Gift Guide: Bookworms

Colour Mania: Photographing the World in Autochrome

$65

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Autochrome photography was the first commercially available form of color photography, pioneered by Auguste and Louis Lumière in the early 1900s. Historic and precious, many of these images are rarely seen today as exposure to light will cause them to fade. The book Colour Mania: Photographing the World in Autochrome, by curator Catlin Langford, offers unprecedented access to these images, presenting the digitized photographs from the …

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The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On

$26

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Acclaimed poet Franny Choi’s first new offering since Soft Science, The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On is a meditation on historical, present-day and impending apocalypses, which notes how dystopia has already been the reality for marginalized people. Lyrical and personal yet universally resonant, this insightful and elegant poetry collection trudges through catastrophe to imagine collective survival.

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Many Shapes of Clay: A Story of Healing

$17

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Using the joys and pains of the creative process as a vehicle for lessons on grief, Many Shapes of Clay: A Story of Healing is a touching, cathartic children’s book from Kenesha Sneed, an artist and the founder of LA-based ceramics brand Tactile Matter. With an endearing, young protagonist named Eisha, brought to life through Sneed’s bold colors and gestural textures, the book beautifully and …

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Now Go: On Grief and Studio Ghibli

$8

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In Now Go: On Grief and Studio Ghibli, author Karl Thomas Smith combs through the characters and animations of the Studio Ghibli universe to uncover how grief underpins the joyful, comforting films. The 13th issue in independent publisher 404 Ink’s pocket-sized books series, Inklings, the book of essays explores how Studio Ghibli navigates grief (be it small, personal or environmental) and how this depiction reflects …

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Stanchion Annual Subscription

$30

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Black and white photography, poetry, flash fiction, art and more populate Stanchion, a quarterly zine produced, edited and published by Jeff Bogle. An annual subscription includes all four editions of their gorgeous publication—printed on thick, uncoated A5 paper—as well as an exclusive bonus issue, making for an elegant and evocative gift for literary and artful minds.

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Your Psilocybin Mushroom Companion: An Informative, Easy-To-Use Guide to Understanding Magic Mushrooms

$14

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Comprehensive and clear, the book Your Psilocybin Mushroom Companion from drug policy journalist Michelle Janikian is a guide to planning safe, effective trips. From step-by-step instructions to advice on being there for others who are tripping and tips for microdosing, the concise resource elucidates some of the magic behind mushrooms.

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Goodnight Moon Tote Bag

$16

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Book-centric apparel and accessory brand Out of Print transformed the children’s classic Goodnight Moon into a nostalgic tote bag whose proceeds fund literacy programs and book donations for communities in need. Constructed from 100% cotton and made in the US, the tote features the 1947 first edition cover, illustrated by Clement Hurd, and an interior pocket for better organization.

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Madvillainy, the latest book in the 33 1/3 series published by Bloomsbury, is a celebration of Madvillain—the legendary hip-hop duo consisting of Madlib and the late MF Doom. Written by Will Hagle, the book centers on the 2004 album Madvillainy (the duo’s only LP) and features interviews with individuals who worked on or were involved in the record—but it’s told from the perspective of three …

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For the ultimate pizza lover, or simply anyone curious about the history of and techniques behind one of the world’s most beloved foods, Modernist Pizza is a three-volume, 1,708-page informative and immersive tome. Authored by Nathan Myhrvold and Francisco Migoya, and published by Modernist Cuisine, this definitive guide incorporates more than 1,000 recipes from around the world and lists must-visit pizzerias, both domestic and international. …

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Full of Life: Exploring Earth’s Biodiversity

$25

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Penned by science writer and children’s book author Isabel Thomas and illustrated by Sara Gillingham, Full of Life: Exploring Earth’s Biodiversity merges art, ecology and design to teach young ones about the scientific model known as Earth’s Tree of Life. With a stunning, accessible layout and comprehensive glossary, the book explains all that is fascinating and magical about the planet’s creatures and how each one—from microorganisms …

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The compelling tale of one of America’s oldest craft breweries, author David Burkhart’s The Anchor Brewing Story delves into the history of San Francisco’s beloved Anchor Brewing Co from the Gold Rush to Prohibition until today. More than 300 archival images accompany the thoughtful text, which even incorporates the original home recipes for the brewer’s Anchor Steam, Anchor California Lager, Anchor Porter and Liberty Ale. Beer drinkers, …

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We Were Here: Sexuality, Photography, and Cultural Difference

$30

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India-born, Canada-raised and UK-based photographer Sunil Gupta has spent most of his career taking pictures of queer subjects, wielding his camera as a weapon for liberation. He shares some of his influential images and explorations of queerness, post-colonialism and activism in We Were Here: Sexuality, Photography, and Cultural Difference. Spanning 192 pages and including 26 images, the volume features Gupta’s keen essays on homosexuality in …

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