*Staff Picks for September*

By Sarah Williams | September 8 2017 | Children'sGeneralAllGiftAdults

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

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
352 Pages
Ten Speed Press

Martha Stewart's Slow Cooker
110 Recipes for Flavorful, Foolproof Dishes (Including Desserts!), Plus Test-Kitchen Tips and Strategies: A Cookbook

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
272 Pages
Clarkson Potter

The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life

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.

$24.00 US
Aug 29, 2017
5 x 7
208 Pages
Penguin Life

The Perfect Cookie
Your Ultimate Guide to Foolproof Cookies, Brownies & Bars

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
448 Pages
America's Test Kitchen

The Vietnam War
An Intimate History

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
640 Pages

Duck & Goose, Honk! Quack! Boo!
A Picture Book for Kids and Toddlers

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.

$18.99 US
Aug 22, 2017
9 x 10
40 Pages
Random House Studio
Age 3-7 years

The Bob Ross Coloring Book

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
Adult Coloring Book
96 Pages

How to Set a Table
Inspiration, Ideas, and Etiquette for Hosting Friends and Family

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
128 Pages
Clarkson Potter

Night Animals

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
34 Pages
Viking Books for Young Readers
Age 3-5 years

ABC Pop-Up

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
32 Pages
Candlewick Studio
Age 5-9 years

Basic Witches
How to Summon Success, Banish Drama, and Raise Hell with Your Coven

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
208 Pages
Quirk Books