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Artists, Writers, Thinkers, Dreamers

Fancy yourself a follower of factoids? A fan of the famous? A collector of unconventional information? You and James Gulliver Hancock both! His book, Artists, Writers, Thinkers, Dreamers: Portraits of 50 Famous Folks & All Their Weird Stuff ($13) is full of quirky illustrations and... [More]

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Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone

Singletons, quirkyalones, introverts - the aughts have seen a rise in mention (and acceptance) of those of us who choose to recharge our batteries on our own. It's also the fascinating subject of Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone ($12)... [More]

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The Slap: A Novel

Decidedly not for those who prefer their stories to look at life and love through the lenses of rose-colored glasses, Christos Tsiolkas's novel The Slap ($12) unearths the nitty-gritty underbelly of relationships, multiculturalism, and parenting. The book opens with a slap - a barbecue attendee... [More]

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Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution

You sat riveted to your TV screen during shows like Breaking Bad, The Wire, and Six Feet Under. Why? Because the characters, relationships, and plots were fascinating, and Brett Martin, author of Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution ($20), argues that the... [More]

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Fashionable Selby

While we geek out over things like Loeffler Randall's spring collection or Rachel Antonoff's photo shot featuring Aubrey Plaza, we're no where near as educated in the world of fashion as we'd like to be. Enter Fashionable Selby ($26), the newest in photographer Todd Selby's... [More]

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Dancing with Jesus

Jesus saves!... the last dance for you. While the illustrated book Dancing with Jesus ($8) is likely to be a bit too flippant for devout Christians, those who have a sense of humor about their faith will probably appreciate His "miraculous moves." Featuring holy steps... [More]

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Astonish Me: A Novel

We were hooked as soon as we found out that Maggie Shipstead's second novel, Astonish Me ($16), focuses on the intricacies of both of ballet and romance (and subsequent heartbreak). Joan, a dancer, finds herself limited in her ballet career and in her relationship with... [More]

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How to Quinoa: Life Lessons from My Imaginary Well-Dressed Daughter

You've spent hours guffawing over the Pinterest board, so why not pre-order the book? How to Quinoa: Life Lessons from My Imaginary Well-Dressed Daughter ($12, pre-order) is the brainchild of Tiffany Beveridge, and it's hilariously clever. Young Quinoa is always at the top of her... [More]

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Bread & Butter: A Novel

We gobbled up the contents of Bread & Butter: A Novel ($20) by Michelle Wildgen so quickly it's embarrassing, and now that we've had time to digest the plot, we want to go back for seconds. Peppered with mouth-watering food descriptions, commercial kitchen secrets, and... [More]

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Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature's Most Memorable Meals

Guaranteed to whet your appetite for both a scrumptious meal and a tantalizing tale, Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature's Most Memorable Meals ($13) is full of photos depicting the foods of your favorite novels. From Alice in Wonderland's tea party to The Great Gatsby's... [More]

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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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