DECEMBER 8, 2014

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Biography - Autobiography

Flaws in the Ice: In Search of Douglas Mawson

David Day
(Globe Pequot Press, $18.95, PB, 9781493007509)

Flaws in the Ice is the untold true story of Douglas Mawson's 1911-1914 Antarctic Expedition, mistakenly hailed for a century as a courageous survival story from the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. Prize-winning historian David Day takes off on a five-week odyssey in search of the real Douglas Mawson. On his journey he discovers new evidence and relies on the vast research he undertook for his international history of Antarctica, and on his own experience of sailing to the Antarctic coastline where Mawson's reputation was first created. Flaws in the Ice will change perceptions of Douglas Mawson one of the icons of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration forever.

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The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users

Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick
(Portfolio, $25.95, HC, 9781591848073)

Guy Kawasaki, the legendary former chief evangelist for Apple and one of the pioneers of business blogging, tweeting, Facebooking, Tumbling, teamed up with Peg Fitzpatrick, who he says is the best social-media person he's ever met, to offer The Art of Social Media, the one essential guide you need to get the most bang for your time, effort, and money for your business. They guide you through steps to build your foundation, amass your digital assets, optimize your profile, attract more followers, and effectively integrate social media and blogging. The Art of Social Media is full of tactics that have been proven to work in the real world. Or as Guy puts it, "great stuff, no fluff."


Kaleidoscopia! Book and Kit: Everything You Need to Know about Kaleidoscopes (Including How to Make Your Own!)

Carolyn Bennett
(Workman Publishing, $24.95, HC, 9780761172932)

From Carolyn Bennett--author of The Kids' Book of Kaleidoscopes, Kaleidoscopia! is the comprehensive update and revision loaded with kaleidoscope history and science, experiments, and eco-friendly projects that give recycled materials a vibrant new life. A one-of-a-kind book of kaleidoscopes, plus a kit that contains everything you need to build your own, Kaleidoscopia! allows readers to see the science in action.

Cooking & Food

The Dutch Oven Cookbook: Recipes for the Best Pot in Your Kitchen

Sharon Kramis and Julie Kramis Hearne
(Sasquatch Books, $19.95, PB, 9781570619403)

In this follow-up to their successful Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook, Sharon Kramis and Julie Kramis Hearne show off the many virtues of this kitchen essential. This new edition features full-color photography throughout and delicious recipes for one-pot meals. From savory to sweet, soups to stews or the perfect pot roast, the Dutch oven is the original slow cooker. This delicious collection is filled with sophisticated and easy-to-prepare recipes for all occasions plus complete information about how to select and care for your Dutch oven.

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Beautiful Lego 2: Dark

Mike Doyle
(No Starch Press , $39.95, HC, 9781593275860)

Internationally acclaimed artist Mike Doyle is back with a completely new collection of jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring LEGO creations. This stunning full-color book features themed creations that are dark, mysterious, and beautiful, and showcases the work of many of the world's most masterful LEGO builders.

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The Boston Girl

Anita Diamant
(Scribner Book Company, $26.00, HC, 9781439199350)

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Red Tent and Day After Night, comes an unforgettable novel about family ties and values, friendship and feminism told through the eyes of a young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century. The Boston Girl is a moving portrait of one woman's complicated life in twentieth century America, and a fascinating look at a generation of women finding their places in a changing world.

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California Month-By-Month Gardening: What to Do Each Month to Have a Beautiful Garden All Year

Claire Splan
(Cool Springs Press, $24.99, PB, 9781591866091)

Written by Alameda resident and longtime gardening journalist Claire Splan, California Month-by-Month Gardening guides readers on what you should plant, precisely when you should plant it, and how to care for it. The sister manual to California Getting Started Garden Guide, this handy guide is illustrated with beautiful color photography of the "how to" steps and plants, California Month-by-Month Gardening will keep your garden prosperous through all types of California weather and terrain.

Graphic Novels & Manga

Master Keaton, Vol. 1

Naoki Urasawa
(Viz Media, $19.99, TP, 9781421575896)

Naoki Urasawa is probably my favorite manga-ka, so, of course, I was totally excited when Viz announced the release of Master Keaton, a 12-volume series originally published in Japan between 1988-1994. Taichi Hiraga-Keaton, the son of a Japanese zoologist and a noble English woman, is an insurance investigator known for his successful and unorthodox methods of investigation. Educated in archaeology and a former member of the SAS, Master Keaton uses his knowledge and combat training to uncover buried secrets, thwart would-be villains, and pursue the truth. When a life insurance policy worth one million pounds takes Master Keaton to the Dodecanese islands of Greece, what will he discover amidst his scuffles with bloodthirsty thieves and assassins? Viz always does a great job with their Urasawa releases, and this is no different - complete with French-fold flaps and color pages.

