A beautifully written book, Emma Cline’s debut novel “The Girls” explores the secret lives of adolescent girls; the perils of the in-between. Set in the late ’60s in Northern California, it’s a story not just of young women, but an of era and a Manson-like cult set within. This compelling read balances a scandalous story with fascinating characters and genuine emotion. It’s a tale all can devour.
VOGUE’s “Voice of a Century” is a 448-page anthology for serious fashion experts and collectors. The leather-bound tome has been made to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the magazine, and includes iconic photographs, illustrations and interviews—from Kate Moss talking about riding an elephant to gloriously illustrated covers from yesteryear. Signed by eight contributors and stamped by Mario Testino, this book tracks not only style and fashion, but trends and history through a very specific and significant lens.
Writer Kate Schatz and artist Miriam Klein Stahl (who created the New York Times bestseller “Rad American Women A-Z”) have come together again for another feminist-leaning tome: “Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History.” Featuring cut-out portraits and short profiles on everybody from Poly Styrene (lead singer of X-Ray Spex) to Malala Yousafzi and Chimamanda Adichie, the book will inspire and impress readers of all ages, races and genders.
If you find yourself discussing (or arguing) how to pronounce words like “pho,” “niche” or “acai,” new book “You’re Saying It Wrong: A Pronunciation Guide to the 150 Most Commonly Mispronounced Words and Their Tangled Histories of Misuse” could be a useful book to carry on your person. Not only illuminating the correct pronunciations, the book also explains phrases’ and words’ origins and common misuses. May you never mispronounce schadenfreude again.
Including 15 books and over 250 myths, Ovid’s “Metamorphoses” is a true classic—one many of us may feel a little shameful about, for not having read it yet. The clever and energetic poetry links mythical stories (like Pygmalion and the fall of Troy) via the theme of transformation. The new, cloth-bound cover was illustrated by Coralie Bickford-Smith and should be a little incentive to tick this significant tome off your reading list.
First published in 2009, a very comprehensive tome of Tom of Finland works, “Tom of Finland XXL” contained over 1000 images—covering around 60 years of the artist’s work. The book is now available in a second edition (currently on pre-order) and features paintings and sketches that span sexuality, pleasure, love, traumas and illnesses faced by men. With words by John Waters, Camille Paglia and more, it’s available in English, French or German.
Illustrator and writer Rachel Ignotofsky’s first-ever book “Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World” profiles 50 women who have made a difference in the industry—from psychologist and civil rights activist Mamie Phipps Clark; to chemist and x-ray crystallographer Rosalind Franklin; and astronaut, educator and doctor Mae Jemison. Within the hardcover are computer scientists, marine biologists, theoretical physicists, mathematicians, botanists, geologists, inventors and paleontologists galore—proving if you can only name Marie Curie when thinking about women in science, you’re doing it wrong.
When thinking of architecture most of us don’t think of small-scale creations, but there’s plenty of design prowess behind these structures. From pet houses to pods to tree houses and sheds, cabins and inflatable structures—there’s a little genius behind all these little buildings. “Nanotecture: Tiny Built Things” celebrates a wide range of designs, and shows good things certainly do come in small packages.
Writer and physicist, Christophe Galfard (who was supervised at Cambridge by Stephen Hawking) explains and explores incredibly complex ideas in his book “The Universe in Your Hand: A Journey Through Space, Time and Beyond” but makes it accessible and fun for anybody with a little cosmos curiosity. Beginning the book five billion years in the future, watching the sun die, Galfard takes readers back to the present day and elucidates difficult concepts like black holes, string theory, parallel universes and the sheer vastness of time and space.
It’s impossible to deny the importance of Ernest Hemingway’s work within the world of American literature. The author would produce novels, short stories and essays that impacted people’s perception of the early 20th century and beyond. Nine of those works—including “For Whom The Bell Tolls” and “A Farewell to Arms”—are being rereleased in a beautiful collection, designed by Juniper Books to be kept and consumed together.
Setting the bar high for all future cannabis cookbooks to come is “Herb: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Cannabis,” a 200-page book whose photography could give Bon Appetit mag a run for its money. Brought to you by TheStonersCookbook.com, they’re bringing eight years of experience and recipe-sharing into a beautiful tome that upgrades cannabis to wine status. The crowd-funded tome is available in ebook format, paperback and hardcover (our pick) and includes recipes from Gluten-Free Almond Raspberry Cake to Tomahawk Rib Eye.
Folch Studio and editor Zio Baritaux created the Strange Plants books to explore contemporary artists who turn to flora as their muse—in the studio, and in personal life. Covering Lee Kwang-Ho’s hyperrealist cacti paintings to plant-inspired flash tattoo art, the two beautifully designed hardcovers delve into this fascination with nature through interviews, commissioned pieces and even sticker versions of the featured artwork to customize the books’ covers and pages.
The perfect size to discreetly fit into your wallet, Herb Lester Associates’ three-book set, “How To Read The Menu In France, Italy And Spain,” ensures you will always order correctly—and avoid feeling embarrassed or offending your waiter while traveling. Listed alphabetically, the thoroughly researched books not only provide helpful translations for dishes and ingredients, but even suggest top spots to eat in each of the three countries. Bon appétit!
The cookbook section in any bookstore is overflowing with options (many of which are questionable), but only a few become the worn, treasured versions that stay in the kitchen for years. The Joy of Writing a Great Cookbook can teach any food enthusiast to put together their own collection of recipes they can be proud of. In this guide, longtime publicist Kimberly Yorio of YC Media shares hard-learned lessons and truths from working with the most well-known names in the industry—superstars like Julia Child, Ina Garten, Emeril Lagasse and Jamie Oliver.
Following his enthralling 2014 TED Talk, Marc Kushner of Architizer has crafted the latest addition to the TED Books library. To explore how media influences architecture around the world Kushner focuses on 100 high-concept structures, ranging from an inflatable concert hall to a smog-eating hospital. Ultimately the 176-page hardcover shows how an informed society has joined the conversation concerning how buildings can best serve the social and ecological environments that surround them.
Tapping into the rise of adult-worthy coloring books is The Tattoo Coloring Book, featuring the imagery of illustrator Megamunden. Inspired by nature, tradition, psychedelic motifs, skating and the Far East, his designs are as intricate and inspired as they are entertaining. Before putting needle and ink to skin, test out your own body art skills with pencil on paper.