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Instructions for a Funeral

Penned by Man Booker-nominated author David Means, Instructions for a Funeral is a poetic and poignant collection of short stories. From a tale about fatherhood to one that follows two FBI agents on a stakeout, the stories offer lifelong lessons about compassion, love, addiction and more. Each unlike the last, these tales not only thrill, but also also provoke contemplation.
Tags: Books, Design, Fiction, Reading, Fbi, David, Short Stories, Booker, David Means


Books + Beach Towels for Summer 2019

Dynamic duos for the ideal summer day off Winter provides the pleasure of reading a book while enveloped in a cozy blanket, but the warmer months grant us time to read under the sun. Whether at the beach or pool, in a backyard, on a rooftop or simply a slice of ground at a park, a book and towel is all that’s needed—and we here …
Tags: Books, Music, Design, Fiction, Summer, History, Reading, Culture, Short Stories, Non-fiction, Reading Lists, Summer Reading, New Releases, Personal Essays


What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About

This beguiling book is made up of 15 stories by 15 writers, each exploring their relationship with their mother. What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About began as a moving personal essay by Michele Filgate, the book’s editor, and is unputdownable. Whether estranged or close, funny, tender, heartbreaking or mystifying, each of these mother/child dynamics is complex and entirely unique—yet readers will see themselves in …
Tags: Books, Design, Reading, Mother, Essays, Don, Simon And Schuster, Personal Essays, Michele Filgate, What My Mother


Joy Division: The Oral History

Written by respected English music journalist Jon Savage, This searing light, the sun and everything else: Joy Division: The Oral History is essential reading for music fans. Detailing the pioneering band’s existence (from 1976 to 1980), Savage draws from interviews with surviving band members—Peter Hook, Stephen Morris and Bernard Sumner—and contemporaries including their manager Rob Gretton, Factory Records co-founder Tony Wilson, art designer Peter Saville …
Tags: Books, Music, Design, Reading, Punk, Manchester, Joy Division, Bands, Bernard Sumner, Jon Savage, Tony Wilson, New Wave, Post Punk, Peter Hook Stephen Morris, Rob Gretton Factory Records co


Black is the Body

Black is the Body: Stories From My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine is a memoir, made up of several personal essays that meld together the experiences of author Emily Bernard’s family. From growing up black in the South to addressing interracial marriage, international adoption and motherhood, the book tells a tale of race in America—but it’s more than that. Anchored by a horrific violent …
Tags: Books, Politics, Design, Race, Reading, Writers, Summer Reading, Memoirs, Emily Bernard


The ABCs of Triangle, Square, Circle

First published in 1991, The ABCs of Triangle, Square, Circle: The Bauhaus and Design Theory is a collection of essays that traces the origin and impact of the movement. From graphic design to psychoanalysis, childhood education and beyond, its influence is undeniable. Along with typographical design, diagrams, symbols and various illustrations, it’s a fascinating lesson in a wildly significant movement.
Tags: Books, Design, Reading, Bauhaus, Art Books, Chronicle Books, Design Books, Triangle Square Circle


Reprinting 1927’s The Bolted Book

Depero Futurista (oftentimes known as The Bolted Book) is a 1927 design book by Fortunato Depero—bound together by two aluminum bolts. A testament to ingenuity and creativity, the book was acclaimed and referenced for many years, but very few copies remain. A Kickstarter by Design & Books hopes to publish it once again. The bolts will bind it still—locking in the early 20th Century typographic …
Tags: Books, Design, Reading, Kickstarter, Linkaboutit, Depero Futurista, Fortunato Depero, Design Books, The Bolted Book


Lynn Enright Destroys Myths About the Female Body

In her new book Vagina: A Re-Education, Lynn Enright (journalist and “accidental vagina specialist”) is debunking the myths, theories and lies that many women grew up believing. From gender bias in sex education to pain, pleasure, pregnancy and beyond, Enright explores the female body and the experience of living inside one—with many personal anecdotes. Enright spoke with Kelly Pigram about the book, which is fascinating …
Tags: Health, Books, Gender, Science, Design, Education, Anatomy, Sex, Reading, Culture, Bodies, Linkaboutit, Enright, Kelly Pigram, Lynn Enright, Vagina: A Re-Education


The NASA Archives. 60 Years in Space.

To celebrate the organization’s first 60 years in space, The NASA Archives features 400+ photographs and rare renderings—spanning the moon landing, rovers on Mars and more. Launched in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was the world’s first civilian space agency with a focus on peaceful exploration—despite it being founded as part of the Space Race. With notes from science and tech journalists, NASA historians, …
Tags: Books, Photography, Space, Science, Design, Photo Books, History, Nasa, Reading, Mars, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA Archives


Death Wins a Goldfish

Equal parts sweet, odd and funny, Death Wins a Goldfish: Reflections from a Grim Reaper’s Yearlong Sabbatical follows the new experiences (from skydiving to online dating, camping solo, karaoke and painting) that Death tries out during its vacation. With charming illustrations by author Brian Rea, the book serves as an endearing reminder for readers to take time off work and always endeavor to stay adventurous. 
Tags: Books, Design, Reading, Illustration, Brian Rea


