December 21, 2015

Give the Perfect Book

Books make wonderful gifts. But how do you know which book to choose? I have some recommendations for you that are sure to make your gift recipient grab a bookmark and read! First up ...

Living in Style: Inspiration and Advice for Everyday Glamour by Rachel Zoe

I am such a fan of Rachel Zoe. She is an unparalleled fixture in the fashion world known for her unique take on effortless glamour. The designer, stylist, and editor is celebrated for shaping the images of Oscar-winning actresses and creating collections that embody her modern and sophisticated look. Now she wants to help you define your own personal style and incorporate it into all aspects of your life, from your wardrobe to your home to your next dinner party.

In these sleek pages, Rachel offers trusted tips and advice-along with style insights from her fellow insiders, friends, and family members. You will find never-before-seen photographs from Rachel's private archives and learn about her personal icons, from Jane Birkin to Coco Chanel. Along the way, she also reminisces about her earliest influences and shares the story of her own style evolution. Whether you're accessorizing a chic black jumpsuit, entertaining friends, or perfecting your Friday night smoky eye, let Rachel Zoe be your guide to living in style.

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling is my best friend ... in my mind. She is funny and she is real. Now from the creator and star of The Mindy Project comes a collection of essays that are as hilarious and insightful as they are deeply personal. In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it’s falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you.

Mindy turns the anxieties, the glamour, and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into a laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays that anyone who’s ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate to. And those who’ve never been at a turning point can skip to the parts where she talks about meeting Bradley Cooper.

The Modern Girl's Guide to Life by Jane Buckingham

This newly revised and updated edition to Jane Buckingham’s phenomenal bestselling guide to modern life for young women now contains all of the latest information on online dating, exercise trends, social media etiquette, and healthy eating.

With information on entertaining, etiquette, housekeeping, basic home repair, decorating, sex, and beauty, The Modern Girl’s Guide to Life became a sensational bestseller as young women everywhere discovered this indispensable book had everything they should know - but might not! Now in this revised edition to the classic bestseller, style maven Jane Buckingham reveals more of the helpful tips and secrets that get passed on from generation to generation, but many of us have somehow missed.

Wildflower by Drew Barrymore 

Drew Barrymore is another girl crush of mine. She is someone I would love to befriend. That is quite unlikely, so checking out Wildflower is the next best thing. Award-winning actress Drew Barrymore shares funny, insightful, and profound stories from her past and present told from the place of happiness she's achieved today.

Wildflower is a portrait of Drew's life in stories as she looks back on the adventures, challenges, and incredible experiences of her earlier years. It includes tales of living on her own at 14 (and how laundry may have saved her life), getting stuck in a gas station overhang on a cross country road trip, saying goodbye to her father in a way only he could have understood, and many more adventures and lessons that have led her to the successful, happy, and healthy place she is today. It is the first book Drew has written about her life since the age of 14.

Another funny lady writes about a part of her life that wasn't exactly so funny. The outspoken actress, talk show host, and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir, including an eye-opening insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching thirty-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology. Leah Remini has never been the type to hold her tongue.

In 2013, when Remini loudly and publicly broke with the Church of Scientology. Now, in this frank, funny, poignant memoir, the former King of Queens star opens up about that experience for the first time, revealing the in-depth details of her painful split with the church and its controversial practices. This is a memoir designed to reveal the hard-won truths of a life lived honestly - from an author unafraid of the consequences.

Introduce young readers to some of the world's most interesting and important people in this bold and lively first biography book. More than 100 colorful photos are paired with age-appropriate text featuring profiles of each person, along with fascinating facts about their accomplishments and contributions. This book inspires kids about a world of possibilities and taps into their natural curiosity about fascinating role models from education advocate Malala Yousafzai to astronaut Neil Armstrong.

Jack Hanna's Big Book of Why: Amazing Animal Facts and Photos by Jack Hanna

I am a teacher who has shelves and shelves of books in my classroom library. What kind of book do my third graders pick out to read again and again? Books like this one. They love book with facts and photos. They love animals. Put those together and you get a book that any kid will love.

Why don't fish sink? Why can't penguins fly? Why do parrots talk? Jack Hanna's Big Book of Why takes kids on a journey through the animal kingdom to answer these questions and hundreds more. The 176-page hardcover children's book is organized by habitat-deserts, grasslands, forests, rainforests, oceans and poles-and features close-up color photographs, amazing facts and interactive quizzes about creatures from around the world. Filled with science, history and humor, Jack Hanna's Big Book of Why is a must-have for animal-lovers and curious kids alike.

