OCTOBER 27, 2014

Book News by Luis Borella

World Spice At Home:
16 Spice Flavor Companion Kit

ISBN: 9781937344443

Price: $24.95 | Boxed Spice Set

Nestled below Historic Pike Place Market on the Seattle waterfront, World Spice Merchants has been a hub of the modern day spice trade since 1995.  With the publication of World Spice at Home (9781570619076, [...]

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Fifty Years of Illustration

Edited by Lawrence Zeegan and Caroline Roberts
(Laurence King, $40.00, HC, 9781780672793)

Fifty Years of Illustration charts contemporary illustrations rich history: from the 1960s, to the increasing diversification of illustration in the early twenty-first century. Contemporary illustration's impact and influence on design and popular culture are investigated through introductory essays and profiles of leading practitioners, illustrated with examples of the finest work.

Biography - Autobiography

Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured

Kathryn Harrison
(Doubleday Books, $28.95, HC, 9780385531207)

Every era must retell and reimagine the Maid of Orleans's extraordinary story in its own way, and in Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured, Kathryn Harrison does just that. Deftly weaving historical fact, myth, folklore, artistic representations, and centuries of scholarly and critical interpretation into a compelling narrative, she restores Joan of Arc to her rightful position as one of the greatest heroines in all of human history.

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Cooking & Food

Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere

Dorie Greenspan
(Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $40.00, HC, 9780547724249)

A "culinary guru" and author of the award-winning Around My French Table and Baking: From My Home to Yours returns with an exciting collection of simple desserts from French home cooks and chefs. Chef Dorie Greenspan puts her own creative spin on each dish, guiding us with the friendly, reassuring directions that have won her legions of ardent fans.

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Family & Parenting

Mama Gone Geek: Calling on My Inner Science Nerd to Help Navigate the Ups and Downs of Parenthood

Lynn Brunelle
(Roost Books, $16.95, PB, 9781611801514)

A four-time Emmy Award-winning writer for the television series Bill Nye the Science Guy, Lynn Brunelle shares her field trip through pregnancy and parenting, sprinkled with a sparkle of science, in this hilarious and awe-inspiring memoir. Science isn't just for geeks. It's the future. If you're a parent or planning to become one, it's your future.

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Bathing the Lion

Jonathan Carroll
(St. Martin's Press, $25.99, HC, 9781250048264)

In this surreal masterpiece, five people who live in the same New England town go to sleep one night and all share the same hyper-realistic dream. When they wake up they discover they're celestial mechanics, their memories wiped and for the first time all retired mechanics are being brought back to duty: Chaos has a new plan, and it's not looking good for mankind.

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Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence

Karen Armstrong
(Knopf Publishing Group, $30.00, HC, 9780307957047)

Bestselling author Karen Armstrong's Fields of Blood is a sweeping exploration of religion and the history of human violence. Armstrong sets out to discover the truth about religion and violence in each of the world's great traditions, taking us on an astonishing journey from prehistoric times to the present. Informed by Armstrong's sweeping erudition and personal commitment to the promotion of compassion, Fields of Blood makes vividly clear that religion is not the problem.

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What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night

Refe and Susan Tuma
(Little Brown and Company, $20.00, HC, 9780316294591)

From the parents who brought us the web sensation Dinovember comes photographic proof of what toys do at night. Since Toy Story (and maybe since the very first toys!) children and their parents have wondered what it would be like if toys came to life. Refe and Susan Tuma take this wonder several steps further in a fabulous book in which they bring their four children scenes from their toy dinosaurs secret life -- with hilarious results!


Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

Bryan Stevenson
(Spiegel & Grau, $28.00, HC, 9780812994520)

A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice--from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time, Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer's coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.

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Literary Criticism

By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from the New York Times Book Review

Pamela Paul; Illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
(Henry Holt & Company, $28.00, HC, 9781627791458)

In By the Book, sixty-five of the world's leading writers open up about the books and authors that have meant the most to them. For the devoted reader, By the Book is a way to invite sixty-five of the most interesting guests into your world. It's a book party not to be missed.


