One for the Books
“Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones”
By James Clear. Published by AVERY.
How’s your New Year’s resolution going? If you’re like most of us, you’re struggling to reshape old habits and keep on track with your goals. An instant New York Times bestseller, this easy-to-understand guide will inspire and motivate you adopt just tiny behaviors that will lead to remarkable results. Learn practical strategies to overcome a lack of motivation or willpower, discover how to implement new behaviors (really, who has time?!) and read entertaining true stories of others who have mastered their habits and reached success.
“Chanel: Collections and Creations”
By Daniele Bott. Published by W. W. Norton & Co., Inc.
You don’t even have to be a connoisseur of couture to appreciate the tradition, originality, style and business acumen of one of the greatest names in fashion, Coco Chanel. This beautiful hardcover tome is spilling over with dazzling images of her brilliant designs, including many previously unpublished archive photographs and original drawings by Karl Lagerfeld. The book explores five central themes—the suit, the camellia, jewelry, makeup and perfume, the little black dress—and follows the threads from past to present to show how these key items have been rediscovered and reinvented for new generations.
“Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist”
Written by Tim Federle. Illustrated by Lauren Mortimer. Published by Running Press.
“An English major walks into a bar…” And so begins this clever and shrewd book combining delicious cocktail recipes with wry commentary on the most beloved literary works in history. You’ll find recipes and plenty of literary puns for drinks such as Romeo and Julep, The Last of the Mojitos and Vermouth the Bell Tolls. Accented with suggested drinking games and whimsical illustrations, this just may be a perfect gift for the scholarly, well-read book lover or self-proclaimed barfly in your life!
“Hamilton: The Revolution”
By Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter. Published by Grand Central Publishing.
Consider this glorious, oversized testament to the award-winning Broadway musical Hamilton to be your own backstage pass to the show. The show’s composer and star Miranda, with the help of McCarter, offers insights and background knowledge on how and why he created the show. Readers will also get behind-the-scenes photos, interviews with cast members, hundreds of annotations and footnotes from Miranda and even lyrics that were cut from the final show.