An eye-opening survey of societal patterns told through profound data visualization, Atlas of the Invisible: Maps and Graphics That Will Change How You See the World truly does alter the way readers perceive everything that’s around them. Though the 224-page book—authored by James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti (an acclaimed geographer-designer team) and published by W W Norton & Company—won the Stanfords Award for Printed Mapping and the John C Bartholomew Award for Thematic Mapping, both at the 2021 British Cartographic Society Awards, this is no ordinary atlas as it illuminates global happiness levels, cell tower placement and other secrets in plain sight.
This long-sleeve shirt from Actual Source Books—a publisher, bookstore, brand and collective design studio—features an illustration by LA-based artist Chris Lux. Considering their design focus, it’s no surprise their apparel, homeware and accessories are an elevated, playful take on traditional merch. This periwinkle shirt—intended for all genders and available in size small to XXL—has been screen-printed with two colors.
The late architect, designer and artist Alexander Girard’s playful suns—outlined in this new coloring book, which has been named for the solar motifs within the design of the NYC restaurant La Fonda Del Sol—were a study in visceral composition and expressive detail. In the book, countless iterations of Girard’s famed suns await decorating and coloring from artists of all ages. Price is in euros.
There is some prose that, upon reading a single sentence, immediately strikes a chord. Caleb Azumah Nelson’s writing is like that. Whether describing a serendipitous glance between two unwitting lovers or the uncontrollable urge to surrender the self to a new crush, Nelson’s debut novel Open Water palpably captivates, as it tells a soulful story of two young Black artists in London who fall in and out of love. Told in second-person, the novel explores how to learn to love—in all it softness and vulnerability—in a world that forces and reveres masculinity and resilience. Beautiful and unforgettable, Open Water is a breathtaking portrait set within the fear and violence of reality.
Yayoi Kusama’s dazzling universe of polka dots is given a charming, kid-friendly rendition through Fausto Gilberti’s book, Yayoi Kusama Covered Everything in Dots and Wasn’t Sorry. Written from the Japanese artist’s point of view and spanning 48 delightful illustrations, this children’s book details how Kusama got her start, following her journey from Japan to the United States in order to realize her passion for a dot-filled world. This enchanting story promises an inspiring read for children aged four to seven.
Through illuminating prose, Thomas Grattan masterfully chronicles the story of Beate Haas and her two children—as they grapple with the concepts of home, togetherness, personal identity and queerness—in his epic debut novel, The Recent East. Grattan’s distinct narrative voice brings these characters to life, across decades and under remarkable circumstances.
Created by Black women artists and published by Co-Conspirator Press, Experiments in Joy: A Workbook is a guide to transmuting joy beyond an emotion and into praxis. With helpful prompts and spaces to reflect, the workbook includes words by artist Gabrielle Civil (who also compiled the book), Duriel E Harris, Kenyatta A C Hinkle, Rosamond S King, Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Miré Regulus and Awilda Rodríguez Lora. Each of its 64 pages compels and fosters a journey of personal growth.
In Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer’s Guide, Atlas Obscura writer Cecily Wong and co-founder/creative director Dylan Thuras take readers on an unimaginable food tour through more than 500 dishes and the traditions, practices and components surrounding them. Both eccentric and spectacular, the book centers on food’s role in society and how it’s influenced who we are today. Further, it covers all seven continents along the way.
Inside John McCarthy’s latest book, Whiskey Rebels: The Dreamers, Visionaries & Badasses Who Are Revolutionizing American Whiskey, the author charts the definitive innovations behind the exponential craft whiskey movement across the US (from the 60 craft distillers of the year 2003 to the more than 2,000 today). McCarthy (an acclaimed journalist and the director of judging at the John Barleycorn Awards, an international spirits competition) weaves practical information and advice from whiskey experts alongside profiles of industry-leading producers and independent distilleries. From Tuthilltown to WhistlePig, Few Spirits to Stranahan’s, and more, this chronicle will appeal to whiskey lovers, as well as anyone interested in entrepreneurial spirit.
Penned by Matthew Viragh and published by Countryman Press, Nitehawk Cinema Presents Movie-Inspired Menus from Brooklyn’s Dine-In Theater is an ode to NYC’s beloved independent movie theater and the cuisine they’ve paired with classic films over the years. Since 2011, the cinema has pioneered imaginative food and drink options influenced by and served at their screenings (from The Shining-inspired Red Rum cocktail to instant ramyun like in Parasite) and nobody is as familiar with them as Viragh, Nitehawk’s executive director and founder. It’s a creative cross-cultural study that’s sure to please cinephiles and foodies alike.
Spencer Bailey and Andrew Zuckerman’s At a Distance podcast was born out of a desire for a more thoughtful, slowed-down approach to movement, bolstered by the pandemic. Their book (by Apartamento Publishing) comprises 100 of the interviews from the podcast in short narratives, capturing how visionaries and thinkers—including journalist Bill McKibben, psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk, MoMA curator Paola Antonelli and many more—conceived of globally slowing down. In conversing with a diverse group of guests, Zuckerman and Bailey contextualize and clarify the world through multiple angles (like public health, the climate crisis, inequality and Big Tech) to lay out the present and provide a rationally optimistic guide for the future. Price is in Euros.
2020’s Nobel Prize in Literature winner, Louise Glück, gives feeling to the anxieties and uncertainties of the collective future in her latest book of poetry, Winter Recipes From the Collective. Meditating between life and death, beginnings and endings, change and stillness, and interconnectedness and loneliness, Glück captures the small but profound and haunting moments that dominate the current moment. Her newest collection, comprised of 15 elegantly concise poems, thought-provokingly ponders the nature of life and its relation to death.
Traversing cuisine from Mexico’s tropical coasts to Nicaragua, Suriname, Honduras and beyond, this far-reaching cookbook boasts over 600 vibrant recipes. Curated by globally celebrated chef Virgilio Martínez, the pages within capture the varieties of Latin American food with in-depth journeys into each region’s food culture. As the most comprehensive book of its kind, this incredible collection highlights iconic dishes (such as empanadas, tacos and arepas) as well as lesser-known ones—like Chilean disco fries and Ecuadorian Easter soup—to create a scrumptious tribute to and celebration of Latin America.
As its title suggests, National Geographic Society’s 1,000 Perfect Weekends: Great Getaways Around the Globe offers profound inspiration for short escapes that will appeal to all types of travelers. This stunning 704-page hardcover tome covers more than 40 countries, with itinerary suggestions ranging from 36 to 72 hours. Perhaps most exciting are the pages of National Geographic photographs that accompany all of the recommendations.
Published by Mariner Books and authored by the clever and charming Jake Cohen (a food-focused social media sensation, as well as a former staffer at Saveur and food editor at Tasting Table), JEW-ISH: A Cookbook: Reinvented Recipes from a Modern Mensch provides contemporary recipes for classic Jewish dishes. Whether it’s (the appropriately named) Jake’s perfect challah or (scrumptious) Iraqi beet kubbeh soup, Cohen brings a delectable vibrance to each traditional offering. It’s a thoughtful and accessible cookbook that’s certain to please.
When Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard teamed up with Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Amy Douglas, a project that began as a couple of songs grew into an EP and then the eight-song banger that is the album HARD FEELINGS. Out today, it’s a loose conceptual record that’s slinky, sarcous and dramatic. Available as a double-LP, this house/disco bonanza incorporates elements of pop, new wave and more.