• The cover of the book Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans

    Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans

    Before his oft-debated years in the White House, Andrew Jackson was known for his military exploits—specifically the Battle of New Orleans, which played a massive role in ending the War of 1812. Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans tells the story of this battle, and the unlikely combination of forces Jackson used en route to victory. —Tobias Carroll

     
  • The cover of the book The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth

    The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth

    Medical historian Thomas Morris examines some bizarre and cringe-inducing cases from the past, including the title mystery, which was exactly what it sounds like: people’s teeth were exploding. Other cases include a woman who peed through her nose and a soldier who operated on his own bladder stone. These stranger-than-fiction tales offer more than oddball anecdotes, but teach us a lot about the progression of medicine and the blunders that have gotten us to where we are today. —Jonathan Russell Clark

     
  • The cover of the book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

    21 Lessons for the 21st Century

    Yuval Noah Harari’s past books were nothing short of histories of mankind. Turning his erudite attention to the overwhelming present, Harari gives us blistering insights into some of our most pressing conundrums, such as the relevancy of nation states and religions. This is a book not only for our own learning, but for the education of our children as well. —Jonathan Russell Clark

     
  • The cover of the book Brief Answers to the Big Questions

    Brief Answers to the Big Questions

    When Stephen Hawking died last March, the world lost its greatest scientific mind. But fortunately for us, Hawking left behind one final contribution to our collective understanding. Brief Answers to the Big Questions has the super-genius cosmologist tackling important subjects—ranging from the future of humanity to the existence of God—and answering them with his trademark wit, humor, and, of course, intelligence. —Jonathan Russell Clark

     
  • The cover of the book Palaces for the People

    Palaces for the People

    NYU professor of sociology Eric Klinenberg posits that rather than shared ideologies, it’s our shared spaces—like libraries, churches, bookstores, and parks—that are America’s keys to coming together. The current climate of extreme division must be amended, and Klinenberg believes we should step out of our heads and into the real world, to the physical places we communally utilize, to find our literal common ground. —Jonathan Russell Clark

     
  • The cover of the book The Personality Brokers

    The Personality Brokers

    Whether you’re an INFP, an ESFJ, or if you just DGAF, Merve Emre’s The Personality Brokers will offer an important look into our obsession with reductive identity labels and the concept of self-definition. In a culture hoping to break away from simplistic categories of who a person can be, Emre’s book is an essential step forward. —Jonathan Russell Clark

     
  • The cover of the book The Poison Squad

    The Poison Squad

    Did you know that milk used to kill thousands of children every year because it contained formaldehyde? Before the Food and Drug Act was passed in 1906, food manufacturers had no oversight and could basically peddle whatever they wanted. That is, until Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley became chief chemist of the agriculture department and began testing food on a group of men known as “the Poison Squad.” Wiley, along with others like Upton Sinclair, waged a war against unsafe food and saved generations of Americans. —Jonathan Russell Clark

     
  • The cover of the book Shaping the Future of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

    Shaping the Future of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

    Last year, World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab published The Fourth Industrial Revolution, which argued that advances in technology were creating an industrial revolution unlike any witnessed in history. His new work, Shaping the Future of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, offers a practical guide to the oncoming shift in human economies and culture. For anyone who hopes to be alive for the near future, this is a must-read. —Jonathan Russell Clark

     
  • The cover of the book Everything All at Once

    Everything All at Once

    Bill Nye explains how his personal history—from being an engineer at Boeing to a stand-up comedian to the beloved Science Guy—taught him to look at problems through a nerd’s lens, i.e., with rapacious curiosity, optimism, and a willingness to act, and how this has helped him solve numerous issues he’s personally faced and some that confront the world at large. If you’re going to listen to anyone about tackling problem-solving, who better than the man whose middle name is Science? —Jonathan Russell Clark

     
  • The cover of the book The Feather Thief

    The Feather Thief

    In 2009, an American flautist stole hundreds of bird skins from the British Museum of Natural History and then vanished. But why? That’s the question journalist Kirk Wallace Johnson tries to answer in his riveting book, which delves into the niche world of salmon fly-tying (a fascinating topic in and of itself) and uncovers a years-long investigation in the hunt for the criminal behind this strange robbery. —Jonathan Russell Clark

     
  • The cover of the book Living with the Gods

    Living with the Gods

    Art historian Neil MacGregor, author of the bestseller A History of the World in 100 Objects, takes on religion’s influence on cultures. By examining national narratives and sacred places, he discovers the relationship between beliefs and the society of those who subscribe to them. A rich and educational tour through contemporary religion, Living with the Gods helps us understand how the inarticulable shapes the way we live. —Jonathan Russell Clark

     
  • The cover of the book The Indispensable Composers

    The Indispensable Composers

    As the chief classical music critic for the New York Times, Anthony Tommasini loves to invite participation in his treatment of the greats: he once crowd-sourced a list of the all-time top ten composers (and then horrified some readers by omitting Gustav Mahler—the nerve!). As a concert pianist, he also has a very personal relationship with them. This unabashedly subjective essay collection offers his scholarly and intimate impressions of 17 artists—and invites both neophytes and aficionados to roll up their sleeves and engage with these legacies. —Lauren Oster

