*Staff Picks for September*

By Sarah Williams | September 8 2017 | AdultsAllChildren'sGeneralGift

No parent has a favorite child, right? Well, no publisher has a favorite book either. But we do like to surface the books and gifts that we see bubbling up, those that are particularly meaningful or uplifting, or ones we just can’t get enough of… So see this space in the future for our monthly picks–here we have a baker’s dozen of just-published titles.

The Essential Cocktail Book
A Complete Guide to Modern Drinks with 150 Recipes
978-0-399-57931-8
Remember the wildly successful The Essential Bar Book (that orange cover!)? Well, it has a new companion--this compendium for both professional and home bartenders offers recipes, history, and techniques to create 150 essential cocktails, both modern and classic. And it's gorgeously photographed. Cheers!
$19.99 US
Sep 05, 2017
5 x 7
Hardcover
352 Pages
Ten Speed Press
Age

Martha Stewart's Slow Cooker
110 Recipes for Flavorful, Foolproof Dishes (Including Desserts!), Plus Test-Kitchen Tips and Strategies: A Cookbook
978-0-307-95468-8
From the ultimate authority on home cooking and good taste, this cookbook of 110 delicious slow cooker recipes, with 110 photos, is the answer to busy weeknights with an emphasis on both flavor and simplicity. This cookbook is hot, hot, hot!
$26.00 US
Aug 29, 2017
7-3/8 x 9-1/8
Paperback
272 Pages
Clarkson Potter
Age

Apples for Little Fox
978-0-399-55562-6
Check out the fresh illustration style--plus a great mystery that children can solve as they follow along--from first-time author and illustrator, Ekaterina Trukhan. Fox's investigation of the missing apples is sure to charm parents and kids alike!
$17.99 US
Aug 29, 2017
8-1/2 x 11
Hardcover
32 Pages
Random House Books for Young Readers
Age 3-7 years
Preschool - 2

Ikigai
The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life
978-0-14-313072-7
Bring meaning and joy to all your days with this internationally bestselling guide to the Japanese concept of ikigai—the happiness of always being busy—as revealed by the daily habits of the world’s longest-living people.
$22.00 US
Aug 29, 2017
5 x 7
Hardcover
208 Pages
Penguin Life
Age

The Perfect Cookie
Your Ultimate Guide to Foolproof Cookies, Brownies & Bars
978-1-940352-95-4
Here are 300 foolproof recipes to up your cookie game! America's Test Kitchen brings all the cookie know-how, trouble-shooting tips and step photography for trickier techniques. Yum!
$35.00 US
Aug 29, 2017
8-1/2 x 10
Hardcover
448 Pages
America's Test Kitchen
Age

The Vietnam War
An Intimate History
978-0-307-70025-4
The award-winning historian and filmmakers of The Civil War, Baseball, The War, and more reveal the vivid, uniquely powerful history of the conflict that tore America apart. The Vietnam War is the companion volume to the major PBS film airing in September 2017.
$60.00 US
Sep 05, 2017
9-1/4 x 10-7/8
Hardcover
640 Pages
Knopf
Age

Duck & Goose, Honk! Quack! Boo!
978-1-5247-0175-8
Duck and Goose + Halloween? That's a treat! The feathered friends are ready for a night of trick-or-treating in the meadow but they may just scare themselves silly.
$16.99 US
Aug 22, 2017
9 x 10
Hardcover
40 Pages
Schwartz & Wade
Age 3-7 years
Preschool - 2

The Bob Ross Coloring Book
978-0-7893-2772-7
You know you love his "happy little" clouds, mountains, and trees. Celebrating the soft-spoken man who encouraged millions of people to create their own art, The Bob Ross Coloring Book is the first-ever coloring book based on the art of this pop culture icon.
$16.95 US
Sep 12, 2017
11 x 8-1/8
Paperback
96 Pages
Universe
Age

Star Wars Made Easy
A Beginner's Guide to a Galaxy Far, Far Away
978-1-4654-6521-4
Don't know your Wookiees from your Wampas? If the Star Wars saga has you stumped, we've got your back. Star Wars Made Easy gives you everything you need to get you around the galaxy.
$19.99 US
Sep 01, 2017
7-3/16 x 9-3/16
Hardcover
200 Pages
DK
Age

How to Set a Table
Inspiration, Ideas, and Etiquette for Hosting Friends and Family
978-0-451-49802-1
This practical guide is so much more than what fork goes where. It's a modern entertainment guide for creative table styles, accessories, etiquette and more. The next book in the bestselling "How to" series, How to Set a Table is the perfect size to merchandise next to glassware, tabletop, and linens.
$14.00 US
Aug 29, 2017
5 x 7
Paperback
128 Pages
Clarkson Potter
Age

Night Animals
978-0-425-28856-6
Nocturnal animals afraid of the dark--what could be funnier? We love Gianna Marino's adorable bedtime book, and now that it's in board book format, we know she'll have more fans, especially those who like to sleep with the light on...
$8.99 US
Sep 05, 2017
7-1/2 x 7-3/4
Board Book
32 Pages
Viking Books for Young Readers
Age 3-5 years
Up to Kindergarten

ABC Pop-Up
978-0-7636-9007-6
This slip-cased alphabet pop-up combines great design, must-touch appeal, and hidden delights--alphabet letters share spreads in unexpected ways such as a Letter in a Mailbox or a Pillow on a Quilt.
$29.99 US
Sep 12, 2017
4 x 5-1/4
Hardcover
32 Pages
Candlewick Studio
Age 5-9 years
Grades K-4

Basic Witches
How to Summon Success, Banish Drama, and Raise Hell with Your Coven
978-1-59474-977-3
Witches aren't just for Halloween anymore. Tap your inner sorceress and channel the dark arts for everything from cluttered apartments to dating disasters. Basic Witches offers historical and pop culture sidebars to situate the new witchcraft trend within a broader context and delivers witchy wisdom with humor, heart, and a modern sensibility.
$15.99 US
Aug 29, 2017
5-1/2 x 7-1/2
Hardcover
208 Pages
Quirk Books
Age