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Monday, December 1 through Wednesday, December 24, 2014:


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For The 12th Man

Seahawks We Are 12

(Skybox Press, $40.00, HC, 9780989739979)

Seahawks: We Are 12 is the definitive keepsake coffee table book that every fan will treasure from this dream season. Russell Wilson’s elusiveness, Marshawn Lynch’s Beast Mode power, the intimidating defense of the Legion of Boom, the loud and proud 12th Man — it’s all captured in the pages of this one-of-a-kind commemorative. More than 200 photographs and original essays by Seahawks insiders show and tell the story in all its glory, from the first regular season win through the momentous victory over the Denver Broncos.

For The Amateur Photographer

Vivan Maier: A Photographer Found

John Maloof
(Harper Design, $80.00, HC, 9780062305534)

Vivian Maier: A Photographer Found presents the most comprehensive collection and largest selection of the photographer’s work — created during the 1950s through the 1970s in New York, Chicago, and on her travels around the country — almost exclusively unpublished and including her previously unknown color work. It features images of and excerpts from Maier’s personal artifacts, memorabilia, and audio tapes, made available for the first time. This remarkable volume draws upon recently conducted interviews with people who knew Maier, which shed new light on Maier’s photographic skill and her life. This definitive monograph features 250 black-and-white images, color work, and other materials never seen before.

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For The Aspiring Artist

The Urban Sketching Handbook: Architecture & Cityscapes / People & Motion

Gabriel Campanario
(Quarry Books, $17.99 each, TP, Architecture & Cityscapes: 9781592539611 / People and Motion: 9781592539628)

Award-winning illustrator Gabriel Campanario first introduced his approach to drawing in The Art of Urban Sketching, a showcase of more than 500 sketches and drawing tips shared by more than 100 urban sketchers around the world. Now, he drills down into specific challenges of making sketches on location, rain or shine, quickly or slowly, and the most suitable techniques for every situation, in The Urban Sketching Handbook series. In both The Urban Sketching Handbook: Architecture and Cityscapes and The Urban Sketching Handbook: People and Motion, Gabriel lays out keys to help make the experience of drawing fun and rewarding. Using composition, depth, scale, contrast, line and creativity, sketching out buildings and structure or citizens and the way they move has never been more inspirational and entertaining.

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For The Budding Broadway Star

American Musicals: The Complete Books & Lyrics of Sixteen Broadway Classics

Laurence Maslon, Editor
(Library of America, $75.00, HC Boxed Set, 9781598532579)

The Broadway musical is one of America’s great indigenous popular forms. Now in a landmark two-volume collection, The Library of America presents sixteen enduring masterpieces charting the Broadway musical’s narrative tradition in American Musicals. Based on new research, this historic collection presents the complete libretto of each musical in its Broadway opening night version, making these beloved stories available as never before. This boxed set offers readers unprecedented insight into this living history with a selection of hard-to-find or previously unpublished supplementary items, including lyrics of songs dropped out-of-town or added in later revivals. Lavishly illustrated with 64 pages of photographs and other images drawn from the original productions, the set also contains biographical sketches of the book writers and lyricists; cast lists and other information about the shows’ Broadway openings; and detailed accounts of the path each show took on the road to Broadway. As a special feature, the box includes 16 full-color postcards reproducing the original show posters.

For The Comics Enthusiast


Richard McGuire
(Pantheon, $35.00, HC, 9780375406508)

There's already been lots of buzz - and media attention - for Richard McGuire's Here, which promises to be one of the literary graphic novel events of the year. Here is the story of a corner of a room and of the non-linear events that have occurred in that space over the course of hundreds of thousands of years - from the far past to the far future. Origianlly published as a 36-panel black-and-white comic in RAW back in 1989, McGuire has reconceived and expanded his comic vision into this highly anticipated, full-color book-length version. Given the late release (on-sale December 6th), there won't be time for a reprint, so stock up while you can.