     
  • The cover of the book The Bullet Journal Method

    The Bullet Journal Method

    The Brooklyn designer-inventor-TED-talker Ryder Carroll is to the messy modern schedule what Marie Kondo is to a cluttered home. His old-school Bullet Journal method encourages devotees to plan their 21st-century lives with pen and paper, and since its eruption on social media a few years ago, #bujo has become a very, very big deal. Curious newbies and intentional-living all-stars can bask in Carroll’s analog wisdom with his first book, which promises to help everyone “track the past, order the present, and design the future.” —Lauren Oster

     
  • The cover of the book Queer Eye

    Queer Eye

    Netflix’s Fab Five joined forces for a coffee-table-worthy version of the game-changing guidance they offer TV audiences, and it’s much, much more than a how-to manual (though there are plenty of Hip Tips to round out its pages). Each expert helms his own section with input from his co-stars: Antoni Porowski’s food writing, for instance, shares space with favorite food and drink recipes from all five Queer Eye personalities. It’s also a peek behind-the-scenes and a collective celebration of individuality: these guys want everyone to live their best lives. —Lauren Oster

     
  • The cover of the book Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

    Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

    Featuring an all-star, all-female cast of narrators—including Alicia Keys, Ashley Judd, Janeane Garofalo, and Esperanza Spalding—Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls reinvents fairy tales by telling the true stories of hundreds of extraordinary women, including Serena Williams, Beyoncé, Cleopatra, and Elizabeth I. —Jonathan Russell Clark

     
  • The cover of the book Accessory to War

    Accessory to War

    “The universe,” writes famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and writer Avis Lang, “is a laboratory for one and a battlefield for the other.” Exploring the often unexamined relationship between science and the military, Accessory to War—narrated by veteran actor Courtney D. Vance—is a fascinating exploration into the ways our greatest discoveries have aided in some of our greatest wars. —Jonathan Russell Clark

     
  • The cover of the book True Crime from Texas Monthly

    True Crime from Texas Monthly

    Texas Monthly publishes some of the best and most horrifying true crime stories. This collection of pieces from the magazine features a mother willing to murder to ensure her daughter gets on the cheerleading squad, a high school girl who tries to get her ex-boyfriend to murder her, and a bank robber who tricked police for years by disguising herself as a man. —Jonathan Russell Clark

     
  • The cover of the book Well-Read Black Girl

    Well-Read Black Girl

    From the founder of the eponymous book club and online community comes this collection of essays by black women authors. Literary stars like Jacqueline Woodson, Rebecca Walker, and Barbara Smith offer inspiring words for self-discovery—whether to fire up a feminist side, or deepen an appreciation for diversity. —Romy Weinberg

     
  • The cover of the book My Reading Journal

    My Reading Journal

    For the literary Luddite, this journal is an attractive tag-along to book club meetings and the perfect bedside table accessory—for those middle-of-the-night musings, or a place to record completed titles. Suggested readings are listed in the back, where they can keep track of loves, hates, and everything in between. —Romy Weinberg

     
  • The cover of the book A Drinkable Feast

    A Drinkable Feast

    Francophiles and mixologists can unite over this tongue-in-cheek history of 1920s Paris. Greene documents cocktails and the ex-pats who loved them—a little like an alcohol-infused survey of the Lost Generation—and even provides authentic recipes. Photos throughout the book transport you to those cafés and bars loved by Hemingway and Fitzgerald. —Romy Weinberg

     
  • The cover of the book Liberated Spirits

    Liberated Spirits

    A window on the time when two Constitutional Amendments were passed—the 18th, which banned the sale of alcohol, and the 19th, which gave women the right to vote—Liberated Spirits will ignite a conversation around women and politics in the roaring ’20s. Prohibition and voting rights were entwined in a complicated relationship, and readers will love dissecting it. —Romy Weinberg

     
  • The cover of the book Geomorphia

    Geomorphia

    The ebb of the coloring book frenzy has happily separated the wheat from the chaff, and only the best remain. At the top of the list is this wondrous, new single-sided book featuring the polymorphous, intricately detailed, and always stunning images from the creator of three previous transporting books: Fantomorphia, Mythomorphia, and Animorphia. —Elizabeth Anne Hartman

     
  • The cover of the book The Ultimate Brush Lettering Guide

    The Ultimate Brush Lettering Guide

    Indulge in the playful art of a modern, more forgiving style of calligraphy that enables you to letter outside the traditional box with creative flourishes and neat imprecision. The artist behind the Pigeon Letters website shares all her expertise, from choosing pens and paper to templates for labels and cards, all designed to unlock the unbridled calligrapher. —Elizabeth Anne Hartman

     
  • The cover of the book Make and Mend

    Make and Mend

    This exquisite guide to sashiko, a simple Japanese stitching technique, shows how—with just a needle and thread—you can save your favorite sweater, add pizzazz to your home, and save the planet. According to Marquez, Americans throw away about 70 pounds of clothing and other textiles every year, but with her inspiration, we can make more, buy less, and hold on to things we cherish. —Elizabeth Anne Hartman

     
  • The cover of the book The Gift of Calligraphy

    The Gift of Calligraphy

    Another master calligrapher invites you to bask in the allure of lettering with 25 gorgeously photographed projects from invitations to wall art to tote bags. Imasa-Stukuls begins with the ABCs—literally demonstrating how to create a simple alphabet—and then guides the reader step-by-step through the delightful projects. —Elizabeth Anne Hartman

     
  • The cover of the book Woodworking

    Woodworking

    A stunning collection of woodworking projects by a husband-and-wife team melds rustic Italian style with Scandinavian design. This is the perfect gift for a couple, for your Rosie-the-Riveter friend, or for the man who really doesn’t need another tie. Striking photography and step-by-step instructions make it nice and easy. —Elizabeth Anne Hartman

