Half For You and Half For Me by Katherine Govier
One of Canada’s best loved novelists, takes a close look at a very different form: the nursery rhyme.
The Rude Story of English by Tom Howell
In author Tom Howell’s opinion, before he got to it, there were two main problems with the officially stated story of the English language. First, because of a development time that stretches over hundreds of years and many countries, there is no central hero. Two, previous histories had been too busy being polite to get down to the nitty gritty essential to doing the story justice.
Painters and the American West: Volume II edited by Joan Carpenter Troccoli
Art books make terrific gifts. Though they can be a little heavy for mailing, it’s easy to tailor your choice to the person you’re gifting, though finding the right art book for the right art lover is a big part of getting it right.
The Secret Museum by Molly Oldfield
The title goes quite beyond explaining the book. The Secret Museum: Some Treasures Are Too Precious to Display. But the book is about the museum you never see. The objects that are, for various reasons, tucked out of sight, hidden in secret locations and kept from public view.
What W.H. Auden Can Do For You by Alexander McCall Smith
For some people The Art of War is a touchstone. A guide to living and to life. For others it is Tao Te Ching or even The Tao of Pooh. In his latest book, number one detective Alexander McCall Smith has an admission to make: his own personal touchstone is Anglo-American poet W.H. Auden.
Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars by Camille Paglia
“Modern life is a sea of images,” intellectual provocateur Camille Paglia points out in her introduction to Glittering Images.
Sign Painters by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon
With a computer and the right program, anyone can reproduce images and letters, over and over, with no loss of fidelity and no mistakes. Doing it by hand is something else again.
Reel Terror: The Scary, Bloody, Gory, Hundred-Year History of Classic Horror Films by David Konow
It should not be surprising that the author of the definitive guide to heavy metal music should come back with another, similar guide, this time devoted to what some would say is the film world’s heavy metal equivalent.
A Year of Writing Dangerously by Barbara Abercrombie
The idea behind A Year of Writing Dangerously is to provide, as the subtitle says, “365 Days of Inspiration & Encouragement.” And it does.
Books to Die For edited by John Connolly and Declan Burke
As much as readers may enjoy selecting their own literary diversions, they’re also curious to know what novels authors themselves have enjoyed. Which makes Books to Die For: The World’s Greatest Mystery Writers on the World’s Greatest Mystery Novels so delightful.
Florence: Art and Architecture and Venice: The Golden Centuries
If various reports are to be believed, the recession is drawing to a close. Even so, money is tight, gifts are precious and travel is dear.
A Shtinky Little Christmas by Patrick McDonnell
Those who love Patrick McDonnell’s “Mutts” comic strip featuring Earl the Dog and Mooch the cat will get a kick out of A Shtinky Little Christmas.
Elevating Western American Art: Developing an Institute in the Cultural Capital of the Rockies edited by Thomas Brent Smith
There was a time not so very long ago that the art of the American West was not given serious shrift by the fine art mainstream. That was then.
Care to Make Love in that Gross Little Space Between Cars? Amy Sedaris, Judd Apatow, et al
Care to Make Love in that Gross Little Space Between Cars? is aberrant, off-the-wall, well-drawn and very, very funny.
Movies of the 2000s by Jürgen Müller
Art critic Jürgen Müller continues Taschen’s movies decades series with Movies of the 2000s, a look at the important films made since the turn of the century.
Writing in Pictures by Joseph McBride
If all this movie talk turns your head in that way, you might want to take a peek at Writing in Pictures by film historian, writing professor and screenwriter Joseph McBride.
War Horse: The Making of the Motion Picture
War Horse has gotten the royal treatment, with a making-of book that’s as emotional as the movie itself. With four forewords -- by Spielberg, producer Kathleen Kennedy, Morpurgo, and screenwriter Richard Curtis -- the book starts off with an impressive bang.
Illustration Now 4 and Illustration Now: Portraits edited by Julius Wiedermann
Illustration Now 4 and Illustration Now: Portraits, both published by Taschen and edited by Julius Wiedermann, showcase some of the best and the brightest in contemporary illustration.
Highly Inappropriate Tales for Young People by Douglas Coupland and Graham Roumieu
“It’s like a children’s book that you’d never let a child read,” Douglas Coupland told the Globe and Mail when talking about his most recent book. “We just wanted to do something really dark and nihilistic, really, with no social redeeming value.” His plan worked.
Roadsworth by Roadsworth with Bethany Gibson
I want Roadsworth to come to my city. I want him to spawn a movement and encourage others everywhere to take up his special brush. It seems that Montreal, or parts of it, anyway, are much more beautiful due to his slightly subversive art.
Architecture Now! Houses: 2 by Philip Jodido
Say the word “house” and everyone creates their own mental picture. A place, perhaps, of comfort. Shelter. Even safety. And those are fine things, maybe even good things. But what we come to understand in Philip Jodido’s book, Architecture Now! Houses: 2, is that “house” can mean so much more.
My Last Supper: The Next Course by Melanie Dunea
It’s rare that a really good book be followed by an even better sequel, but that just what’s happened here. Melanie Dunea (Precious, My Country) follows up her wonderful 2007 book My Last Supper with My Last Supper: The Next Course.
The Misanthrope’s Guide to Life (Go Away!) by Meghan Rowland and Chris Turner-Neal
If the person you’re buying for is a candidate for The Misanthrope’s Guide to Life you probably don’t need much prompting. We all know at least one of those “Bah! Humbug!” sorts. The only thing often missing for this sort of friend or relative is the perfect gift.
The Wizard of Oz: A Scanimation Book by Rufus Butler Seder
There’s something charmingly nostalgic and convincingly high tech about artist, inventor and filmmaker Rufus Butler Seder’s Scanimation books.
Everyday Eden: 100+ Fun, Green Garden Projects for the Whole Family to Enjoy by Christina Symons and John Gillespie
When it comes to gift giving, Everyday Eden is on a par with the best of travel and food books
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