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(Rizzoli International Publications, $29.95, HC, 9780847848225)
A presentation of micro-scaled contemporary residences that demonstrate domesticity can be both compact and beautiful. How we live in cities smaller, denser, smarter is at the heart of Tiny Houses in the City. Focusing on dwelling spaces all under 1,000 square feet, Tiny Houses in the City illustrates strategies for building tiny in urban areas that include urban infill, adaptive reuse, transforming and flexible living spaces, and micro-unit buildings. Many of the residences chronicled in Tiny Houses in the City are indeed unique in design, but their economical size and ingenious interior spaces are the epitome of practicality and illustrate an acute understanding of compact living and its potential for the urban realm.
(Harper Design, $14.99, PB, 9780062419989)
Fairies in Wonderland is a whimsical, fantastical foray into the world of the ever-popular fairy. Marcos Chin presents fairies in various, intricately illustrated scenarios to explore and animate with color, from early morning flights among dew-kissed flowers to lounging on leaves floating gently in a stream to a charming game of tag among fireflies in a dark forest. Featuring a heavy card stock cover with extra-wide flaps, and bewitching black-and-white line art printed on heavy white paper with excellent opacity ideal for coloring with markers, pencils, crayons, or paints and framing, Fairies in Wonderland lets readers of every age tap into their creative spirits and provides hours of entertainment and fun.
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Biography - Autobiography
(Anthony Bourdain/Ecco, $15.99, PB, 9780062293060)
A journalist and blogger takes us on a colorful and spicy gastronomic tour through Viet Nam in this entertaining, offbeat travel memoir, with a foreword by Anthony Bourdain. Traveling through the back alleys and across the boulevards of Hanoi where home cooks set up grills and stripped-down stands serving sumptuous fare on blue plastic furniture he risked dysentery, giardia, and diarrhea to discover a culinary treasure-load that was truly foreign and unique. Graham Holliday shares every bite of the extraordinary fresh dishes, pungent and bursting with flavor, which he came to love in Hanoi, Saigon, and the countryside. Here, too, are the remarkable people who became a part of his new life, including his wife, Sophie. A feast for the senses, funny, charming, and always delicious, Eating Viet Nam will inspire armchair travelers, curious palates, and everyone itching for a taste of adventure. Now in paperback
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(Crown Business, $27.00, HC, 9780553419405)
What does it take to win success and influence? Some people think that in today’s hyper-competitive world, it’s the tough, take-no-prisoners type who comes out on top. But in reality, argues New York Times bestselling author Dave Kerpen, it’s actually those with the best “people skills” who win the day. A book best described as How to Win Friends and Influence People for today’s world, The Art of People shows how to charm and win over anyone to be more successful at work and outside of it.
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Cooking & Food
Susan L. Ebert
(Welcome Books, $40.00, HC, 9781599621326)
The complete guide to growing, procuring, and preparing local and seasonal foods for the home cook. The Field to Table Cookbook brings 175 family-pleasing, nutritious, and accessible recipes to home cooks who want to increase their familiarity with procuring and cooking clean, organic meat, fish, fruits, and vegetables. This book is a wonderful resource: as a thorough seasonal guide to cooking with game, foraged food, and organic vegetables (for nonhunters and hunters alike); as a cookbook for hunters; and as a guide for home cooks who prepare fish and game for their family.
