NOVEMBER 24, 2014

Book News by Vicky Eaves

Since I only had one correct guess for the National Book Awards (poetry), I decided against making any foolish sports bets but I do have a few fairly solid tips for the holidays!  We managed to snag a limited amount of Frozen Hide & Hug Olaf (9781484721506, Disney, $26.99, HC) which is a very hot ticket [...]

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The Brilliant History of Color in Art

Victoria Finlay
(J. Paul Getty Museum, $24.95, HC, 9781606064290)

The history of art is inseparable from the history of colour. This book takes readers across the globe and over the centuries on a tour through the history of color in art. It aims to uncover the origins and science of colour. Illustrated in full colour throughout with 166 major works of art--most from the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum, The Brilliant History of Color in Art walks a fine line between the educational and the entertaining to deliver a wholly satisfying and stimulating perspective.

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Driven to Distraction at Work: How to Focus and Be More Productive

Edward M. Hallowell
(Harvard Business School Press, $26.00, HC, 9781422186411)

Are you driven to distraction at work? Bestselling author Edward M. Hallowell, MD, the world's leading expert on ADD and ADHD, has set his sights on a new goal: helping people feel more in control and productive at work. Based on his years of helping clients develop constructive ways to deal with distraction, Dr. Hallowell provides a set of practical and reliable techniques to show how to sustain a productive mental state. The result is a book that will empower you to combat distractions and clear a path for you to achieve your highest personal and professional goals.

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Cooking & Food

1,000 Spanish Recipes

Penelope Casas
(Houghton Mifflin, $35.00, HC, 9780470164990)

Penelope Casas was one of the premier experts on Spanish food: She taught Americans about jam serrano, Manchego cheese, and chorizo, in addition to countless dishes, from patatas bravas to churros. She wrote several acclaimed books, and her final work is a culmination of Casas's 40-year career and lifelong love affair with Spanish food. 1,000 Spanish Recipes will be a treasured cookbook and guide.

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All My Puny Sorrows

Miriam Toews
(McSweeney's Books, $24.00, HC, 9781940450278)

A bittersweet story about those who survive and those who can't fight the current, All My Puny Sorrows is the latest novel from Miriam Toews, one of Canada's most beloved authors. Toews' work is rich with deep human feeling and compassion, her observations are knife-sharp and her books wickedly funny. And this is Toews at her finest: a story that is as much a comedy as it is a tragedy, a goodbye grin from the friend who taught you how to live.

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The Lost Gospel: Decoding the Ancient Text That Reveals Jesus' Marriage to Mary the Magdalene

Simcha Jacobovici and Barrie Wilson
(Pegasus Books, $29.95, HC, 9781605986104)

The Dead Sea Scrolls, the Gnostic writings and now The Lost Gospel, a newly decoded manuscript that uncovers groundbreaking revelations about the life and times of Jesus of Nazareth - a startling follow-up to the New York Times bestseller The Jesus Family Tomb. Part historical detective story, part modern adventure, The Lost Gospel reveals secrets that have been hiding in plain sight for millennia. Providing the first ever translation from Syriac into English, this unique document tells the inside story of Jesus social, family and political life.

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Language Arts

Listography: Your Life in Lists

Lisa Nola
(Chronicle Books, $16.95, HC, 9780811859080)

List-makers rejoice! This quirky and imaginative guided journal is the ultimate tool for creating a unique autobiography entirely in list form. Some lists are obvious (greatest accomplishments, best friends, favorite food), others obscure (guiltiest pleasures, greatest acts of kindness, personal fashion trends), and each list is accompanied by hilarious illustrations. A selection of list topics to capture your autobiography, promote creativity, and revisit memories, Listography is perfect for getting down all the details of a life less ordinary.

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Literary Collections

The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion

Meghan Daum
(Farrar Straus Giroux, $26.00, HC, 9780374280444)

Nearly fifteen years after her debut collection, My Misspent Youth, captured the ambitions and anxieties of a generation, Meghan Daum returns to the personal essay with The Unspeakable, a masterful collection of ten new works. Her old encounters with overdrawn bank accounts and oversized ambitions in the big city have given way to a new set of challenges. Through it all, she dramatizes the search for an authentic self in a world where achieving an identity is never simple and never complete.

