Monday, December 16, 2013

Paperback Young Adult Novels

Sweet Evil and Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins
Embrace the Forbidden What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences? This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She's aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within. It isn't until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He's the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna. Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns? The final book in the amazing trilogy will be out in April 2014. Both Alexis and Courtney LOVE this series!!!

All These Things I've Done and In the Age of Love and Chocolate by Gabrielle Zevin
In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the city's most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. It consists of going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.'s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend. That is until her ex is accidently poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures and the police think she's to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight--at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family. All three books in the series are available and in stock! It's a must read!- Alexis

Rat Saw God by Rob Thomas 
Steve details his descent from bright star to burnout in this newly repackaged edition of the definitive, highly acclaimed novel from the creator of Veronica Mars and Party Down.
Houston, sophomore year: Steve is on top of the world. He and his friends are the talk of the school. He’s in love with a terrific girl. He can even deal with “the astronaut”—a world-famous hero who happens to be his father.
San Diego, senior year: Steve is bummed out, drugged out, flunking out. A no-nonsense counselor says he can graduate if he writes a 100-page paper. So Steve starts writing, and as the paper becomes more and more personal, he reveals how a National Merit Scholar has become an under-achieving stoner. And in telling how he got to where he is, Steve discovers how to get to where he wants to be. Fans of Veronica Mars will LOVE this book! -Alexis

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Read the book before the movies ruins it for you!
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. Alexis and Courtney LOVE this book and all three books in the trilogy are available and in stock!
Every Day by David Levithan
Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day. With his new novel, David Levithan has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A’s world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Newly Released Young Adult Novels

Someone Up There Hates You by Hollis Seamon
Dying of cancer in a hospice, 17-year-old prankster Richard Casey has big plans for his final days. Sylvie, the only other hospice inmate under 60, tells Richie she has a few plans of her own. What begins as camaraderie quickly blossoms into real love, and this star-crossed pair is determined to live on their own terms, in whatever time they have left.- Susan Taylor

Splintered by A.G. Howard
 "Alyssa thinks she's going crazy, just liker mother and grandmother- but when she listens to the clues they lead her to Wonderland to correct her great great grandmother, Alice's mistakes. It is a perfect  combination of Carrol's original story and Burton's interpretation but completely original!" Book 2, Unhinged, is due in January 2014.- Alexis Sky

Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano
 "Lauren's new series, The Internment Chronicles, starts off with Perfect Ruin, a novel about a city in the sky. Morgan lives in Internment, the floating city positioned well above Earth. She dreams of going to the ground and when Internment has a series of crimes that shake the people's beliefs, Morgan's dreams take flight, literally. Part love story, part coming of age this amazing novel is 100% amazing- you won't be disappointed." Alexis Sky

The Testing by Joelle Charboneau
 "In this new dystopian trilogy Cia is chosen for the Testing to see if she is a viable candidate for the Univeristy. As she's leaving her father warns her not trust no one. In a battle of wits and Cia must come out on top to stay alive. She must be strong, smart and willing to do anything to survive and get a spot at the University. This series is smart and insightful and a must read. Fans of the Hunger Games and Divergent will enjoy this new series. And bonus- Book 1 was released in June 2013,

How to Love by Katie Cotugno
 "Reena has always loved Sawyer, but Sawyer wasn't ready for that all consuming love so he left, without a word. Three years later he returns to find that life as he knew it has changed. Reena isn't the same happy-go-lucky girl she once was, but now a mother to a three year old you looks a lot like Sawyer. Told in alternating chapters, Before and After, readers will fall in love with Reena and Sawyer and travel through the pages into their loves where they'll learn that mistakes have consequences but not all consequences are bad" Alexis
Book 2 in January 2014 and Book 3 in June 2014- so no long wait."- Alexis

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Day 12 of Book House's 25 Days of Holiday Must-Haves: Paperback Fiction

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
If you are looking for a romantic love story that will leave you in happy tears, this is the book for you! Suspend disbelief and immerse yourself in the life of Louisa Clark, who takes a job as a caretaker for a young, wealthy, disabled man. After a rocky start, Lou and Will become close, and Will urges her to expand her horizons and escape from their stifling small town. Naturally, love blooms, but can there be a happy ending for two such different people? -- Susan Taylor, Market Block Books, Troy, NY.
Alexis loves it too!

Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
 Tom and Isabel Sherbourne aren't sure how to react when a dead body and a new born baby, very much alive, wash up on the shore of the lighthouse they're tending to. Tom immediately wants to do the right thing and report the body and the baby to the police. Though his wife Isabel has been unable to conceive a child for so long that she's desperate to keep the child as her own. Against his better judgement, Tom gives into his wife's wishes and they go on to raise this mystery baby as their own. Some secrets you just can't keep forever...

 Part mystery, part romance and full of beautiful writing, Light Between Oceans is a book you'll want to stay up all night to finish.

-Courtney, Book House, Albany, NY

Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro
Almost twenty-five years after the infamous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum—still the largest unsolved art theft in history—one of the stolen Degas paintings is delivered to the Boston studio of a young artist. Claire Roth has entered into a Faustian bargain with a powerful gallery owner by agreeing to forge the Degas in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But as she begins her work, she starts to suspect that this long-missing masterpiece—the very one that had been hanging at the Gardner for one hundred years—may itself be a forgery. The Art Forger is a thrilling novel about seeing—and not seeing—the secrets that lie beneath the canvas.
 Susan Taylor is a big fan of this book!

Red Hill by Jamie McGuire
Set against the backdrop of a brilliantly realized apocalyptic world, love somehow finds a way to survive. But what happens when the one you’d die for becomes the one who could destroy you?  Red Hill grabs you from page one and doesn’t let go until its stunning conclusion. This is #1 New York Times bestselling author Jamie McGuire at her unforgettable best.
Alexis is a BIG fan of all of Jamie's books!

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks
Imaginary friend Budo has been protecting his human friend, Max, for five years from everything from the class bully to awkward situations in public bathrooms. He worries about the day when Max will stop believing in him, and he will disappear forever. When Max is suddenly in danger, Budo must decide between Max's happiness and his own existence in order to save his friend. It doesn't take much imagination to know that this is a great read! -- Grace Firari, The Velveteen Rabbit Bookshop, Fort Atkinson, WI
Stanley loves this book!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Gifts to Give a Bookaholic

A Reader's Book of Days: True Tales from the Lives and Works of Writers for Every Day of the Year by: Tom Nissley and Joanna Neborsky
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The title describes it all! Everyday is a new tale from the lives of writers, each one thoroughly entertaining. A gift that keeps on giving throughout the whole year.

The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You by: Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin 
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Whether you're suffering from depression, too much happiness, or just plain boredom, The Novel Cure will tell you what to read and why. Winter is the season of colds and we have a novel cure.

My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop by: Ronald Rice
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'In this enthusiastic, heartfelt, and sometimes humorous ode to bookshops and booksellers, 84 known authors pay tribute to the brick-and-mortar stores they love and often call their second homes."

Literary Tote Bag
Being a Bookaholic often means you're toting around more than one book at a time so it's only appropriate that you rock a literary themed tote bag. At the Book House we have a variety of literary totes that show off your love of books.

Book Journal
Book journals are a great way for Bookaholics to track what they've read and what they thought of the books they've read throughout the year. Different book journals offer different features but all are equally fun!

Book House has a ton of other literary related items like little storage boxes that look like actual books and a Shakespeare Magnet set. We hope you think of us when you do your holiday shopping this season!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Note-Worthy Novels for Your Middle Reader

Wonder by R. J. Palacio
I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.
August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. Wonder, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

