Exploring an American obsession—dead (predominantly white) girls in the media—Alice Bolin’s debut book of essays Dead Girls is insightful and smart, but accessible. Through the lens of TV (from Twin Peaks to Pretty Little Liars) and books (by Joan Didion, Khadija Queen and James Baldwin) as well as film and more, Bolin outlines not only society’s fixation on dead girls, but also the resulting implications. Through 14 essays, she delves into gender, race, misogyny, traditional concepts of masculinity and femininity, and more. Both objective and personal, this book is an important read for anybody who has enjoyed the morbid entertainment of what Bolin calls “Dead Girl stories” in pop culture.
Liviana Prola, research scientist at the Department of Veterinary Science at Turin University and pet nutrition consultant for pet-food companies, penned the ultimate guide to weening your dog off commercial foods and toward a healthier diet. In Feed Me: 50 Home Cooked Meals for your Dog, Prola delves into the basics of feeding dogs, why home-cooked meals are better, and (obviously) offers recipes for 50 meals. Dishes like Cornmeal with Surf and Turf or Tartare Trio sound like they’ve been pulled from a high-end restaurant’s menu, but they’re made specifically for pooches. Plus, the recipes are relatively simple and each has an adjacent nutritional breakdown to understand exactly what your pup gets out of it.
Toby Musgrave’s Green Escapes is a 384-page guide to the world’s most secluded, tucked-away or “secret” gardens. Ranging from rooftop terraces to tiny parks, community gardens and more, the comprehensive list covers a vast number of open-to-the-public locations. It’s a thoughtful guide for those who want to visit gardens while traveling, or others simply exploring their own city.
The latest work of fiction from the award-winning writer Michael Ondaatje (author of The English Patient), Warlight explores mysterious, murky and stark developments in the lives of teenage siblings Nathaniel and Rachel. Their parents leave London for Singapore in the midst of World War II, and unexpected, remarkable characters then fill the void. It’s an adventure—and a powerful, mesmerizing one at that.
From unlikely infusions to at-home blending, author and whiskey expert Aaron Goldfarb has accumulated numerous tips and tricks for furthering one’s relationship with the popular tipple. The best of the best appear in Goldfarb’s latest book, “Hacking Whiskey,” in the form of recipes, experiments, advice and tips. As ever-more consumers flock to bourbon, rye, scotch and beyond, Goldfarb’s guidance makes consumption all the more personal—and extra exciting.
“200 Women: Who Will Change The Way You See The World” profiles its subjects by asking them the same five questions: “What really matters to you? What brings you happiness? What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? What would you change if you could? Which single word do you most identify with?” Their answers are indicative of their experiences, but their responses will inspire, empower, and in some instances infuriate—thanks to the structures they (and all women) have to navigate.
Alex Prager’s newest book “Silver Lake Drive” is a collection of cinematic mises-en-scène. The 224-page hardcover serves as a solid summation of her style—strange, beguiling and sometimes unnerving. The collection of images span several stages: from her early “Polyester” series to her striking “Face in the Crowd” collection—which was shot on a Hollywood sound stage.
From Serena Williams to Marlene Dietrich and Virginia Woolf, 60 powerful women provide the inspiration for cocktail recipes in Jennifer Croll’s cocktail book “Free The Tipple.” Including vivid illustrations from NYC-based artist Kelly Shami, the book truly celebrates icons across many disciplines. And Croll does a superb job of tying the drinks’ ingredients back to the inspiration, whether it’s the use of earthly components (like beets) for Marina Abramović or champagne for Coco Chanel.
With a section dedicated to Ren Hang, “Strange Plants III” also features work by 50+ other artists. Published by independent house Zioxla, this 164-page book (like those before it) celebrates plants in art—in weird and wonderful ways. From oil paintings of the foul-smelling corpse flower to a poodle sculpture made from vines, the work within is made for anybody who understands nature is, itself, an artwork.
Graphic novelist Pénélope Bagieu grew up idolizing mostly men, but it was—as she found out—not because there were few women role models for her, but just less visibility. Through plenty of wit, charm and inspiration, Bagieu’s “Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World” shows young people (and those who need a reminder) that there are and were plenty of inspiring women doing brave and significant things all over the world. From Naziq al-Abid to Nellie Bly, Mae Jemison, Josephine Baker and others, these women provide hope and motivation—perhaps at a time we need it most.
From the mind of SF-based artist Brion Nuda Rosch, this second edition of the Fluxus coloring book (based on the art movement of the same name) features 12 new designs for readers to scribble, sketch and color in—or leave as is. The minimal but thoughtful 12-page zine is more or an “anti-coloring book” with lots of white space and just a few abstract shapes scattered throughout. Certainly an activity book for those with creative minds.
From two of the three Beastie Boys themselves—AD-ROCK (Adam Horowitz) and Mike D (Mike Diamond)—comes a wildly comprehensive retrospective on the iconic trio. Telling the tale of how they—of course with the beloved MCA who passed away in 2012—went from teen punk rockers when they formed in 1981 to hip-hop legends (with a few stops via jazz, funk, experimental and more along the way) the “Beastie Boys Book” also features contributions from Amy Poehler, collaborator Spike Jonze, Luc Sante and others. In addition to the memoir components and rare photos, the tome features a graphic novel, a map of Beastie Boys’ New York, cookbook and more. The book is as much of an amalgamation as the band itself.
Famous for his Bar Tartine burger, chef Chris Kronner is somewhat obsessed with perfecting the great American food. Available to pre-order now, Kronner’s debut book “A Burger to Believe In: Recipes and Fundamentals” includes more than just recipes; it also takes a dive into the philosophy, magic and art of the burger. The hardcover is also full of bold designs and colors that avoid the somewhat cliché style that have permeated cookbooks over the past few years.
Possessing more than 2500 of the world’s rarest and most spectacular pigments, The Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at the Harvard Art Museums has an undeniably stunning collection of color. With 200 color illustrations, this special edition of “An Atlas of Rare + Familiar Colour” explores these pigments as artifacts—explaining their origins, compositions, uses and symbolism in a fascinating and visually striking hardback.
At age 17, Stanley Kubrick joined the staff of Look magazine as a photographer. Long before he’d make some of the most important films in cinematic history, he captured thousands of humanist imagery that captured New York City in the mid-1940s. Now, 300 of these images appear in Taschen’s “Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs” and they more than allude to the genius that was soon to unfold. The book’s release coincides with an exhibition of the same name at the Museum of the City of New York, running 3 May through 28 October.
With some 350 images of as many products, this new hardcover explores design in the USSR from 1950 to 1989 in an interesting peek behind the Iron Curtain. From kids’ toys to posters and electronics, these everyday items each have a tinge of kitsch while often being avant-garde at the same time. It’s a remarkable look into not only everyday life in the USSR at the time, but also the Moscow Design Museum’s collection.