     
  • The cover of the book Creative Thread

    Creative Thread

    Royal School of Needlework-trained professional embroiderer Jo Dixey offers a project-by-project guide that will rev up the reader’s creativity quotient. Each one introduces new embroidery stitches and techniques to make one-off pieces of art, embellish clothing, and craft beautiful gifts. —Elizabeth Anne Hartman

     
  • The cover of the book Crepe Paper Flowers

    Crepe Paper Flowers

    The doyenne of DIY crafts focuses on flowers in this collection of 30 projects that showcase the magic of crafting with paper. Griffith focuses on crepe paper because it’s malleable and forgiving, making it the perfect material for beginners. For the fully supplied crafter who owns a Cricut Maker, downloadable templates are available for free on Griffith’s website. —Elizabeth Anne Hartman

     
  • The cover of the book Almost Everything

    Almost Everything

    Leave it to Anne Lamott to make us laugh when the chips are down. Her sunny optimism and witty encouragement tumble off the pages and into your consciousness. She’s the voice that reestablishes your sense of hope and belief in the future. You cry on her shoulder, cand then feel eons lighter. —Romy Weinberg

     
  • The cover of the book Cook Like a Pro

    Cook Like a Pro

    It’s a little-known fact that Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, is a self-taught chef. For all her prowess in the kitchen, she learned by studying others. In Cook Like a Pro, she shares her secrets and tips to gain her kind of confidence when cooking for friends and family. —Romy Weinberg

     
  • The cover of the book Red Truck Bakery Cookbook

    Red Truck Bakery Cookbook

    Virginia’s Red Truck Rural Bakery—beloved by everyone from Mary Chapin Carpenter and Barack Obama to the Lee Brothers—extends its Southern hospitality to your kitchen with this collection of recipes, gorgeous photographs, and charming anecdotes. —Romy Weinberg

     
  • The cover of the book The Independent Woman

    The Independent Woman

    This collection contains excerpts from The Second Sex, a groundbreaking modern classic first published in 1949 that confronted the inequality between men and women, and the ways women are othered in society. Now, The Independent Woman takes three chapters from The Second Sex that look at practical steps to cultivate a more equal society. —Swapna Krishna

     
  • The cover of the book The Future Is History

    The Future Is History

    Winner of the 2017 National Book Award for Nonfiction and named Best Book of 2017 by numerous publications, The Future Is History—penned by Masha Gessen, the bestselling biographer of Vladimir Putinreveals how Russia surrendered to a new strain of autocracy in a single generation. —Ben Kassoy

     
  • The cover of the book Playing with Fire

    Playing with Fire

    Political upheaval. Two assassinations. Riots. A country on the brink. “Playing with Fire is Lawrence O’Donnell at his best,” raves Rachel Maddow. “This is a thriller-like, propulsive tour through 1968, told by a man who is in love with American politics, and who knows how all the dots connect.” —Ben Kassoy

     
  • The cover of the book The Point of It All

    The Point of It All

    Created and compiled by Charles Krauthammer before his death, The Point of It All brings together the most important works from the celebrated columnist, political commentator, and physician. A collection of writings personal, political, and philosophical, The Point of it All also includes never-before-published speeches and a profound new essay about populism and the future of global democracy. —Ben Kassoy

     
  • The cover of the book Impeachment

    Impeachment

    What are the motives behind impeachment? What factors contribute to it? What clues does history offer as to how impeachment may be used in the future? In Impeachment, four experts revisit the three presidencies during which impeachment was invoked (Johnson, Nixon, Clinton) and explain what they may teach us today. —Ben Kassoy

     
  • The cover of the book We Were Eight Years in Power

    We Were Eight Years in Power

    A New York Times bestseller and a work that topped many of the Best Books of 2017 lists, We Were Eight Years in Power features Coates’s iconic essays first published in The Atlantic, along with eight new essays that revisit each year of Obama’s presidency. In a starred review, Kirkus calls it “emotionally charged, deftly crafted, and urgently relevant.” —Ben Kassoy

     
  • The cover of the book A Savage Order

    A Savage Order

    Gangs, organized crime, state brutality. Why are some democracies—including our own—plagued by violence? How can they—we—regain security? Rachel Kleinfeld offers answers in this powerful, urgent book that Kirkus Reviews applauds as highly researched yet accessible, “a solid, convincing argument based on experience, research, travel, and intelligence.” —Ben Kassoy

     
  • The cover of the book What the Eyes Don't See

    What the Eyes Don't See

    Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, is the Iraqi American pediatrician who helped expose the Flint water crisis. “In What the Eyes Don’t See, she lays bare the bureaucratic bunk and flat-out injustice at the heart of the environmental disgrace,” says O, The Oprah Magazine. It’s a gripping, heartbreaking story of our time. —Ben Kassoy

     
  • The cover of the book In the Hurricane's Eye

    In the Hurricane's Eye

    Nathaniel Philbrick has written numerous gripping books dealing with history—especially nautical history—over the years. His latest, In the Hurricane’s Eye, explores the final year of the Revolutionary War and the seismic role that the French Navy played in turning the tide for the U.S. —Tobias Carroll

