Posts tagged with holiday

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 5 2019

Better than all those made-for-TV musicals, I suppose.

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The first trailer is out for the BBC's upcoming adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, and it looks creepy as hell. Were people really clamoring for more authentic Victorian horror with their...

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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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Nov 21 2018

Happy Thanksgiving, dear readers!

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Have a good holiday, guys, and don't spend too much on Black Friday. See you on Monday!



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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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Feb 2 2017

Pre-Valentine's Day

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NYMag's new site The Strategist just posted a list (charmingly) titled "12 Romantic Books That Won't Make You Gag". I'm not, you know, a six-year-old boy, so romance doesn't actually disgust me, but whatever. They have some good picks on there...

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Dec 22 2016

Shopping for Slackers: 2.0

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Last year we posted a list called "Shopping for Slackers", aimed squarely at people who do most of their holiday shopping Christmas Eve. We actually stand by most of last year's picks, with a handful of updates, so we thought we would both link to the old list and post a couple of new ideas...

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Dec 19 2016

Holiday Housekeeping

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A quick note to our readers: posting will be sporadic over the next two weeks. New material will appear... but when and how often is a mystery (even to us). So if you don't get a chance to stop by, please accept our best wishes for...

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Dec 15 2016

Holiday Book Giveaway: The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily, by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn

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Today's Holiday Book Giveaway is David Levithan and Rachel Cohn's The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily, the sequel to 2010's Dash and Lily's Book of Dares, which we reviewed here. It's also the first book we've read all week that isn't about murder or mayhem...

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Dec 14 2016

Holiday Book Giveaway: Santa, Baby, by Jennifer Crusie and others

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Today's Holiday Book Giveaway pick is the 2006 romantic short story collection Santa, Baby, which we originally reviewed here. The highlight of this collection was undoubtedly Jennifer Crusie's novella Hot Toy, which I see has recently been...

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