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We've dedicated this issue to our line up of 2015 calendars and have showcased a sampling below. If you'd like to review our complete listing, click here.

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Bears by Bissell Wall Calendar

Robert Bissell
(Pomegranate, $14.99, 9780764966293)

In the paintings of Imaginary Realist Robert Bissell, the world of animals is a mirror for human existence, self-definition, and reflection. Bissell's work causes us to reflect on the environment, life, death, renewal, and the stages of transition departing from the safety of family, and making our way in the world.

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Llewellyn's Daily Planetary Guide

Jim Shawvan
(Llewellyn Publications, $12.99, 9780738726847)

Timing is everything. Make it easy to take advantage of planetary energies with Llewellyn's Daily Planetary Guide, the most trusted and detailed astrological planner available. Even beginners can use this powerful guide, which explains the planets, signs, houses, and much more.

Body, Mind and Spirit

Lunaria: Lunar Wall Calendar

Vicki Leppek
(Amber Lotus, $14.99, 9781602379084)

The Lunaria Wall Calendar utilizes thirteen lunar months, each beginning with the new moon. The classical paintings featured in this calendar are paired with an eclectic mix of romantic-era literature, mythology, esoteric texts, and folklore treasures. Daily visual moon phases and moon signs, void-of-course times, eclipses, and holidays are included.

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Climbing / Mountaineering

Rock Climbing

Editors of Browntrout
(Browntrout, $14.99, 9781465027962)

This Rock Climbing wall calendar takes a close look at this amazing sport and is sure to inspire you to great heights this year. Each standard wall calendar features an opening spread with a six-month overview. Filled with an abundance of holidays, each month's grid is large enough for daily tasks and appointments.

Cooking & Food

Farmer's Market 2015 Wall Calendar: Four Seasons of Fruits and Vegetables

John Burgoyne
(Universe Publishing, $14.99, 9780789328298)

The Farmer's Market 2015 Wall Calendar will delight any foodie, gardener, or gourmand with John Burgoyne's exquisitely rendered and hand-colored prints. Each month features beautifully drawn examples of seasonal fruits and vegetables to whet your appetite, and have you planning your garden for the next season.

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Ecology & Environment

Ecological 2015 Wall Calendar

Chris Bardman
(Pomegranate, $14.99, 9780764967474)

Forget about traditional calendars . . . it's time to reconnect with the natural world! Chris Hardman's revolutionary Ecological Calendar--like nature itself--marks time by the seasonal changes in life on Earth. Now in its eleventh edition, the Ecological Calendar will transform your concept of time while providing a daily reminder of our responsibility to safeguard our amazing corner of the cosmos.


Trout of North America 2015 Calendar

Editors of Workman Publishing; Illustrated by Joseph R. Tomelleri
(Workman Publishing, $13.99, 9780761179214)

A terrific gift for anglers and sportsmen, Trout of North America wall calendar showcases the exquisite fish paintings of Joseph R. Tomelleri. Astonishingly lifelike, capturing their subjects shimmering hues, distinctive patterns, and most subtle details, these portraits honor the diverse species that swim North America's rivers and waterways.

House and Home

Out on the Porch 2015 Calendar

Editors of Workman Publishing
(Workman Publishing, $13.99, 9781616203627)

Out On The Porch is the perennially popular calendar that showcases amazing views from a dozen porches, porticoes, gazebos, and verandas photographed in full color and accompanied by transporting quotes from literature. Pour a cup of coffee, put up your feet, and stay a while. It's the good life, at every glance.

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Cartoons from the New Yorker Weekly Planner Calendar

Conde Nast
(Andrews McMeel Publishing, $14.99, Desk Book, 9781449451271)

Start your year off the right way with the weekly pages from the Cartoons from The New Yorker 2015 Weekly Planner Calendar, featuring entertaining New Yorker cartoons. This spiral-bound calendar offers plenty of space to keep track of appointments or meetings.

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Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams
(Ansel Adams, $19.99, 9780316328005)

Featuring an exemplary selection of iconic Ansel Adams photographs, this wall calendar is an annual bestseller full of stunning images. Majestic mountain vistas, intimate nature studies, and landscapes of the American West will delight all year long. A classic, and popular now as ever, the Ansel Adams 2015 Wall Calendar is an elegant addition to any home or office.

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The Old Farmer's Almanac Engagement Calendar 2015

Editors of Old Farmer's Almanac
(Old Farmer's Almanac, $14.99, 9781571986443)

An engagement calendar ideal for the busy bee, this stylish, week-at-a-glance desk calendar provides plenty of space for appointments, notes, and reminders. Each day offers timeless advice, an amusing fact, a quote, a proverb, or a bit of folklore; each month features number trivia, Moon facts, and more. Special bonuses: pages for addresses, emergency numbers, birthdays and anniversaries, and future plans.


The Elements 2015 Calendar: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe

Theodore Gray
(Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, $13.99, 9781579129545)

Adapted from the bestselling book and app, The Elements Calendar is a breathtaking gift for science lovers. Each month highlights one element from the periodic table, combining beautiful, full-color photographs of its natural state and practical applications with detailed text explaining its distinctive characteristics, uses, history, and lore.

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Yoga Meditation: Artwork by Elena Ray

Elena Ray
(Amber Lotus, $14.99, 9781602379305)

In a yogic practice, the body, mind, and spirit compose a holistic system connected through the breath. These principles are beautifully illustrated in the Yoga Meditations wall calendar, featuring mixed-media art by Elena Ray. The accompanying quotes from ancient and contemporary yoga masters open the heart to universal wisdom. In the words of the great yogi Paramahansa Yogananda, "You will then be guided by the great creative power of Spirit."