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The 12 Books of Christmas

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There are only a few days left, but we've still got plenty of amazing books for you to give as gifts. Come visit with our amazing booksellers and tell us about your hard-to-buy-for friend or relative. We will help you find something perfect for everyone.

But first, let me run down a list of great books currently gracing our shelves. If you're looking for something special and maybe slightly off the beaten path, I offer these twelve suggestions.


Wise Trees Cover Image
By Diane Cook, Len Jenshel, Verlyn Klinkenborg (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781419727009
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 17th, 2017

A partridge in a pear tree

But who needs a partridge? It's the trees that matter. This gorgeous coffee table book collects some of the most beautiful and historic trees in a single volume. 

Turtles All the Way Down (Signed Edition) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525555384
Availability: Special Order
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - October 10th, 2017

Two turtledoves

I've never been sure what a turtledove is. Perhaps John Green can help? We have signed editions of his newest megahit, TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN. A perfect gift for one (or two) younger loved ones.

France Is a Feast: The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child Cover Image
ISBN: 9780500519073
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Published: Thames & Hudson - October 24th, 2017

Three French hens

Take a visual journey through France with the inimitable Julia Child as she was becoming the celebrity chef we know and love. It's a gorgeous and fascinating book. It might even inspire you to cook your own French hen!

Birding Without Borders: An Obsession, a Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544558144
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 10th, 2017

Four calling birds

This is the incredible true story of the biggest birder event in history: one man visited 41 countries to view more than 6000 species of birds. An extraordinary feat driven by a singular obsession.

Fifty Years of 60 Minutes: The Inside Story of Television's Most Influential News Broadcast Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501135804
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Simon & Schuster - October 24th, 2017

Five gold rings

Fifty years of some of the best journalism on television is celebrated in this lovely edition. Filled with some of the most memorable moments on the show, this book will delight anyone who has every been a fan of 60 Minutes.

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) Cover Image
By Dan Santat, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781626726826
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 3rd, 2017

Six geese a laying

This was a tough choice, but the egg wins the day in AFTER THE FALL- literally and figuratively. This charming picture book is a wonderful addition to the library of any child or adult. 

Nowherelands: An Atlas of Vanished Countries 1840-1975 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780500519905
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Thames & Hudson - November 7th, 2017

Seven swans-a-swimming

...but where are they swimming? Sometimes, they're going nowhere. This fascinating reference books takes you on a whirlwind journey around the world to places that no longer exist. Proof that the world changes, and changes again- but not all is forgotten.

QUESO!: Regional Recipes for the World's Favorite Chile-Cheese Dip [A Cookbook] Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399579516
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ten Speed Press - September 26th, 2017

Eight maids-a-milking

Turn that milk into cheese! Then use Lisa Fain's fabulous book to whip up a spicy bowl of delicious. This is an ideal gift book for any Texan, or someone who wants to be.

Fire on the Track: Betty Robinson and the Triumph of the Early Olympic Women Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101906156
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Published: Crown - October 17th, 2017

Nine ladies dancing

The future is female, y'all. But so is the past. This is the true store of the first American woman track runner. She won the Gold medal in 1928 and went on to support other women athletes in spite of personal tragedy. Interesting and inspriational. 

Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524731595
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Published: Knopf - October 17th, 2017

Ten lords-a-leaping

Look at them leap! High into space! American astronaut Scott Kelly recounts his year in space and the lifetime that it took to get there. Endless interesting for anyone who loves the sky. And did I mention that we have signed copies?

Monograph by Chris Ware Cover Image
By Chris Ware, Ira Glass (Preface by), Francoise Mouly (Introduction by), Art Spiegelman (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780847860883
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Published: Rizzoli - October 17th, 2017

Eleven pipers piping

Here is the pied piper of contemporary comic art: Chris Ware. This monograph features Chris' biography, in addition to a sample of his work across many years. You might not recognize his name, but you'll almost certainly recognize his style. This is a brillant gift for anyone who loves comics or contemporary art and design.

David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781468315592
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Harry N. Abrams - November 21st, 2017

Twelve drummers drumming

Here is the long and unexpected history of gay music. It's not just showtunes and glam rock. This interesting and well-researched book discusses the ups and down gay people have experienced in the music industry. It also focuses on the significant contributions to sound and culture over the past 100 years. Fabulous.