100 Things to Make You Happy by Lisa M. Gerry

This cheerful and inspirational book will make kids go "WOW!" and "Awwww" in equal measure. It's packed with adorable animal facts, heartwarming nuggets from history, snippets of cool new science, amazing photography, inspirational advice from Nat Geo explorers, and fascinating weird-but-true facts. Sprinkled throughout are expert tips, jokes, quotes, and exercises to boost kids' dose of daily joy and get them actively involved in their own well-being.

Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley

Fans of The Magician's Elephant, Savvy, and Roald Dahl will fall in love with Circus Mirandus, which celebrates the power of seeing magic in the world. Do you believe in magic? Micah Tuttle does. Even though his awful Great-Aunt Gertrudis doesn’t approve, Micah believes in the stories his dying Grandpa Ephraim tells him of the magical Circus Mirandus: the invisible tiger guarding the gates, the beautiful flying birdwoman, and the magician more powerful than any other - the Man Who Bends Light.

Finally, Grandpa Ephraim offers proof. The Circus is real. And the Lightbender owes Ephraim a miracle. With his friend Jenny Mendoza in tow, Micah sets out to find the Circus and the man he believes will save his grandfather. The only problem is, the Lightbender doesn't want to keep his promise. And now it's up to Micah to get the miracle he came for.

Waiting by Kevin Henkes

What are you waiting for? An owl, a puppy, a bear, a rabbit, and a pig - all toys arranged on a child's windowsill - wait for marvelous things to happen in this irresistible picture book by the New York Times bestselling and Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes.

Waiting is a big part of childhood - waiting in line, waiting to grow up, waiting for something special to happen - but in this book, a child sets the stage and pulls the strings. Timeless, beautiful, and deeply heartfelt, this picture book about imaginative play, the seasons, friendship, and surprises marks a new pinnacle in Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes's extraordinary career.

This is an essential, hip guide to wine for the new generation of wine drinkers, from the creators of the award-wining site Red or white? Cabernet or merlot? Light or bold? What to pair with food? Drinking great wine isn’t hard, but finding great wine does require a deeper understanding of the fundamentals.

This unique infographic wine book will help you make sense of it all. Packed with information and encouragement, Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine will empower your decision-making with practical knowledge and give you confidence at the table.

The Beer Bible by Jeff Alworth

The Beer Bible is the ultimate reader and drinker friendly guide to all the world’s beers. No other book of this depth and scope approaches the subject of beer in the same way that beer lovers do - by style, just as a perfect pub menu is organized - and gets right to the pleasure of discovery, knowledge, and connoisseurship.

Divided into four major families - ales, lagers, wheat beers, and tart and wild ales - there’s everything a beer drinker wants to know about the hundreds of different authentic types of brews, from bitters, bocks, and IPAs to weisses, milk stouts, lambics, and more. Each style is a chapter unto itself, delving into origins, ingredients, description and characteristics, substyles, and tasting notes, and ending with a recommended list of the beers to know in each category. Hip infographics throughout make the explanation of beer’s flavors, brewing methods, ingredients, labeling, serving, and more as immediate as it is lively.

Skinnygirl Cocktails: 100 Fun & Flirty Guilt-Free Recipes by Bethenny Frankel

Hosting a holiday party or planning a girls’ night and don’t know what to serve? The leading lady in effortless entertaining, Bethenny Frankel, best known for her delicious, health-conscious recipes and Skinnygirl cocktail line, presents her first cocktails book, Skinnygirl Cocktails. This is the entertaining guide every Skinnygirl has been waiting for! Filled with beautiful, full-color photographs and easy-to-follow recipes, Skinnygirl Cocktails has everything you need to throw a fabulous party, including delectable appetizer recipes, party planning tips, and gorgeous guilt-free cocktails (all under 150 calories)!

No matter the event, be it a festive brunch, book club meeting, or backyard BBQ, Skinnygirl Cocktails has the drinks you are looking for—from Ravishing Red Sangria to Cotton Candy Cosmo. With 100 fabulous cocktail recipes for any occasion, Skinnygirl Cocktails is the last word in effortless entertaining. What are you waiting for? Mix up a batch of Bethenny signature cocktails and start leading a fabulous Skinnygirl life!

For families juggling school, work, and a host of other time-consuming daily obligations, the idea of making dinner from scratch can be daunting. Ree Drummond makes it easy for families to make simple, scrumptious, homemade meals with minimum fuss and maximum enjoyment. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime includes delicious, easy-to-make recipes for comfort classics, 16-minute meals, freezer-friendly food, as well as soups, main dish salads, and a favorite of her own family: breakfast for dinner.

