Cloth: 384 pages
Publisher: Weinstein Books
The Future Queen
An in-depth look at the life of the future queen consort of England, Kate Middleton by Katie Nicholl, bestselling author of William and Harry and Royals editor for the Mail on Sunday
The Duchess of Cambridge is the first commoner in 350 years to marry an heir to the British throne, and there is no question that she has become the British royal family’s most promising asset. Nicholl is a respected journalist and author who has charted the royal romance between Kate Middleton and Prince William since both were university students in Scotland.
Her latest book, the result of extensive and exclusive interviews with family members, close friends, and palace aides, reveals fascinating and new details about the couple’s courtship, their fairy-tale wedding, and Catherine’s first year as a working Royal. Now, as the young duke and duchess welcome the birth of their first child, Nicholl presents the most intimate and captivating account available of England’s future Queen Consort.
Katie Nicholl has been writing about the British royal family for nearly a decade. She is the Royals editor for the Mail on Sunday, in which she also pens a popular and respected weekly column that counts Prince Harry among its regular readers. Her broadcasting career includes commentating for Sky News, the BBC, ITV, CNN, and CBS. She lives with her husband and daughter in North London.
Hardcover: 72 pages
Publisher: Egmont UK Limited
You're alone, in a strange new world, full of hidden dangers. With just your bare hands to mine with, you only have minutes to find food and shelter before darkness falls and the monsters come looking for you ...
This annual celebrates the limitless possibilities of Minecraft. Packed with step-by-step instructions for exciting builds and projects, tips from the experts, including the game's creator Notch himself, cool things to make, games to test your brain power and codes to unravel, it's everything Minecraft fans have been waiting for.
Minecraft The Beginner's Handbook
The Minecraft Beginner's Handbook might just save your life. Inside you'll find expert tips on how to make a home for yourself, find and gather resources, and craft armour and weapons to protect yourself from the terrifying creatures that come out at night.
Includes exclusive tips from game creator Notch, and first-hand accounts from well-known Minecraft experts that will give you the knowledge you need to survive and make it to the next level.
Minecraft: The Beginner's Handbook
Cloth: 554 pages
Publisher: Grove Press/Atlantic Monthly Press
New York Times best-selling author Jim Harrison is one of America’s most beloved writers, and of all his creations, Brown Dog, a bawdy, reckless, down-on-his-luck Michigan Indian, has earned cult status with readers in the more than two decades since his first appearance. For the first time, this book gathers together all the Brown Dog novellas, including one that has never been published—the ideal introduction (or reintroduction) to Harrison’s irresistible everyman.
In these novellas, B.D. rescues the preserved body of an Indian from Lake Superior’s cold waters; overindulges in food, drink, and women while just scraping by in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula; wanders Los Angeles in search of an ersatz Native activist who stole his bearskin; adopts two Native children; and flees the authorities, then returns across the Canadian border aboard an Indian rock band’s tour bus. The collection culminates with “He Dog,” never before published, which finds B.D. marginally employed and still looking for love (or sometimes just a few beers and a roll in the hay) as he goes on a road trip from Michigan to Montana and back, in search of an answer to the riddle of family and, perhaps, a chance at redemption.
Brown Dog underscores Harrison’s place as one of America’s most irrepressible writers, and one of our finest practitioners of the novella form.
Praise for Brown Dog
“[An] essential collection . . . Brown Dog [is] a pure Harrison creation and a glorious character who will make readers howl with delight. . . . This boozy, backwoods, tree-cutting, snow-shoveling part–Native American from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula wins over his audience with a bawdy, sometimes thoughtful tone. . . . Often moving, frequently funny, these 500 pages offer the best way to get acquainted (or reacquainted) with one of literature’s great characters.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Pity poor Brown Dog, the Everyman of the North Woods, whose luck would be nonexistent were it not bad. Still, Brown Dog’s countenance is as cheerful as Don Quixote’s was woeful. Harrison’s comic hero—and in some ways alter ego—is as quixotic as they come, depending on kind winds to blow him a little money, some booze and a bit of righteous loving. . . . [Brown Dog] is just right. . . . Rollicking, expertly observed, beautifully written. Any new book by Harrison is cause for joy, and having all the Brown Dog stories in one place is no exception.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Jim Harrison is . . . the literary equivalent of Keith Richards. . . . The wise but profligate Brown Dog is a signature Harrison character in much the same way that Richards’s open-tuned chords define the Stones. . . . He is one of the great characters in American literature—as American as Twain’s Huck Finn or Hemingway’s Nick Adams.” —Shelf Awareness
Jim Harrison was born in 1937, in Grayling, Michigan. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Playboy, and The New York Times. Harrison is also the author of over thirty books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including seven volumes of novellas.
