A Little History of the World - E. H. Gombrich

This gorgeous book will draw you into its pages and hold you there. Written in German in the 1930s and beloved the world over, it was finally translated into English in 2000. Gombrich spryly traces humanity from its humble origins to its grandiose inventions and back again. The illustrated edition adds faces, maps, and designs to the events and mysteries. You will find yourself wishing that Gombrich was still around to finish writing the 20th century and to help us understand why though “there are no easy remedies... we still have the right to go on hoping.”
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By E. H. Gombrich, Clifford Harper (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780300143324
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Published: Yale University Press - October 7th, 2008

How to Be Black - Baratunde Thurston

As a biological Oreo, I heartily recommend this book. Having often been asked, “are you really black?” and suffered such compliments as, “you talk good for a black person” (yes, “talk good”), I found solace, humor, and hope in this book. Part biography, part round table, this book reaches beyond its jokes to the awkwardness and suffering we all experience over race in America. From how to celebrate black history month if you are white, to being the token black person in the workplace, Thurston offers all the advice you need to live in a postblack, age-of-Obama, Tyler Perry world and not lose your mind and/or respect for your fellow human.

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ISBN: 9780062003225
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - October 30th, 2012

Missed Connections - Sophie Blackall

I've had a blog crush on Sophie Blackall for a while—and am thrilled that her lovely, playful illustrations of Craigslist "Missed Connections" are now available in book form. Each Missed Connection is a perfect little story: "We shared a bear suit at an apartment party on Saturday night." Or, for the literary: "We were in the Brooklyn Public Library on Saturday, browsing graphic novels you had on a big furry hat and nice smile ... What book did you end up borrowing?" Blackall, a children's book illustrator, brings just the right amount of humor, pathos, romance and whimsy to these anonymous, hopeful appeals for love.
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ISBN: 9780761163589
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Workman Publishing Company - September 22nd, 2011