I’m Afraid of Men

Musician/artist/writer Vivek Shraya’s book I’m Afraid of Men is a fascinating, emotionally fraught and deeply personal tome. Shraya traces the concept and issues surrounding the patriarchy—from her own gender performance as a child, to its consequences for people of color, and the ways in which many see masculinity as a synonym for misogyny, violence, homophobia and transphobia. Seeing through the eyes of a transgender woman of color—if only …
Tags: Books, Gender, Politics, Design, Reading, Lgbtq, Vivek Shraya


Why Materials Matter

Seetal Solanki’s visually striking Why Materials Matter is an investigation into the materials—manmade and organic—that make up the world around us. From its bold green exterior to the individually captivating images inside, readers will be hooked as Solanki explores ancient dyeing techniques to current endeavors by artists, designers, scientists and more to create new materials, in turn creating a better world.
Tags: Books, Design, Reading, Materials, Art Books, Solanki, Prestel, Design Books, Seetal Solanki


The Japanese Garden

Across 300+ pages, garden designer and author Sophie Walker explores the magic of the Japanese Garden—from its 800-year history to its aesthetics and philosophy. Beyond design and beyond plants, the Japanese garden is an art form of its own, and this book features 100 of them—with accompanying essays and notes by artists, architects and more.
Tags: Books, Gardening, Japan, Design, Reading, Japanese, Gardens, Sophie Walker, Japanese Garden


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

The history of ghost stories, the tallest residential building in the world and more The Man Behind Modern Ghost Stories Born in 1862, Montague Rhodes James was an acclaimed intellectual who published a handful of stories (from short quips to long, academic papers) that are widely regarded as the basis upon which modern ghost stories are built. Not entirely for the narratives, but rather the …
Tags: Health, Books, Science, Design, Medicine, Sex, History, Reading, Meditation, Flying, Stephen Hawking, Palm, Ghost Stories, Linkaboutit, Link About It, Condoms


Cherry

Cherry is a fast-paced tale of the perils of addiction, war, psychosis and struggle. Nico Walker penned the novel, his debut, amidst his 11-year prison sentence for bank robbery (of which he’s now serving the final two years).  The tale begins with woeful scenes of an unnamed narrator selling shoes and drugs to get by. A nice, middle-class upbringing morphs into a life of deception …
Tags: Books, Design, Prison, Fiction, Reading, Novels, Cherry, Nico Walker, Fall Reading


Evocative and Inspiring Storytelling in Our Fall Reading List

Immerse yourself in pages of poetry, fiction, essays and more Whether reading insightful essays or fantastical fiction, there’s nothing quite like immersion in a new book that illuminates unknown worlds and broadens perspectives. As the cold weather begins descending on the northern hemisphere, and the south approaches beach reading season, there are countless opportunities to dive into pages and explore characters and ideas—real or imagined. …
Tags: Books, Design, Fiction, Reading, Culture, Stories, Bill Cunningham, Novels, Authors, Reading Lists, Memoirs


Emotional and Inspiring Storytelling in Our Fall Reading List

Immerse yourself in pages of poetry, fiction, essays and more Whether reading insightful essays or fantastical fiction, there’s nothing quite like immersion in a new book that illuminates unknown worlds and broadens perspectives. As the cold weather begins descending on the northern hemisphere, and the south approaches beach reading season, there are countless opportunities to dive into pages and explore characters and ideas—real or imagined. …
Tags: Books, Design, Fiction, Reading, Culture, Stories, Bill Cunningham, Novels, Authors, Reading Lists, Memoirs


If They Come for Us: Poems

Fatimah Asghar encapsulates her experiences as a Pakistani and Muslim woman living in the USA in her glorious book of poems: If They Come for Us. Asghar (also a co-creator of the award winning web-series Brown Girls) explores identity, race, sexuality, loss and violence through thoughtful and tender prose. Each piece seems to blossom. Inventive, powerful, and entirely beautiful, Asghar’s poems enthrall.
Tags: Books, Gender, Usa, Design, Poetry, Race, Reading, Fatimah Asghar, Asghar, Fatimah Asgar


Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver’s newest novel Unsheltered is a daunting tale of sudden and unfortunate loss—not death or theft but uprooting. The tale follows two families as they face losing jobs, caring for ill family, keeping up with an outdated home, parenthood and more. Though the two live in different centuries, their problems aren’t so different. A must-read for fans of Kingsolver’s stunning The Poinsonwood Bible.
Tags: Books, Design, Fiction, Reading, Novels, Reading Lists, Barbara Kingsolver, Kingsolver


Fall Reading for Children of All Ages

Eight beautiful books on friendship, identity and the world around us Earlier this year we became smitten with the messages, meaning and heart of “Lulu is a Rhinoceros,” a powerful book for children by Jason and Allison Flom. Pets, the quest for identity, friendship and the value of animals in our lives all make for important themes—worth instilling in youth and revisiting time and time …
Tags: Psychology, Books, Science, Design, Education, Children, Reading, Nature, Culture, Lulu, Picture books, Jason, Reading Lists, Kids Books, Allison Flom, Story Books


