• The cover of the book Out on the Wire

    Out on the Wire

    As anyone who’s been addicted to “Serial,” or who never misses a weekly installment of “This American Life” can attest, narrative storytelling is an extremely powerful tool. Podcasts and radio programs that use personal stories to help us understand ourselves and the world around us a bit better aren’t just a fad—they introduce a whole new way of listening. Cartoonist Jessica Abel goes behind the scenes of narrative radio (including fan favorites “Radiolab” and “The Moth”) and the result is this stunning (and staggeringly funny) graphic novel that is an innovative story about innovative storytelling.

     
  • The cover of the book Dust & Grooves

    Dust & Grooves

    This book is the perfect choice for the person in your life who loves vinyl records: listening to them, collecting them, and displaying them. The book showcases over 100 vinyl collectors, giving readers a peek into their collections and drool-worthy record rooms. With gorgeous photos and fascinating interviews filled with funny, heartwarming stories, this book will make any LP lover very, very happy.

     
  • The cover of the book Superheroes!

    Superheroes!

    While this 300-plus-page compendium isn’t faster than a speeding bullet and can’t leap tall buildings in a single bound, it is the comic book collector’s best friend. Chronicling the history of the comic book industry beginning in the Depression, “Superheroes!” looks at the way these masked men and caped crusaders have shaped American culture and how our nation’s culture has shaped them in return. Exclusive interviews from pioneers like Stan Lee, contemporary creators like Grant Morrison and actress Lynda Carter, as well as full-color drawings and movie stills, make this the perfect gift for the ultimate fan of the comic book genre.

     
  • The cover of the book A Nice Little Place on the North Side

    A Nice Little Place on the North Side

    “The world is what it is and has been very good to me. The Cubs, however, are another matter.” Words that might spring from the lips of any fan of the Cubs, a franchise for whom long-suffering has become it’s unofficial epithet. If you have a friend who watched as the Cubs lost to the Mets this postseason, resigned to their fate, then George F. Will’s book is mighty fine company to commiserate with. But it is also mighty fine company for any fan of baseball, and the sport’s storied history.

     
  • The cover of the book Billy Joel

    Billy Joel

    This tell-all biography is perfect for the ’80s music aficionado. Over 100 hours of interviews with the Piano Man reveal all of the back stories behind his greatest hits—from meeting his “Uptown Girl” Christie Brinkley to writing “New York State of Mind” after moving west to Los Angeles. Tales from his start as a small kid from Long Island to an international rock icon paint a full picture of Billy Joel’s unforgettable, all-American journey to stardom.

     
  • The cover of the book Dead Wake

    Dead Wake

    Any history buff will love getting immersed in “Dead Wake,” the #1 New York Times bestseller from Erik Larson, which recounts the final voyage of the Lusitania before the United States became involved in WWI. The story is impeccably researched, told with a sparkling attention to detail, and a healthy dose of drama. This is thrilling historical nonfiction that reads like fiction.

     
  • The cover of the book Beloved Dog

    Beloved Dog

    Maira Kalman’s ode to four-legged friends starts out with the line: “When I go out for a walk, there is so much I see that makes me happy to be alive […] There are flowers, birds, babies, buildings. I love all of these things, but above all, I am besotted by dogs.” In the pages that follow, her bright, hand-painted illustrations leap from the page as Kalman details her love affair with the dogs in her life and how they have served as anchors, grief counselors, personal trainers and antidepressants for her—and for all of us— over the years. The dog lover in your life needs this one in their collection.