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  • $85.00
    ISBN: 9781419717796
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    Published: ABRAMS - October 13th, 2015

    I came across this review in the British magazine Outdoor Photography:

    "Sculptor, photographer and environmentalist Andy Goldsworthy works with nature in a truly innovative way.  Creating exquisite artworks from objects he finds in the landscape, Goldsworthy uses natural materials to question permanence, chance, materiality, growth and decay.  With his installations often being sited at the location he finds the components in, Goldsworthy leaves them to be altered or erased by the natural environment. Here he has chosen approximately 200 previously unpublished works created in the last 10 years, documented through his photographs. Thought-provoking and inspiring, this book invites you to see the landscape in a completely different way."

    I couldn't have said it better myself. -Bill's Holiday Staff Pick, 2015


  • $16.95
    ISBN: 9780761184997
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    Published: Workman Publishing - July 14th, 2015

    For the person in your life who isn’t into holiday consumerism (or just likes good, cheap home-cooked meals), this is your ticket. For every book you buy, the publisher donates a copy to someone in need. If the store sells 16, they’ll donate another 16 to a local St. Louis food bank! Amazing! This would be cool enough on its own, if the recipes weren’t also designed to be accessible, affordable (all ingredients are SNAP eligible), and oh yes, crazy delicious on any budget. Come for the shrimp and grits recipe (trust me,) stay for the warm holiday feeling of helping others gain access to healthful, sustainable, tasty food. -Kea's Holiday Staff Pick, 2015

  • $24.99
    ISBN: 9781936976867
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    Published: Pulp/Zest Books - October 20th, 2015

    This is a beautiful gift for any lover of books.  It is a perfect accompaniment for rereading the classics or for someone who loves maps.  Or both.  His map "Huckleberry Finn's Mississippi River Journey" is simply a work of art.  I mean, really, they all are. -Shane's Holiday Staff Pick, 2015


  • $24.99
    ISBN: 9781607746812
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    Published: Ten Speed Press - April 7th, 2015

    Stop anyone in the store and ask them what they think of the cookies in this book.  I've been cooking through them and foisting the results on my coworkers for a few months, so they've all experienced how awesome they are.  Every recipe is extremely well-balanced, but there are enough unique flavor combinations to keep you from getting bored.  If you start at the beginning, things gradually ramp up in difficulty, so don't be afraid if you're a beginner.  Read the introduction and the appendices to go in depth on techniques, ingredients, and materials, or just dive right in to the baking.  Some of the ingredients might not be at your typical grocery store, but going a little out of your way to find exactly what you need is always worth it.  Add this book to your cookbook collection.  Your coworkers will thank you. -Sarah's Holiday Staff Pick, 2015


  • By DK Publishing, Leslie S. Klinger (Foreword by)
    ISBN: 9781465438492
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    Published: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) - October 20th, 2015

    The latest in DK's popular Big Ideas series is the perfect gift for both Sherlock Holmes buffs (like me!) and new readers approaching his famous adventures for the first time. The Sherlock Homes Book is a visual feast of images and infographics to help you sleuth along with Holmes, and is chock full of facts and figures that give the familiar stories another fascinating layer of historical context. Perfect for fans of the TV show and movies who want to dig deeper, or Holmes devotees to display on their coffee tables and keep on their shelves as a quick reference. -Lauren's Holiday Staff Pick, 2015


  • By Michel Houellebecq, Lorin Stein (Translator)
    ISBN: 9780374271572
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    Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 20th, 2015

    Michel Houellebeqc, a bad boy of the French Left, is both beloved and loathed. His body of work can be summed up in an infinitive: to transgress. Submission, his latest novel, was published in France on the day of the Charlie Hebdo massacre and is a perfectly timed exploration of modern France, as well as, the modern Western male.  Perhaps the novel is offensive and upsetting, or you might find it refreshing and reflective.  Whatever your reaction, let Submission bake.  Let it swirl around and then pick out the bones. Spend a wine-soaked evening digesting it with others. -Erin's Holiday Staff Pick, 2015


  • $19.95
    ISBN: 9781780675633
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    Published: Laurence King - September 2015

    Pierre the Maze Detective is more than a book of mazes (and mazes within mazes). There is a mystery to solve, there are clues to find, requests from in-story characters to fulfill and lots of incredibly intricate drawings to explore. The mazes are not for the faint of heart, so they've provided solutions in the back - not that you'll need them! This book is perfect for kids 8-100 who are into science, art, mazes, storytelling and/or discovery. A truly satisfying and engaging book. -Jonesey's Holiday Storytime Staff Pick, 2015


  • $27.99
    ISBN: 9780765375513
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    Published: Tor Books - September 22nd, 2015

    Ian McDonald never gives anything "expected" in his work, not in the plots, not in the themes, not in the prose.  An Irish-born science fiction writer, he writes more like a poet than someone writing about the future of the moon as source of vital energy supplies for an Earth deep in the throes of deterioration.  Five families "rule" this moon, competing like ancient houses built on vendetta, but restrained by their environment into an interdependence none will acknowledge and none can ignore.  The intrigue is Shakespearean, as is the pathos and sharp commentary on human nature, its darkness, its irrepressible hope, its persistent striving even on an airless stone tethered to a past quickly becoming impossible to reclaim.  This is superior fiction, SF at its best, intense, thoughtful, and compelling. -Mark's Holiday Staff Pick, 2015


  • $15.99
    ISBN: 9781607749615
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    Published: Watson-Guptill Publications - October 13th, 2015

    Song's beautiful follow up to The Time Garden is another adorable story about the red-haired fairy who lives in the clock.  You won't be able to stop colouring!  A great gift for any artist on your list, or an older child (ages 10-99).  -Mariah's Holiday Staff Pick, 2015

  • By Ed Vere
    ISBN: 9781492616511
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    Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - September 8th, 2015

    Just read the first few pages.  This Max guy gets me. -Spike's November Staff Pick, 2015

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