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Nov 21 2019

Holiday Gift Pick #8

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Gift Idea #8: Amusing literary soaps (this is more of a stocking stuffer, unless you tossed in a copy of the actual book)

One more consumable suggestion: The Unemployed Philosophers Guild sells blocks of soap inspired by a wide variety of books...

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Nov 21 2019

Holiday Gift Pick #7

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Gift Idea #7: The 1619 Project

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved people being brought to the United States from Africa. In August, The New York Times Magazine devoted an entire issue to the subject, featuring essays, photos, poetry, and fiction. It immediately sold out, but copies can be found on sale online...

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Nov 20 2019

Holiday Gift Pick #6

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Gift Idea #6: Jane Austen's Sanditon (the good version)

In January, American viewers will have the opportunity to see ITV's adaptation of Jane Austen's unfinished novel Sanditon. From all accounts, this miniseries is both dumb as hell and features a depressing ending, so...

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Nov 20 2019

Holiday Gift Pick #5

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Gift Idea #5: Literary candles

We promised you some consumable goods too, right? How about these $16 literature-themed soy candles from Uncommon Goods? (Sherlock Holmes's 221B Baker Street apparently smells like black currant tea and leather books...

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Nov 19 2019

Holiday Gift Pick #4

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Gift Idea #4: a used copy of Amy Dacyczyn's The Complete Tightwad Gazette

Well before the internet became a haven of frugality tips, Ms. Dacyczyn produced a newsletter that compiled...

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Nov 19 2019

Holiday Gift Pick #3

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Gift Idea #3: Vintage Shakespeare Festival posters

Look, there are a lot of long-running Shakespeare festivals, and they nearly all printed posters, so chances are good you'll find one that strikes your fancy. Personally, I'm thinking of requesting this incredible Romeo and Juliet poster for...

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Nov 18 2019

Holiday Gift Pick #2

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Gift Idea #2: The out-of-print book you loved as a kid

Rather than buying some of the kids in your life yet another toy, share one of the harder-to-find books that you loved as a kid. (If it's out of print, chances are better that they won't already own it!) Here are some suggestions for books...

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Nov 18 2019

Holiday Gift Guide! (And Gift Pick #1)

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It's one of my favorite times of the year: vicarious shopping week! Yes, dear readers, it's time for our Annual Holiday Gift Guide, where I feature eight book-related items that I would personally quite like to receive as gifts. This year I've been trying to focus on buying less new, single-use stuff, so everything on this list will be either A) used/vintage, or B) consumable...

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Nov 30 2018

Holiday Gift Pick #8

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And last but not least, Gift Idea #8, chosen because I'm hungry: my favorite cookbooks of 2018! (prices vary, but they're all in the $25 range)

I'm trying to resist buying too many more cookbooks, because I'm running out of room to actually, y'know, cook, but sometimes a cookbook is just too alluring to resist. This year's evil tempters include...

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Nov 30 2018

Holiday Gift Pick #7

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Gift Idea #7: East of the Sun and West of the Moon, by Taschen Books ($40)

We recently chatted about Taschen Books' exquisite coffee table collection of Danish artist Kay Nielsen's long-lost illustrations for 1,001 Nights. While that particular book will set you back $300, Taschen also offers East of the Sun and West of the Moon...

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Nov 29 2018

Holiday Gift Pick #6

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Gift Idea #6: The complete Lockwood & Co. series, by Jonathan Stroud (approximately $35 for paperback editions)

If you're shopping for a teenager (or an adult who isn't above reading YA literature), we can't recommend this series highly enough. Seriously, it's wildly imaginative and deeply creepy and the teeniest bit romantic, and...

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Nov 29 2018

Holiday Gift Pick #5

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Gift Idea #5: Anything by Taro Gomi, but particularly the recent re-release of The Crocodile and the Dentist ($16.99)

Taro Gomi has written more than 400 books, and while he lacks the current kid-lit buzz of, say, Mo Willems, his stories are a consistent hit. I was pleased to see that Chronicle Books has re-released his picture book The Crocodile and the Dentist...

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Nov 28 2018

Holiday Gift Pick #4

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Gift Idea #4: Compassion for Mrs. Bennet's Nerves tea, by Bingley's Teas ($12)

And if reading Herodotus isn't cutting it, you might as well try a cup of tea. Described as a tisane of "plump chamomile flower buds, spirited peppermint, calming passion flower...

