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Below are a few more great titles from about 100 hand-picked books that make ideal gifts for everyone on your list. All of these titles are discounted 20% through the month of December!

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Ansel Adams in Yosemite Valley: Celebrating the Park at 150 Ansel Adams in Yosemite Valley: Celebrating the Park at 150
by Peter Galassi (photos by Ansel Adams)

This deluxe, large-format book featuring roughly 150 breathtaking images is timed with the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's signing of the Yosemite Grant, which laid the groundwork for the National Parks system. Ansel Adams first visited Yosemite in 1916, at the age of 14, and returned every year throughout his life. It's where he fell in love with the western wilderness, and became a photographer; he photographed Yosemite more than any other place. A perfect gift for Ansel Adams fans, and those who love the natural beauty of Yosemite.

The Big Book of Maker Skills: Tools & Techniques for Building Great Tech Projects The Big Book of Maker Skills: Tools & Techniques for Building Great Tech Projects
by Chris Hackett & The Editors of Popular Science

In this handy book, you will learn classic, tried-and-true techniques from shop class, like how to use a metal lathe, or pick the right drill bit or saw. And you will discover a whole new world of modern manufacturing technologies, like using CAD software, printing circuits, and more. Features easy-to-follow projects with step-by-step illustrations, diagrams, and exceptional photographs.

The Boston Girl The Boston Girl
by Anita Diamant

The bestselling author of The Red Tent tells a gripping story of a young Jewish woman who grew up in Boston in the early 1900s. Addie, 85, shares the story of her life with her 22-year-old granddaughter, from the one-room tenement apartment she shared with her immigrant parents and two sisters, to the library group for girls she joins at a neighborhood settlement house, to her first, disastrous love affair. Anita Diamant writes with the same attention to historical detail and emotional resonance that made her previous novels bestsellers.

California Mushrooms California Mushrooms
by Dennis E. Desjardin, Michael G. Wood & Frederick A. Stevens

One of the most ecologically rich and diverse regions of North America, California is home to hundreds of species of mushrooms. Mycologist experts Dennis Desjardin, Michael Wood and Fred Stevens provide over 1100 species profiles, including comprehensive descriptions and spectacular photographs of 650 species. Each profile includes information on macro- and micromorphology, habitat, edibility, and comparisons with closely related species and potential look-alikes. Over 90% of the species treated in this book occur elsewhere, making the book useful throughout western North America.

The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness
by Rebecca Solnit

In her latest collection of previously published essays, Rebecca Solnit (author of Men Explain Things to Me) explores troubled and troubling spaces and places that illuminate her concerns about community and power. Combining commentary on history, justice, war and peace, and explorations of place, art, and community, "Solnit's writing is every bit as strong as the work of Joan Didion and Annie Dillard...Often startling and always original, this book showcases the work of an impressive intellect and a brilliant writer." - Shelf Awareness

The Night Before Christmas The Night Before Christmas
by Clement Clarke Moore (illust. by Roger Duvoisin)

With glorious illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Roger Duvoisin, this edition of Moore's beloved classic is an ideal holiday read-aloud for families. And its tall, narrow size is just right for tucking into a Christmas stocking.

Nora Webster Nora Webster
by Colm Toibin

"A subtle, pitch-perfect sonata of a novel in which an Irish widow faces her empty life and, incrementally, fills the hole left by the recent death of her husband." (Kirkus Reviews) Bestselling and critically acclaimed novelist Colm Toibin has written a companion piece to his masterful Brooklyn, which detailed a young Irish woman's emigration in the 1950s. Set a decade later, this novel concerns a woman who stayed behind, the opportunities that went unexplored and the comforts that support her through tragedy.

The Novel: A Biography The Novel: A Biography
by Michael Schmidt

The 700-year history of the novel in English defies straightforward telling. Encompassing a range of genres, it is geographically and culturally boundless and influenced by great novelists working in other languages. Michael Schmidt (Poetry/Glasgow Univ.; The Stories of My Life), choosing as his travel companions not critics or theorists but other novelists, does full justice to its complexity. This is "a monumental achievement, in its historical importance and its stylistic beauty. It is, itself, a work of art, just as vital and remarkable as the many works it chronicles," writes Jonathan Russell Clark, author of The Millions.

Paris Magnum Paris Magnum
By Eric Hazan

This homage to Paris in 350 images by the great Magnum photographers celebrates the myriad aspects of Paris in a volume as captivating for the lifelong Parisian as it is for the armchair traveler. From fashion shows to underground jazz clubs, and from the metro to indoor cafes and beyond, these photographs show the city as it lives and breathes.

Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin
by David Ritz

This definitive biography of the Queen of Soul from acclaimed music writer David Ritz is a great gift for music lovers. The golden daughter of a progressive and promiscuous Baptist preacher, raised without her mother, Aretha Franklin was a gospel prodigy who gave birth to two sons in her teens and left them and her native Detroit for New York. There, she struggled to find her true voice. It was not until 1967, when a white Jewish producer insisted she return to her gospel-soul roots, that fame and fortune finally came via "Respect" and a string of hits. She has evolved amidst personal tragedy, surprise Grammy performances, and career reinventions, to become one of the greatest talents in American culture.

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