What a great season to be shopping for books to give as gifts. Literati Bookstore is chock-full of 2022 releases — most brand-new releases for the season — that are exciting, fascinating, thought-provoking, delicious, funny, inspiring, beautiful . . . good luck not feeling compelled to get some of these for yourself! The list is entirely non-fiction, featuring memoirs, biographies, cookbooks, as well as books about the natural world, the music and film industries, and books about fascinating people who have changed the world. Guaranteed you will find special books to give to your special people.
In 2020, with the release of his album Rough and Rowdy Ways, Dylan became the first artist to have an album hit the Billboard Top 40 in each decade since the 1960s. The Philosophy of Modern Song contains much of what he has learned about his craft in all those years, and like everything that Dylan does, it is a momentous artistic achievement.
The long-awaited new book by Michelle Obama offers readers a series of fresh stories and insightful reflections on change, challenge, and power, including her belief that when we light up for others, we can illuminate the richness and potential of the world around us.
"A perfect gift and a perfect read for anyone on your list who listens to NPR. Nina Totenberg is an engaging storyteller with a fascinating story to tell." — Vick
With over 365 photographs taking you through a single year, Patti Smith's long-awaited A Book of Days is a new way to experience the expansive mind of the visionary poet, writer, and performer.
From critically acclaimed artist, designer, and bestselling author comes a wondrous collection of words and paintings that is a moving meditation on the beauty and complexity of women’s lives and roles, revealed in the things they hold.
Experiencing Olmsted: The Enduring Legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted's North American Landscapes (Hardcover)
"Coffee table history and travel guide to the public and private spaces that Frederick Law Olmsted and his firm's successors designed, including work in over 30 states (and Ann Arbor, Michigan)" — Carla
The remarkable story of ninety-nine-year-old Stella Levi whose conversations with the writer Michael Frank over the course of six years bring to life the vibrant world of Jewish Rhodes, the deportation to Auschwitz that extinguished ninety percent of her community, and the resilience and wisdom of the woman who lived to tell the tale.
Best-selling author and famously private writer Haruki Murakami shares with readers his thoughts on the role of the novel in our society; his own origins as a writer; and his musings on the sparks of creativity that inspire other writers, artists, and musicians.
Ross Gay’s latest book of essays reminds his readers that, though despair and hardship are inevitable parts of life, so is joy. “For the person in your life who’s had a hard year." — Shannon D
The definitive book for adults from an iconoclast of the children's book world. Each of Hervé Tullet's creations, whether the bestselling children's book Press Here or the internationally traveling Ideal Exhibition, breaks the boundaries of art.
This collection is more than 125 small poems, all of them new, and each a thought or observation compressed to its emotional essence. "Former Poet Laureate Billy Collins newest collection is a true treat for poetry lovers." — Vick
Before you go on a cosmic road trip, feed the residents of New York City to a T. rex, or fill every church with bananas, be sure to consult this practical guide for impractical ideas. Unfazed by absurdity, Munroe consults the latest research on everything from swing-set physics to airliner catapult–design to answer his readers’ questions, clearly and concisely, with illuminating and occasionally terrifying illustrations.
"An American granddaughter's letter to her Grandmother in Cape Town is delivered despite "no name, no street, no real stamps"." — Carla
Marie Kondo's Kurashi at Home: How to Organize Your Space and Achieve Your Ideal Life (The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up) (Hardcover)
Transform your home into a haven of calm and achieve your ideal lifestyle with this inspirational visual guide featuring more than 100 photographs, from the Netflix star and bestselling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Your newfound clarity will inspire you to clear out the unneeded clutter so you can appreciate the inviting spaces, treasured belongings, and peaceful moments that remain.
Steve Martin’s cinematic legacy is captured in this illustrated memoir of his legendary acting career, with stories from his most popular films, featuring artwork by New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss.