The River Swimmer
Cloth: 232 pages
Original Six Dynasties
The Detroit Red Wings
Lindsay. Abel. Howe. Sawchuk. Decades later, the names still resonate with Detroit Red Wings fans. The Wings were the dominant American-based team of the NHL’s so-called Original Six era, when teams played each other 14 times a season, and rivalries were bitter. Often referred to as the New York Yankees of hockey, Wings GM Jack Adams would have none of it. “The Yankees,” he said, “are the Red Wings of baseball.”
Original Six Dynasties: The Detroit Red Wings is the first in a series of hockey books that showcase vintage photographs from the sport's golden age. With hundreds of images ranging from 1942-1967, The Detroit Red Wings shows you Gordie Howe, Terry Sawchuck, Ted Lindsay, and Sid Abel like you've never seen them before. A must-have for collectors and sports fans.
Currently the sports columnist for the Windsor Star, Bob Duff has covered the NHL since 1988 and is a contributor to The Hockey News. Duff's other book credits include: Marcel Pronovost: A Life in Hockey, The China Wall, The Timeless Legend of Johnny Bower, and The Hockey Hall of Fame Book of Goalies.
Paper over board: 280 pages
Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
Ballad is one of the New York Times Best Illustrated Books of 2013!
Ballad is a story, and like all great stories it deepens with each retelling. The story builds over seven sequences. The first has three images: school, path, home. The next gives us: school, street, path, forest, home. The following five sequences take up this story, but with new words and images that nearly double the previous sequence. Here a child takes in her surroundings as she returns home form school, and by telling stories about what she sees, she makes her world bigger and more complex. This story is as old as the world. It happens every day.
"As a story, it's challenging, mysterious, and even obscure. As an object and a piece of bookmaking, it's a work of art." --Publishers Weekly Starred Review!
"This continuously evolving story traces a child's perception of his surroundings as he walks home from school."
"All throughout, we're invited to reimagine the narrative as we absorb the growing complexity of the world - a beautiful allegory for our walk through life itself."
"Ballad...is an absolute treasure in its entirety, the kind that sparkles with new dimensions of light with each excavation."
Read the full review and find more pictures at Brain Pickings.
Born in France in 1966, Blexbolex entered art school with the intention of becoming a painter, but left having discovered his talents as a silk-screen artist. He works both as an illustrator and a comic book artist. His work, which is inspired by vintage design, mixes old printing methods with new interpretations and techniques. An illustrator of graphic genius, he received the prestigious Golden Letter Award in 2009 for best book design throughout the world.
Trade Paper: 288 pages
Publisher: Anvil Press Publishers
Nate’s nervous mother chews gum at warp speed and has a bob that resembles Darth Vader’s helmet. His icy father dabbles part-time in the death trade at a funeral home after working for a decade in the insurance racket. His older sister Holly is always lurking in the shadows or away at school. Nate, a creative, messy, and anxious teen, has chosen Randy Savage as his hero. As he finishes high school, the world to which Savage belongs is quickly waning in popularity, and Nate begins to see the wrestler’s downfall mirrored in his own life. But not until the family dismantles for good in 1994 does Nate’s life truly begin to fracture.
Savage 1986-2011 chronicles the middle-class implosion of Nate’s nuclear family, bracketed by July 1986 — when he first saw Randy Savage in person — and the wrestler’s sudden death in May 2011. When Savage dies, Nate is freed from beliefs — once a source of beauty and escape — that had come to constrict him, fusing him to a moribund past.
The novel is about the blurred lines between child and adult roles and the ever-changing landscape of interior heroism. Whether dealing with a family’s economic turbulence, the scarring effects of teenage love, or creating a new family order, Moore revisits, remasters, and repackages a twenty-five year family odyssey with guts, honesty, and love.
