Buyer's Guide 2020: Gift Book Picks

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The Lost Spells Cover Image
By Robert MacFarlane, Jackie Morris (Illustrator)
$26.00
ISBN: 9781487007799
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Anansi International - October 27th, 2020

This little treasure bears magic of the strongest sort: that of the natural world. Poems and paintings brim with life, weaving through moths’ wings, oak branches, and swift-filled skies. Enchantments of all sorts—playful tongue twisters, healing charms, and wistful lullabies—accompany pages saturated with rich illustrations of plants and animals. This book of spells is sure to entrance readers of all ages.

-Claire


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Storey's Curious Compendium of Practical and Obscure Skills: 214 Things You Can Actually Learn How to Do Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781635861914
Availability: Usually Ships from Wholesaler in 1-5 Days
Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - September 15th, 2020

Getting bored with being stuck at home? Now is the perfect time to master a new craft or skill! Look no further than this Curious Compendium. Packed with intriguing visual tutorials, this book will teach you to rewire a lamp, identify bird calls, and even shear a sheep. Perfect for restless minds and life-long learners.

-Alec


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A Curious Collection of Peculiar Creatures: An Illustrated Encyclopedia Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781615196937
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: The Experiment - November 3rd, 2020

Most people choose from the same pool of favorite animals: the kingly lion, the mighty eagle, the fearsome shark. But have you ever considered the bristly Antarctic scale worm? Or the follicly-challenged hairless Chinese crested dog? In this gorgeously-illustrated book, Bayly points the spotlight toward some rather strange, yet no less fascinating, animals who deserve a closer look. It’s their time to shine, in all their toothy, tentacled, and definitely peculiar glory.

-Anna


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Do You Read Me?: Bookstores Around the World Cover Image
By Gestalten (Editor), Marianne Julia Strauss (Editor), Jürgen Boos (Preface by)
$60.00
ISBN: 9783899559941
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Gestalten - June 9th, 2020

In an industry based on a universal object: the book, you might mistakenly think all bookstores are alike. Happily, Do You Read Me? illustrates that the essence of the independent bookstore is shaped by the people who work and shop there. Peruse radically different styles of bookshops from austere (one in Japan sells only one selection per week) to opulent (another in Portugal is architecturally astonishing and sells tickets for entrance). Each selection is a portrait of bookish passion, and the quality of production of the book itself makes me absolutely giddy! Gestalten has created an art book, and yes (blushing furiously), Wild Rumpus is graciously included. This book is a gift for anyone missing the in-person shopping experience! Please shop local and keep this hallowed tradition called bookselling alive!

-Collette


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World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781571313652
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Milkweed Editions - September 8th, 2020

Barnes & Noble 2020 Book of the Year
A Kirkus Prize Finalist for Nonfiction
A Southern Book Prize Finalist
An NPR Best Book of 2020
An Esquire Best Book of 2020
A BookPage Best Book of 2020
A New York Public Library Best Book of 2020