Holiday Recommendations from Our Staff

Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, and Other Artists by Liza Kirwin

If you are a list maker or know a list maker—YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK! Check out the lists of some well known artists like Picasso, Alexander Calder, Jackson Pollock, Andrew Wyeth and others. Who knew we were in such great company? The beauty of handwritten lists—shopping lists, to-do lists, supply lists, places to see, books to read— shaping our lives and experiences. Scribbled, typed, illustrated, with stickers and stamps, a delightful journey through an utterly human obsession. –Seth


The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English by Roy Peter Clark

Once upon a time, the words glamour and grammar were sister and brother, etymological twins meaning a mastery over magic. This funny, enlightening book on grammar does—perhaps surprisingly—just what the title suggests: brings the magic back into our application of language. A must for language-lovers! –Leighanne


Odysseus, Robinson Crusoe, the Bounty mutineers, Napoleon Bonaparte, even Gilligan…the idea of far-flung islands has enchanted people for millennia. Here is a wonderful collection of lonely oceanic sentinels where you too might revel in solitude or suffer in terrified isolation. A joy to hold and behold, the maps are crisp and elegant, while the prose captures the essence of the place through literary, historical, or contemporary shadings, depending on the island. If cartography be theatrum orbis terrarum (the theater of the world), these isles are the impish Puck(s) of that stage! I’ve selected my island; which one is yours? –Jesse


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