Military History

Ship Spotter's Guide

Angus Konstam
(Osprey Publishing, $9.95, PB, 9781472808691)

Since the days of the Ancient Greeks, naval ships of all sizes have revolutionized warfare. From the Viking longship, pirate ships and super dreadnoughts to today's nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers, naval warfare has proved to be an essential component of military forces across the world. The Ship Spotter's Guide provides essential information on 40 iconic ships, using detailed profile artwork to illustrate and aid recognition, as well as specification boxes to provide all the technical details.

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Bugs Up Close: A Magnified Look at the Incredible World of Insects

Lars-Ake Janzon
(Skyhorse Publishing, $35.00, HC, 9781629144825)

Bugs Up Close takes readers on a journey into a world rarely seen, with incredible photographs of such insects as crane flies, yellow meadow ants, black fungus beetles, treehoppers, and many more! Fascinating and somewhat monstrous details such as compound eyes, antennae, and sharp mouth parts are visible, and with text by Lars-Ake Janzon, Bugs Up Close is an amazing close look into the strange and beautiful world of insects.

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Political Science

Citizens of the Green Room: Profiles in Courage and Self-Delusion

Mark Leibovich
(Blue Rider Press, $26.95, HC, 9780399171925)

Author of the groundbreaking #1 New York Times bestseller This Town, Mark Leibovich returns with a masterly collection of portraits of Washington's elite, and wannabe elites. Hailed by The Washington Post as a "master of the political profile," Leibovich punctures the inflated personas of the powerful, and in Citizens of the Green Room, he reveals the lives, stories, and peculiarities behind the public masks. Leibovich reminds us that great journalism and stylish writing are not only essential to the Republic but necessary to maintain the citizenry's sanity and humor in the face of made-for-TV government.

Self Help

My Good Friend the Rattlesnake: Stories of Loss, Truth, and Transformation

Don Jose Ruiz
(Plain Sight, $10.99, PB, 9781462114238)

In it's collection of short stories, My Good Friend the Rattlesnake navigate the highs and lows of life with spiritual guru and bestselling author don Jose Ruiz. From rattlesnakes and rebellion to swamis and shamans, these stories show you how you can find your true path and discover yourself in the process.

Social Science

Coming Out to Play

Robbie Rogers with Eric Marcus
(Penguin Books, $17.00, PB, 9780143126614)

In Coming Out to Play, professional soccer player Robbie Rogers takes readers on his incredible journey from terrified teenager afraid to share his sexuality, to a trailblazing out and proud professional soccer player for the L.A. Galaxy, who has embraced his new identity as a role model and champion for those still struggling with the secrets that keep them from living their dreams.

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Sports and Recreation

You're Not Lost If You Can Still See the Truck: The Further Adventures of America's Everyman Outdoorsman

Bill Heavey
(Atlantic Monthly Press, $25.00, HC, 9780802123022)

Humorous and thought-provoking essays on what it means to be an outdoorsman, Bill Heavey's adventures include nearly freezing to death in Eastern Alaska, hunting ants in the urban jungles of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and reconnecting to cherished memories of his grandfather through an inherited gun collection. With Heavey's trademark witty candor, You're Not Lost if You Can Still See the Truck traces a life lived outdoors through the good, the bad, and the downright hilarious.


Best Ever Travel Tips: Get the Best Travel Secrets & Advice from the Experts

Tom Hall
(Lonely Planet, $9.99, PB, 9781743603611)

This illustrated and fully updated edition of Lonely Planet's pocket-sized bestseller contains our best-ever tips, tricks and trade secrets for stress-free travelling, all brought to life and made easy to understand with stylish, witty illustrations. Featuring contributions from a range of travel writers, industry experts and staff, Best Ever Travel Tips contains the ultimate insider secrets for travellers and ensures you stay safe and happy on the road.

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