A vibrant portrait of four college friends — Iris Murdoch, Philippa Foot, Elizabeth Anscombe, and Mary Midgley — who formed a new philosophical tradition while Oxford's men were away fighting World War II.
The Island of Extraordinary Captives: A Painter, a Poet, an Heiress, and a Spy in a World War II British Internment Camp (Hardcover)
The remarkable untold story of a Jewish orphan who fled Nazi Germany for London, only to be arrested there by the British government and sent to an internment camp for suspected foreign agents on the Isle of Man, alongside a renowned group of refugee musicians, intellectuals, artists, and possibly genuine spies.
Men in Blazers Present Gods of Soccer: The Pantheon of the 100 Greatest Soccer Players (According to Us) (Hardcover)
From the hosts of the popular podcast and tv show Men in Blazers, comes their completely scientific, 100% definitive, defend-to-the-death list of the greatest soccer players of all time.
“A fascinating read about a true genius and his unrelenting thirst for beauty in art and in life." — Mikhail Baryshnikov
The story of two unapologetically Black ballerinas, their friendship, and how they changed each other, and the dance world, forever. Misty Copeland shares her own struggles with racism and exclusion in her pursuit of her dream career and honors the women like Raven who paved the way for her. She celebrates the connection she made with her mentor, the only teacher who could truly understand the obstacles she faced, beyond the technical or artistic demands.
A major biography — the first in three decades — of one of the most important artistic forces of the 20th Century, the legendary American dancer and choreographer who upended dance, propelling the art form into the modern age, and whose profound and pioneering influence is still being felt today.
The raw, candid, unvarnished memoir of an American icon: his traumatic childhood, his career, his drinking, his thoughts on Marlon Brando, James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, John Huston, his greatest roles, acting, his intimate life with Joanne Woodward, his innermost fears and passions and joys.
From two-time Academy Award winner and screen icon Geena Davis, the surprising tale of her “journey to badassery” — from her epically polite childhood to roles that loaned her the strength to become a powerhouse in Hollywood.
Artist, activist, and the lead singer of Irish rock band U2 Bono's story of the remarkable life he’s lived, the challenges he’s faced, and the friends and family who have shaped and sustained him.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Linda Ronstadt takes readers on a journey to the place her soul calls home, the Sonoran Desert, in this candid new memoir. "The book is many things at once. It's a portrait of a place, the Sonoran Desert, and it's a genealogy of sorts, an archival romp through Ronstadt's family history." — Vogue
An illuminating history of the banjo, revealing its origins at the crossroads of slavery, religion, and music.
From growing up in Texas, to living in his car, to landing his first publishing deal, to writing fifteen #1 songs, Word for Word is a lavishly illustrated look at the lyrics of an icon among songwriting giants. In this intimate look at Crowell’s songs, he shares pages from his lyric notebooks, personal photographs, and scribbles that reveal the heart of one of this generation’s finest songwriters.
A legendary record producer–turned–brain scientist explains why you fall in love with music.
Through the lens of horror — from Halloween to Hereditary — queer and trans writers consider the films that deepened, amplified, and illuminated their own experiences.
The definitive history of LEGO, based on unprecedented access to the company’s archives and rare interviews with the founding family that still owns the company.
We Are the ARK: Returning Our Gardens to Their True Nature Through Acts of Restorative Kindness (Hardcover)
“Reynolds gives us a much-needed reason for hope. The gardener, the conservationist, the city planner, and the nature lover will all be inspired, for this wonderful book shows how thousands of even small wildlife friendly gardens can provide habitat for embattled wildlife around the world.” — Jane Goodall
Organized as a field guide, a literary anthology filled with classic and contemporary poems and essays inspired by wildflowers — perfect for writers, artists, and botanists alike. The book includes exquisite watercolors by Leanne Shapton and is organized by species and botanical family. Think of it as a field guide to the literary imagination.
