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Here are 20 great books that make wonderful gifts for those who love history, biographies, cooking, science, architecture, sports, the outdoors, and poetry. Don't forget we have over 100 titles to choose from that are 20% off during the month of December. Visit our Holiday Picks page to see the entire list.

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The Brothers The Brothers
by Stephen Kinzer

The award-winning foreign correspondent has written a joint biography of John Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles, who led the United States into foreign adventures that decisively shaped today's world as the Cold War was at its peak.

Camelot's Court: Inside the Kennedy White House Camelot's Court: Inside the Kennedy White House
by Robert Dallek

The noted historian and author of An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963 has written a compelling view of the fallen president's principal advisers, and how Kennedy ultimately gained the confidence to rely on his own instincts.

"The story of how a glamorous but green young president struggled with conflicting and often bad advice while trying to avoid nuclear Armageddon remains a gripping and cautionary tale of the loneliness of command."- Evan Thomas, The Washington Post

Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words
John W. Pilley (with Hilary Hinzmann)

Chaser the Border Collie has learned the names of over 1,000 objects. This story about Chaser and her octogenarian trainer explores the true potential of animal intelligence, and the ways in which any dog lover could achieve similar results.

City Parks, Public Places, Private Thoughts City Parks, Public Places, Private Thoughts
by Catie Marron (photos by Oberto Gili)

A wonderful gift book, City Parks captures the spirit and beauty of eighteen of the world's most-loved city parks. Contributors such as Zadie Smith, Ian Frazier, Candice Bergen, Colm Toibin, Nicole Krauss, and Jan Morris reflect on a particular park that holds special meaning for them. Gili's photographs - taken around the world over the course of a year - unify the writers' unique and personal voices.

Cooking at Home with the Culinary Institute of America (Revised) Cooking at Home with the Culinary Institute of America (Revised)

This is the Culinary Institute of America's flagship reference for home cooks who want to take their skills to the next level. All the basics that every great home cook should know on equipment, ingredients and techniques are explained in simple, step-by-step detail accompanied by extensive color photographs.

Daniel: My French Cuisine Daniel: My French Cuisine
by Daniel Boulud

A must-have for sophisticated foodies everywhere! One of America's most respected and successful chefs delivers a definitive, yet personal cookbook on his love of French food. Includes more than 75 signature recipes, plus an additional 12 recipes the owner of Restaurant Daniel prepares at home for his friends.

Discovering Architecture: How the World's Great Buildings Were Designed and Built Discovering Architecture: How the World's Great Buildings Were Designed and Built
by Philip Jodidio

This exceptionally produced art book with die-cut windows, overlays and blueprints identifies, decodes, and explains the world's architectural masterpieces. Based on the successful format of Discovering the Great Masters, this is an accessible reference for anyone interested in great spaces and spectacular buildings, and those who want to know more about architecture.

Dog Songs Dog Songs
by Mary Oliver

The beloved poet offers a special window into her world in Dog Songs, collecting some of the most cherished poems together with new works. Here is a portrait of Oliver's relationship to the companions that have accompanied her daily walks, warmed her home and inspired her work.

The French Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes and Lessons from Paris and Provence The French Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes and Lessons from Paris and Provence
by Patricia Wells (Photography by Jeff Kauck)

Culinary legend Patricia Wells makes the fresh and delicious recipes from her popular classes available to fans who dream of experiencing their own gastronomic adventure in the world's culinary capital. The French Kitchen Cookbook is a beautifully designed compilation and reflection on what Wells and her students have learned.

Japanese Soul Cooking Japanese Soul Cooking
by Tadashi Ono and Harris Salat (Photography by Todd Coleman)

A collection of more than 100 recipes that introduces Japanese comfort food to American home cooks, exploring new ingredients, techniques, and the surprising origins of popular dishes like gyoza and tempura.