     
  • The cover of the book American Dialogue

    American Dialogue

    Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning historian Joseph J. Ellis asks one simple question in his latest book: what would the founding fathers think of America today? The result is American Dialogue, a fascinating tour through the minds of America’s authors that sheds light on the divisive conflicts of the present day. —Jonathan Russell Clark

     
  • The cover of the book The Joy of Syntax

    The Joy of Syntax

    You may not have believed it in sixth grade, but grammar can be fun! OK, even if you still don’t believe it, June Casagrande’s handy guide will diminish the pain you felt back in middle school, when you were just never sure where that comma should go or whether—once and for all—it’s “who” or “whom.” This one belongs on the shelf next to Eats, Shoots and Leaves. —Romy Weinberg

     
  • The cover of the book How to Cook Without a Book, Completely Updated and Revised

    How to Cook Without a Book, Completely Updated and Revised

    It’s been 17 years since Anderson’s blockbuster made “cooking by heart” a thing. Here, she builds on her principle that most recipes are simply variations on a theme, with new ingredients that reflect today’s tastes: chicken thighs instead of boneless breast, kale and Swiss chard instead of romaine, and more. —Elizabeth Anne Hartman

     
  • The cover of the book The Staub Cookbook

    The Staub Cookbook

    Francis Staub, the grandson of a cookware merchant, created Staub cookware in 1974, and his eponymous pots and pans have become the favorites of chefs and home cooks alike. This gorgeously illustrated book brings together 100 modern recipes from top chefs and foodie bloggers from around the country, featuring everything from chocolate babka to chicken meatballs. —Elizabeth Anne Hartman

     
  • The cover of the book Martha Stewart's Pressure Cooker

    Martha Stewart's Pressure Cooker

    Quick cooking is having a big moment, and this essential guide is perfect for both beginners who want in on the fabulousness and pros who want more recipes. It’s neatly divided into three chapters that go from building blocks and simple recipes to hearty main courses, and a final chapter on desserts—yes, desserts!—done entirely in one easy appliance. —Elizabeth Anne Hartman

     
  • The cover of the book Cravings: Hungry for More

    Cravings: Hungry for More

    OK, Chrissy: you had me at Pad Thai Carbonara. For those who loved Teigen’s first cookbook, Cravings—which is more or less everybody—this follow-up will bring provide even more culinary joy. Her Mom’s Thai cooking influences many of the recipes in this edible diary that brings us even closer into her kitchen and her life. —Elizabeth Anne Hartman

     
  • The cover of the book Bong Appétit

    Bong Appétit

    Admit it: you would buy this book for its title, which finds its roots in the very popular Munchies and Viceland TV series. Keeping in mind that “pot brownies” have been around for at least half a century, it’s clear that the 65 sophisticated recipes here—for both sweet and savory dishes—will satisfy the munchies for millennial hipsters and old hippies alike. —Elizabeth Anne Hartman

     
  • The cover of the book The MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook

    The MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook

    Fans of Rinella, the renowned hunter and host of the MeatEater show and podcast, will be over the moon for his collection of mouthwatering recipes that Publishers Weekly called a “must read cookbook for those seeking a taste of the wild.” From a bird (or fish) to sauces and rubs, he covers it all. —Elizabeth Anne Hartman

     
  • The cover of the book Cooking from Scratch

    Cooking from Scratch

    The folks at Seattle’s popular grocer have put together 120 recipes for seasonal delights, along with nutritional information and expert advice about preparing food from scratch. The perfect gift for the farmer’s market phobic—or even the regulars who’ve been cooking the same locally sourced dish on repeat—this lushly illustrated book offers meals for every time of the day. —Elizabeth Anne Hartman

     
  • The cover of the book Mississippi Vegan

    Mississippi Vegan

    No, Mississippi Vegan is not an oxymoron. Setting the fried chicken and pulled pork aside, Pakron shares 125-plant based recipes inspired by the Cajun, Creole, and Southern classics of his youth. Evocative stories and exquisite photographs accompany recipes that range from My Father’s Hash Browns to Gumbo Z’fungi. —Elizabeth Anne Hartman

     
  • The cover of the book Sister Pie

    Sister Pie

    Here’s a plucky and personality-infused cookbook from the two-time James Beard Award-finalist who’s transforming the Motor City into the Sweet City, via her pie shop in a former beauty salon on Detroit’s east side. She shares 75 drool-worthy recipes such as Toasted Marshmallow-Butterscotch Pie and Sour Cherry-Bourbon Pie, all accompanied by her charming illustrations and mouth-watering photographs. —Elizabeth Anne Hartman

     
  • The cover of the book The Women's Atlas

    The Women's Atlas

    The completely updated and revised fifth edition of this groundbreaking work couldn’t be more timely—and it’s a safer gift than a pink pussy hat. Seager, who’s consulted on several global gender and environmental policies with the UN, provides a wealth of up-to-date information on how women are living today across continents and cultures. —Elizabeth Anne Hartman

     
  • The cover of the book Winter Drinks

    Winter Drinks

    As long as your giftee isn’t a snow-bird, this beautifully illustrated collection of cocktails—built to fortify against the winter chill—will bring peace between the Capulets and Montagues. It features essential classics, updated riffs on traditional toddies, punches, nogs, spiked coffee, and many other thoroughly modern drinks. —Elizabeth Anne Hartman

     
  • The cover of the book The Fox and the Star: A Keepsake Journal

    The Fox and the Star: A Keepsake Journal

    Now in clothbound notebook form is the beloved story of friendship between a lonely Fox and the Star who guides him through the frightfully dark forest. Created by the award-winning designer of Penguin’s Hardcover Classics, the lined pages are adorned by five-color illustrations from the original book. —Elizabeth Anne Hartman

