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Welcome to the 2015 Politics and Prose Holiday Newsletter. As we have in past years, we’ve tried to select the best—and most beautiful—recent books, fiction and nonfiction, to help you with gift-giving.

It’s also traditional to emphasize how difficult making these choices has been—it’s not just a matter of so many books, but of so many truly wonderful books. This year there’s been an especially impressive outpouring of short fiction and memoirs, but you’ll find bookseller favorites on all subjects here. Enjoy!


Digital downloads and passive streaming revert to good old tactile analog lust in Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting (Ten Speed, $50), by Eilon Paz. This oversize volume’s boxed-set gravitas and dynamic layout immediately engages our senses in ways no e-book can. As Paz unveils a pantheon of record collectors and their treasured troves, the accompanying array of photos and crate-digging glory-stories stir our inner vinyl junkie. Throughout its 436 pages, Dust & Grooves features interviews with usual suspects including Gilles Peterson, Rich Medina, Sheila Burgel, and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson—all of whom have “record rooms,” wherein their collections occupy floor-to-ceiling shelves spanning the entire walls of loft apartments, basements, and/or two-story houses. (What’s a connoisseur to do with 80,000 records?) Along with colorful reproductions of iconic album covers, Paz showcases the unsung genius of the gatefold sleeve, seamlessly connecting three shots of a collector holding each of the foldout panels to form a panoramic image. Added bonuses in this voyage through vinylmania include glimpses of limited-edition blue platters, rare acetates of alternate takes, and a collectible 45 shaped like a buzz saw blade. Dust & Groove’s static celebration elicits the pop-hiss days of vinyl, those favorite sorted-record shops, and the times by the side of a rotating black sun platter within the gaze of its squared sleeve.

Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting Cover Image
By Eilon Paz, Rza (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781607748694
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ten Speed Press - September 15th, 2015

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