"Sushi? Bah! Japanese food is so much more than raw fish, and this book is a joyful (and useful!) exploration of the earthy, fatty, meaty, rib-sticking, lip-smacking fare - the noodles and curries and deep-fried delights - that millions of Japanese depend on every day. I get hungry just thinking about it." - Matt Gross, editor,

Jefferson and Hamilton: The Rivalry That Forged a Nation Jefferson and Hamilton: The Rivalry That Forged a Nation
by John Ferling

From eminent Revolutionary War historian Ferling (The Ascent of George Washington) comes a spellbinding history of the epic rivalry that shaped our republic: Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and their competing visions for America.

Manresa: An Edible Reflection Manresa: An Edible Reflection
by David Kinch and Christine Muhlke

The long-awaited cookbook by one of the Bay Area's star chefs, who has revolutionized restaurant culture with his take on the farm-to-table ethic and focus on the "terroir" of the Northern California coast. Since opening Manresa in Los Gatos, Kinch has done more to create a sense of place through his food - specifically where the Santa Cruz Mountains meet the sea - than any other chef on the West Coast.

The New California Wine The New California Wine
by Jon Bonne (Photography by Erik Castro)

A perfect gift for wine lovers, this is a comprehensive guide to the must-know wines and producers of California's "new generation," and the story of the young winemakers who have recently changed the face of California viniculture. San Francisco Chronicle's wine editor shares the untold story of the California wine industry.

Rooftoppers Rooftoppers
by Katherine Rundell (Illustrated by Terry Fan)

When authorities threaten to take 12-year-old Sophie away from Charles, who has been her guardian since she was one when both survived a shipwreck, the pair goes to Paris to find Sophie's mother. There, they are aided by Matteo and his band of "rooftoppers."

"Katherine Rundell's Rooftoppers, like her previous novel The Girl Savage, is the work of a writer with an utterly distinctive voice and a wild imagination." - Phillip Pullman, author of the His Dark Materials series

The Sea Ranch The Sea Ranch
by Donlyn Lyndon (Photography by Jim Alinder)

The Sea Ranch, located 100 miles north of San Francisco, is a magnificent area covering several thousand acres of open meadows and forest. The ecologically inspired plan drawn up for the Sea Ranch in the mid-60s caused a quiet revolution in architecture. Written by internationally recognized architect Donlyn Lyndon, this revised and updated edition of the now-classic monograph contains 11 additional projects and an updated account of the ongoing development process and land-management issues.

Sports Illustrated Baseball's Greatest Sports Illustrated Baseball's Greatest

Who's the greatest slugger of all time, Babe Ruth or Ted Williams? At third base, would you rather have Mike Schmidt or Brooks Robinson? Is Fenway or Wrigley the better ballpark? Sports Illustrated has polled its major league experts to determine the ultimate Top 10 in more than 20 categories. The rankings appear alongside stunning photography and stories from the Sports Illustrated archives. The best of the best in the major leagues!

The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health and Disease The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health and Disease
by Daniel Lieberman

The department chair of human evolutionary biology at Harvard provides a lucid and engaging account of how the human body evolved over millions of years. The paradox is that we have greater longevity but increasing chronic disease. Lieberman proposes that many of these chronic illnesses persist and in some cases are intensifying because of "dysevolution," the result of treating only the symptoms rather than the causes of these maladies.

Trees in Paradise: A California History Trees in Paradise: A California History
by Jared Farmer

A lush, verdant history of the making of California through the lens of four of the state's most notable trees: eucalyptus, redwood, orange, and palm. The state's green landscape is not the work of nature, but of history. Following the Gold Rush, American settlers began to "improve" the bare, brown countryside, planting millions of trees to create groves, wooded suburbs, and landscaped cities. Rich in character and story, Trees in Paradise offers an insightful, new perspective on the history of the Golden State and the American West.

With a Mighty Hand: The Story in the Torah With a Mighty Hand: The Story in the Torah
by Amy Ehrlich (Illustrated by Daniel Nevins)

Ehrlich retains the beauty, drama, and mystery of the Torah in this unique adaptation, gorgeously illustrated with paintings by Daniel Nevins. The first five books of the Hebrew Bible (Christians call it the Old Testament), the Torah tells the story of the beginning of the Jewish people and their relationship with God. An authentic, lyrical adaptation that honors the complexities of the original text, with richly hued paintings that bring it to life.

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