*November Staff Picks*

By Caroline O'Connor | October 29 2021 | AdultsAllChildren'sGeneralGiftPop Culture

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1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows
A Memoir
978-0-553-41946-7
In his widely anticipated memoir, Ai Weiwei—one of the world’s most famous artists and activists—tells a century-long epic tale of China through the story of his own extraordinary life and the legacy of his father, Ai Qing, the nation’s most celebrated poet.
$32.00 US
Nov 02, 2021
6-1/8 x 9-1/4
Hardcover
400 Pages
Crown
Age

I'm Dreaming of a Chris for Christmas
A Holiday Hollywood Hunk Coloring and Activity Book
978-1-63774-020-0
Baby, it's Hot Inside!
$14.95 US
Nov 02, 2021
7 x 9
Paperback
112 Pages
Smart Pop
Age

Pop Freak! 
Pop Freak! is a hilarious pop-culture game of movies, TV, and celebrities to pla y in teams.
978-1-922417-49-7
Get ready for charades like you’ve never played it before.
$25.00 US
Nov 02, 2021
2-5/8 x 3-3/4
Other Formats
430 Pages
Smith Street Gift
Age


Tarot of the Divine Puzzle
An Enchanting 1000-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle: Jigsaw Puzzles for Adults
978-0-593-23514-0
A 1000-piece puzzle featuring stunning artwork from Yoshi Yoshitani's Tarot of the Divine.
$19.99 US
Nov 23, 2021
10 x 8
Game
1000 Pages
Clarkson Potter
Age

Original Sisters
Portraits of Tenacity and Courage
978-0-593-31614-6
A stunning collection of more than 150 color portraits of groundbreaking women throughout history—many unsung or forgotten—by one of the best illustrators working today    
$30.00 US
Nov 09, 2021
8 x 10
Hardcover
320 Pages
Pantheon
Age

Rebel Homemaker
Food, Family, Life
978-0-593-18410-3
Dutton's own Drew Barrymore is back with a fun and inspirational combination of essays and recipes connected to her new, daily, hour-long daytime talk show, which premiered in Fall 2020 and will return for a second season in Fall 2021.
$30.00 US
Nov 02, 2021
8 x 10
Hardcover
240 Pages
Dutton
Age

Letters of Note: Dogs
978-0-14-313474-9
An irresistible new volume of affectionate missives about our man's best friend from the author of the bestselling Letters of Note collections.
$15.00 US
Nov 02, 2021
5-1/8 x 7
Paperback
144 Pages
Penguin Books
Age

On Cats
An Anthology
978-1-912559-32-9
A beautiful gift book contains a selection of essays, stories and poems on cats by writers from across the centuries.
$19.95 US
Nov 02, 2021
4-3/4 x 7-1/2
Hardcover
172 Pages
Notting Hill Editions
Age

Will
978-1-9848-7792-5
One of the most dynamic and globally recognized entertainment forces of our time opens up fully about his life, in a brave and inspiring book that traces his learning curve to a place where outer success, inner happiness, and human connection are aligned. Along the way, Will tells the story in full of one of the most amazing rides through the worlds of music and film that anyone has ever had.
$30.00 US
Nov 09, 2021
6-1/8 x 9-1/4
Hardcover
432 Pages
Penguin Press
Age

The Most Important Comic Book on Earth
Stories to Save the World
DK
978-0-7440-4282-5
120 inspiring visual stories on environmentalism from key figures, charities, activists, and artists.  
$30.00 US
Nov 09, 2021
7-1/2 x 8-15/16
Paperback
352 Pages
DK
Age 14 and up
Grade 9 & Up

The Hip-Hop Queens Oracle Deck
A 52-Card Deck and Guidebook: Oracle Cards
978-0-593-23322-1
A stunningly illustrated oracle deck featuring 52 of hip-hop’s most influential queens (from Lauryn Hill to Megan Thee Stallion) serving as compass points for spiritual growth and portals to guidance and meditation—from the author of God Save the Queens: The Essential History of Women in Hip-Hop. 
$23.00 US
Nov 23, 2021
5 x 6-1/2
Cards
52 Pages
Clarkson Potter
Age

New Kid: We Fit Together
A 450-Piece Puzzle Featuring Original Art by Jerry Craft: Jigsaw Puzzles for Kids
978-0-593-23227-9
This colorful 450-piece puzzle in a keepsake box features original art by Jerry Craft—a must-have for fans of his bestselling graphic novels New Kid and Class Act.
$16.99 US
Nov 23, 2021
6 x 8
Game
450 Pages
Clarkson Potter
Age 8-12 years
Grades 3-7