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For The Curious Theologian

The Norton Anthology of World Religions

Jack Miles, Editor
(W.W. Norton, $100.00, HC Boxed Set, 9780393062533)

The Norton Anthology of World Religions, edited by world-renowned scholars under the direction of Pulitzer Prize winner Jack Miles, offers a portable library of more than 1,000 primary texts from the world's major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Daoism (Volume 1); Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Volume 2). The anthology brings together foundational works - the Bhagavad Gita, the Daodejing, the Bible, the Qur'an - with the writings of scholars, seekers, believers, and skeptics whose voices over centuries have kept these religions vital. To help readers encounter strikingly unfamiliar texts with pleasure, this Norton Anthology provides accessible introductions, headnotes, annotations, pronouncing glossaries, maps, illustrations, and chronologies.

For The Game Of Thrones Fanatic

The World of Ice and Fire

George R.R. Martin, Elio M. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson
(Bantam, $50.00, HC, 9780553805444)

The World of Ice & Fire is a lavish, fully illustrated, full-color, comprehensive guide to all things Game of Thrones and beyond. From the pre-history to the coming of the First Men, through the reign of the Targaryen kings and Robert’s Rebellion, this guide — co-written by George R.R. Martin and the immensely knowledgeable founders and keepers of the site — will tell series readers old and new all they might want to know about the history and culture of Westeros and the lands beyond the Narrow Sea — a tapestry of all new history that Martin has invented solely for this volume. A must have for both long-time fans, new readers, and viewers of the HBO series, Game of Thrones.

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For The Gastronomically Gifted

World Spice at Home Flavor Companion Kit

World Spice Merchants
(World Spice Merchants, $24.95, Boxed Kit, 9781937344443)

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, Sasquatch Books, $24.95, TP), World Spice Merchants owner Amanda Bevill and chef Julie Kramis Hearne bring the aromas of dishes such as Grilled Salmon with Za'atar & Sauce Gribiche, Coconut Steamed Mussels with Tikka Masala and Chinese Five Spice Chicken Wings to home kitchens all over the country. Now, we are thrilled to offer, direct from World Spice Merchants themselves, the World Spice at Home Flavor Companion Kit, with 16 jars of the spices and spice blends used throughout the cookbook, including Kashmiri Curry, Dukkah, Israeli Za'atar, and Poudre de Colombo. A great cookbook and gift kit display combination for the holidays!

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For The Haruki Murakami Lover

The Strange Library

Haruki Murakami
(Knopf, $18.00, TP, 9780385354301)

On sale December 2nd is The Strange Library, another brand new book from Japanese master Haruku Murakami. On his way home from school, the young narrator of The Strange Library finds himself wondering how taxes were collected in the Ottoman Empire. He pops into the local library to see if it has a book on the subject. Once there, he is led to a special "reading room" by a strange old man. The boy is imprisoned at the library and forced to memorize massive volumes of books. What will the boy do when he realizes that his captor intends to absorb his knowledge by eating his brain? With the help of a mysterious girl and a man dressed as a sheep, he hatches a plan to escape. In keeping with its fantastical storyline, the 96-page book will be inventively packaged in a top-to-bottom wrap-around jacket and illustrated throughout with full-color art - designed by Chip Kidd! An absolute must-have for any Murakami fan!

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For The History Connoisseur

A History of War in 100 Battles

Richard Overy
(Oxford University Press, $34.95, HC, 9780199390717)

In A History of War in 100 Battles, Richard Overy plumbs over 3,000 years of history, from the Fall of Troy in 1200 BC to the Fall of Baghdad in 2003, to locate the 100 battles that he believes the most momentous. Arranged by themes such as leadership, innovation, deception, and courage under fire, Overy presents engaging essays on each battle that together provide a rich picture of how combat has changed through the ages, as well as highlighting what has remained consistent despite advances in technology. Rather than focusing on the question of victory or defeat, Overy examines what an engagement can tell us on a larger level about the history of warfare itself. New weapons and tactics can have a sudden impact on the outcome of a battle - but so too can leadership, or the effects of a clever deception, or raw courage. Overy offers a deft and visually captivating look at the engagements that have shaped the course of human history, and changed the face of warfare.

