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Thursday, Dec 16, 2010
The ELLEments of Personal Style: 25 Modern Fashion Icons on How to Dress, Shop, and Live [$30.00]

This season, no self proclaiming fashionista would be caught without The ELLEments of Personal Style on their bookshelf. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Elle magazine has released this book celebrating everything that makes a woman an individual. In glossy photos it pays homage to 25 modern fashion icons, going inside their closets and minds to find out what it is that makes style so uniquely personal.


The Elle team profils fashion powerhouses like Diane von Fusternburg to singers like Fergie and Alicia Keys. They talk to stars of the small screen like Christina Hendricks and Oliva Wilde as well as actresses that transcend time like Angelica Houston. Newcomers in the fashion industry get attention, too, such as Ashley Greene and Lea Michele as well as women who serve as inspiration and a reminder that style is innate, women like Dita von Teese, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Margherita Missoni. Each woman is an icon, yet they could not be more different, thus proving that who you are has everything to do with what you wear. True style cannot be bought, but a delicious reminder to be and dress how you feel can be and should be.


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Thursday, Dec 16, 2010
Lost Encyclopedia [$45.00]

Although Lost has officially ended, fans of the show know, there are still many questions left unanswered. While we may never uncover every mystery, the Lost Encyclopedia may be the first step in helping us figure out some things on our own.


With 400 pages and over 1,500 images, this encyclopedia covers every character, location, prop, plotline, relationship and mythology from the entire six season run. From backgammon to every doctor and Geronimo Jackson to LAX Airport, if it was ever on the show, it’s in this book. There are detailed character bios, breakdowns of “the incident”, maps of the island and even a list of the others. The encyclopedia might not answer every question, but it certainly reminds you of the tiny details that may lead to a real revelation.


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Wednesday, Dec 15, 2010
Star Wars Art: Visions [$40.00] - and - Star Wars Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle [$50.00]

Star Wars fans are in lucky this holiday season, with two new anthologies to keep them entertained. Both books celebrate the landmark film as a visual medium and work of art. Star Wars Art: Visions takes the work of artists using the six classic films as inspirations for art that spans every medium available. The pages serve as a deserving tribute to the galaxy that has been inspiring everyone for the last 30 years.


The second book, Star Wars Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle, also celebrates the visual beauty of the Star Wars trilogies, exploring the inspirations that created Star Wars. As the title suggests, the book looks at how Star Wars influenced and was influenced by pop culture. It starts with the first trio logy, covers the years in between, the prequel trilogy and ends with the cone wars and beyond.


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Wednesday, Dec 15, 2010
Doonesbury and the Art of G.B. Trudeau [$49.95] - and - 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective [$100.00]

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the comic strip, Doonesbury. To celebrate two new books have arrived to highlight what made the strip one of the most successful comic of all time. While cartoonist, G.B. Trudeau is known for his commentary on political and social issues, the book Doonesbury and the Art of G.B. Trudeau focuses primarily on the artistry that went into the strip, and they way Trudeau’s style changed through the decades. The book offers insight to Trudeau’s early influences and his creative process, while also showing Trudeau’s magazine illustrations, animation drawings, posters, and product designs, as well as previously unpublished works.


Also celebrating the work of Trudeau is 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective by G.B. Trudeau himself. The book features thousands of comic strips that Trudeau has drawn in the last 40 years. In his introduction he explains that this book does not include the more radical strips he became known for, but rather illustrates the time he was recording through the eyes of the everyday person, remembering how they saw the world. Both of these books serve as wonderful reminders of the artist and visionary G.B. Trudeau had proven to be.


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Tuesday, Dec 14, 2010
Zero History by William Gibson - Putnam's Sons [$26.95]

There are many hearts to William Gibson’s Zero History. Part of the pure, undiluted joy you will experience when you read Zero History is uncovering those secret, sacred hearts for yourself. Like kernels, germs, gems, you’ll dig them out from the fertile earth of the novel’s imaginative life.


You’ll sense that wavering dread that Hollis Henry (retired lead singer and erstwhile journalist) experiences when Hubertus Bigend, corporate monolith and psychic vampire, goads her into tracking down the mind behind Gabriel Hounds denim fashion. Near the novel’s beginning, it will begin to feel like that part where the dream of the horror movie is just about to become too much. You’ll sense that hopeful wonder of a world that may yet be righted, when Mere speaks of the Budo-Christian disconnect between the world consumers see in glossy magazines, and the horror-sacrifice needed to make that world from the lives of poor, hungry women sleeping on apartment floors.


If you’re like me, you’ll find these gems moving through the book reading at breakneck pace—but it won’t feel like that at all. It will feel slow and rhythmic, like the slow beating pulse of the planet that syncs with human brainwaves at about 7.8Hz. You’ll smuggle Zero History into your daily life, you’ll read it on your daily commute across the bay, or deep enough under the city to not see natural light, or in the elevator, on the way to your next meeting. The book will become a device. You’ll set aside the iPad, iPhone, you’ll unplug. Time will unfurl…


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