Advanced Praise for Savage 1986-2011
This is Running Backwards with Scissors in Leaside. Nathaniel G. Moore’s emotional atomic drops and body slams in Savage (1986-2011) put the nuke in nuclear family. Moore writes in Technicolor™ — he’s a poet of fractured reality, minstrel of meltdown, clown prince of sad suburban absurdity.”
–Zsuzsi Gartner, author of Better Living Through Plastic Explosives
Nathaniel G. Moore is the author of five books, including Wrong Bar, nominated for the 2010 ReLit Award for best novel and Let’s Pretend We Never Met, which Vancouver’s Georgia Straight called “breathtaking.” His fiction has appeared in subTerrain, Joyland, Taddle Creek, and Verbicide magazine. He has also written for Bravo! Television in the short film Sahara Sahara. Nathaniel is a frequent contributor to Open Book: Toronto, The Globe & Mail and This magazine. Moore lives in Toronto.
Cloth: 256 pages
Eat Move Sleep
How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes
Once in a while, a book comes along that changes how you think, feel, and act every day.
In Eat Move Sleep, #1 New York Times bestselling author Tom Rath delivers a book that will improve your health for years to come. While Tom’s bestsellers on strengths and well-being have already inspired more than 5 million people in the last decade, Eat Move Sleep reveals his greatest passion and expertise.
Quietly managing a serious illness for more than 20 years, Tom has assembled a wide range of information on the impact of eating, moving, and sleeping. Written in his classic conversational style, Eat Move Sleep features the most proven and practical ideas from his research. This remarkably quick read offers advice that is comprehensive yet simple and often counterintuitive but always credible.
Eat Move Sleep will help you make good decisions automatic — in all three of these interconnected areas. With every bite you take, you will make better choices. You will move a lot more than you do today. And you will sleep better than you have in years.
More than a book, Eat Move Sleep is a new way to live.
Tom Rath is considered one of the most influential authors of the last decade, whose books and studies have focused on the role of human behavior in health, business, and economics.
Rath has written several international bestsellers, including the #1 New York Times bestseller How Full Is Your Bucket? In 2012, his book StrengthsFinder 2.0 was the top-selling nonfiction book worldwide. Rath’s most recent New York Times bestsellers are Strengths Based Leadership and Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements. In total, his books have sold more than 5 million copies and have made more than 250 appearances on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list.
Rath serves as a senior scientist and advisor to Gallup, where he previously spent 13 years leading the organization's work on employee engagement, strengths, and well-being. Rath also served as vice chairman of the VHL cancer research organization. He earned degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania, where he is now a guest lecturer. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.
Tom can be found online at www.tomrath.org
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Running Press
Seasonal Desserts to Warm the Home
This unique cookbook offers winter-appropriate treats chock full of seasonal fruits, vegetables, and nuts, combined with cheeses, chocolates, and more for the best end-of-year desserts.
Who says the winter months have to be bleak and barren? Author Tammy Donroe sees this season as an opportunity to stay inside, fire up the oven, and produce decadent desserts from the bounty of wholesome winter ingredients. Wintersweet encourages readers to make use of fresh, local ingredients for warming seasonal desserts.
While summer farmers’ markets are always overflowing with ripe produce, there’s plenty to be had from November to March: squashes and pumpkins, parsnips and carrots, apples, pears, citrus of all stripes, and feel-food ingredients like nuts, cheese, and chocolate.
The fresh and rustic recipes in Wintersweet push the envelope of traditional winter desserts like pumpkin or apple pies with such delicacies as Pear Cranberry Clafouti, Spicy Prune Cake with Penuche Frosting, Tangelo Sorbet, and Goat Cheese Cake with Dried Cherry Compote. Each chapter is devoted to different ingredients, ranging from Persimmons, Pomegranates, and Cranberries to Citrus, Cheese, and Dried Fruits, allowing readers to experiment with new and exciting ingredients for complex and delicious flavors. They taste even better when they can be found near your own backyard; Donroe provides resources for finding the best local farmer’s markets and agricultural centers near you. Perfect for holiday gatherings, or to warm the belly on a cold night,
Wintersweet is the perfect dessert companion for the year’s coldest season, making life a bit more festive.
Tammy Donroe has spent years sourcing the best local ingredients, from apples to zucchini. Her philosophy is simple: the fresher, the better for health, for flavor, for the soul. A graduate of the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, she worked at Cook’s Illustrated magazine and its television spin-off America’s Test Kitchen and Boston Magazine. She writes at her humorous, delicious food blog, Food on the Food. She lives just outside of Boston with her husband and two sons.