     
  • The cover of the book Martha's Flowers, Deluxe Edition

    Martha's Flowers, Deluxe Edition

    This essential resource boasts beauty and brains. Stunning photographs accompany the wisdom gained from of a lifetime of gardening in this book of expert advice. From how and when to plant to advice on building stunning arrangements, this book has it all. —Elizabeth Anne Hartman

     
  • The cover of the book Ottolenghi Simple

    Ottolenghi Simple

    For those who like to cook but are over all the fuss, they’ll adore these streamlined recipes that can be made in 30 minutes or less, use ten or fewer ingredients, and can be made ahead in a single pot. Powerhouse author and chef Ottolenghi infuses his signature Middle Eastern-inspired flavors in these simply made delectable delights, such as Lamb and Feta Meatballs, and Braised Eggs with Leeks and Za’atar. —Elizabeth Anne Hartman

     
  • The cover of the book The Power of Love

    The Power of Love

    Michael Curry, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, enthralled two billion people with his sermon at the 2018 royal wedding of Harry and Meghan. Included in this elegant and spiritual book is that sermon, as well as four others touching on themes of love, commitment, and social justice. —Elizabeth Anne Hartman

     
  • The cover of the book Americana

    Americana

    The right books can help turn complex systems and ideas into thrilling reading. Bhu Srinivasan’s Americana: A 400-Year History of American Capitalism explores the ways that the United States and capitalism have been interwoven across the nation’s history, and how this has shaped the evolution of the nation in ways both expected and unexpected. —Tobias Carroll

     
  • The cover of the book The War Before the War

    The War Before the War

    Prior to the start of the Civil War, the North and South were already engaged in a heated struggle over slavery. Andrew Delbanco’s The War Before the War explores how fugitive slaves seeking their freedom played a role in this conflict, and how their cause persuaded many of the evils of slavery. —Tobias Carroll

     
  • The cover of the book Dear Los Angeles

    Dear Los Angeles

    Covering nearly 500 years of history, the anthology Dear Los Angeles provides readers with an assortment of documents telling the story of a certain California city. Represented in the book are the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Susan Sontag, and Cesar Chavez, providing an array of perspectives on the City of Angels. —Tobias Carroll

     
  • The cover of the book How to Invent Everything

    How to Invent Everything

    In recent years, Ryan North has earned plenty of acclaim for his unique takes on Romeo and Juliet and To Be Or Not To Be. In How to Invent Everything, he explores the nature of technology and civilization via the notion of, as the book’s subtitle puts it, “the stranded time traveler.” —Tobias Carroll

     
  • The cover of the book Cocktail Codex

    Cocktail Codex

    It’s amazing what you can do with a home bar and the right knowledge. Cocktail Codex reunites the authors of Death & Co. for an organized look at cocktails: specifically, showcasing the links between the techniques used to craft different drinks. The results are both educational and tasty. —Tobias Carroll

     
  • The cover of the book American Sanctuary

    American Sanctuary

    In American Sanctuary, A. Roger Ekirch hearkens back to a time more than 200 years ago, when the fate of a British sailor seeking refuge in the United States has a seismic effect on the nation’s political landscape, and influenced the way we think about political asylum today. —Tobias Carroll

     
  • The cover of the book The Fresh and Healthy Instant Pot Cookbook

    The Fresh and Healthy Instant Pot Cookbook

    The Instant Pot is the multifunction device that’s taking kitchens by storm, so chances are, your giftee already own one. If so, this cookbook of lighter, healthier meals for the appliance is a perfect gift. The author is a certified nutritionist, and each of the recipes has a gorgeous photograph to show off just how delicious they are. —Swapna Krishna

     
  • The cover of the book Presidents of War

    Presidents of War

    The relationship between the American presidency and war is a complicated one, which is exactly what author Michael Beschloss traces in this important new book. Beschloss examines American presidents from James Madison to the present day to look at how these men coped with the challenges and demands of leadership during war—or how they didn’t. —Swapna Krishna

     
  • The cover of the book Life Is Long!

    Life Is Long!

    Is your gift recipient intent on living a healthy lifestyle? Then they’ll love the book Life is Long, a guide to living a healthier, longer life. The book includes tips such as spices that improve cardiovascular health and how often we should stand up and move around during the day. It takes information from the latest studies to offer the best advice on how to live a longer (and happier!) life. —Swapna Krishna

     
  • The cover of the book Speeches of Note

    Speeches of Note

    We all need some inspiration in our lives every now and then, and this book of speeches is just the tool to provide it. By the author of Letters of Note, this book gathers 75 of the most interesting speeches, some of which were delivered by well-known figures such as Albert Einstein and Frederick Douglass. If your loved one enjoys thumbing through history, you can’t go wrong with this gift. —Swapna Krishna

     
  • The cover of the book Spineless

    Spineless

    After earning a PhD in ocean science and spending years building algorithms to interpret satellite images of the briny deep, Juli Berwald followed her husband to landlocked Texas. The tide of her first love proved to be an irresistible pull, and her return to the world of marine studies is a splashy one: Spineless dives deep into the world of jellyfish, the most ancient and least-understood creatures on earth. Berwald’s passion is infectious, and you just might find the behemoths she glimpsed from Japanese fishing boats and the delicate creatures she raised in her own dining room floating through your dreams. —Lauren Oster

