Steve JobsÂ by Walter Isaacson [Simon and Schuster]
Originally released in October, this biography of the Apple Inc. co-founder is still #1 on theNew York TimesÂ Best Sellers non-fiction list. Like weÂ mentioned earlier, Isaacson was Jobâ€™s personal biographer, gaining intimate knowledge of the usually closed Jobs and his friends and family. Published only weeks after Jobâ€™s passing at the age of 56 (he also died only weeks after resigning as CEO of Apple), this is not just a biography of a business entrepreneur, but of a highly imaginative and ambitious game changer. Watch aÂ 60 MinutesÂ segment about the beginnings and formings of the book.
BossypantsÂ by Tina Fey [Reagan Arthur Books]
Though she spent years as head writer forÂ Saturday Night LiveÂ and co-hosted the showâ€™s â€œWeekend Updateâ€ segment with Jimmy Fallon and eventually Amy Poehler, Tina Fey didnâ€™t hit it big until her dead-on Sara Palin impression. She kept the ball rolling withÂ 30 Rock, a show based on the behind-the-scenes atÂ SNL. As star and writer of the current NBC sitcom, in the last five years since the showâ€™s inception Fey has become a comedy legend. Although released in April, this biography is still in the top 30 of theÂ New York Timesâ€™ Best Sellers non-fiction list. InÂ Bossypants, Fey not only delves into her life, but also into the struggles she faced as a female in the sexist environment of male-dominated comedy. Watch below as Fey channels Palin with Poehler as Hillary Clinton.
Blue NightsÂ by Joan Didion [Knopf]
We highlighted this book as aÂ noteworthy releaseÂ in October. Joan Didion has left her mark on both the literary and non-fiction words. Her voice is uniquely her own, and her insights are always poignant and moving.Â Blue NightsÂ follows her 2005 releaseÂ The Year of Magical Thinking, where Didion delves into the topics of widowhood and her ailing daughter. Sadly, for her follow up, Didion must discuss the death of her adopted daughter, Quintana Roo. Below, Didion reads from the first chapter.
The Marriage PlotÂ by Jeffrey Eugenides [Farrar, Straus and Giroux]
One of the most highly anticipated novels of this year came from the author ofÂ MiddlesexÂ andThe Virgin Suicides. On the tail ofÂ The Marriage Plotâ€™s release,Â New YorkÂ magazineÂ published an articleÂ on Jeffrey Eugenidesâ€™ early days as an author and entanglements with other major players in the modern literary scene… some of which may have influenced his current novel.The Marriage PlotÂ follows several characters as they graduate from college and enter the real world;Â themillions.comÂ offers a peek at the bookâ€™s first paragraph. Eugenides was recentlyÂ at the 92YÂ promoting the release of his latest book, and can be seen below talking about plotting the plot ofÂ The Marriage PlotÂ (fun to say, no?).
IQ84Â by Haruki Murakami [Knopf]
This is not a new release, per se, but it is new to the English-speaking world. Haruki Murakami is a literary giant in his native Japan, and for his magnum opus he wrote a giant of a book: over 900 pages. English readers were so excited forÂ IQ84â€™s translation, several bookstores in New York City stayedÂ open past midnightÂ the night before its release to take advantage of eager crowds. Highlighted as aÂ noteworthy releaseÂ in October, itâ€™ll make a great gift for lovers of thick tomes.
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (Metropolitan Museum of Art)Â by Andrew Bolton, Solve Sundsbo, Tim Blanks, and Susannah Frankel [Metropolitan Museum of Art]
It was not just the fashion industry that mourned Alexander McQueenâ€™sÂ passing in 2010, but all of the creative world. McQueen was so much more than a fashion designer, he was a true artist, and you didnâ€™t have to be a Vogue subscriber to know his name. As we mentionedearlier, the British head of the Alexander McQueen fashion house attracted legions of fans, and when the Met put up a posthumous exhibit of his collections, the attendance broke records. Forced to delay the closing of the show, on its final night the museum kept its doors open past midnight for the large crowd. In the end, over 600,000 people went to seeÂ Savage Beauty. This full-color, hardbound book is exhibitâ€™s complement. Featuring photographs of collections from his entire career, including his student collection, its 240 pages are nearly enough to sate any ardent McQueen fan. Below, a walk-through of the Met show.
Go the F**k to SleepÂ by Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortes [Akashic Books]
Although this book was released at the beginning of summer, itâ€™s still the 25th most sold book on all of Amazon, and No. 2 in the â€œParenting and Relatioshipsâ€ category. Although it is illustrated, this isÂ notÂ a childrenâ€™s book. Itâ€™s more like an adult storybook. Inspired by author Adam Mansbachâ€™s difficulties in putting his daughter to bed, this story captures the growing frustrationâ€”and failureâ€”of a parent trying to get their child to do the simplest thing. Itâ€™s so great, we evenÂ reviewed the bookÂ when it went viral. Watch an excerpt of Samuel L. Jackson reading fromÂ Go the F**ck to SleepÂ below.
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HabibiÂ by Craig Thompson [Pantheon]
From the famed graphic novelist Craig Thompson (Blankets),Â HabibiÂ follows orphan slaves Dodola and Zam as they grow up, grow apart and then grow together. More than just a comic book, this well researched illustrated novel provides readers with a deep, engaging story making this whatÂ Publisherâ€™s WeeklyÂ predicted would be the most talked about graphic novel this fall. Watch Craig Thompson discuss his book at NYCâ€™s own Strand Book Store below.
Radioactivity: A History of a Mysterious ScienceÂ by Marjorie C. Malley [Oxford University Press]
With the controversy surround companies hydrofracking in New York State, more than ever people are worried about energy, andÂ where to get it from. Most of New York City is powered by the Indian Point nuclear power plant, but how much does the average person know about nuclear energy? More importantly, what do we know about theÂ side effectÂ of nuclear powerâ€”radioactivity? In this book Marjorie Malley goes over the history of radioactivity, its discovery and positive uses.
The Cookâ€™s Illustrated Cookbook: 2,000 Recipes from 20 Years of Americaâ€™s Most Trusted Cooking MagazineÂ by the Editors atÂ Cookâ€™s Illustrated MagazineÂ [Cookâ€™s Illustrated]
Everyone has a foodie on their gift list, but Cookâ€™s Illustrated brand is for a special type of cook: the engineers of food. Cookâ€™s aim is to make the perfect dishes; not crazy, elaborate ones, they just want to do the basicsÂ flawlessly. Cookâ€™s not only provides recipes, but explains the science behind their very specific instructions, and even tips on the best way to dice, slice, and generally prepare food. They also put cooking and baking utensils and tools to the test, rigorously rating them so you can make informed decisions the next time you visit Williams-Sonoma. Though this may be a book you gift digitally â€“ with 2,000 recipes, this cookbook contains 900+ pages, making it unwieldy in the kitchen, with thin pages bound to get smudged in the cooking process. An e-book is the perfect solution.
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