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Empire of Cotton: A Global History

Sven Beckert
(Knopf Publishing Group, $35.00, HC, 9780375414145)

Harvard University historian Sven Beckert tells the epic story of the rise and fall of the empire of cotton, its centrality to the world economy, and its making and remaking of global capitalism. The empire of cotton was, from the beginning, a fulcrum of constant global struggle between slaves and planters, merchants and statesmen, workers and factory owners. Beckert makes clear how these forces ushered in the world of modern capitalism, including the vast wealth and disturbing inequalities that are with us today. The result is a book as unsettling as it is enlightening: a book that brilliantly weaves together the story of cotton with how the present global world came to exist.

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Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage.

Rob Delaney
(Spiegel & Grau, $15.00, PB, 9780812983180)

Funny man Rob Delaney offers a weird, funny, yet deeply personal account of his life in the book named one of the best books of the year by E! online. Rob Delaney is a father, a husband, a comedian, a writer. He is the author of an endless stream of beautiful, insane jokes on Twitter. He is sober. He speaks French. He broke into an abandoned mental hospital with his mother. He has battled depression. He cleans up well. He is friends with Margaret Atwood. He is lucky to be alive. Read these hilarious and heartbreaking true stories and learn how Rob came to be the man he is today. Now in paperback

Literary Collections

Fallen Leaves: Last Words on Life, Love, War, and God

Will Durant
(Simon & Schuster, $25.00, HC, 9781476771540)

The final and most personal work from Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Will Durant--discovered thirty-two years after his death--is a message of insight for everyone who has sought meaning in life or the council of a wise friend in navigating life's journey. Fallen Leaves contains twenty-two short chapters on everything from youth and old age, religion and morals, to sex, war, politics, and art. It contains strong opinions, elegant prose, and deep insights into the human condition as only Will Durant could provide, as well as his revealing conclusions about the perennial problems and greatest joys we face as a species.


Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension: A Mathematician's Journey Through Narcissistic Numbers, Optimal Dating Algorithms, at Least Two Kinds of Infinity, and More

Matt Parker
(Farrar Straus Giroux, $28.00, HC, 9780374275655)

A book from the stand-up mathematician that makes math fun again, Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension is filled with captivating games and puzzles, a buffet of optional hands-on activities that entices us to take pleasure in math that is normally only available to those studying at a university level. Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension invites us to re-learn much of what we missed in school and, this time, to be utterly enthralled by it.


The Bay Area Forager: Your Guide to Edible Wild Plants of the San Francisco Bay Area

Mia Andler and Kevin Feinstein
(Heyday Books, $24.95, PB, 9780615496122)

Reading this guidebook is like taking a wild foods walk with foraging experts Mia Andler and Kevin Feinstein: it gives practical advice for gathering edible wild plants in the Bay Area in a voice that is friendly and suffused with rich personal knowledge. Ideal for any experience level, The Bay Area Forager invites readers to deepen their relationship with their environment.

Performing Arts

Doctor Who: The Visual Dictionary

Jason Loborik
(DK Publishing, $25.00, HC, 9781465426451)

The successful guide to the Doctor's world--now updated and expanded for 2014 and the new Doctor. Fans of the long running series will enjoy this lavishly illustrated guide to the Doctor's world now expanded to include all the action from the new series with Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor. With 32 new pages of material, including new companions, aliens and adventures across time and space, Doctor Who: The Visual Dictionary offers details to pore over and enjoy as well as behind-the-scenes information on this hit TV series.


Melting Away: A Ten-Year Journey Through Our Endangered Polar Regions

Camille Seaman
(Princeton Architectural Press, $55.00, HC, 9781616892609)

For ten years Camille Seaman has documented the rapidly changing landscapes of Earth's polar regions. As an expedition photographer aboard small ships in the Arctic and Antarctic, she has chronicled the accelerating effects of global warming on the jagged face of nearly fifty thousand icebergs. Melting Away collects seventy-five of Seaman's most captivating photographs, life affirming images that reveal not only what we have already lost, but more importantly what we still have that is worth fighting to save.


Flora Illustrata: Great Works from the Luesther T. Mertz Library of the New York Botanical Garden

Susan M. Fraser & Vanessa Sellers, editors
(Yale University Press, $50.00, HC, 9780300196627)

The renowned LuEsther T. Mertz Library of The New York Botanical Garden counts among its holdings many of the most beautiful and pioneering botanical and horticultural works ever created. In this sumptuously illustrated volume, international experts introduce us to some of the library's most fascinating works--exceedingly rare books, stunning botanical artworks, handwritten manuscripts, Renaissance herbals, nursery catalogs, explorers' notebooks, and more. Essays are accompanied by some wonderful illustrations, offering surprising insights into the histories and importance of these treasures.

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An Innocent Abroad: Life-Changing Trips from 35 Great Writers

Editors at Lonely Planet
(Lonely Planet, $15.99, PB, 9781743603604)

Lonely Planet's latest collection of nonfiction travel stories features more than 20 well-known writers and celebrities who share the travel experiences that shaped their personalities and changed their lives. Readers will relish in high-quality tales from Dave Eggers, Richard Ford, Pico Iyer, John Berendt, Alexander McCall Smith, Jane Smiley and others. A great book to give to anyone traveling abroad for the first time.

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