     
  • The cover of the book American Wolf

    American Wolf

    Twenty-two years ago, the elk population in Yellowstone was threatening other species’ abilities to survive and thrive, and biologists relocated eight gray wolves from Canada’s Jasper National Park to reset the region’s ecological balance. What became known as the Yellowstone Wolf Project triggered an avalanche of change, one that Nate Blakeslee explores through O-Six, a female descendant of the Canadian wolves who became a mother, pack leader, and household name for nature-lovers. His intimate look at her community is a powerful reminder of what we owe our non-human neighbors. —Lauren Oster

     
  • The cover of the book City of Dogs

    City of Dogs

    When Traer Scott agreed to follow Ken Foster around New York City and photograph local canines and their companions, he didn’t expect to appreciate the humans he’d meet: “I am much more comfortable around dogs than people. Always.” To his great surprise, the stories they shared—recounted by Foster in the text that accompanies his photographs—forged a new connection between him and his own species. Like Scott, dog lovers will fall hard for the two-and-four-legged families that call the Big Apple home: “Loving and needing dogs in our lives is something that brings us together, no matter how different we are in other ways.” —Lauren Oster

     
  • The cover of the book Animals of a Bygone Era

    Animals of a Bygone Era

    This beautiful compendium of creatures that no longer walk the earth is not for the T. rex fan in your life: as the Stockholm-based illustrator explains in her table of contents beside a puzzled Stegosaurus, “Dinosaurs have been intentionally left out of this book to give some attention to other fascinating—but less famous—creatures that once lived on this planet.” Her gorgeous images and cheeky commentary introduce quirky, long-extinct characters like walking whales, horned gophers, dawn horses, and terror birds (!). Natural history has never come roaring to life quite like this. —Lauren Oster

     
  • The cover of the book Distillery Cats

    Distillery Cats

    The next time you find yourself raising a glass and in need of a speech, might we suggest a toast to the tireless felines that make so many tipples possible? Once charged with providing “organic pest control” at distilleries and breweries, working pusses are now brand ambassadors and social media darlings to boot. Brad Thomas Parsons, a James Beard Award-winning writer, offers 30 illustrated “profiles in courage of the world’s most spirited mousers”—as well as 15 cocktail recipes, should readers find themselves inspired to wet their whistles. —Lauren Oster

     
  • The cover of the book The Genius of Birds

    The Genius of Birds

    “Bird brain” entered the English language as an insult a century ago, science writer Jennifer Ackerman notes, “because people thought of birds as mere flying automatons, with brains so small they had no capacity for thought at all.” As scientific breakthroughs in the past few decades have demonstrated, it’s high time to consider it a compliment: we now know that birds are capable of mental feats comparable to ours. After traveling the world to gather the latest intelligence on avian cognition, Ackerman presents her findings in thrilling language that mimics the brilliance she describes. —Lauren Oster

     
  • The cover of the book Storm Lake

    Storm Lake

    Art Cullen is 25% of the news staff of The Storm Lake Times, a family-owned Iowa twice-weekly that won the Pulitzer Prize last year for taking corporate polluters to task for poisoning the local lake and rivers. In his first book, Cullen introduces the world to the remarkable people who call his small town home. The prairie is changing, as is its human population: unlike agricultural communities that have vanished elsewhere in America, Storm Lake is growing, thanks to immigrants from nations like Laos and Mexico who have built new lives there (more than 30 languages are now spoken in town). Cullen has seen more than his share of crises, but his message is stubbornly optimistic and timely. —Lauren Oster

     
  • The cover of the book The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth

    The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth

    Rachel Ignotofsky puts the world in the palms of her adolescent readers’ hands, both literally and figuratively: her illustrated guide to the Earth’s ecosystems explains how they work and how each of us can work to protect them. Through stunning art, maps, and infographics, she offers clear and compelling breakdowns of everything from the carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, and water cycles to how every human impacts nature. It’s a fascinating and empowering look at our shared home: “The big world we live in,” she writes, “is smaller than you think.” —Lauren Oster

     
  • The cover of the book The Songs of Trees

    The Songs of Trees

    Pulitzer Prize finalist David George Haskell calls trees “nature’s great connectors,” and he offers meticulous portraits of a dozen of them. From the concrete jungle of Manhattan to the verdant jungles of the Amazon, he makes a lyrical case for their positions at the hearts of biological networks: microbes, fungi, other plants, animals, and even humans all depend on trees for their well-being. The Songs of Trees is a kind of ecological poetry, and it will change the way you think about your relationship with (and responsibility to) the life around you. —Lauren Oster

     
  • The cover of the book Unladylike

    Unladylike

    If your giftee’s hobbies include smashing the patriarchy, this is a book you should absolutely check out. Rather than being a humorous take on identifying as female or nonbinary in today’s world, Unladylike is a practical guide to pushing the conversation about intersectional feminism forward. —Swapna Krishna

     
  • The cover of the book Food52 Cook in the Blank

    Food52 Cook in the Blank

    Following a recipe can be a great way to learn to cook, but what about the next step? That’s where Food 52 Cook in the Blank comes in. This fill-in-the-blank book of recipe templates will help you become more creative in your cooking, offering a guided way to improvise and think about how you cook in whole new ways. —Swapna Krishna

