Staff Pick

Do you have a millennial child or grandchild? Check. Do you want to be the world’s coolest parent or grandparent this holiday season? Check. Carry this Book (Viking, $25) is your golden ticket and hands-down the quirkiest, winningest stocking stuffer of the year. Sprung from the effervescent imagination of Abbi Jacobson, one half of the feminist comedy super-duo behind the Comedy Central hit Broad City, Carry this Book is filled with beautiful, pen-streaked, hand-drawn illustrations. Jacobson imagines what lies in the bags and pockets of the famous; here are her renderings of the things carried by historical figures ranging from Gandhi (a soccer ball and fake teeth) to Anna Wintour (Chipotle Burrito card, “extra guac always”). This is a sly and warm commentary on our new celebrity culture—on the things that truly make us all who we are, when social media isn’t watching.

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ISBN: 9780735221598
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Viking - October 25th, 2016

Much has been written by modern female thinkers about our relationships to our bodies, but they’ve said comparatively little about our relationships to the clothes we put our bodies in. Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, Leanne Shapton, and the 636 other contributors to Women in Clothes (Blue Rider Press, $30) are on a mission to change that, and the result is the coolest, most revelatory, and most effervescent book of the season. This utterly unique collection of essays includes contributions by thinkers and fashion intellectuals such as Kim Gordon, Miranda July, and, yes, Lena Dunham. There’s nothing stuffy and nothing superficial here; instead there’s something groundbreaking: genuinely intelligent dialogue about fashion. The eclectic pieces read as what they are: curated, contemplative conversations between women about the ways that clothes shape our identities. My personal favorites were the photos documenting the everyday collections (striped shirts, tote bags, safety pins, lip balms) that somehow, without our even noticing it, make us the people we are. The color illustrations, photographs, and charts that explode from the pages are vivid and elegant, and make Women in Clothes a gift to be savored. Not to be missed.
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$30.00
ISBN: 9780399166563
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 4th, 2014

Yotam Ottolenghi has done it again. Or more precisely he already did it, again. Written six years before his blockbuster, Jerusalem, but only now released in the U.S., Ottolenghi (Ten Speed, $35) presents a collection of well-tested and well-loved recipes from the chef’s eponymous London restaurants. This is a very different cookbook from Jerusalem; where that one was a document of social history and exploration, Ottolenghi offers approachable, weeknight cooking. It’s less complex but also a lot less daunting. The ingredients are more familiar, but it offers the same focus on freshness and unexpected flavor connections that thrilled home cooks in Jerusalem. And while there’s an illuminating section on the baked goods that his restaurants are famous for, the stars in Ottolenghi’s repertoire will always be the vegetables. His combinations are the best in the business, and he usually adheres to a happy trinity, with a main ingredient and two surprising counterpoints: baked okra with tomatoes and ginger, cucumber and poppy seed salad, crushed new potatoes with horseradish and sorrel.

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$35.00
ISBN: 9781607744184
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Ten Speed Press - September 3rd, 2013

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