PENGUIN DROP CAPS SERIES
Sumptuous redesigns of classics including Pride and Prejudice, Swann’s Way and Siddhartha. For reading and home beautifying.
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS
by Lee Mendelson
An inside look at the making of everyone’s favorite holiday special. Who wouldn’t want to find this under their Charlie Brown tree?
THE WIZARD OF OZ
by Jay Scarfone and William Stillman
Filled with behind-the-scenes facts and photos (Judy Garland in a soon-to-be-nixed blonde wig!), the film’s 75th-anniversary compendium is a must-have for fans.
FOR AUDIO LOVERS
read by Kate Winslet
by Roald Dahl
It takes a Brit to give proper voice to Dahl’s delicious classic, the story of a precocious little girl who triumphs over her hideous parents and evil headmistress. Winslet aces it.
THE THINGS THEY CARRIED
read by Bryan Cranston
by Tim O’Brien
Walter White who? The Breaking Bad star leaves his meth-monster persona behind with this nuanced narration of O’Brien’s Vietnam saga.
THE TESTAMENT OF MARY
read by Meryl Streep
by Colm Tóibín
Margaret Thatcher, Julia Child and now Mary – that Mary. Streep pulls it off, of course, in her reading of Tóibín’s novel about Christ’s aging mother looking back on his life and death.
by Judith Dupré
An updated version of historian Dupré’s ’96 tour of the world’s tallest buildings, this edition includes the new Freedom Tower and more. How do they build those things? You’ll find out.
by Eric Meola
Whether you’ve been there or just long to go, Meola’s visual celebration – including essays by the likes of Jhumpa Lahiri and Bharati Mukherjee – is a Technicolor treat.
BEFORE THEY PASS AWAY
by Jimmy Nelson
“Entire communities are disappearing due to global evolution,” writes Mark Blaisse in this glorious volume. If Nelson’s photos of tribal cultures can’t change that, they can help ensure that lost won’t mean forgotten.
by Julie Carlson
Lovely, simple decorating ideas from the team behind Remodelista.com.
by Mark Nixon
Photos of worn stuffed animals along with paeans from their grateful owners. Aw.
by Bill Bryson
Illustrations enhance Bryson’s bestselling 2010 history of domesticity.
ALL THE SONGS
by Jean-Michel Guesdon and Philippe Margotin
Fun facts about every one of the Fab Four’s creations, with photos. Yeah yeah yeah.
HOLLYWOOD IN KODACHROME
by David Wills
Candy-colored glam shots of Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Elizabeth Taylor and other ’40s greats.
by Richard Havers
From the label that signed America’s jazz legends in the ’50s and ’60s, a look at the music, its stars and its continuing influence.
For animal lovers
by Dale Peterson and Karl Ammann
They’re not beautiful, exactly – kind of like horses with dinosaur necks. But this book is informative and strangely mesmerizing.
THE BIG NEW YORKER BOOK OF CATS
Foreword by Anthony Lane
Feline-themed covers, text and cartoons from The New Yorker magazine. Cat fanciers will lap it up.
by Carli Davidson
All manner of dogs caught in the act. Pretty darn cute.
by Randi Zuckerberg
When a screen-addicted tot gets sent outside to play, she remembers what “tap,” “touch,” “tweet” and “tag” really mean. Fun for the littlest tech-savvy set—from Mark Zuckerberg’s sister (ages 4—8).
YEAR OF THE JUNGLE
by Suzanne Collins
A girl’s dad goes to Vietnam in this autobiographical book by the Hunger Games author (4 and up).
MY PEN PAL, SANTA
by Melissa Stanton
Ava writes Santa Claus a thank-you note (what a thought!), and he’s so delighted that he writes back (3—7).
by Brian Floca
“Here is a road made for crossing the country …” A stunningly illustrated tale of the earliest days of America’s railroads (4—10).
BOXERS & SAINTS
by Gene Luen Yang
A two-volume graphic novel exploring the contrasting experiences of a boy and a girl in 19th-century China (12—17).
by Chip Kidd
Reknowned graphic designer Kidd offers up an introduction to his field. Not surprisingly it’s a thing of beauty (10 and up).