     
  • The cover of the book The Mini Bar

    The Mini Bar

    If your holiday hostess loves mixing cocktails and making the perfect drink for guests, The Mini Bar is an absolute must-buy. It consists of eight small notebooks in adorable packaging, and the recipes are organized by the base ingredient, ensuring that the giftee can become an expert in making all kinds of drinks, and even create their own. —Swapna Krishna

     
  • The cover of the book Call Me Ishmael Postcards

    Call Me Ishmael Postcards

    This fun set of postcards from Pop Chart Lab is a sure conversation-starter. Twenty-four postcards in 12 unique designs diagram the first sentence from popular works of literature. They can serve as a charming gift, or you can send them to friends and family. (Who doesn’t love a love note?) —Swapna Krishna

     
  • The cover of the book The New Rules of Coffee

    The New Rules of Coffee

    For those who love their morning cup of joe, this guide will show them how to prepare, store, and even drink the world’s favorite morning beverage. This isn’t so much about etiquette and protocol as it is about how to best enjoy coffee at home or in the café. It also answers popular questions about the beverage and busts myths (who knew darker coffee isn’t always stronger?). —Swapna Krishna

     
  • The cover of the book This Is Mexico City

    This Is Mexico City

    For the friend who loves to visit foreign countries or thoroughly enjoys armchair traveling, this incredible guide to Mexico City will make a perfect gift. It’s not your typical travel guide: as a resident herself, Abby Clawson Low focuses on lifestyle, using gorgeous pictures and design to show off the best of the city. —Swapna Krishna

     
  • The cover of the book All About Cake

    All About Cake

    Who doesn’t like cake? It’s an almost universal love, which is why All About Cake makes the ideal gift. This collection of lip-smacking recipes covers everything to do with cake, including microwavable mug cakes to the fanciful creations that Christina Tosi makes at Milkbar. —Swapna Krishna

     
  • The cover of the book The Sommelier's Atlas of Taste

    The Sommelier's Atlas of Taste

    This field guide is the perfect book for wine-lovers, especially those who enjoy terroir and the art of European wines. Parr describes how wines from different regions of Europe should taste—a tour of taste buds, if you will. Whether your giftee considers herself a vino expert or someone just getting into grapes, this book will have something for her. —Swapna Krishna

     
  • The cover of the book Made Out of Stars

    Made Out of Stars

    Meera Lee Patel’s guided journals, including Start Where You Are, have helped an abundance of readers better understand themselves and make connections with others. Made Out of Stars focuses on finding a better sense of self and discovering our unique qualities: a useful and inspiring journey. —Tobias Carroll

     
  • The cover of the book That Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means

    That Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means

    When presented in the right light, there’s something deeply entertaining about the way language can be misused and misunderstood. In That Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means, Ross Petras and Kathryn Petras explore 150 of the words people most often misuse, and delve into their complex histories for clues as to why. —Tobias Carroll

     
  • The cover of the book Wall of Orchids

    Wall of Orchids

    The exhibits and plants that can be found at The New York Botanical Garden have a rich history and regularly dazzle visitors and locals alike. Wall of Orchids collects 20 prints of orchid paintings—immersing readers in the natural world while venturing into art history as well. Perfect for sprucing up someone’s empty home or cubicle. —Tobias Carroll

     
  • The cover of the book The Job

    The Job

    The nature of work has changed dramatically over the past few decades, inspiring a sense of instability and concerns about how subsequent changes will affect, well, everyone. In Ellen Ruppel Shell’s book The Job, she focuses on notable workplaces and explores the larger factors affecting our relationships to the work we do. —Tobias Carroll

     
  • The cover of the book Bestia

    Bestia

    There’s something deeply compelling about a great cookbook—both the lovingly designed interiors and the prospect of being able to make great food from the recipes within. Bestia takes its cues from the acclaimed Los Angeles restaurant of the same name, offering up the way to make a host of Italian-influenced dishes and desserts. —Tobias Carroll

     
  • The cover of the book Dare to Lead

    Dare to Lead

    In her earlier books, Brené Brown explored questions around subjects like courage and vulnerability, delving into both their emotional and scientific sides. In Dare to Lead, she applies the same approach to the questions surrounding leadership, probing how leaders can act in a more daring and courageous manner, and what we can all learn from them. —Tobias Carroll

     
  • The cover of the book The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling

    The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling

    If your favorite sports fan is drawn to larger-than-life figures, bizarre physical feats, and unexpected twists of fate, it’s very likely that professional wrestling holds more than a little appeal for them. In this illustrated book, Aubrey Sitterson and Chris Moreno delve into wrestling’s history, explore some of its most infamous figures, and trace its popularity across the globe. —Tobias Carroll

     
  • The cover of the book Quarterback

    Quarterback

    John Feinstein has written extensively about the world of sports, providing both a ground-level view of the athlete’s perspective and a broader context of how sports are played and perceived. In his new book, he focuses on five NFL quarterbacks, exploring what their experiences can teach the reader about the nature of the sport and its effect on those who play it. —Tobias Carroll

     
  • The cover of the book How Cycling Can Save the World

    How Cycling Can Save the World

    The appeal of cycling spans geography: for some, it’s an ideal way to get around a city, while for others, it’s perfect for exploring rural trails and woodlands. In Peter Walker’s How Cycling Saves the World, he explores the positive impacts of spending time on one’s bicycle, from bringing cities together to improving personal health. —Tobias Carroll