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Family and Relationships
(Random House Trade, $15.00, PB, 9780812985153)
You’ve never read a book like The Reason I Jump. Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. In his introduction, bestselling novelist David Mitchell writes that Naoki’s words allowed him to feel, for the first time, as if his own autistic child was explaining what was happening in his mind. It is no exaggeration to say that The Reason I Jump allowed me to round a corner in our relationship. This translation was a labor of love by David and his wife, KA Yoshida, so they’d be able to share that feeling with friends, the wider autism community, and beyond. Naoki’s book, in its beauty, truthfulness, and simplicity, is a gift to be shared. Now in paperback
(Dutton Books, $16.00, PB, 9781101983973)
In the tradition of Alan Furst, international bestselling author Jussi Adler-Olsen, delivers his first stand-alone novel, a psychological thriller set in World War II Nazi Germany and 1970s England. Millions of fans around the world and in this country know Adler-Olsen for his award-winning Department Q series. His first stand-alone, The Alphabet House, is the perfect introduction for those who have yet to discover his riveting work. Now in paperback
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- The Association of Small Bombs... Karan Mahajan
- Barefoot Dogs: Stories... Antonio Ruiz-Camacho
- Burning Down the House... Jane Mendelsohn
- The Never-Open Desert Diner... James Anderson
- Shelter... Jung Yun
- The Sunlit Night... Rebecca Dinerstein
- Twisted River... Siobhan MacDonald
- Two If by Sea... Jacquelyn Mitchard
- An Unrestored Woman... Shobha Rao
Health and Fitness
Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to a Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success
(Rodale Books, $26.99, HC, 9781623367398 )
Is high-quality sleep the missing component to help you shed fat for good, stave off diseases, and keep you productive? In Sleep Smarter, Shawn Stevenson, host of the popular podcast, The Model Health Show, answers these and many other sleep-related questions. The book includes a 14-day plan with tips and tricks like the exact time of day to exercise for better sleep quality, what to wear to avoid waking up at night, and ways to fall asleep faster. Sleep Smarter is the ultimate guide to sleeping better, feeling refreshed, and achieving a healthier, happier life.
Health and Healing
(William Morrow & Company, $16.99, PB, 9780062103154)
In each chapter, Farmacology reveals the surprising ways that the ecology of our body and the ecology of our farms are intimately linked. This is a paradigm-changing adventure that has huge implications for our personal health and the health of the planet. Farmacology, practicing family physician and renowned nutrition explorer Daphne Miller brings us beyond the simple concept of “food as medicine” and introduces us to the critical idea that it’s the farm where that food is grown that offers us the real medicine.
Hiking and Backpacking
Seabury Blair, Jr.
(Sasquatch Books, $18.95, PB, 9781632170118)
Timed perfectly with the National Park Service centennial celebration in 2016, this guidebook features the 75 best day hikes in national parks and monuments throughout Washington and Oregon. Written in an informative style that will appeal to anyone, regardless of age, each trail description includes elevation gains, including a topographical map; clear, up-to-date driving directions; mileage and estimated hiking time; trail conditions; and more. Creaky Knees hiking guides are perfect for aging baby boomers, seniors, those traveling with small children, and anyone else interested more in a stroll than a climb.
(Anchor Books, $20.00, PB, 9780307278715)
A masterly and moving account of the most horrific hidden atrocity of World War II: Ravensbruck, the only Nazi concentration camp built for women. Far more than a catalog of atrocities, however, Ravensbruck is also a compelling account of what one survivor called “the heroism, superhuman tenacity, and exceptional willpower to survive.” Chilling, inspiring, and deeply unsettling, Ravensbruck is a groundbreaking work of historical investigation. With rare clarity, it reminds us of the capacity of humankind both for bestial cruelty and for courage against all odds. Now in paperback
(Belknap Press, $35.00, HC, 9780674660205)
In seminal works ranging from Sources of the Self to A Secular Age, Charles Taylor has shown how we create possible ways of being, both as individuals and as a society. In his new book setting forth decades of thought, he demonstrates that language is at the center of this generative process. Taylor expands the thinking of the German Romantics Hamann, Herder, and Humboldt into a theory of linguistic holism. Language is intellectual, but it is also enacted in artistic portrayals, gestures, tones of voice, metaphors, and the shifts of emphasis and attitude that accompany speech. Human language recognizes no boundary between mind and body. In illuminating the full capacity of the language animal, Taylor sheds light on the very question of what it is to be a human being.
