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Going Home Books for the Holidays

Day Twenty-One

Endorsed by the Louvre and for the first time ever, every painting from the world’s most popular museum is available in one stunning book. All 2,981 paintings on display in the permanent painting collection of the Louvre are presented in full color in this striking, slipcased book.

Though it won’t be quite the same, you can actually touch these.

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The Festival of Lights

Going Home Books for the Holidays

Day Twenty

From a pop-up master and an acclaimed poet and author comes a glorious celebration of the true spirit of Chanukah.

Open this beautiful gift book and follow the Festival of Lights through place and time — from Herod’s temple to a shtetl in Russia; from a refugee ship bound for the New World to an Israeli kibbutz. Inspired by Michael J. Rosen’s reverent poem, Robert Sabuda’s striking pop-ups depict each night’s menorah in a different scene, using imagery such as desert tents, pushcart lanterns, olive trees, and a final panorama of skyscrapers. Sure to be a treasured family heirloom, this stunning collaboration showcases the spirit and resilience of a people in search of home.

See inside!

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Why a Christmas Tree is better than a Woman

Going Home Books for the Holidays

Day Nineteen

Has there ever been a time more suited to tapping into snark? Dorfman offers commentary, jokes, and quotes on bad presents, worse in-laws, horrible children, and much more glorious excess regarding Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, and New Year’s.

Funny. Very, very funny. Perfect for the wise-cracking kid at the table who’s turning into a cynic. Give him more material while simultaneously feeding him the true spirit (kind of like hidden vegetables in mashed potatoes… but funnier).

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Eat food

Going Home Books for the Holidays

Day Eighteen

Michael Pollan’s definitive compendium, Food Rules, is here brought to colorful life with the addition of Maira Kalman’s beloved illustrations.

This brilliant pairing is rooted in Pollan’s and Kalman’s shared appreciation for eating’s pleasures, and their understanding that eating doesn’t have to be so complicated. Written with the clarity, concision, and wit that is Michael Pollan’s trademark, this indispensable handbook lays out a set of straightforward, memorable rules for eating wisely. Kalman’s paintings remind us that there is delight in learning to eat well.

The hardcover Pollan-Kalman collaboration will be the Food Rules edition that families will pass down for posterity, sharing lessons for eating healthfully-and joyfully-for all their lives.

 

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…every human creature is constituted to be [a] profound secret and mystery to every other.

Going Home Books for the Holidays

Day Seventeen

As we near the 2012 bi-centenary of Dickens’s birth, this lovingly abridged and lavishly illustrated edition of Forster’s influential three-volume biography is the perfect way for fans to celebrate. Long out of print, it is now finally accessible to a new generation of Dickens enthusiasts, who will delight in the host of supplemental texts and images, including extracts from the author’s own work and from recent criticism. The rich selection of images ranges from original artwork to rare photographs and portraits of Dickens and his circle, along with specially commissioned pictures from the Charles Dickens Museum.

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Compost Cookies and Crack Pies

Going Home Books for the Holidays

Day Sixteen

The highly anticipated complement to the New York Times bestselling Momofuku cookbook, Momofuku Milk Bar reveals the recipes for the innovative, addictive cookies, pies, cakes, ice creams, and more from the wildly popular bakery.


Momofuku Milk Bar
finally shares the recipes for these now-legendary riffs on childhood flavors and down-home classics—all essentially derived from ten mother recipes—along with the compelling narrative of the unlikely beginnings of this quirky bakery’s success. It all started one day when Momofuku founder David Chang asked Christina to make a dessert for dinner that night. Just like that, the pastry program at Momofuku began, and Christina’s playful desserts helped the restaurants earn praise from the New York Times and the Michelin Guide and led to the opening of Milk Bar, which now draws fans from around the country and the world.

Who wants to be the best holiday party host ever, whose desserts will be lauded for the next 12 months?! I think you do.

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-in the daily circadian rhythms of sleep and waking-

Going Home Books for the Holidays

Day Fifteen

The Book of Symbols combines original and incisive essays about particular symbols with representative images from all parts of the world and all eras of history. The highly readable texts and almost 800 beautiful full-color images come together in a unique way to convey hidden dimensions of meaning. Each of the c. 350 essays examines a given symbol’s psychic background, and how it evokes psychic processes and dynamics. Etymological roots, the play of opposites, paradox and shadow, the ways in which diverse cultures have engaged a symbolic image—all these factors are taken into consideration.

Authored by writers from the fields of psychology, religion, art, literature and comparative myth, the essays flow into each other in ways that mirror the psyche’s unexpected convergences. There are no pat definitions of the kind
that tend to collapse a symbol; a still vital symbol remains partially unknown, compels our attention and unfolds in new meanings and manifestations over time. Rather than merely categorize, The Book of Symbols illuminates how to move from the visual experience of a symbolic image in art, religion, life, or dreams, to directly experiencing its personal and psychological resonance.

Perfect for those on your list who are:

writers, painters, teachers, life coaches, moms, grandmoms, questioners, answerers, thinkers, feelers, doers, believers, non-believers… Perfect.

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