Staff Pick

What is a garden? Is gardening a visual art? And can a place, in all its dynamism, be captured forever in a still image? Just as gardens are a "tame" form of nature, so is photography, it must be admitted, a cultivated form of reality. It's this prodding of beautiful artifice that makes The Photographer in the Garden one of the most arresting explorations in the visual arts to be published this year, as thought-provoking as it is lush and suited to a pleasant armchair amble. 

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ISBN: 9781597113731
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Published: Aperture - April 15th, 2018

Staff Pick

Against the Grain is one of the most exhilarating, genre-defying, wild cards of a book on our shelves at the moment. Prehistory buffs, climate scientists, economists, Paleo-dieters, social justice warriors, libertarians, tax code reformers, anthropologists ---  as well as curious minds of an ilk not covered by such categories ...  all will have reason to find James Scott's reassessment of the earliest proto-states in the Mesopotamian alluvial delta fascinating beyond all expectation. It's the kind of book you'll want to reference in every conversation for months post-reading.  

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ISBN: 9780300240214
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Published: Yale University Press - July 24th, 2018

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Nestled in an old ESSO station in Warrenton, Virginia, and along the charming main street of Marshall are the two outposts of The Red Truck Rural Bakery. With a mix of nostalgic comfort and fresh forward-mindedness, their cakes, breads, and pies are the joy of many a Washingtonian’s roadtrip west on Route 66. Established by Culinary Institute of America-trained Brian Noyes, formerly art director of The Washington Post, this off-the-beaten path gem has landed a spot on many a list of the best bakeries in America. And now its “vernacular” joys are available to the home cook. The Red Truck Bakery Cookbook (Clarkson Potter, $25) brings together many of the bakery’s most beloved Southern-twinged treats, along with evocative photographs, and stories from Noyes’s flavorful life.

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ISBN: 9780804189613
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Published: Clarkson Potter - October 23rd, 2018