Rogue by Lyn Miller-Lachman
Kiara has Asperger’s syndrome, and it’s hard for her to make friends. So whenever her world doesn’t make sense—which is often—she relies on Mr. Internet for answers. But there are some questions he can’t answer, like why she always gets into trouble, and how do kids with Asperger’s syndrome make friends? Kiara has a difficult time with other kids. They taunt her and she fights back. Now she’s been kicked out of school. She wishes she could be like her hero Rogue—a misunderstood X-Men mutant who used to hurt anyone she touched until she learned how to control her special power. When Chad moves in across the street, Kiara hopes that, for once, she’ll be able to make friendship stick. When she learns his secret, she’s so determined to keep Chad as a friend that she agrees not to tell. But being a true friend is more complicated than Mr. Internet could ever explain, and it might be just the thing that leads Kiara to find her own special power.
In Rogue, author Lyn Miller-Lachmann celebrates everyone’s ability to discover and use whatever it is that makes them different. This is the first book about a child with Asperger's written by someone with the syndrome. Lyn is a local author and loved by all at the Book House and Market Block Books.

The Peculiar by Stefan Bachman
This international bestseller and debut novel by a teenage author and classical musician is part murder mystery, part gothic fantasy, part clockwork adventure. A changeling suddenly finds himself at the center of a web of intrigue and danger when he is stalked by a sinister faery.
The sequel, The Whatnot is now available in hardcover.

The Land of Stories: The Wishing Well by Chris Colfer
The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.
Book 2 The Enchantress Returns is now available in hardcover.

Timmy Failure: Mistakes were Made by Stephan Pastis
With perfectly paced visual humor, Stephan Pastis gets you snorting with laughter, then slyly carries the joke a beat further — or sweetens it with an unexpected poignant moment — making this a comics-inspired story (the first in a new series) that truly stands apart from the pack.

Monday, December 9, 2013

9th Day of Book House's 25 Days of Holiday Must-Haves: Do-it-Yourself Books

Homemade Gifts by DK
Containing more than 70 projects, from candle making and crocheting to paper-crafts and baking, Handmade Gifts is the perfect guide to making handcrafted items that people will love. Each project is clearly explained using simple step-by-step images along with photographs of the finished item and variations on how to make each piece unique. There are even ideas for green and up-cycled gifts.

Fashion Timeline Journal by the Victoria and Albert Museum
This exquisite journal features color fashion illustrations from throughout the 20th century and comes with a pretty ribbon marker. The special fold-out fashion timeline nestled at back can be removed and displayed on a bookshelf, mantel, or desk.
Made By Dad: 67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff by Scott Bedford
Bedford presents 67 unique projects that will turn any dad with DIY leanings into a mad scientist hero.

Knit your own Moustache by Vicky Eams
Knit your way to a new secret identity; dress to impress with a unique woolly beard, wig or moustache; become a dapper dandy, pirate or even a rabbit with this great book that includes 20 knit and crochet disguises. 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Day 7 of Book House's 25 Days of Holiday Must-Haves

Havisham by Ronald Frame
In Havisham, Ronald Frame unfurls the psychological trauma that made young Catherine into Miss Havisham and cursed her to a life alone, roaming the halls of the mansion in the tatters of the dress she wore for the wedding she was never to have.
Alexis and Stanley can't wait to find this under their Christmas trees!

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war. 
Stanley and Susan Taylor highly recommend this title.

Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson
Someone Else's Love Story is Joshilyn Jackson's funny, charming, and poignant novel about science and miracles, secrets and truths, faith and forgiveness; about falling in love and learning that things aren't always what they seem--or what we hope they will be. It's a story about discovering what we want and ultimately finding what we need.
Susan Taylor highly recommends this book.

Princess Bride, 40th Edition by William Golding
Here William Goldman's beloved story of Buttercup, Westley, and their fellow adventurers finally receives a beautiful illustrated treatment.
A tale of true love and high adventure, pirates, princesses, giants, miracles, fencing, and a frightening assortment of wild beasts--"The Princess Bride" is a modern storytelling classic.

Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield
As a boy, William Bellman commits one small, cruel act: killing a bird with his slingshot. Little does he know the unforeseen and terrible consequences of the deed, which is soon forgotten amidst the riot of boyhood games. By the time he is grown, with a wife and children of his own, William seems to be a man blessed by fortune—until tragedy strikes and the stranger in black comes. Then he starts to wonder if all his ha
ppiness is about to be eclipsed. Desperate to save the one precious thing he has left, William enters into a rather strange bargain, with an even stranger partner, to found a decidedly macabre business.And Bellman & Black is born. 
Susan Taylor recommends this to all!

Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham
Fans of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood rejoice! Lauren Graham's debut novel about a struggling actress in New York City is a must read. Someday, Someday, Maybe is a story about hopes and dreams, being young in a city, and wanting something deeply, madly, desperately. It’s about finding love, finding yourself, and perhaps most difficult of all in New York City, finding an acting job. Alexis adores this book and recommends it to all!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Poetry Collections to Curl Up With

Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson Envelope Poems by: Emily Dickinson 
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There's no other way to define this book, it is simply gorgeous. Photographs of scrap pieces of envelopes on which Emily Dickinson scribbled lines of poetry and typed text that translates her handwriting. The ideal gift for anyone who is fond of poetry.

Dog Songs by: Mary Oliver 
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Dog lovers everywhere will rejoice at this sweet collection of poetry. 

A Thousand Mornings by: Mary Oliver
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Mary Oliver has been on a role this year! Published before Dog Songs, Thousand Mornings is another excellent collection of poetry. Plus it's thin size makes it a perfect stocking stuffer.

Aimless Love by: Billy Collins
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Billy Collins never disappoints. Another lovely collection by him.  

E.E. Cummings: Complete Poems 1904-1962 
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"This edition of E. E. Cummings's Complete Poems contains all the poems published or designated for publication by the poet in his lifetime, including 36 poems that were first collected in the 1991 edition and 164 unpublished poems issued in 1983 under the title Etcetera." 


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Holiday Must-Have Picture Books

Uh Oh Dodo by Jennifer Gordon Sattler
Dodo loves adventure. He's endlessly curious. And going for a walk with his mom offers tons of opportunity for trouble and excitement. Good thing his mom is always nearby to help, if needed. An adorable book about the love between a kid and his mom!- Alexis

Chick and Pug Series by Jennifer Sattler
It's a bird . . . It's a pug . . . It's: Chick 'n' Pug!
Chick lives for adventures. Pug lives for, well, sleep. In Chick's eyes, however, Pug can do no wrong. In fact, he is WONDERPUG! But with danger around every corner and a hero who's a little low on energy, it may be up to Chick to save the day and earn the prized role of sidechick (er, sidekick . . .) Who doesn't love a pug? And chick well he rocks, especially in the sequel, Chick and Pug Meet the Dude!

Tea Rex by Molly Idle
Some tea parties are for grown-ups. Some are for girls. But this tea party is for a very special guest. And it is important to follow some rules . . .
like providing comfortable chairs, and good conversation, and yummy food.
But sometimes that is not enough for special guests,
especially when their manners are more Cretaceous than gracious . . .
Introducing Tea Rex, a guest that just about any child would love to have to tea!
We all love this one- Alexis, Courtney, Kathleen and Rachel

Snatchabook by Helen and Thomas Dochery
It's bedtime in the woods of Burrow Down, and all the animals are ready for their bedtime story. But books are mysteriously disappearing. Eliza Brown, a young rabbit, decides to to stay awake and catch the book thief. It turns out to be a little creature called the Snatchabook who has no one to read him a bedtime story. Great read aloud! I absolutely adore this book!-Alexis

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Day 4 of Book House's 25 Days of Holiday Must-Haves: Local Authors

Fellow Mortals by Dennis Mahoney
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With sparse and handsome prose reminiscent of Raymond Carver and early Stewart O’Nan, Mahoney’s probing first novel charts the fall of a man who has spent his life working to be decent and shows us a community trying desperately to hold itself together.

Great Balls of Cheese by Michelle Buffardi

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Come meet Michelle On December 21st at Market Block Books from 11-1pm  Few books have attracted as much instantaneous staff enthusiasm as Great Balls of Cheese. Sure the cover is cute, but the ideas inside made us salivate and conspire on ways to create a cheese event in our store... even if we have to do demos ourselves! Fortunately, the author has Troy connections and will do the demo for us. Huzzah! --Stanley

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis
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I love, love, love, this collection of short stories. Her short stories range from a few sentences to a few pages and all are equally engaging.