Dead Girls

Exploring an American obsession—dead (predominantly white) girls in the media—Alice Bolin’s debut book of essays Dead Girls is insightful and smart, but accessible. Through the lens of TV (from Twin Peaks to Pretty Little Liars) and books (by Joan Didion, Khadija Queen and James Baldwin) as well as film and more, Bolin outlines not only society’s fixation on dead girls, but also the resulting implications. Through 14 essays, …
Tags: Books, Design, Reading, Culture, Pop Culture, Essays, Non-fiction, James Baldwin, Bolin, Alice Bolin, Joan Didion Khadija Queen


Link About It: This Week's Picks: NOLA's all-women motorcycle club, NASA meets fashion, hilarious teen fiction and more in our look around the web

1. Heron Preston's NASA-Inspired Collection Goes to Space In partnering with NASA, Heron Preston had to adhere to certain guidelines about color and copy—meticulously incorporating these requirements into his modern vision for apparel. Honoring...... Continue Reading...
Tags: Wellness, Art, Books, Fashion, Space, Music, Design, Style, Education, Tech, Smartphones, Nasa, Reading, Motorcycles, Humor, Community


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

1. Heron Preston’s NASA-Inspired Collection Goes to Space In partnering with NASA, Heron Preston had to adhere to certain guidelines about color and copymeticulously incorporating these requirements into his modern vision for apparel. Honoring the 1990 NASA logo, Preston dubbed his spacesuit-inspired FW18 collection the “Fall/Winter 1990” series, and sent some pieces into space to demonstrate his commitment to the inspiration. The footage is as …
Tags: Wellness, Art, Books, Fashion, Space, Music, Design, Style, Education, Tech, Smartphones, Nasa, Reading, Motorcycles, Preston, Humor


Buy: Hacking Whiskey Book

From unlikely infusions to at-home blending, author and whiskey expert Aaron Goldfarb has accumulated numerous tips and tricks for furthering one's relationship with the popular tipple. The best of the best appear in Goldfarb's latest book, "Hacking...... Continue Reading...
Tags: Drinks, Books, Design, Alcohol, Reading, Whiskey, Cocktails, Whisky, Books_music_film, Goldfarb, Aaron Goldfarb


Link About It: Through Video, Teens Are Turning Into Readers

Using their immense influence, several YouTube stars are filming and posting book reviews, book hauls, publicizing new releases, discussing book-to-film adaptations—and garnering hundreds of thousands of views in the process. Dubbed BookTubers, these...... Continue Reading...
Tags: Books, Design, Kids, Education, Youtube, Reading, Culture, Linkaboutit, Booktubers


At the Girl with a Book Café...

... keep reading and knit, too, if you like, or make writing your second activity. Your musings are welcome here.(The painting, like the one in the previous post, is by Johann Georg Meyer. This one is from 1863. According to Wikipedia, Meyer depicted "incidents from popular life, especially among the Hessian peasantry, and finally to the portrayal of family life in its pathetic aspect." He's considered part of the Düsseldorf school of painting.) [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Art, Law, Reading, Ann Althouse, Johann Georg Meyer, Wikipedia Meyer


Buy: Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World

Graphic novelist Pénélope Bagieu grew up idolizing mostly men, but it was—as she found out—not because there were few women role models for her, but just less visibility. Through plenty of wit, charm and inspiration, Bagieu's "Brazen: Rebel Ladies...... Continue Reading...
Tags: Books, Politics, Design, Reading, World, Feminism, Books_music_film, Pénélope Bagieu, Bagieu, Socialawareness, Penelopebagieu


Link About It: This Week's Picks: Glass monsters, plastic-eating enzymes, the story behind one of Prince's best songs and more

1. The Story Behind One of Prince's Most Famous Songs Almost exactly two years after Prince's tragic accidental overdose and death, the original story and recording of "Nothing Compares 2 U" has been released by the musician's foundation. Paul...... Continue Reading...
Tags: Travel, Space, Music, Science, Design, Environment, Women, Nasa, Ted, Reading, Museums, Artists, Literature, Recycling, Airbus, Prince


Buy: The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath

Author of the excellent essay collection "The Empathy Exams," Leslie Jamison has written a book that's part memoir, part literary criticism and part cultural history study in "The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath" (out next week, but available...... Continue Reading...
Tags: Books, Design, Alcohol, Reading, Culture, Addiction, Books_music_film, Autobiographies, Memoirs, Leslie Jamison, Lesliejamison


Buy: Slutever Book

From her Vogue column to her VICELAND TV series, Karley Sciortino has sought to reclaim the word "slut" in an open, exploratory and inclusive way. With "Slutever: Dispatches from a Sexually Autonomous Woman in a Post-Shame World," Sciortino combines...... Continue Reading...
Tags: Books, Design, Reading, Vogue, Books_music_film, Slutever, Karleysciortino, Karley Sciortino, Sciortino



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