Holiday Books Gift Guide: Fun stuff: Decorations, destinations, big, big books and cats

Holiday Books Gift Guide:
Fun stuff: Decorations, destinations, big, big books and cats

Color Your Own Christmas Ornaments

Features 50 3D Punch-Out Designs

Adams Media

Adams Media, $12.99 paperback

This part coloring book, part craft project is a great way to get your family involved in creating their own DIY holiday decorations.

The Illustrated Book of Sayings

Curious Expressions from Around the World

Ella Frances Sanders

Ten Speed Press, $14.99

Every culture has its own proverbs, and this collection compiles some of the more interesting ones (example: The Japanese sometimes say "Even monkeys fall from trees").

The Dr. Seuss Coloring Book

Dr. Seuss

Random House Books for Young Readers, $15.99 paperback

You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy coloring these sketches from some of Dr. Seuss’ best-known books, including "The Cat in the Hat" and "The Lorax."

Art prints: Ideal Bookshelf

Jane Mount

20x200, $24 - $2,400

The artist creates charming illustrations of bookshelves filled with travel books, classics or coming of age, available in different sizes and framing options.

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David Hockney. A Bigger Book

SUMO Edition

David Hockney

Taschen, $2,500

More than 60 years of Hockney’s art, including Hollywood pools and his iPad drawings, can be found in this immense, 70-pound “SUMO” edition from Taschen.

Art print: Bob Dylan 

David Levine

The New York Review of Books, $150

Celebrate Bob Dylan, the newest winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, in literary style with this framed illustration from the New York Review of Books.

The Wild Unknown Tarot Deck and Guidebook Box Set

Kim Krans

HarperElixir, $39.99

The cult Portland artist aims to bring the wisdom of Tarot into the new century; this box set combines her popular guidebook with a 78-card deck.

The Science of Game of Thrones

From the Genetics of Royal Incest to the Chemistry of Death by Molten Gold — Sifting Fact from Fantasy in the Seven Kingdoms

Helen Keen

Little, Brown, $25

Winter is coming, so consider this book — a comedian’s exploration of the science of Westeros — as a gift for your George R.R. Martin-loving friends.


How to Kill Email Anxiety, Avoid Distractions, and Get Real Work Done

Jocelyn K. Glei

PublicAffairs, $15.99 paperback

The author argues that our tendency to constantly check our email — hold on a minute, I’ll be right back — is causing us unnecessary stress in our daily lives.

Table Manners

How to Behave in the Modern World and Why Bother

Jeremiah Tower

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $20

The chef who helped develop California cuisine presents a humorous guide to navigating proper etiquette in restaurants and dining room tables.


Seth Casteel

Little, Brown, $20

The photographer best known for his shots of dogs cavorting underwater turns his attention to cats with this book of photographs of felines in midair.

Atlas Obscura

An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders

Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton

Workman, $35

Paris is for amateurs. This book collects 700 fascinating places in the world for the adventurous traveler, including a hole of fire in Turkmenistan and a leech-powered weather forecasting machine in England.

How To Talk To Your Cat About Gun Safety

And Abstinence, Drugs, Satanism, and Other Dangers That Threaten Their Nine Lives

Zachary Auburn

Three Rivers Press, $12 paper

What began as a satirical pamphlet topping Skylight Books’ bestseller list hits the bigtime, prompting one question: It’s 10 p.m. Do you know where your cats are? 

Speaking American

How Y’all, Youse, and You Guys Talk: A Visual Guide

Josh Katz

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25

Do you lace up your tennis shoes or your sneakers? This collection of maps highlights the fascinating regional differences in the way Americans talk.

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