Gift Guide: Bookworms

Awakening Artemis: Deepening Intimacy with the Living Earth and Reclaiming Our Wild Nature

$28

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Between chronic asthma, a car accident that fractured her back and neck and sexual trauma, Vanessa Chakour has endured a lot, and tenaciously pursued several paths to recovery. In her book Awakening Artemis, Chakour shares the way plants helped her heal, deepened her understanding of self, connected her to the natural world and elevated her confidence and relationships. Interspersed with experiences from the author, each …

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Super Natural Simple: Whole-Food, Vegetarian Recipes for Real Life

$28

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With 120 vegetarian recipes, Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Simple is a refreshed yet approachable take on healthier meals. Her recipes stick to limited ingredients, while featuring time-saving tips, flavor combination ideas and make-ahead meals to streamline cooking. Packed with nutrients and whole foods—from French onion breakfast strata to blistered cherry tomato soba—these recipes efficiently guide home cooks through preparing delicious, vegetarian meals.

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By British author and illustrator Marion Deuchars, Bob’s Blue Period may be short but it explores the complexities of friendships and expressing emotion in a touching and truthful manner. It’s an endearing story about how Bob the bird works through some dark emotions via artistic endeavors. While the artwork alone is charming, the story blends life lessons with a tear-jerking narrative. Recommended for kids aged …

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I Can Make You Feel Good

$55

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I Can Make You Feel Good is the first monograph of filmmaker and photographer Tyler Mitchell and presents his vision for a Black utopia. Each page is full bleed, entirely subsumed by Mitchell’s loving photographs. Encompassing contributions by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Deborah Willis and Isolde Brielmaier, as well as Mitchell’s candy-colored palette, I Can Make You Feel Good reimagines the Black experience as one that’s …

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Tengo un Dragón Dentro del Corazón

$50

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Tender yet subversive, dreamy yet introspective, Tengo un Dragón Dentro del Corazón is the first book of self-taught photographer Carlota Guerrero’s enchanting imagery. The collection—which includes text by renowned collaborators and the artist herself—spans her early photographs of women in nature, her renowned work for Solange’s A Seat at the Table, visuals from her project documenting the transgender community in Cuba and more. Altogether, this young …

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A celebration of pastel as an art medium, Swiss-born artist Nicolas Party’s Pastel exhibition at NYC’s The Flag Foundation was a delightful, immersive experience. For those who didn’t have the opportunity to wander the venue—with its Rococo-inspired murals, patterned walls and rich, elaborately framed paintings—the book Pastel commemorates the show. The 216-page hardcover serves as a look through the exhibition (featuring artists like Mary Cassatt, …

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Soul of New York: A Guide to 30 Exceptional Experiences

$14

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Written by journalist and native New Yorker Tarajia Morrell, with original illustrations by Abbie Zuidema, Soul of New York: A Guide to 30 Exceptional Experiences brings the spirit of the city within reach through cultural and culinary entries. Across 144 pages, Morrell translates the illustrious history and present-day heartbeat of NYC into adventures anyone can undertake.

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Girly Drinks: A World History of Women and Alcohol

$26

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Between the gender disparity in distilleries and cocktails that are associated with femininity, the culture of drinking has long been patriarchally dictated. Mallory O’Meara’s Girly Drinks forces a reckoning with this gendered divide, shedding light on the overlooked women behind breweries and booze. From an ancient Sumerian beer goddess to the iconic bartender Ada Coleman, this book reveals the feminist history within alcohol.

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Transcendent Waves: How Listening Shapes Our Creative Lives

$25

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In this how-to guide and workbook, sound-healing practitioner and mediation teacher Lavender Suarez (who also releases music under the moniker C Lavender) delves into how listening can impact self-awareness, mindfulness and creativity. Through scientific evidence, illustrated meditations, anecdotes and insightful questions, Suarez offers advice on how to listen more thoughtfully and what can be gleaned from truly tapping into sound.

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Comprising the first book dedicated to Africa’s surf culture, AFROSURF, a sticker set and Mami Wata’s Rose Street 2.0 shirt, the The AFROSURF Gift Set is a vibrant collection of items. The book—packed with over 50 essays, photographs, poems and thought pieces—provides a comprehensive look into the spirit of surfing throughout Africa. This spirit is also imbued in the cotton shirt (available in size XS …

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Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora (A Cookbook)

$37

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Curated by award-winning chef and activist Bryant Terry and published by 4 Color Books, Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora (A Cookbook) traverses time and location to capture the expansive multiplicities in Black culture. Through recipes, poetry, artwork and essays that explore food’s intrinsic connection with community and history within the diaspora, this rich cookbook encompasses the work of more …

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Horror Caviar: A Cookbook

$65

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Behind the simulated nubuck leather cover of Horror Caviar lies a sweet, savory and delectable exploration of A24’s cult classic films as well as the larger cannon of horror movies. With recipes inspired by 29 films (including Possession, Ganja & Hess, Midsommar, Trouble Every Day, The Shining and The Witch), this book comprises a collection of work by 25 artists, stylists and chefs, and original essays, such …

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