It's between Christmas and New Year's, that peculiar time which doesn't exactly fit anywhere. School is still on vacation, people are still traveling, and no one wants even one more piece of chocolate. Well, maybe just one. I'm sure you got everything you wanted for the holiday season, but if not, we can still help you out. Maybe you didn't get The Autobiography of Mark Twain; we've got it in stock, like we did all through the shopping season. Perhaps you heard good things about Decoded by Jay-Z, and were thinking you should check it out, only Santa didn't put it under the tree. Don't worry. We've got that one, too.
On the other hand, maybe you did get what you wanted, and what you wanted was a gift card or the always festive cash. Perhaps even now you're wondering what to do with that. Here's a few suggestions that might have gone under the radar: Tartine Bread, a beautiful bread baking book that will make your house smell lovely all through the chilly winter months; the other Bill Bryson book of the season, Seeing Further (he edited it, and it's kind of connected to his Short History of Nearly Everything). Or the delightful It's A Book, about a donkey presented with a strange new thing. Seattle, Then and Now has a new revised edition showing all the ways in which this city has changed over the years; and then there's a favorite of mine for the season, How To Live, or, A Life of Montaigne, a truly charming volume about the world's first essayist and his wondrous, delightful life.
And if nothing here has tickled your fancy, you can just wait a couple of more days until it's 2011, and come in for our calendar sale. 50% off almost all of our wall, engagement and page a day calendars. It begins January 1, when we're open 12-5 because of the holiday, and then continues from there. The widest selection is at the start, so come early to get something lovely. Or several somethings, and make a collage?
Happy New Year, everyone.