American Afterlife

Feeling morbid? Maybe not spend an afternoon at The Museum of Death morbid, but take a stroll around the cemetery and read a couple of obituaries morbid? Then American Afterlife ($19) by Kate Sweeney is right up your alley; Sweeney explores the recent history of... [More]

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One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

It should come as no surprise that B.J. Novak, former star of The Office and ongoing BFF of our beloved Mindy Kaling, is funny, yet we were still floored by just how hilarious his book One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories ($22) is. Novak... [More]

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Knit Your Own Zoo

What's the name of that Matt Damon movie that came out in the last couple of years? Was it We Knit A Zoo? We think the plot was something like this: Following the death of his wife, Matt Damon's character moves his family to the... [More]

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Rules of Civility: A Novel

Downton Abbey gives us a peek at the English countryside during the early 20th century and Mad Men immerses us in the culture of the 1960s and 70s. If you want to fill the era gap, pick up a copy of Rules of Civility: A... [More]

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Me Before You: A Novel

We swear, every time we get ready to devour a new yummy book, we find out that it's slated to be turned into a movie. Luckily, Jojo Moyes's novel, Me Before You ($9) is still in the early stages of being transferred to the big... [More]

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Pride and Prejudice Book Scarf

If you wish your life were more like a Jane Austen book, make that dream closer to reality with a Pride and Prejudice Book Scarf ($42). A page from the novel is printed on the handmade accessory; bookworms can also find passages from other pieces... [More]

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Cartwheel: A Novel

Wanna fill your free time with a bit of mystery? Cartwheel ($20), by Jennifer duBois, follows the fictional events and people involved with the murder of Katy, American exchange student Lily's roommate in Buenos Aires. Sound familiar? DuBois was inspired by the Amanda Knox case,... [More]

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Mayim's Vegan Table

In addition to dropping her signature hat, it looks like a grown-up Blossom has also ditched the meat. Mayim's Vegan Table ($15), by former child star Mayim Bialik, features over a hundred family-friendly recipes that are free of animal products. Even though we're not exactly... [More]

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The Muppets Character Encyclopedia

With a new Muppet movie (starring not just Kermit, but also our BFF Tina Fey) coming out in a few weeks, there's no better time to reacquaint ourselves with Jim Henson's colorful cast. The Muppets Character Encyclopedia ($11) gives the lowdown on over a hundred... [More]

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How Should a Person Be?

Having an existential crisis? Perhaps a thought-provoking novel will provide some clarity. How Should a Person Be? ($13) is a fictional (though seemingly at least somewhat autobiographical) book by Sheila Heti that poses some complicated questions about life. Even if the protagonist doesn't find all... [More]

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Whole-Grain Mornings: New Breakfast Recipes to Span the Seasons

We don't often find ourselves facing a lazy morning, but when we do, we reach for our new favorite cookbook, Whole-Grain Mornings: New Breakfast Recipes to Span the Seasons ($14) by Megan Gordon. It's full of luscious and indulgent breakfast recipes that also happen to... [More]

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Writers Between the Covers

We love a good trashy romance novel as much as the next gal, but there's something extra titillating about real life sultry tales. Writers Between the Covers: The Scandalous Romantic Lives of Legendary Literary Casanovas, Coquettes, and Cads ($12) by Joni Rendon and Shannon McKenna... [More]

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50 Ways to Wear a Scarf

We know "50 Ways to Say Goodbye" and "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover", but here's something a little more upbeat: 50 Ways to Wear A Scarf ($11), the new book by Lauren Friedman of the blog My Closet in Sketches. Her charming fashion illustrations... [More]

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Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year

If evolution had really been working the way it was supposed to, then the placenta would have doubled as an instruction manual for how to care for that new crusty, screaming, half-blind pile of need the nurses just dropped onto your chest. Sadly, we're left... [More]

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Straight From The Fridge, Dad

Straight From The Fridge, Dad: A Dictionary of Hipster Slang ($29) won't help you pass undetected among the flannel-clad, Wayfarer-wearing modern brand of hipsters. But it might help you and your friends create your own secret language incomprehensible to anyone under the age of seventy.... [More]

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The Three-Martini Playdate: A Practical Guide to Happy Parenting

Anyone who coos at you that "parenthood is a magical journey" and tells you that you are "so very blessed" is either several decades past their child-rearing days or straight-up lying to your face. It's not that kids aren't great, it's that they're simultaneously great... [More]

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The Flavor Thesaurus

Niki Segnit's book, The Flavor Thesaurus ($20), is not a cookbook. It's more like a cook guideline. She writes about intuition, flavor profiles, creative combinations, and exploration, and while there are a few recipes dotting the pages, the emphasis is on crafting meals that deviate... [More]

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Dear Old Love: Anonymous Notes to Former Crushes, Sweethearts, Husbands, Wives, & Ones That Got Away

Our default may be snark, but that doesn't mean we don't have hearts that feel all the feels. And oh boy does this book of love letters ($9), compiled by Andy Selsberg, tug at every single one of our heartstrings. Each letter is written by... [More]

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Wildsam Field Guide Collector's Set

The Wildsam Field Guides ($50 for three) are hybrids, containing travel tips, personal essays, interviews, illustrations, and lists written by residents about their cities. In this collector's set, you'll get the first three Wildsam books: Nashville, Austin, and San Francisco. Because these books dig a... [More]

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The Poisoner's Handbook

The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York ($10) is one of those fascinating reads that proves real life can be just as dramatic and entertaining as fiction. With chapters highlighting different types of toxic chemicals, from chloroform... [More]

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