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For The Hopeful Minimalist

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Marie Kondo
(Ten Speed Press, $16.99, HC, 9781607747307)

In The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Japanese organizational consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly declutter your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Whereas most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, the KonMari Method’s category-by-category, all-at-once prescription leads to lasting results. With detailed guidance for every type of item in the household, this quirky little manual from Japan’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help readers clear their clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home — and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.

For The Humorist

101 Two-Letter Words

Stephin Merritt, Illustrated by Roz Chast
(W.W. Norton & Company, $19.95, HC, 9780393240191)

Stephin Merritt and Roz Chast have crafted 101 Two-Letter Words, a wonderfully witty book that is sure to prove useful to Scrabble players and Words With Friends addicts - and to delight anyone in thrall to the weirder corners of the English language. With the mordant wit and clever wordplay of Edward Gorey or Shel Silverstein, Merritt has written an original four-line rhyming poem for each of the 101 two-letter words included in The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary. Here are poems about familiar words (such as at, go, hi, no, and up) as well as obscure ones (such as aa, ka, oe, qi, xu). And every one of the 101 poems is accompanied by a full-color illustration by the incomparable cartoonist Roz Chast. 101 Two-Letter Words is perfect for any language lover or Scrabble player (it may even improve your score!).

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For The Journalist

Woodcut Notebooks

Bryan Nash Gill
(Princeton Architectural Press, $16.95, TP Gift Set, 9781616892968)

This colorful collection of four notebooks features the understated charm and visual delights of Bryan Nash Gill's striking art. Reproduced at full scale, the arboreal rings come to life in exquisite detail - providing the perfect package for penning insights or jotting everyday notes. Whether they're used as desktop jotters or for note-taking on the go, each journal's distinctive cover artwork and beautiful interior pages will be coveted by journalers everywhere.

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For The Naturalist

Welcome to Subirdia

John M. Marzluff
(Yale University Press, $30.00, HC, 9780300197075)

Welcome to Subirdia presents a surprising discovery: the suburbs of many large cities support incredible biological diversity. Populations and communities of a great variety of birds, as well as other creatures, are adapting to the conditions of our increasingly developed world. In this fascinating and optimistic book, John Marzluff reveals how our own actions affect the birds and animals that live in our cities and towns, and he provides ten specific strategies everyone can use to make human environments friendlier for our natural neighbors.

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For The Non-Skeptic

Sasquatch Field Guide

Jeff Meldrum
(Paradise Cay Publications, $7.95, Laminated Fold-Out, 9781937196950)

Although not new, we thought we'd include the Sasquatch Field Guide as a reminder that it's a pefect stocking stuffer for the holidays! This guide aids in distinguishing the telltale signs of sasquatch from those of common wildlife. It instructs in the proper identification, documentation, collection, and preservation of evidence - and advises whom to contact to report evidence of a sasquatch encounter. Sales continue to be strong - so if you haven't been stocking this, now is the perfect time!

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For The Player

Word Dominoes

Jim Tierney
(Chronicle Books, $24.95, Non-Book, 9781452134871)

From the minds behind the bestselling Haikubes (9780811869386, Chronicle, $24.95, Non-Book), comes Word Dominoes, a creative new twist on an old favorite that invites players to create words and phrases by linking images. Match what other players are thinking to win! With 42 sturdy dominoes, 84 images, and unlimited connections, every game is packed with unexpected associations and hilarious combinations. An eye-catching party game, Word Dominoes will captivate voracious word nerds everywhere.

