Chronicle Books is hosting a Happy Haul-idays contest for bloggers and readers of blogs. To check it out head over to Chronicle’s Happy Haul-idays website for all the details but basically you make up your dream wish list from Chronicle’s listing up to $500 and you and a lucky reader can win those books. Thanks to bookalicio.us for bringing this to my attention.
So on to my choices:
“Always put the listener first” has been NPR’s mantra since its inception in 1970. Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, NPR’s programming attracts over 27 million listeners every week. This beautifully designed volume chronicles NPR’s storied history, featuring dozens of behind-the-scenes photos, essays and original reporting by a who’s who of NPR staff and correspondents, transcripts of memorable interviews, and an audio CD of the most memorable programming throughout the decades. Beyond an entertaining and inspiring tribute to NPR’s remarkable history, this book is an intimate look at the news and stories that have shaped our world, from the people who were on the ground and on the air.
List-makers rejoice! This quirky and imaginative guided journal is the ultimate tool for creating a unique autobiography entirely in list form. Some lists are obvious (greatest accomplishments, best friends, favorite food), others obscure (guiltiest pleasures, greatest acts of kindness, personal fashion trends), and each list is accompanied by hilarious illustrations. Listography is perfect for getting down all the details of a life less ordinary.
I love these books! I bought them for friends and they loved them. This seemed liked a perfect fit.
By Lisa Nola Illustrations by Maria Forde
Fans of our Listography journals (over 120,000 copies sold) have told us how much they enjoy sharing and creating lists with their friends. So, here it is: Friends Listography—the perfect journal for parties, school or the office! With list topics that range from the ever-popular (favorite movies) to the unexpected (predict your friend’s fortune cookie), each page is organized for maximum friend-making, team-building, and list-making fun.
I love the idea of a Friends Listography. This could be a lot of fun. Like playing that “name 6 people you would invite to a dinner party” game.
Inspired by a vintage book, this delightful guide deciphers dreams to predict the future. It compiles over 1,000 dream symbols and reveals what they portend for the dreamer. This gilded, faux-leather book is irresistible to pick up; its content is so compelling, it’s impossible to put down.
It’s been a while since I’ve actually remembered a dream but I always loved reading into the symbolism behind people’s dreams. It’s usually surprising.
This classic memorykeeper is the perfect way to track the ups and downs of life, day by day. The 365 daily entries appear five times on each page, allowing users to revisit previous thoughts and memories over five years as they return to each page to record the current day’s events.
I have a couple of friends who would just love this book. I love the idea of creating a one-line journal. I’ve bought my dad a 10 year garden journal which he uses to document other things as well like what they had for dinner or events. After he completed the first one, we were flipping through it and it was was like a walk down memory lane. There’s something about the limit of space that makes the writing seem less of a daunting challenge.
By David Borgenicht and Ben Winters
Fake your way through a presentation, slip out of the room unnoticed, stay awake through agenda overload, and video conference from the beach.
I loved the original Worst-Case Scenario book. But I work in an office ans meetings are the bane of my existence. I think this book would be not only hilarious but helpful.
By Michaela MacColl
London, 1838. Sixteen-year-old Liza’s dreams of her society debut are dashed when her parents are killed in an accident. Penniless, she accepts the position of lady’s maid to young Princess Victoria and steps unwittingly into the gossipy intrigue of the servant’s world below-stairs as well as the trickery above. Is it possible that her changing circumstances may offer Liza the chance to determine her own fate, find true love, and secure the throne for her future queen?
Meticulously based on newly discovered information, this riveting novel is as rich in historical detail as Catherine, Called Birdy, and as sizzling with intrigue as The Luxe.
This just sounds like an interesting book.
By The Oakland Museum of California
What is the role of the museum in contemporary society? Using the Oakland Museum of California as a case study, artist Mark Dion examines how museum practices have shifted over time, what these changes mean for objects in museum collections, and what we can learn about our culture from what’s included and what’s abandoned. Enclosed in a clamshell case and featuring fourteen specimen cards, this deluxe volume brings the reader into Dion’s process and reveals how the order of images can change one’s perception of objects. Contributions from celebrated writers, including Lawrence Weschler and D. Graham Burnett, articulate Dion’s unique power of examination.