Marvel Universe Map By Map
978-0-7440-3979-5
A premium, lavishly illustrated compendium of specially curated essays, boasting stunning, newly commissioned maps, illustrations, and diagrams, which explores iconic Marvel locations.
$45.00 US
Nov 30, 2021
9-15/16 x 11-7/8
Hardcover
240 Pages
DK
Age

Marvel Studios Be More Captain America
Lessons in leadership
DK
978-0-7440-4454-6
Unleash your inner Avenger and make the world a better place!
$9.99 US
Nov 30, 2021
5-1/16 x 7
Hardcover
64 Pages
DK
Age

The New York Times Book Review
125 Years of Literary History
978-0-593-23461-7
From the longest-running, most influential book review in America, here is its best, funniest, strangest, and most memorable coverage over the past 125 years.
$50.00 US
Nov 02, 2021
8-1/2 x 10
Hardcover
368 Pages
Clarkson Potter
Age

Sparkling Wine for Modern Times
A Drinker's Guide to the Freewheeling World of Bubbles
978-1-9848-5679-1
This is the definitive guide to sparkling wine today, complete with profiles of exemplary producers, bottle recommendations, colorful infographics, and illustrated guides.
$19.99 US
Nov 23, 2021
6-1/2 x 9-1/2
Hardcover
192 Pages
Ten Speed Press
Age

The New Cooking School Cookbook
Fundamentals
978-1-948703-86-4
Great cooks never stop learning.   Go to cooking school in your own kitchen with over 80 themed courses to learn more than 200 skills and cook 400 recipes
$45.00 US
Nov 16, 2021
8-1/4 x 10-7/8
Hardcover
680 Pages
America's Test Kitchen
Age

Bake, Make, and Learn to Cook  
Fun and Healthy Recipes for Young Cooks
978-1-5362-1936-4
From the 2019 winner of The Great British Baking Show comes a charming and mouthwatering cookbook for aspiring little chefs and culinary novices alike. Gather your frying pan, mixing bowls, and rolling pin—it’s time to cook! David Atherton, 2019 winner of The Great British Baking Show, walks readers through delicious and delightful recipes such as banana bear pancakes, tasty tacos, and mega-chocolatey cake. From tomato soup (served in a teapot!) to brownies made with sweet potatoes, David Atherton offers a kid-friendly collection of recipes that feels at once timeless and modern. Accompanied by warm illustrations from Rachel Stubbs that capture the joys of cooking together, Bake, Make, and Learn to Cook features sweet and savory recipes for any time of day, a list of needed equipment, a glossary of cooking terms, and some important tips. Don your apron and grab your favorite little sous-chef—this will be a first cookbook to cherish.
$17.99 US
Dec 07, 2021
8-11/16 x 10-13/16
Hardcover
88 Pages
Candlewick
Age 5-9 years
Grades K-4

A New Take on Cake
175 Beautiful, Doable Cake Mix Recipes for Bundts, Layers, Slabs, Loaves, Cookies, and More! A Baking Book
978-0-593-23359-7
The bestselling author of The Cake Mix Doctor updates her beloved approach to creating show-stopping desserts, with 125 brand-new recipes plus 50 updated classics featuring simple variations for different diets and using today's most popular flavors.
$26.99 US
Nov 16, 2021
7-3/8 x 9-1/8
Paperback
384 Pages
Clarkson Potter
Age

Tasty Over the Top
High Drama, Low Maintenance: A Cookbook
978-0-593-23347-4
Have fun in the kitchen and wow your friends with 75 of Tasty's biggest, boldest, and most show-stopping "Over the Top" recipes that are easy to make for any occasion.
$21.00 US
Nov 23, 2021
7 x 9
Hardcover
192 Pages
Clarkson Potter
Age

Brave New Meal
Fresh as F*ck Food for Every Table: A Vegan Cookbook
978-0-593-13510-5
Bad Manners is back in season with their original plant-based recipes to show you how to shop and cook smarter in this new world so cooking at home doesn't have to be boring as f*ck.
$26.99 US
Nov 09, 2021
7-1/2 x 9-1/8
Hardcover
256 Pages
Rodale Books
Age

A Thing Called Snow
978-0-593-37788-8
In this follow-up to last year's holiday hit The Tree That's Meant to Be, a fox and a hare discover the magic of a first winter snowfall.  
$17.99 US
Nov 02, 2021
9-1/2 x 12
Hardcover
32 Pages
Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Age 3-7 years
Preschool - 2