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For The Refined Mixologist

The Mason Shaker Gift Set

Eric Prum & Josh Williams
(9781937344436, $49.00, Non-Book, 9781937344436)

The perfect gift for a cocktail lover! The Mason Shaker Gift Set comes with The Mason Shaker, the W&P Muddler and the W&P Jigger – the essentials for crafting cocktails at home. Each gift set comes packaged in its own box – a ready-made gift for the holidays! We're also still stocking the original Mason Shaker (9781937344399, W&P Design, $29.00, Non-Book). Inspired by the classic southern icon, the mason jar, the Mason Shaker is a unique cocktail shaker with a three-piece hand forged and hand polished stainless steel top, a 32 oz. Ball mason jar, and a shot of Southern sensibility. Both are the perfect display companion to Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails (9780804186735, Clarkson Potter, $25.00, TP). One part instructional recipe book and one part photo journey through a year of cocktail crafting, Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails is a practical guidebook to simple, elegant cocktails and offers a seasonal, straight-forward approach to drinks and entertaining. Mixing cocktails should be simple, social, and above all, fun.

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For The Science Geek

The Elements Puzzle

Theodore Gray
(Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, $17.95, Non-Book, 9781579128883)

New to Partners West is The Elements Puzzle, the gorgeous and challenging 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle of Theodore Gray's photographic periodic table, based on the bestseller, The Elements (9781579128951, Black Dog & Leventhal, $19.95, TP). Made of high-quality, sturdy material, this 36" X 16" puzzle, in the shape of Gray's famous photographic periodic table, provides hours and hours of fun. And, we're also stocking The Photographic Card Deck of The Elements (9781603761987, Black Dog & Leventhal, $24.95, Boxed Card Deck), a companion to the bestselling book featuring all 118 elements in the periodic table. One element per card appears as a full-size image on the front and fascinating information about the element on the back.

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For The Toy Box

Skippyjon Jones Doll

Judy Schachner
(MerryMakers, $15.00, Plush Toy, 9781579822439)

We're now stocking several of the great stuffed plush toys from MerryMakers. The Skippyjon Jones Doll, with his cape and black mask, is ready to take on whatever adventures the day may bring. Available as an 8" doll, Skippy can go wherever you go. Pair it with his newest adventure, Skippyjon Jones Snow What (9780803737891, Dial, $17.99, HC). While his sisters listen to Snow White, Skippy bounces on his big-boy bed and heads off for the adventure awaiting him in his closet. Once inside, he finds himself in a magical snowy forest of make-believe! There, the seven Chimichangos challenge him with his most dangerous task yet: to wake up Nieve Que, the frozen princess, by kissing her! Holy frijole!

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For Those Who Believe A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Before After

Anne-Margot Ramstein & Matthias Arégui
(Candlewick Press, $19.99, HC, 9780763676216)

Although technically a children's book, stores shouldn't miss the cross-over potential of Before After, an amazing new book from the French duo Anne-Margot Ramstein and Matthias Arégui. As the title suggests, the general theme of before and after is captured through wordless images. Some are short and obvious, some a bit more subtle, and some more complex ideas are explored through multiple pages. As a result of this more complex structure, the theme opens up further discussions about time, industry, history, nature, and much more. Definitely worth a look!

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For Those Who Can't Afford The Real Thing

Mid-Century Modern Complete

Dominic Bradbury
(Abrams, $125.00, HC, 9781419713965)

Mid-Century Modern Complete is the single best source for anyone interested in exploring and experiencing Mid-Century Modern, the international design movement that still influences homes and lifestyles from Palm Springs to Long Island and from Japan to Scandinavia. It is divided into three main sections: "Media and Masters" profiles key creators; "Houses and Interiors" presents 20 seminal and complete Mid-Century Modern homes and their furnishings; and an alphabetical dictionary of people, terms, and places is a comprehensive reference to the movement. The informed and accessible texts are illustrated with more than 1,000 images that bring together classics and rarities, mass-produced items and unusual objets d'art.

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