I love museums. At one point in time I couldn’t going into museum work. Dream ended with an awful internship which told me that this line of work wasn’t for me… But the thing that years later I still remember about the internship was all the treasures big and small that I had access to. Objects and items that are discarded today have the potential to be treasures. I would love this book.
By Turner Classic Movies
William Powell and Myrna Loy. Bogart and Bacall. Tracy and Hepburn. These on-screen (and sometimes off-screen) couples defined romantic chemistry and the art of falling in love. From Turner Classic Movies, Leading Couples features the most unforgettable screen pairings of the studio era, including actors and actresses with many film courtships and those who made their indelible mark in a single, memorable movie. Engaging and thoroughly researched, each profile includes trivia, behind-the-scenes stories, biographical overviews, and memorable quotes, illustrated by rare stills and poster art.
I love the old screwball comedies so this would be fun to look through. There’s something so magical about the old movies. We don’t have the pairings like they did back then.
By Tara Ariano and Adam Sternbergh
You may not know their names, but you’ll certainly recognize their faces! Written by Tara Ariano and Adam Sternbergh (founders of the popular entertainment Web site Fametracker.com), Hey! It’s That Guy! features a full-color photo section for easy identification. Just flip to the actor of your choice, and you’ll be directed to an informative and irreverent biography.
This is a game that my friends have been playing forever… It’s that guy and then trying to figure out all the shows or movies that he’s been in. This book would be awesome.
75 Objects with Unexpected Significance
Princeton Architectural Press
By Joshua Glennand Carol Hayes
Taking Things Seriously is a wonder cabinet of seventy-five unlikely thingamajigs that have been invested with significance and transformed into totems, talismans, charms, relics, and fetishes: scraps of movie posters scavenged from the streets of New York by Low Life author Luc Sante; the World War I helmet that inoculated social critic Thomas Frank against jingoism; the trash-picked, robot-shaped hairdo machine described by its owner as a chick magnet; the bagel burned by actor Christopher Walken, moonlighting as a short-order cook.
This book sounds fascinating. For years my mother has saved things that she thinks will be of value. Most of it is junk, but the idea of tracking down 75 different objects and the stories behind them sounds really appealing.
By Margaret K. Hofer
The Games We Played brings together over one hundred eye-catching examples of America’s rare and popular board games, such as The Game of Playing Department Store, which encourage players to accumulate the greatest quantity of goods while spending their money as economically as possible, and Bulls and Bears: The Great Wall St. Game, in which players try their hand as speculators, bankers, and brokers, yelling each other down as if in a trading pit.
This playful visual survey of its thematic essays will cause board and table game aficionados to share in the revelry of togetherness.
Growing up my mom was big on board games. I had a ton and played them regularly with friends. My friends are starting to get back into games and a social history like this would be fascinating to read. And perhaps I could pick up anecdotes for my family. They could come in handy since the little cousins are getting board games from “aunt” Colleen this year for Christmas.
Edited by Pierre-Henri Verlhac
Foreword by Charles Higham
With a compelling mixture of celebrity photographs and casual snapshots, this latest entry in the beloved A Life in Pictures series forms a uniquely stylish portrait. A dazzling collection, Katharine Hepburn captures the life of a legend, onscreen and off.
I love Katharine Hepburn. She was an original. I love that she did her own thing and ignored what others thought. This book would be a great addition to my bookshelf.
By Liza Donnelly
Introduction by Roz Chast
When Do They Serve the Wine? explores the evolution of women through their lives and crises (physical, emotional, sartorial): the awkward teen years; the crisis of becoming a quarter-lifer; the unmistakable realization that if you’re wearing a certain outfit in your forties, you might be a cougar. With her trademark wry, self-deprecating wit, and 140 eye-catching cartoons, the New Yorker‘s Liza Donnelly celebrates the fact that laugh lines do come with age—and so does wisdom.
I know plenty of women that would love to receive this book.
And I love notebooks so of course I love Moleskine 2011 Weekly Notebook 12 Months Large, Moleskine City Notebook Dublin (hoping to get there in 2011), and Large Plain Moleskine Cahier/Red Set of 3 Plain Journals,
Of course compiling this list and checking out the site has caused me to put more items on my wishlist and think about ordering myself some Christmas gifts. ::Must resist::
So go over to the Chronicle Books website. I dare you to not find at least 10 books that you want.