tomorrow Most Likely is unsurprisingly playful and simultaneously tender. The book, illustrated by Lane Smith, preaches the virtues of going to sleep and waking up ready for the new day—and all the exciting, odd and glorious things that could happen then. “Tomorrow most likely there will be a door that leads to the world, where people are found,” one part reads. Intended for children aged three to five, it’s an ideal read-aloud bedtime story for the family.
Set to be released 8 November, this vinyl pressing of the haunting and heartbreaking Ghosteen is the 17th studio album by the universally beloved Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. The stunning record deals with grief and longing, but its over-arching themes are enduring love and healing. Lush and poetic, it’s an exquisite and entirely transfixing record.
An autobiography by punk icon Debbie Harry, Face It: A Memoir was crafted by Harry and music writer Sylvie Simmons. The fascinating tome is full of history, anecdotes and wild tales, but steers clear of being a full-on confessional—which perfectly suits Harry’s impeccably crafted Blondie persona. From her teenage years to moving to New York, meeting Chris Stein, her rise to fame and the creation of Blondie (the band and the character), nearly everything gets documented candidly alongside never-before-published photographs and artwork. Of course, there’s much more to Debbie Harry than Blondie, and plenty of that is explored within, too.
From award-winning production studio A24 comes a book treatment for their 2016 film Moonlight (written and directed by Barry Jenkins). The 224-page book features the full screenplay, a foreword by Frank Ocean, an essay by Hilton Als, transcripts from the team’s Academy Awards acceptance speeches, stills and more. Far more than a collector’s item, this book gives the story yet another life: first a novel, then a film, and now as an artistic fusion of art-book and playbill.
Available for pre-order now, a special four-vinyl edition of N*E*R*D’s seminal debut record In Search Of… features the US “rock version” and the European “electronic version”—each in their own two-LP gate-fold jacket. The 2001 album saw N*E*R*D (at the time Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Shay Haley) catapult to international acclaim, thanks to their melding of countless genres (from funk to rock, hip-hop and beyond) and flawless production. Though some 20 years old now, the album—named for the Leonard Nimoy-hosted TV show, an ode to the band’s collective Star Trek obsession—remains infectious, polished and ahead of its time.