(Ecco Press, $25.99, HC, 9780062432971)
In recognition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s long and lauded career as a master essayist, The Abundance is a landmark collection, including her most beloved pieces and some rarely seen work, rigorously curated by the author herself. Reminding us of the indelible contributions of this formative figure in contemporary nonfiction, The Abundance exquisitely showcases Annie Dillard’s enigmatic, enduring genius, as Dillard herself wishes it to be marked.
(Yale University Press, $18.00, PB, 9780300219807)
Curiosity has been seen through the ages as the impulse that drives our knowledge forward and the temptation that leads us toward dangerous and forbidden waters. The question “Why?” has appeared under a multiplicity of guises and in vastly different contexts throughout the chapters of human history. Why does evil exist? What is beauty? Leading us through a full gallery of inquisitives, among them Thomas Aquinas, David Hume, Lewis Carroll, Rachel Carson, Socrates, and, most importantly, Dante, Alberto Manguel affirms how deeply connected our curiosity is to the readings that most astonish us, and how essential to the soaring of our own imaginations.
(Rizzoli International Publications, $50.00, HC, 9780847849154)
The outdoor enthusiast’s dream bucket list is embodied in this illustrated celebration of our greatest national forests, from Alaska to Florida. For more than a century, America’s national forests have proved an environmental gift and cultural treasure, our spectacular backyard. Unlike the national parks, Americans can use these lands for all manner of recreation, truly earning these tremendous resources the moniker of “America’s backyard.” This book is a treasure for all readers who use and cherish these lands.
(Sasquatch Books, $18.95, PB, 9781632170057)
This friendly handbook covers the matters of most concern to women, from feminine functions in the wilderness to how to deal with condescending men, as well as the basics of wilderness survival tailored to women’s unique needs. It includes gear lists in addition to advice for camp setup, fire building, food and water, safety, weather, and navigation. For women who enjoy hiking, camping, backpacking, and other outdoor recreation, A Woman’s Guide to the Wild is the book for you.
(Simon & Schuster, $16.00, PB, 9781451691603)
It has been called the great destroyer and the evil. The Pentagon refers to it as the pervasive menace. It destroys cars, fells bridges, sinks ships, sparks house fires, and nearly brought down the Statue of Liberty. Rust costs America more than $400 billion per year more than all other natural disasters combined. The result is a fresh and often funny account of an overlooked engineering endeavor that is as compelling as it is grand, illuminating a hidden phenomenon that shapes the modern world. Rust affects everything from the design of our currency to the composition of our tap water, and it will determine the legacy we leave on this planet. This exploration of corrosion, and the incredible lengths we go to fight it, is narrative nonfiction at its very best a fascinating and important subject, delivered with energy and wit.
Technology and Engineering
(St. Martin's Press, $26.99, HC, 9781250074300 )
The food discussion in America can be quite pessimistic. With high obesity rates, diabetes, climate change, chemical use, water contamination, and farm animal abuse, it would seem that there wasn’t very much room for a positive perspective. The fear that there just isn’t enough food has expanded to new areas of concern about water availability, rising health care costs, and dying bees. In Unnaturally Delicious, Lusk makes room for optimism by writing the story of the changing food system, suggesting that technology and agriculture can work together in a healthy and innovative way to help solve the world’s largest food issues and improve the farming system as we know it. Now the world is filled with new challenges changing the way we think about food. Who are the scientists, entrepreneurs, and progressive farmers who meet these challenges and search for solutions? Unnaturally Delicious has the answers.
Brent D. Glass
(Simon & Schuster, $16.00, PB, 9781451682038)
50 Great American Places is a one-of-a-kind guide to fifty of the most important cultural and historic sites in the United States guaranteed to fascinate, educate, and entertain selected and described by the former director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. For families who want to take a trip that is both educational and entertaining, for history enthusiasts, or anyone curious about our country’s greatest places, this book is the perfect guide.