Books Make Great Gifts

Still searching for the perfect gift? Everyone loves books! We’ve got some recent titles for all your gift-giving needs.

Architecture at the End of the EarthFor photography lovers, we have two beautiful new titles. William Brumfield’s Architecture at the End of the Earth features nearly two hundred full color photographs, taken over twenty years. Brumfield documents the architecture of centuries-old wooden and brick churches, cathedrals and homes in the region surrounding the White Sea, which is known as the Russian North. The Russian publication Pravoslavie has called Brumfield “a Russian national treasure.”

AuntiesNadia Sablin’s Aunties: The Seven Summers of Alevtina and Ludmila also features photos of Russia. The seventh winner of the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography is full of lyrical and evocative photographs capturing the small details and daily rituals of her septuagenarian aunts in the small Russian village of Alekhovshchina.

Strip CulturesKnow someone who loves Las Vegas? Get them Strip Cultures: Finding America in Las Vegas by The Project on Vegas. Combining written critique with more than one hundred photographs, Strip Cultures examines the politics of food and water, art and spectacle, entertainment and branding, body and sensory experience. In confronting the ordinary on America’s most famous four-mile stretch of pavement, the authors reveal how the Strip concentrates and magnifies the basic truths and practices of American culture where consumerism is the stuff of life, digital surveillance annuls the right to privacy, and nature—all but destroyed—is refashioned as an element of decor.

Pham cover image, 6030-8For your fashion-loving gift recipients who like both looking and reading smart, we suggest Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet: Race, Gender, and the Work of Personal Style Blogging by Minh-Ha T. Pham. She examines the phenomenal rise and influence of elite Asian personal style superbloggers such as Susie Bubble and Bryanboy. Situating blogging within the historical context of gendered racial fashion work and global consumer capitalism, Pham analyzes how race, class, gender, and sexuality affect bloggers’ work, opportunities, Lewis cover image, 5934-0and rewards. Another fashion suggestion is Muslim Fashion: Contemporary Style Cultures by Reina Lewis. Lewis analyzes Muslim modest clothing as fashion and shows how young Muslim women (with a focus on Britain, North America, and Turkey) are part of an emergent transnational youth subculture who use fashion to negotiate religion, identity, ethnicity, and mainstream consumer culture.

It’s boring to give someone money for the Maurer cover image, 5999-9holidays, so instead, give a book about the future of money! How Would You Like to Pay? How Technology is Changing the Future of Money by Bill Maurer is a wallet-sized book in full-color that is a perfect introduction to the history and future of money. Maurer explores the implications of how technology is changing how we use money and argues that understanding and considering how we would like to pay gives us insight into determining how we would like to live.

To save 30% on these great gift books and any other books we publish please use coupon code GIFT30. To assure delivery before Christmas, we suggest you call our customer service department at 888-651-0122 rather than ordering online. They’re available 8:30 to 4:30 Eastern time. And of course, you can also purchase our books at online sites like Amazon and Barnes and Noble, at your local independent bookstore or at IndieBound.com.

 

 

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