This beautiful and inspiring book tells the stories of 80 birds around the world: from the Sociable Weaver Bird in Namibia which constructs huge, multi-nest 'apartment blocks' in the desert, to the Bar-headed Goose of China, one of the highest-flying migrants which crosses the Himalayas twice a year.
A one-of-a-kind guide to birding locally that encourages readers to slow down and notice the spectacular birds all around them. This is the perfect guide for the birder looking to appreciate the beauty of the birds right in their own backyard, observing keenly how their behaviors change from day to day and season to season.
Coaxing us beyond the confines of our own senses, we are allowed to perceive the skeins of scent, waves of electromagnetism, and pulses of pressure that surround us. We encounter beetles that are drawn to fires, turtles that can track the Earth’s magnetic fields, fish that fill rivers with electrical messages, and even humans who wield sonar like bats.
Rocks are time machines and the keepers of our history. This guide is a geological field trip through Earth’s incredible rock formations and the stories they hold.
What is it like to be a puppy? Author of the classic Inside of a Dog, Alexandra Horowitz tries to find out, spending a year scrutinizing her puppy’s daily existence and poring over the science of early dog development.
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Adam Nicolson explores the marine life inhabiting seashore rockpools with a scientist’s curiosity and a poet’s wonder in this beautifully illustrated book.
Beaton’s natural cartooning prowess is on full display as she draws colossal machinery and mammoth vehicles set against a sublime Albertan backdrop of wildlife, northern lights, and boreal forest. Her first full length graphic narrative, Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands is an untold story of Canada: a country that prides itself on its egalitarian ethos and natural beauty while simultaneously exploiting both the riches of its land and the humanity of its people.
America’s favorite home cook presents delicious, crowd-pleasing, go-to recipes that you’ll want to make over and over again! "What better gift to give is there than a new Ina Garten cookbook?!" — Vick
A sharply crafted and unflinchingly honest memoir about gangs, drugs, cooking, and living life on the line — both on the streets and in the kitchen — from one of the most exciting stars in the food world today.
Whether you’re new to Chinese cooking or if your pantry is always stocked with bean paste and chili oil, you’ll find lots of inspiration and trustworthy recipes that will become a part of your family story.
Jacques Pépin Art Of The Chicken: A Master Chef's Paintings, Stories, and Recipes of the Humble Bird (Hardcover)
From legendary chef Jacques Pepin, a book celebrating his lifelong love of chickens — featuring dozens of his celebrated paintings, a treasure trove of poignant and often humorous stories, and sprinkled with recipes throughout.
“Featuring vibrant recipes, interviews, art, and photography, this is a compelling culinary manifesto about the nature of Black food. . . . Ghetto Gastro offers an awakening of what Black food was, is, and can become while demonstrating the sheer joy and creativity Black communities generate. With waves of crunch, heat, flavor, and umami, this Bronx culinary collective also inspires discussions about race, history, and long-standing food inequality.” — Food & Wine
Zosia Mamet has curated some of the most prominent voices in art and culture to tackle the topic of food in its elegance, its profundity, and its incidental charm. My First Popsicle is as much an ode to food and emotion as it is to life.
Vegetarian food is deeply woven into Mexico's diverse culinary history. In this blockbuster recipe collection from the bestselling author of Mexico: The Cookbook, home cooks will discover delicious traditional and modern dishes made with corn, beans, spices, and the incredible bounty of fruit, vegetables, legumes, seeds, and edible flowers grown across Mexico.
From last-minute inspiration for feeding an entire family to satisfying meals for just one person, easy one-pot dinners to no-chop recipes, in these pages Ruby Tandoh shares a feast of homey, globally inspired dishes.
Inspired from the heart of snowy alpine winters, chef and skier Lindor's recipes are simple and easy for anyone to follow. These are winter warmers that are perfect to share with family and friends, or just for a cozy night in front of the fire.
Featuring cocktails, punches, and botanical-infused spirits, this book uses herbs, fruits, flowers, and all things botanical that you can buy, forage, or grow.