 From Kistallnacht to Watergate: Memoirs of a Newspaper by: Harry Rosenfeld 
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In this powerful memoir, Harry Rosenfeld describes his years as an editor at the "New York Herald Tribune" and the "Washington Post," two of the greatest American newspapers in the second half of the turbulent twentieth century.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

25 Days of Holiday Must-Haves: Day 3--History

The Plantagenets by: Dan Jones
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 "This is a well-written account of the 245 year Plantagenet dynasty whose descendants faught the Wars of the Roses. Henry the Second, Eleanor of Quitanine, Richard the Lion Heart, the Edwards--fascinating!" -Book House Bookseller Susan Taylor

Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City by: Russell Shorto
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"Fans of The Island at the Center of the World will find familiar faces in Amsterdam given new context within the earliest and later history of the city. A stunning read by a favorite author!" 

One Summer by: Bill Bryson 
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"In One Summer Bill Bryson, one of our greatest and most beloved nonfiction writers, transports readers on a journey back to one amazing season in American life." 

Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World by: Thomas Cahill 
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Thomas Cahill's newest book is all about "how the innovations of the Renaissance and the Reformation changed the Western world. A truly revolutionary book."

Monday, December 2, 2013

Book House's 25 Days of Holiday Must-Haves: Day 2--Memoirs

A House in the Sky by: Amanda Lindhout
I can not recommend this memoir enough. Amanda Lindhout recalls the terrifying year she spent being held for ransom in Somalia. She shares her experiences in Somalia and writes about how she kept a hopeful demeanor through hard times.

Ten Years in the Tub by: Nick Hornby
Novelist Nick Hornby reflects on the books he has bought and read in the past ten years. An interesting and engaging read for any book lover.

This is a Story of a Happy Marriage by: Ann Patchett
Ann Patchett can do no wrong! This collection of personal essays range from subjects such as marriage, books, and the writing life. As usual, Patchett keeps you hooked.

The Telling Room by: Michael Paterniti
Who knew a memoir about cheese could be so entertaining? While working in a deli Michael Paterniti discovered what he describes as the world's greatest cheese. He thought so highly of the cheese that he brought his family and friend to Spain in search of the infamous cheese maker. The Telling Room isn't just about cheese, it's a story that includes many life lessons--all of which are equally important. Share it with the chef or traveler in your life!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Day One: Books for Art Lovers

Day 1-Art:

What are you Looking at? The Surprising, Shocking and Sometime Strange Story of 150  Years of Modern Art by Will Gompertz
Is there a modern art lover in your family or group of friends? Well, this paperback is a perfect gift for them. It includes stories about Duchamp, Kandinsky, Cindy Sherman, etc.

UGLY The Aesthetic of Everything by Stephen Bayley
This book asks the question "Is there such a thing as ugliness . . . or are aesthetic judgments purely a matter of taste?"

Awake in a Dream World: The Art of Audrey Niffenegger
Most people don't know that the author of the best-selling book The Time Traveler's Wife is also an artist. This collection of unique illustrations will thrill the surrealist in your life.

Breakfast with Lucian: The Astounding Life and Outrageous Times of Britain's Great Modern Painter  by Geordie Greig
The title says it all! Lucian Freud was a brilliant painter who really did live an astounding life--which Geordie Greig writes all about in this gripping biography. Images of some Lucian Freud's painting are included as well as some personal photographs.

The Vatican: All the Paintings: The Complete Collection of Old Masters, plus more than 300 sculptures, maps, tapestries and other works by Anya Grebe and Ross King
This amazing collection will be a hit with any art lover- it even includes a DVD!

Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
While roaming the streets of New York City Brandon Stanton has captured a glimpse into the lives of dozens of people from around the world. A simplistic and beautiful collection of photographs accompanied by minor pieces of dialogue between the photographer and the people he has photographed. This book speaks for itself. A truly great gift for anyone.