Terrapin: Poems by Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry
(Counterpoint LLC, $25.00, HC, 9781619024250)

Tom Pohrt spent years gathering those poems of Wendell Berry's he imagined children might read and appreciate, making sketches to accompany his selection resulting in a volume of 21 poems that includes dozens of the sketches, drawings and watercolors in what amounts to a visual meditation on the poem. Staggering in both its beauty and its meaning, this volume is a perfect gift for children, grandchildren or anyone who remains a lover of the book as physical object.

Pop Culture

Star Wars Costumes

Brandon Alinger
(Chronicle Books, $60.00, HC, 9781452138053)

Star Wars are in for a real treat! For the first time ever the Lucasfilm Archives grants full access to the original costumes of episodes IV, V, and VI, allowing them to be revealed in never-before-seen detail. In over 200 new costume photographs, sketches, and behind-the-scenes photos and notes, based on new interviews, fans will get a fresh perspective on the creation of the clothes and costume props that brought these much-loved characters to life.


Knowledge Is Beautiful: Impossible Ideas, Invisible Patterns, Hidden Connections Visualized

David McCandless
(Harper Design, $30.00, PB, 9780062188229)

Knowledge is Beautiful is a fascinating spin through the world of visualized data, all of it bearing the hallmark of David McCandless's boundary-breaking, signature style. The captivating follow-up to the bestseller The Visual Miscellaneum, Knowledge is Beautiful offers a deeper, more ranging look at the world and its history, with more connectivity between the pages, a greater exploration of causes and consequences, and a more inclusive global outlook.


A Visitor's Guide to Hell: A Manual for Temporary Entrants and Those Who Would Prefer to Avoid Eternal Damnation

Clint Archer
(Sterling Publishing, $14.95, HC, 9781454913658)

A religious book laced with lots of warped humor, A Visitor's Guide to Hell contains everything you ever wanted to know about Hell . . . but were too afraid to ask! In the realm of eternal damnation, what tortures will we find? How hot is it, really? Dr. Clint Archer offers a thought-provoking, learned, at-times-hilarious guide to a place that might be interesting to visit . . . but you wouldn't want to live there!

Self Help

Post-Romantic Stress Disorder: What to Do When the Honeymoon Is Over

John Bradshaw
(Health Communications, $15.95, PB, 9780757318139)

In Post-Romantic Stress Disorder (PRSD), Bradshaw gives readers a clear explanation of the difference between falling in love, lust, and true love. Based on his research, PRSD is a deeply serious psychological disorder and the cause of 40% of all divorces divorces that could have been prevented. Bradshaw teaches readers to learn and understand the concepts of saving your relationship so that the portrait of the family unit could have a whole new landscape.

Social Science

A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy

Sarah Lazarovic
(Penguin Books, $18.00, HC, 9780143124719)

Based on a visual essay that was first published on The Hairpin, A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy is a beautiful and witty take on the growing slow shopping movement. Author Sarah Lazarovic's poignant musings will resonate with any reader who's ever been susceptible to an impulse buy.

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Sports and Recreation

The Golf Book: Twenty Years of the Players, Shots, and Moments That Changed the Game

Chris Millard
(Harper Design, $50.00, HC, 9780062364562)

From the archives of Golf Channel comes the ultimate book on the sport--a must for every fan--a comprehensive and engaging full-color compendium of the best moments of the past 20 years, filled with stories from top players, colorful insights from on-air talent and celebrity viewers, essential lists and sidebars, and stunning photographs of legendary golf courses around the world.


Travels with Epicurus: A Journey to a Greek Island in Search of a Fulfilled Life

Daniel Klein
(Penguin Books, $14.00, PB, 9780143126621)

Drawing on the inspiring lives of his Greek friends and philosophers ranging from Epicurus to Sartre, Klein uncovers the simple pleasures that are available late in life, as well as the refined pleasures that only a mature mind can fully appreciate. A travel book, a witty and accessible meditation, and an optimistic guide to living well, Travels with Epicurus is a delightful jaunt to the Aegean and through the terrain of old age that only a free spirit like Klein could lead.

True Crime

Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld

Jake Halpern
(Farrar Straus Giroux, $25.00, HC, 9780374108236)

Author and journalist Jake Halpern investigates the shadowy, unregulated world of consumer debt collection, focusing on an unlikely friendship between a former banking executive and former armed robber who go in search of paper, spreadsheets of uncollected debt sold off by banks for pennies on the dollar. A bravura work of storytelling that is also an important consciousness-raiser.