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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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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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