She Persisted: Maria Tallchief
978-0-593-11580-0
Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who stood up, spoke up and rose up against the odds--including Maria Tallchief!
$14.99 US
Nov 16, 2021
5-5/16 x 7-5/8
Hardcover
80 Pages
Philomel Books
Age 6-9 years
Grades 1-4

The Wild World Handbook: Creatures
978-1-68369-268-3
Packed with real-life tales of adventure, breathtaking illustrations, and practical tools, this handbook is an inspiring guide for the next generation of climate activists, conservationists, and nature lovers.
$19.99 US
Nov 02, 2021
6-7/8 x 8-1/2
Paperback
192 Pages
Quirk Books
Age 8-12 years
Grades 3-7

I Don't Want to Read This Book
978-0-593-32606-0
From actor Max Greenfield (fan-favorite “Schmidt” from television’s New Girl) comes a hilarious picture book for every child who thinks they don't like to read books (and all the kids—and grownups—who do).
$17.99 US
Nov 09, 2021
8-1/2 x 9-1/2
Hardcover
40 Pages
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Age 4-8 years
Preschool - 3

Peekaboo: Moon
978-1-5362-2275-3
Ingela P. Arrhenius’s unmistakable, enchanting artwork combined with an ingenious slider mechanism on every page make this a totally irresistible board book for toddlers that’s perfect for bedtime. Young children will be captivated by the peekaboo concept and—with something to push, pull, or turn on every spread—won’t be able to put it down!
$9.99 US
Nov 09, 2021
7-1/16 x 7-1/16
Board Book
8 Pages
Nosy Crow
Age 0-2 years
Up to Preschool

My Pet Goldfish
978-1-5362-1520-5
Follow Richard the growing goldfish from an indoor tank to an outdoor pond in a story filled with gorgeous multilayered illustrations and sprinkled with fascinating facts.When I was four, I got my first pet: a fish no bigger than my hand, with red and orange scales. My very own goldfish! In his big tank in the kitchen, Richard the goldfish quickly bonds with—and even learns to recognize—his human companion, who tells him all about his day after school. A visiting friend, Sandy, shares some cool fish facts: Did you know that goldfish nap with their eyes open—because they don’t have eyelids? Or that they can let you know they’re hungry by swimming up and blowing bubbles? Sandy has a backyard pond filled with goldfish of all shapes and jewel-like colors, some much bigger (and older) than his friend’s new pet. What might Richard’s own future hold? Drawn in by the expressive illustrations and child-friendly tone, readers will emerge with a new appreciation for the beauty and personality of these classic pets. Kids inspired to care for a goldfish of their own will find a list of things they will need in the back matter.
$17.99 US
Nov 16, 2021
9-5/8 x 10-5/8
Hardcover
32 Pages
Candlewick
Age 4-8 years
Preschool - 3

Winter Lullaby
978-1-5362-0919-8
Rendered with reassuring words and pastoral scenes, this soothing lullaby of a story is sure to settle even the most restless of cubs. Mouse is rushing to her nest.In soft, dry grasses she will rest.Geese are calling, a chilly wind is blowing, and the sky is turning gray. Winter is on its way. For Mama Bear and Small Bear, that means it’s time to tuck into their den for a long sleep. But Mouse is scurrying by, and Chipmunk is still gathering nuts beside the lake. And look at Hare and Skunk, still romping through the leaves! Why can’t Small Bear stay up, too? To each question, Mama Bear responds with the coziest of answers, finally painting a dreamy picture of the brightening colors and new adventures that will greet Small Bear in the spring. But first comes sleep, in this irresistible invitation to drowsy little cubs everywhere.
$17.99 US
Dec 07, 2021
8-7/16 x 10-1/4
Hardcover
32 Pages
Candlewick
Age 4-8 years
Preschool - 3

Rebel Girls of Black History: A Sticker-by-Number Book
978-0-593-40741-7
Color with stickers to create gorgeous keepsakes of exceptional Black women. These twelve heroes will encourage any Rebel Girl to pursue her dreams without limits.  It’s the perfect gift for young dreamers!
$14.99 US
Nov 02, 2021
8 x 10-3/4
Paperback
64 Pages
Dial Books
Age 5-8 years
Grades K-3

Mouse Seasons
978-0-593-37475-7
The first new original Leo Lionni picture book in nearly 30 years, featuring the beloved mouse Frederick as he guides his fellow mice--and young listeners--through a joyous celebration of the seasons.
$17.99 US
Jan 18, 2022
8-3/4 x 10-3/4
Hardcover
32 Pages
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Age 3-7 years
Preschool - 2