You’ll find more than 125 fast-and-delicious recipes that combine pantry staples with fresh ingredients, including Beef Stroganoff, Chicken Taco Salad, Pasta Puttanesca, Ready-to-go freezer Meatballs (and many dinners you can make with them!), Oven Barbecue Chicken, Mexican Tortilla Casserole, Veggie Chili, Beef with Snow Peas, and many, many more. Included is a section of mouthwatering quick desserts - literally the icing on the cake. Filled with Ree’s signature step-by-step photos, relatable humor, and irresistible, folksy charm, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime is the go-to cookbook every home cook can rely on for any - and every - night of the week.

Happy Cooking: Make Every Meal Count ... Without Stressing Out by Giada De Laurentiis

Best-selling cookbook author Giada De Laurentiis is picking up where Feel Good Food left off. Filled with even more fresh recipes and day-to-day living strategies, the Food Network superstar shares her year-round approach to living a healthy and happy lifestyle.

Drawing on the time-saving tips and healthy eating strategies that keep her functioning at the highest possible level in her roles as working mom, restaurateur, and TV personality, Giada De Laurentiis has assembled a year-round roadmap to vibrant good health and delicious eating. Readers will be inspired to try new ingredients, new wellness practices, and create a wholesome balance between peak nutrition - and the occasional decadent indulgence. Featuring her New Year's cleanse, homemade Christmas gifts, and ideas for every holiday, special occasion, and casual weekend in between, this is Giada’s 365-approach to cooking up a happy life.

This brand-new edition of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die covers more than a century of movie history. Every film profile is packed with details including the director and cast, a plot summary and production notes, and little-known facts relating to the film's history.

This must-have guide chronicles the complete history of filmmaking. For students of cinema, discerning film buffs, DVD collectors, and readers who simply enjoy reminiscing over cherished screen moments, the 6th edition of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die is a must-have compilation of film knowledge.

The Book of Everyone has been built around a shared love of books, design, technology, and ants. Every individual is amazing to someone and this book is a way of letting that person know. It will also reveal a few things that they didn't know about themselves along the way; things like that they share 50% of their DNA with a banana, or that they now have an ant named in their honor at our antfarm. The words we live our life by are: make the world feel good one book at a time.

The Book Of Everyone is a one of a kind book making website that effortlessly creates a beautiful 50-page personalized book stuffed full of interesting facts, strange statistic,s and curveball miscellany, thanks to a battalion of creative talent from all over the world.

Wondrous and useless facts combine with the work of some of the most creative, talented artists, and illustrators to create a one-of-a-kind, 50-page personalized book about anyone you choose, in seconds. I made one for myself. Yes, I was curious what they had to say! Each page is as fun to read as the one before. It is colorful, artistic, and just plain cool.

Create a beautifully designed book about anyone with a few taps of your keyboard. It is a lot easier to create than you think. This simple yet amazing personalized gift will be loved by friends, family and partners from 1 to 100 years old, and is perfect for birthdays, Christmas, or just because ... Who do you know who deserves a book with his or her name on the cover?

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

Millions of people visit each week to read Randall Munroe’s iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following. Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there was a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last?

In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by signature xkcd comics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion. The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with updated and expanded versions of the most popular answers from the xkcd website. What If? will be required reading for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical.

Looking for a new way to get inspired? Boost your creativity with a personalized Keep Calm and Color On coloring book! Enjoy over 60 beautifully designed patterns and discover inspiring quotes throughout. From cool little kids to artsy adults, everyone deserves a few mindful moments for themselves.

Keep your creations bound in the book or decorate your space with your colorful masterpieces. The creative possibilities are endless with this hands-on way to have fun and keep calm. I love the illustrations and quotes along the way. I am so happy that it is finally cool for adults to color. I have been thinking that for years!

More coloring fun! This beautiful and interactive coloring book features delicate and highly detailed pen-and-ink illustrations - all waiting to be brought to life with color. As added entertainment, tiny garden creatures are hidden on the pages, waiting to be found, and a key and index are included in the back.

Tumble down the rabbit hole and find yourself in an inky black-and-white wonderland. Appealing to all ages, the intricately-realized world of the Secret Garden is both beautiful and inspirational. The book's cover and jacket are also colorable.

These books are featured in my 2015 Holiday Gift Guide.

1 comment:

  1. thanks for the boo suggestions! always welcome


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