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Catmas Carols

Don't let that perpetual scowl fool you. Your cat actually loves the holidays. How do we know this? Just take a peek at Catmas Carols ($10), an adorably illustrated volume containing 20 kitty-themed takes on classic holiday tunes. Sing with your pet about the tribulations... [More]

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The Essential Bar Book

Don't let the cover fool you. Though The Essential Bar Book ($15) does contain over 115 recipes for both classic and modern cocktails, it's a heck of a lot more than yet another bartending manual. Set up in a simple A-to-Z format, it covers everything... [More]

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Paris Pastry Club

We'd like to have had a childhood like Franny Zanotti. Instead of playing endless rounds of Duck Hunt and scarfing Twinkies, Zanotti spent her formative years in France, mixing up nougat with her grandma and nibbling on her mother's signature orange and yogurt cake. While... [More]

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I Think I Am In Friend-Love With You

You might not agree with us if you just failed your vocabulary exam, but English needs more words. After all, what's the right term for that all-consuming warm and fuzzy feeling you get when spending time with your bestie? Artist Yumi Sakugawa tries to capture... [More]

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Tina Nordstrom's Scandinavian Cooking

Scandinavian Cooking ($21): it's not just recipes for pickled herring. Nor, thankfully, does it necessarily mean Noma-inspired plates of sous-vide lichen. Tina Nordstrom's take on the region's cuisine is refreshingly enticing and user-friendly. She combines new versions of classics like lemon meringue pie and au... [More]

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Revival

If nightmares about burnt turkey and your tipsy Aunt Mabel aren't enough to scare you this holiday season, Stephen King is here to help. Revival ($18), the latest release from the creepiest guy on the planet, starts out innocently enough with a meeting between Jamie... [More]

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The Juice Bar

News flash: juice is good for you! Okay, so it's hardly a breaking story. After all, why else would anyone pass up a perfectly good cupcake for a glass of pulverized beet-kale-wheatgrass? The Juice Bar ($10) helps motivate you to down those vegetables by listing... [More]

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Savory Cocktails

The way to separate the cocktail amateurs from the true connoisseurs comes down to one word: sugar. Anybody can throw a bunch of fruity booze into a glass and call it a "martini," but true artisans skip the sweet stuff in favor of more complex... [More]

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Birkin Handbag Book Set

A touch shy of the $8,000 or so you'd need for a "starter" Birkin? Aren't we all. At least you can make your savvy fashion sense part of your home decor for a fraction of the price. This Birkin Handbag Book Set ($195) turns a... [More]

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Bitter: A Taste of the World's Most Dangerous Flavor

Salt and sugar both try to kill you. Give them the pass and tantalize a different set of taste buds. Bitter: A Taste of the World's Most Dangerous Flavor ($22) celebrates your tongue's most under-appreciated receptors. Featuring delights ranging from dark chocolate to hoppy IPA,... [More]

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The World of Ice & Fire

No, it's not the follow up to A Dance with Dragons. George R.R. Martin would prefer to subject his fans to an even more agonizing wait for that one, instead plumping up his retirement account with The World of Ice & Fire ($35), Martin's answer... [More]

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Our Q&A a Day: A Three Year Journal

Aw, ain't that sweet. The Our Q&A a Day: A Three Year Journal ($17) gives you and your other half a reason to set down the phones at night when you climb into bed and interact with each other. The journal asks a question a... [More]

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Prince Lestat

Anne Rice might actually be a vampire. How else would she figure her fans must have the patience of immortals to wait thirty years to find out what happens after the cataclysmic events of The Vampire Lestat? But finally, a few decades and a brief... [More]

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Inherent Vice: A Novel

Thomas Pynchon novels can be... a bit difficult to read. We'll fully admit that we have a 50/50 track record ourselves. His plots meander, his sentences often feel like they need a red pen taken to them, and the overall themes are usually pretty damn... [More]

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Marc Jacobs Sunglasses Bookmark

Elvis. The Blues Brothers. Garfield the Cat. Everybody looks cooler with shades on. Your copy of Breaking Dawn is no exception. Use this Marc Jacobs Sunglasses Bookmark ($18) to hold your place in designer style.... [More]

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The Age of Wonder

Fiction may be your jam, but nonfiction can sometimes be every bit as fascinating as the made-up stuff. Richard Holmes proves that science's Romantic Age is full of extraordinary discoveries and adventures in his book The Age of Wonder ($13). He details the biographies of... [More]

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EcoBeauty: Scrubs, Rubs, Masks, and Bath Bombs for You and Your Friends

Your typical girls' night involves gossip, trashy TV, and way too much wine. Next time, ditch the Real Housewives and merlot and pamper yourselves by whipping up some of the eco-friendly beauty product recipes in this book ($14). You'll have just as much fun, and... [More]

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Why You're So Awesome By Me Book

Here's one for your personal hero. You know the person we're talking about - the one who gave you a personal ringtone so they'd know to answer your maudlin drunk dials in the middle of the night. The friend who never spilled the beans about... [More]

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A Guide to Elegance

Elegance: It's not just avoiding slippery zippers and runny nylons. In A Guide to Elegance ($20), French style guru Madame Genevieve Antoine Dariaux provides a comprehensive introduction to the art of living gracefully, covering everything from accessorizing to advice on sex, marriage and - most... [More]

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Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography

Why bother reading a story if you already know how it's going to turn out? Neil Patrick Harris certainly doesn't see the point, which is why he decided to put some options into the tale of his path from obscure New Mexico childhood to superstardom.... [More]

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