Gift Guide: Bookworms

Slotted System Bookcase 2

$298

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BOOK/SHOP’s second iteration of their Slotted System Bookcase features clean lines that create a stylish, sculptural shelf which can be used alone or in rows. Capable of holding paperbacks, large art books and LPs, the bookcase is produced in California from USA-made steel. Available in pure orange or white, it can be mixed and matched for a striking look.

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From Actual Source Books—a publisher, bookstore, brand and collective design studio based in Provo, Utah—comes a forest green cap with the brand’s name embroidered in fluorescent thread. Made in the USA, it’s one-size-fits-most, and can be adjusted thanks to a marine-grade bungee strap at the back.

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Out in the World With Gaetano Pesce

$58

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From pink foam buildings to couches that resemble jester hats, off-kilter chairs made of resin and wobbly vases, beloved Italian architect, designer and artist Gaetano Pesce expanded the world of design over his 50-year career to include unexpected materials and political and social commentary. Vibrant and inventive, Out in the World With Gaetano Pesce compiles the 82-year-old pioneer’s iconic and never-before-seen work with an essay …

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Nadine Ijewere: Our Own Selves

$55

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London-born photographer Nadine Ijewere, the first Black woman photographer to shoot a cover for Vogue, explores beauty (while subverting traditional notions surrounding it) in her enchanting monograph Our Own Selves. Dreamy backgrounds, compelling compositions and vibrant hues suffuse this collection of her work, attesting to the vivid ways Ijewere celebrates people of color and breaks barriers.

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Fresh Banana Leaves: Healing Indigenous Landscapes Through Indigenous Science

$17

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Written by environmental scientist Jessica Hernandez—founder of environmental agency Piña Soul and Maya Ch’orti’ and Zapotec woman—Fresh Banana Leaves not only unpacks the failings of Western conservationism, but within the author introduces, explains and contextualizes Indigenous environmental knowledge that proposes a vision for land management that’s sustainable and healing. These practices, born from several millennia of knowledge, have been long ignored because of racism and colonization—which are …

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VFILES: Style, Fashion, Music

$55

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VFILES: Style, Fashion, Music looks back at the last 10 years of the now-cult followed organization. From looks to sound, hair, makeup and beyond, this book by VFILES founder and CEO, Australian native and former V Magazine executive editor, Julie Anne Quay, and author and illustrator Greg Foley honors the prolific brand as a propeller of trends, supporter of emerging talent and provider of inspiration. …

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Renowned American artist Lorna Simpson collates and embellishes advertising photographs of Black women from vintage issues of Ebony and Jet magazines to place hair, gender and race in a different context. In the book Lorna Simpson Collages, 160 of these surprising and powerful artworks, layered with found photography and ink swirls, attest to Simpson’s distinct eye. With an introduction by poet, author and scholar Elizabeth Alexander …

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LA-based artist Cali Thornhill Dewitt juxtaposes wordplay and photos by Koji Ueda and Yosuke Torii for bold and thought-provoking collages. For the zine Tokyo Olympics, Dewitt collaborated with Carhartt WIP to collate his clever works across 36 pages in color offset print.

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Faith Ringgold: Politics / Power

$50

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Including reproductions of Faith Ringgold’s artworks from 1967 to 1981, Faith Ringgold: Politics / Power traces the Black, Harlem-born painter, sculptor, quilt artist, writer, feminist, educator and activist’s remarkable career and evolution. With quotes on each artwork from Ringgold herself, as well as essays by Michele Wallace and Kirsten Weiss, the images are supported by plenty of context, providing even more information about race relations …

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Taiwanese American writer Elaine Hsieh Chou’s debut novel, Disorientation, is a sharp, nuanced portrait of navigating relationships and institutions as an Asian American woman. Told through a quick-witted, satirical whodunnit, the novel follows the journey of PhD student Ingrid Yang when she uncovers a secret related to her thesis that quickly unravels her life. With gripping surrealism and pertinent characterizations, Chou captures the specific experiences plaguing …

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The Future City: Visionary Urban Architecture and Design

$40

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In The Future City: Visionary Urban Architecture and Design, journalist Alyn Griffiths delves into the thought-provoking concepts influencing the development of cities and the structures therein, from the present day onward. To illustrate these, Griffiths highlights 40 pioneering projects that touch upon subjects ranging from climate change to digital culture and population density. This 192-page hardcover book is an insightful, well researched glimpse into the …

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Into Every Generation a Slayer Is Born: How Buffy Staked Our Hearts

$27

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From journalist and beloved cultural critic Evan Ross Katz comes Into Every Generation a Slayer Is Born: How Buffy Staked Our Hearts, a celebration of fandom and a study of one TV show’s continued influence on popular culture. Katz, an avowed Buffy the Vampire Slayer fanatic, speaks to influential figures from the program—including the cast (from Sarah Michelle Gellar to Seth Green), creators and crew. …

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