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Listen to the Squawking Chicken: When Mother Knows Best, What's a Daughter to Do?

Have one of those mothers who weighs in on every aspect of your life? Perhaps you'll relate to Elaine Lui, an author who just released, in her own words, a "sort of" memoir entitled Listen to the Squawking Chicken: When Mother Knows Best, What's a... [More]

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Karate Chop

Okay, we're not going to come right out and say that this collection of short stories ($12) by Danish writer Dorthe Nors is depressing, but it certainly falls under the category of solemn. Nors is a masterful storyteller, and writes vivid accounts of seemingly mundane... [More]

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Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian

It must have been an inside joke for the writers of Full House to make Danny Tanner a total neat freak when, in reality, there is nothing clean about Bob Saget's sense of humor. Fans of the beloved sitcom patriarch are sure to blush when... [More]

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Dream Plants for the Natural Garden

Dream Plants for the Natural Garden ($12) by Piet Oudolf and Henk Gerritsen isn't exactly a planting guide for novices. We mean, sure, you're probably smart enough to pick it up, read through it, and come away from it with a better understanding of how... [More]

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The Oldest Living Things in the World

Think about where you were ten years ago today. Doesn't that seem like forever ago? The organisms that photographer Rachel Sussman set out to document have been around something like, oh, 88,000 years. At least that's the case for the colony of aspen she found... [More]

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Color Me Swooooon

We're loving this new trend of coloring books aimed at adults*. It's a little embarrassing when one of our pals opens a cabinet to find a Disney Princess coloring book and a Crayola Big Box with no kids in sight. But a coloring book full... [More]

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It's Not You: 27 (Wrong) Reasons You're Single

Whenever our married friend tries to offer us advice on why she thinks we're still single, we're tempted to retort something about the lousy state of her own marriage. The new book It's Not You: 27 (Wrong) Reasons You're Single ($12) is not just self-help,... [More]

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Sleep Donation

In Karen Russell's new novella ($4), an insomnia epidemic has swept across America, and the fatal disease can only be remedied by the donation of sleep from healthy eight-hour-a-night citizens. It's a premise that borrows both from two classics - Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred... [More]

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Glamping with MaryJane: Glamour + Camping

Glamping? Now that sounds like our kind of outdoor activity! Glamping with MaryJane: Glamour + Camping ($19), is full of tips, tricks, and advice on how to add a little class and glamour to conventionally rustic activities. Don't be fooled by the lace bedspreads or... [More]

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Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps

Sometimes we still feel like we live in Never Never Land... the calendar shows us that we're getting older, but it sure doesn't feel that way. If you still haven't figured out how to function as a adult even though you're now ::gasp:: an adult,... [More]

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Bark

The incomparable Lorrie Moore, author of Birds of America and Self-Help, has released her first book of short stories in sixteen years, Bark ($19). Short fiction is where she is master of her domain, and her familiar playful tone is a comfort, even as the... [More]

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Damage Control

With so much to read out there, committing to an entire novel can be daunting, which is why we like to cleanse the palate with short stories from time to time. Damage Control ($15) is a collection of short fiction by Amber Dermont that takes... [More]

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Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line

Ever wondered what it's like to work in the kitchen of a famous restaurant? Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line ($18) is hot out of the oven and hot off the presses. The book is getting rave reviews from critics and celebrity chefs alike... [More]

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It's a Punderful Life

Whether you guffaw or groan, you've got to admit, a good pun is an excellent way to break the ice. We're going to go ahead and take it a step further. Company coming over? Keep Gemma Correll's new book, It's a Punderful Life ($12), sitting... [More]

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Nutella: The 30 Best Recipes

If you can't figure out a way to use up that Nutella (as if), get a few ideas from Nutella: The 30 Best Recipes ($8). The recipes all skew towards the pastry and dessert side of things, so if you were thinking this was going... [More]

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New York Jackie: Pictures from Her Life in the City

Though we might consider reading a biography of Jackie Kennedy Onassis, we consider her such a style icon that we'd probably prefer just looking at her clothes. Bridget Watson Payne's book New York Jackie: Pictures from Her Life in the City ($14) largely forgoes text... [More]

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Missed Periods and Other Grammar Scares: How to Avoid Unplanned and Unwanted Grammar Errors

Have you been known to splice a comma, split an infinitive, and atrophy apostrophes? Then it's time to brush up on your grammatical skills. Rather than turning to an old textbook, try Missed Periods and Other Grammar Scares: How to Avoid Unplanned and Unwanted Grammar... [More]

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Slices of Life: A Food Writer Cooks through Many a Conundrum

Not everyone has a book full of family recipes with a story to tell, but food columnist Leah Eskin does. Her collection Slices of Life: A Food Writer Cooks through Many a Conundrum ($20) features over two hundred recipes and accompanying quick-to-read true life stories... [More]

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A Letter to My Dog: Notes to Our Best Friends

Want a coffee table book that'll leave you blubbering like a baby? A Letter to My Dog: Notes to Our Best Friends ($21) is a compilation of notes to canine friends from their owners - celebs and ordinary people alike. Each letter is heartfelt and... [More]

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Evolution Bookmarks

If reading is the sign of an evolved mind, it's only appropriate to complement this hobby with Evolution Bookmarks ($10). You don't have to be reading Darwin's The Origin of Species to chart your progress through the pages. Watch how a crouched primate advances into... [More]

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