Carpe Diem Journal

Whether you keep a diary because you're channeling your inner Bridget Jones or because you dream of publishing the great American novel, this Carpe Diem Journal ($15) will inspire you to make the most of those pages. This 144-page hardcover journal is sprinkled with motivational... [More]

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Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun

"We're bored." Your kids whine this like members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness chant the Hare Krishna mantra. You can waste hours trying to give them ideas for something to do that they don't reject with scorn, or simply hand them Unbored: The... [More]

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Franky, it scares you: that jar of funky-smelling liquid stewing on your hippie friend's counter, complete with something that looks freakishly like an Alien hatchling growing on the inside. But Kombucha! The Amazing Probiotic Tea That Cleanses, Heals, Energizes, and Detoxifies ($18) sure makes it... [More]

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The Vintage Tea Party Book

Throwing a tea party is so easy, any lunatic could do it - right? False. Only a particular sort of lunatic can pull it off properly, the sort of person who will follow the guidelines of The Vintage Tea Party Book ($30) to the letter.... [More]

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The Soup & Bread Cookbook

The only sensible thing to do when it's minus-one-freaking-billion-degrees outside? Hibernate on the couch under a pile of blankets with a warm bowl of homemade soup, a hunk of fresh-baked bread, and a season of your favorite TV show* on Netflix Instant. Duh. The Soup... [More]

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A Field Guide to American Houses

You love the landmarks, monuments, and museums of each new city you explore, but sometimes the slightly less grand details of a city can be the most interesting. Take delight in how different the pastel-hued stucco houses of Los Angeles feel from the brownstones of... [More]

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The Invention of Wings: A Novel

We haven't yet read Sue Monk Kidd's new novel, The Invention of Wings ($17), but it's at the top of our list. Oprah has already endorsed it, and we loved Kidd's first book, The Secret Life of Bees. We're pretty sure the novel will be... [More]

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How Not to Be a Dick

We're pretty sure you can think of a few people who could do with reading How Not to Be a Dick: An Everyday Etiquette Guide ($13). This handy volume breaks the secrets of not being a big fat jerk down to the basics. There are... [More]

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Apocalyptic Musings Moleskine Notebook

Do you stockpile canned goods? Read up on homesteading? Figure it might be time to invest in some livestock and a whole lot of ammunition? This Apocalyptic Musings Notebook ($15) will give you a place to jot down all your personal paranoid predictions about comets... [More]

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The Goldfinch

We heard that The Goldfinch ($15), by Donna Tartt, was a good novel to pick up, but we didn't realize that it was so fascinatingly rich in plot and prose that we'd end up reading it as quickly as we could. You have to read... [More]

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Once Upon A Time Bookmark

The Once Upon A Time Bookmark ($5 each) works in two ways: clip the bird, hook, wand, apple, magnifying glass, or witch's shoes inward to mark the exact line you stopped on, or clip them facing out so it looks like you slammed the book... [More]

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Book of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks

Grammar mistakes involving quotation marks are always especially funny, since they often make the quoted word essentially mean the opposite of its intention, e.g., the "Fun Ship" Carnival Fantasy or a "fresh" fruit cup. The Book of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks ($15) collects real world examples... [More]

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Crazy 4 Cult: Cult Movie Art

It's a beautiful thing when a piece of pop culture captures the imagination of so many people that they start making their own art inspired by their appreciation of someone else's creation. Crazy 4 Cult: Cult Movie Art ($24) is a collection of fan art... [More]

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Put-Downs & Zingers

We've all been in situations where we needed a snappy retort, but instead of being quick-witted and articulate, we were like... um... we were like, you know... not either of those things. If we had this Put-Downs & Zingers collection ($9), organized into categories of... [More]

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Don'ts for Husbands

When it comes to the secrets to a successful relationship, not much has changed in the last hundred years. This list of Don'ts for Husbands ($7) is still (mostly) as relevant now as it was when it was written back in 1913. Flirting with other... [More]

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Furniture Makeovers

Got Pottery Barn taste but a thrift store budget? Don't sink into a well of decor-inspired despair. With Furniture Makeovers ($22), you can transform cheap finds into Pinterest-worthy pieces with little more than some artfully applied paint and a few new knobs.... [More]

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Modern Art Desserts

The Piet Mondrian cake is this cookbook's pièce de résistance, and it can be yours too, once you know the secrets behind it. Modern Art Desserts ($16) will teach them to you, as well as how to make artist-inspired treats such as Wayne Thiebaud cakes,... [More]

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Book of Secrets

It's like finding the diary of the human race! The Book of Secrets ($4) contains all the factoids that the Earth doesn't want you to read, from the shocking (secret government testing in airports and subways), to the helpful (secrets of public speaking), and even... [More]

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Super Graphic

Tim Leong's Super Graphic ($19) contains an incredible set of data gathered on the world of comic books and presented in a series of bar graphs, pie charts, timelines, scatter plots, Venn diagrams, and more (he even provides a chart of charts). Want to know... [More]

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The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls

Need a decent page-turner to start off the new year? Pick up Anton DiSclafani's debut, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls ($20). It's a coming-of-age tale about Thea, a Depression-era teen who is sent from her posh Florida home to an even more posh horse... [More]

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