     
  • The cover of the book Astroball

    Astroball

    In 2014, Ben Reiter correctly predicted in Sports Illustrated that the Houston Astros would win the World Series three years later—a claim that baffled many at the time. Astroball is Reiter’s exploration of just how the Astros pulled this off, and the different factors that contributed to a shift in thinking that dramatically paid off. —Tobias Carroll

     
  • The cover of the book Tigerland

    Tigerland

    In 1968 and 1969, two teams from the same segregated Ohio high school won statewide championships in baseball and basketball—an unexpected feat during a period of massive social change. Wil Haygood’s Tigerland provides a dramatic and compelling window into the people who made this possible, along with a sense of how those victories echoed larger shifts in the nation. —Tobias Carroll

     
  • The cover of the book Boom Town

    Boom Town

    In Sam Anderson’s Boom Town, the author explores the history and unlikely rise of Oklahoma City since its founding in 1889. A major part of this story comes through the tumultuous history of the Oklahoma City Thunder, a gripping tale of one team’s ups and downs, and how they came to reflect the pulse of a city. —Tobias Carroll

     
  • The cover of the book Joe Beef: Surviving the Apocalypse

    Joe Beef: Surviving the Apocalypse

    We leave it to the late, great Anthony Bourdain on this one: “…the rogue princes of Canadian cuisine and hospitality show us the way out of the numbing, post-apocalyptic restaurant Hell of pretentiousness and mediocrity that threatens to engulf us all. It makes us believe that the future is shiny, bright, beautiful, delicious—and probably Québécois. This book will change your life.” —Ben Kassoy

     
  • The cover of the book In Paris

    In Paris

    When you think of fashion, one city probably comes to mind: Paris. In this book, Jeanne Damas and Lauren Bastide take a look at 20 women in the city, showcasing their different occupations, ages, lifestyles, and hopes. It’s a gorgeous book filled with color photographs that will feed readers’ dreams of living in the City of Light. —Swapna Krishna

     
  • The cover of the book In Intimate Detail

    In Intimate Detail

    Lingerie isn’t something that should be intimidating, and yet many find it so. In this book, lingerie expert Cora Harrington wants to help us understand lingerie and how it should fit—both physically and mentally. From bras and panties to corsets, shapewear, and more, Harrington’s accessible and inclusive tones make this a must-read for any fashionista. —Swapna Krishna

     
  • The cover of the book The Accessory Handbook

    The Accessory Handbook

    Alison Freer fully believes our fashion choices should be based on whatever increases our happiness. That means even if you worry you can’t pull off that hat or scarf, Freer thinks you can. And in this book, she includes tips, tricks, and advice to help you figure out how to wear it, care for it, and shop for it. —Swapna Krishna

     
  • The cover of the book Tokyo Street Style

    Tokyo Street Style

    It’s fascinating to look at fashion trends around the world, and that’s just what this new coloring book does for the city of Tokyo. Tokyo is home to all kinds of fashion trends, from genderless fashion to the looks of everyday work attire, and Tokyo Street Style aims to chronicle all of them in a unique and provocative biography of a city. —Swapna Krishna

     
  • The cover of the book The Authentics: A Lush Dive into the Substance of Style

    The Authentics: A Lush Dive into the Substance of Style

    It’s always interesting to analyze the publicly displayed creative choices of fashion trailblazers, but what do the choices they make for their private retreats say about them? That’s what The Authentics seeks to answer. This book takes readers into the private homes of style icons who have defined the culture around us, showing us that being iconic starts at home. —Swapna Krishna

     
  • The cover of the book Contemporary Muslim Fashions

    Contemporary Muslim Fashions

    Muslim fashion is book-worthy, yet often overlooked in modern media. This collection seeks to rectify that by taking a look at everything from high-fashion couture to streetwear in Muslim cultures. It also takes a look at different regions and the varying fashion influences therein. If your gift recipient loves international fashion, this is a must-buy. —Swapna Krishna

     
  • The cover of the book The Curated Closet Workbook

    The Curated Closet Workbook

    What do you really need in your closet? What do you not need? This guide seeks to help you curate the perfect closet for your personal style, based on your work, interests, and more. It’ll help you find your favorite color palettes to create a wardrobe that’s effortlessly cohesive and make agonizing about what you’re going to wear a thing of the past. —Swapna Krishna

     
  • The cover of the book You Are a Badass Every Day

    You Are a Badass Every Day

    There’s no better time—or greater need—to keep your motivation strong, your vibe high, and your quest for transformation unstoppable. Thus, there’s no better time—or greater need—to pick up You Are a Badass Everyday, the pocket-size compendium of guidance and inspiration from bestselling author Jen Sincero that will keep your head held high. —Ben Kassoy

     
  • The cover of the book Apéritif

    Apéritif

    “Being French, some of my warmest memories and most interesting conversations have taken place at apéro time, that magical moment of the day when friends unwind and connect,” says Clotilde Dusoulier, author of Tasting Paris. “Now, Rebekah’s gorgeous book gives you everything you need to create your own.” Apéritif is your definitive (and effortless!) guide to cocktail hour the French way. —Ben Kassoy

     
  • The cover of the book A Common Table

    A Common Table

    Cynthia Chen McTernan is a lawyer and the self-taught home cook and photographer behind Two Red Bowls, winner of the 2015 Saveur Blog Award for Most Delicious Food. Now she’s back with A Common Table, which shares more than 80 Asian-inspired recipes that marry the author’s Chinese ancestry, Southern rearing, and in-laws’ Korean cuisine. —Ben Kassoy