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Nov 28 2018

Holiday Gift Pick #3

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Gift Idea #3: The Histories, by Herodotus (prices vary; considering it was written in 440 BC you should be able to find it used)

One of my most prized possessions is my grandfather's trashed paperback copy of Herodotus's Histories. My grandfather was not known for his sunny disposition, but he told me that reading and re-reading Herodotus...

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Nov 27 2018

Holiday Gift Pick #2

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Gift Idea #2: "I Saw Dracula!" t-shirt, designed by Edward Gorey ($26.95)

This shirt was originally created for the 1977 Broadway revival of Dracula (which featured Edward Gorey's set designs) and would make a wonderful gift for any Gorey fans in your life...

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Nov 27 2018

Holiday Gift Pick #1

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Considering Hanukkah is rapidly approaching, this year's Holiday Gift Guide is a little late, for which I apologize. But here's hoping the awesomeness of our picks makes up for it, and that you have access to free, fast shipping.

Gift Idea #1: Author miniatures by UneekDollDesigns (prices vary)...

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Oct 23 2018

Mid-level tech

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This isn't the most elegant book stand (although I like the way it looks with a book in it), but I approve of the functionality of it, as well as its $12 price tag...

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Nov 9 2017

Holiday Gift Pick #7

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Gift Idea #7: Asymmetrical Harry Potter earrings ($48)

We love these, particularly in sterling silver...

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Nov 8 2017

Holiday Gift Pick #6

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Gift Idea #6: Guns, Germs, and Steel: 20th Anniversary Folio Society edition, by Jared Diamond ($73.95)

Grade-A dad present...

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Nov 8 2017

Holiday Gift Pick #5

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Gift Idea #5 Asgard Twill Ladies' Jacket ($59.99)

Okay, so we weren't big fans of the first two Thor movies (to say the least), but...

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Nov 7 2017

Holiday Gift Pick #4

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Gift Pick #4: Stained Wooden Mountain Bookends by Spilled Milk Designs ($24)

Etsy is awash in beautiful, handmade bookends, but we fell in love with the simple elegance of these mountain-shaped options...

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Nov 7 2017

Holiday Gift Pick #3

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Gift Idea #3 The Hogwarts House Throw Blanket of your choice ($69)

This is one of two Harry Potter-themed picks this year...

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Nov 6 2017

Holiday Gift Pick #2

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Gift Idea #2: Any of these amazing cookbooks (prices vary)

It feels like a boatload of beautiful, inspiring cookbooks written by the creators of some of the internet's most popular cooking sites have recently been released, but here are our favorites...

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Nov 6 2017

Holiday Gift Pick #1

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It is once again that special time of year, dear readers: the week we feature the various book-nerd-specific treasures we're putting on our holiday wish lists. As ever, these gifts may vary widely in style and price point, but they're all pretty neat...

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Dec 9 2016

Holiday Gift Pick #8

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Gift Idea #8: Girls Next Door mugs

Okay, this one is both a little hard to explain and aimed squarely at the most hardcore nerds among us (me included; I already requested one of these for Christmas). French artist Rebecca Morse's webcomic Girls Next Door started life...

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Dec 9 2016

Holiday Gift Pick #7

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Gift Idea #7: Pop Chart Lab's 100 Essential Novels Scratch-off Chart

I'm not a gambler, so I've never been able to experience the mysterious delights of scratch-off tickets. This gorgeous poster...

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Dec 9 2016

Holiday Gift Pick #6

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Gift Idea #6: See America: A Celebration of Our National Parks & Treasured Sites

2016 is the centennial anniversary of the National Parks Service, In celebration, the artists at the Creative Action Network partnered with the National Parks Conservation Association to create this book...

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Dec 8 2016

Holiday Gift Pick #5

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Gift Idea #5: Uncle Goose Alphabet Blocks

Okay, this suggestion IS for little kids. Uncle Goose produces absolutely gorgeous, 100% made-in-America wooden blocks. Their classic ABC blocks are lovely, but they make a wide variety of...

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Dec 8 2016

Holiday Gift Pick #4

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Gift Idea #4: Jason Porath's Rejected Princesses: Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics

Porath is a former professional animator, and his website Rejected Princesses is a fascinating, informative, and frequently genuinely moving read. This book tie-in features...

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Dec 7 2016

Holiday Gift Pick #3

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Gift Idea #3: Mini Lumio Book Lamp

At $125, this is the most expensive item on this year's list, but it's just so cool. Here's the item description...

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