Design*Sponge at Home - Grace Bonney

Design devotees, rejoice! Design*Sponge at Home (Artisan, $35) is here.  The much anticipated book from Design*Sponge blog creator Grace Bonney takes the best elements from the blog—home tours, DIY projects, flower arranging—and presents them in a clear, practical, and beautiful way. Bonney’s tone is energetic and friendly throughout, and the gorgeous full-color photographs are complemented by design-darling Julia Rothman’s charming illustrations.  For the decorating novice or the expert, Design *Sponge at Home is an essential part of any design toolkit.  

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ISBN: 9781579654313
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Published: Artisan - September 6th, 2011

Jamrach's Menagerie - Carol Birch

A finalist for the Orange Prize, Jamrach’s Menagerie (Doubleday, $25.95), by Carol Birch, is a beautiful and magical tale of the sea.  Jaffy Brown is an eight-year-old street urchin in 19th-century London. A chance encounter with a tiger leads the boy to meet Mr. Jamrach, an importer of wild animals.  Years pass. The teenage Jaffy and his best friend Tim join a whaling ship bound for the South Pacific.  They are not seeking to become whalers (though their experience of the hunt is masterfully told) but to find and capture a dragon for one of Mr. Jamrach’s clients.  What follows is a truly enthralling saga—there’s not only a dragon hunt, but a terrible storm, and a struggle for survival on the cruel ocean.  With sophistication and a superb eye for detail, Birch describes the wonders and horrors of Jaffy’s voyage and also explores his innermost thoughts and feelings.  A stirring love letter to both sea and land, Jamrach’s Menagerie is the perfect adventure tale for the beach or by the pool.

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ISBN: 9780307743176
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Published: Vintage - June 12th, 2012

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ISBN: 9780385534406
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Published: Doubleday Books - June 14th, 2011

Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead - Sara Gran

Claire Dewitt And The City Of The Dead (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $24), by Sara Gran, is more than just a mystery story, it is a story about mysteries.  Set in ravaged, post-Katrina New Orleans, Claire Dewitt (imagine Nancy Drew as a grown-up, pot-smoking, liquor-slugging, tattooed PI) is on the case of a missing DA.  Following in the footsteps of her eccentric mentor and using the enigmatic Detection, the only book of famed French detective Jaquest Sillette, as a guide, Claire searches for clues in the Big Easy.  But “searches for clues” is too pedestrian to describe Claire’s procedures. She analyzes her dreams, throws dice, consults the I Ching, interviews suspects and witnesses (sometimes at gunpoint), goes undercover—and makes brilliant connections. While trying to locate the missing DA, Claire also nears the truth about the disappearance of her best friend in 1980s Brooklyn, the biggest mystery of all. This is the first installment of what promises to be an engrossing new series.

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ISBN: 9780547747613
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - May 1st, 2012