So you're a fan of “Mister” Fred Rogers and his classic TV series, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. You've read Maxwell King's Rogers biography The Good Neighbor. You saw the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor and likely have already bought your tickets to the reportedly very good film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, starring Tom Hanks. Maybe you've even read every profile on the man available on the AV Club, and scoured the internet for interviews, analyses, and clips. What do you do now? Or even worse: what if you are trying to buy a gift for the Mr. Rogers fan who has everything? What then? Well, why not a coffee table book that features a photo breakdown of every single one of Fred Rogers' ties? Why not a coffee table book that features input from luminaries like Melissa Wagner, who has collaborated with Rogers himself on books in the past, and Tim Lybarger, creator of the Rogers fansite The Neighborhood Archive? That is, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: A Visual History (Clarkson Potter, $35), a massive compendium of interviews, photos, and behind-the-scenes information. A worthy gift for those starving for kindness in these dark times, and a monument to a historic television production.
For those who prefer to conclude an excursion outdoors by returning indoors, America’s Best Day Hikes: Spectacular Single-Day Hikes Across the States (Countryman, $29.95) is an essential resource. Derek Dellinger spent over a year investigating and exploring national and state parks to highlight fifty of the best one-day hikes across the United States, none of which require camping, all of which are memorable in their own way. Organized by region, these wilderness destinations make exciting and convenient additions to existing travel plans. Better yet, the hikes are complemented by Dellinger’s gorgeous photography as well as thoroughly researched logistical information, from difficulty to dog friendliness to planning and packing suggestions. With this guide, a worthy addition to any nature-lover’s collection, readers will be ready to embark on spectacular single-day adventures for years to come.
Patricia Schultz certainly does not disappoint with the newest edition of this now classic and ultimate travel guide. 1,000 Places to See Before You Die: The World As You’ve Never Seen it Before (Artisan, $50) has been expanded to coffee-table size, making it even easier for travel lovers to flip through the pages pondering their next adventure and admiring the magnificent photographs that accompany each location. Fans of the first two editions will be thrilled with the updates and newcomers will appreciate how Schultz efficiently and expertly breaks down the world by region, with her more than thirty years of travel-writing experience. This collection makes a wonderful conversation piece during holiday get-togethers and can be a fantastic activity for families to discuss where they have been or dream of going.