Trade Paper : 392 pages
How Music Works
David Byrne’s brainy, irresistible, and bestselling musical adventure—now in a handsome paperback edition.
How Music Works is David Byrne’s buoyant celebration of a subject he has spent a lifetime thinking about. Drawing on his work over the years with Talking Heads, Brian Eno, and myriad collaborators—along with journeys to Wagnerian opera houses, African villages, and anywhere music exists—Byrne shows how music emerges from cultural circumstance as much as individual creativity. It is his magnum opus, and an impassioned argument about music’s liberating, life-affirming power.
“The book [Byrne] was born to write. I could make a good case for calling this How Art Works or even How Everything Works.”—Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing
“David Byrne is a brilliantly original, eccentric rock star, and he has written a book to match his protean talents.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Fascinating... It was wildly ambitious to try and turn this galaxy of theory into a readable work of scholarship, but Byrne has done it, and done it with style.”—The Guardian
Listen to David Byrne on CBC's The Current
David Byrne is a Scottish-born Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and a cofounder of Talking Heads. He has been the recipient of many awards, including an Oscar and a Golden Globe. Also the author of Bicycle Diaries and The New Sins, Byrne lives in New York City.
Cloth: 132 pages
Publisher: Tin House
Heart of Darkness
An Illustrated Novel
Following his epic Moby Dick in Pictures, artist Matt Kish has set himself upon an equally impressive, and no less harrowing, task: illustrating each page of Joseph Conrad’s masterpiece, Heart of Darkness. Kish’s rich, imaginative drawings and paintings mirror Conrad’s original text and illuminate Marlow’s journey into the heart of the Congo, and into the depths of the human soul. Heart of Darkness is a text ripe for analysis and argument, formally and thematically; it explores matters of imperialism, racism, gender, and the duality of human nature. Kish’s illustrations add another layer, and another voice in the conversation. His visual interpretation of Heart of Darkness is not just essential for fans and students of Conrad; it's a work of art all its own.
Kish’s introduction lends context to his approach, details his relationship and struggle with Conrad’s work, and illuminates his own creative process. An index in the rear of the book catalogs the sentences and phrases that inspired each of the one hundred original pieces of art.
"The brilliant mind behind Moby Dick in Pictures is back to illustrate Joseph Conrad’s classic."—Flavorwire
Matt Kish was born in 1969 and lives in the middle of Ohio. After stints as a cafeteria cook, a hospital registrar, a bookstore manager, and an English teacher, he ended up as a librarian. He draws as often as he can, often with whatever he can find. He has tried his hand at 35mm black-and-white photography (with real film and real chemicals), making comics and zines, a bit of collage, and lots of pen and ink.
Moby-Dick In Pictures
Cloth: 64 pages
Publisher: Insight Editions
Homer Simpson’s Little Book of Laziness
Vault of Simpsonology
Few men have reached the very pinnacle of apathy quite like Homer Simpson. His epic inertia is an example to us all. Now, for the first time, Homer reveals the secrets behind his extraordinary ability to get absolutely nothing done. From tips on how to avoid working at work to Homer's suitably slapdash design for his "Lazy House of the Future," this ode to the joys of sloth shows a true American idle at his lazy best. Also covering Homer's lackadaisical take on classic art, his indispensable tips on lethargic eating, housework avoidance, and many more sluggish subjects, Homer Simpson's Little Book of Laziness is a must-read for ne'er-do-wells everywhere. Packed with inserts and special features, such as an eight-page pullout Sloth Man comic and a foldout "Anatomy of a Layabout" feature focusing on fellow lazybones Barney Gumble, Homer Simpson's Little Book of Laziness is absolutely bursting with inactivity. The premier installment of the Vault of Simpsonology collection, look out for more great titles in the series coming soon.
Matt Groening is the creator of the longest-running comedy in television history, The Simpsons. It exploded into a cultural phenomenon in 1990 and has remained one of the most groundbreaking and innovative entertainment franchises, recognizable throughout the world. He followed it with his creation of the hit sci-fi series Futurama, currently one of the top-rated shows on Comedy Central. As a cartoonist, Groening began his “Life in Hell” weekly comic strip series in the 1980s, which he concluded in 2012. He lives in Southern California.