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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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Cool Waters: 50 Refreshing, Healthy, Homemade Thirst Quenchers

It's a hot summer afternoon. Where do your thoughts turn when it comes to liquid refreshment? Probably a cool gin and tonic or a frosty beer. But the recipes in Cool Waters: 50 Refreshing, Healthy, Homemade Thirst Quenchers ($12) sound so appealing, they might just... [More]

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An Illustrated Guide to Cocktails

Learn how to appreciate whiskey, the origins of classic cocktails, and methods for crafting a perfect drink in An Illustrated Guide to Cocktails ($14). You'll get your tips from a cast of charming characters, including lions, penguins, beavers, and bears. Why would you want to... [More]

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Where'd You Go, Bernadette

As much as these winter storms may have you feeling like you're more in a War and Peace or Anna Karenina mood, try lightening things up with Where'd You Go, Bernadette ($9). Maria Semple's enchanting novel is a quick but satisfying read, witty and affecting,... [More]

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Warriors and Worriers: The Survival of the Sexes

Surely you've wondered why your boyfriend is so invested in football or why your sister is such a gossip. Of course there's lots of social grooming involved, but Joyce F. Benenson's Warriors and Worriers: The Survival of the Sexes ($20) explores the former part of... [More]

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One Pan, Two Plates: More Than 70 Complete Weeknight Meals for Two

Wanna know a great way to spice up your relationship this year? Get down and dirty in the kitchen. Page through Carla Snyder's One Pan, Two Plates: More Than 70 Complete Weeknight Meals for Two ($19) together, hit the grocery mart, and get to work... [More]

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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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Kombucha!

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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