Whether delivering his profoundly heart-wrenching lyrics in “Streets of Philadelphia” or recounting the joy of youth in “Glory Days,” Bruce Springsteen has always been a masterful storyteller. 2016 sees The Boss fantastically tackle long-form writing with his 508-page autobiography “Born To Run.” Springsteen spent seven years writing the book, which starts with him as a guitar player conquering his boardwalk town of Asbury Park and continues through to today, offering an honest look at how this “gun for hire” became the legend that he is.
Acclaimed designer Bruce Blackburn envisioned much of the visual language that defined the US during the ’70s, including his iconic work for NASA. Among his roster of impactful designs includes those for the bicentennial of the American Revolution, taking place in 1976. Standards Manual continues their in depth look at the work of influential graphic design with their latest edition dedicated toward Blackburn’s work on America’s 200th birthday. Through 52 pages, 49 image plates, a forward by Blackburn himself and an essay by Christopher Bonanos, this book is a glimpse at process, inspiration and how both functioned in an important time for America.
Whether used as a real-life travel guide or as a point of reference, Sam Lubell and Darren Bradley’s Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide is full of design delights from the USA’s West Coast. From celebrated, famous structures to hidden treasures, the flexi-bound book is separated into Pacific Northwest, SF, LA, Palm Springs, and San Diego—complete with maps—so if you’re planning a California road trip, it’s a must-have. From cinemas to houses, bowling alleys and car washes, mid-century architecture is celebrated lovingly in this pocket-sized book.
Brooklyn-based artist and designer Adam J Kurtz’s second book “Pick Me Up: a Pep Talk for Now and Later” (the follow-up to “1 Page at a Time”) is part activity guide for adults and part therapy session. Not only are there spaces for drawing and writing poems, the majority of the pages are full of relatable modern-day anxieties and plenty of existential, dark humor. It’s not all doom and gloom though, there’s plenty of sweet and funny moments—along with sound advice.
Salvador Dalí and Gala, his wife and muse, would host extravagant dinner parties that became legendary. This reprint of Dalí’s 1973 book “Les Diners de Gala” gives us a little insight into what they were like. Not just a cook book with 136 recipes, it’s a work of art, with special illustrations and artworks by Dalí. (Of course, there are some lobster recipes inside.)
Saul Bass, best known for transforming the way movies begin, was a designer of incredible versatility and imagination. His stunning concepts led him to work with legendary filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, Otto Preminger and Alfred Hitchcock. This large-format book from Laurence King includes 20 removable movie posters, such as The Man with the Golden Arm; Anatomy of a Murder; Vertigo; Grand Prix; The Magnificent Seven; Schindler’s List and The Shining, to name a few. Each fits a standard 12×16-inch frame.
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.