Holiday Gift Book Round Up

I’m trying something new this time with a single long entry that offers a slate of gift books all landing on 10/29/13. I hope the scrolling doesn’t get tiring and that you don’t give up before you reach the cool Gertrude Stein kids book at the end. 🙂

This visual history of the series that perhaps defines “cult classic: is filled with carefully selected photographs, props, costumes, stills, production memos, letters, scripts, merchandise, and toys—all in full color.

It’s a “museum in a book” that tells the story of Doctor Who year by year, from the first pre-production memo in 1963 to the most recent prop created for the 2013 series. It also includes new and previously unpublished interviews. In other words, if you know a Dr. Who fanatic, your holiday shopping is done.

Booksellers, this book will be part of the official BBC celebrations and publicity surrounding the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. Along with eight new episodes this year, the BBC is also in the middle of a year-long retrospective of classic episodes. There will be an anniversary special in November as well as a “making of” movie about how it all began.

Doctor Who: The Vault: Treasures from the First Fifty Years (9780062280633) by Marcus Hearn. $45.00 hardcover. 10/29/13 on sale.


Designed in close collaboration with Warner Brothers which is releasing a 75th Anniversary DVD for the holidays, this is visually rich, blingy retrospective of everything about the movie. Packed with info like the inspiration behind the film’s realistic tornado, why Dorothy’s shoes were ruby and how to get a fleet of monkeys of fly, there is also never-before-seen artwork from the authors’ personal collection, including rare stills, Technicolor test frames, and costume and set illustrations.

The bling factor comes from nine innovative, removable graphic components, including a light-sensitive page that literally transforms a black-and-white image to color to capture the classic moment when Dorothy opens her farmhouse door to Oz. With over 250 full-color photos and illustrations throughout, this one’s a feast for fans.

The Wizard of Oz: The Official 75th Anniversary Companion (9780062278012) William Stillman and Jay Scarfone. $40.00 hardcover. 10/29/13 on sale.


Is it possible that there are still Beatles interviews that have not yet been unearthed and published? Apparently. This is a collection of the transcripts from the Beatles’ appearances on BBC Radio and Television between 1962 and 1970 featuring commentary from Beatles expert Kevin Howlett as well as rare photographs and memorabilia, including album art, Apple-licensed photography, and never-before-seen BBC ephemera. The book has over 250 photographs and is being packaged in a deluxe box edition, designed to look like a 1960s reel-to-reel case.

Our book is being published to coincide with a new album of previously unreleased Beatles BBC performances due out in November. This is the first album of unreleased Beatles material for seventeen years; Kevin Howlett has provided the liner notes for this forthcoming new album, and will cross promote with this book.

The Beatles: The BBC Archives: 1962-1970 (9780062288530) by Kevin Howlett. $60.00 hardcover. 10/29/13 on sale.


The first new music from Throwing Muses in a decade is coming out… in bookstores. The 32-track double album will be packaged with a 64-page illustrated companion book.


  • the full studio album
  • photographs and artwork by band Dave Narcizo and Kristin Hersh of the Throwing Muses
  • lyrics for each song
  • stories and essays by Kristin Hersh to accompany each track
  • instructions for downloads of exclusive content including demos and outtakes. 

Purgatory/Paradise (9780062310026) by Kristin Hersh. $24.99 hardcover. 10/29/13 on sale.


If you don’t know Garden and Gun, I recommend checking it out. Subtitled “Soul of the South,” it’s both a website and a gorgeous magazine of Southern culture and arts. Their first book is about to land Well-designed and gifty, with line drawings throughout, it’s going to make a nice literary gift for those of us who are fans of Southern culture. Here’s what the editors say about it:

[T]his compilation of more than 100 instructional and narrative essays offers a comprehensive tutorial to modern-day life in the South. From food and drink to sporting and style, home and garden to arts and culture, you’ll discover essential skills and unique insights from some of the South’s finest writers, chefs, and craftsmen—including the secrets to perfect biscuits, tips for betting on the Kentucky Derby, and how to whip up a proper Sazerac.”


  • Roy Blount, Jr. on telling a great story
  • Julia Reed on throwing the ultimate party
  • Jonathan Miles on drinking like a Southerner
  • Jack Hitt on the beauty of cooking a whole hog
  • John T. Edge on why Southern food matters

David DiBenedetto, Editor-in-chief of Garden & Gun Magazine, will be interviewed about The Southerner’s Handbook on NPR’s Weekend Edition and on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on October 29th .

The Southerner’s Handbook: A Guide to Living the Good Life (9780062242389) by Editors of Garden and Gun. $27.99 hardcover. 10/29/13 on sale.


Surprise the English major in your family with Gertrude Stein’s only children’s book—illustrated by the famed illustrator of Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny! This unique literary gift book includes the original 1939 picture book, a foreword by Clement Hurd’s son, author and illustrator Thacher Hurd, an afterword by Edith Thacher Hurd who recounts the story of the Stein/Hurd collaboration in entertaining detail, and correspondence relating to the work between Stein and Hurd. The book also includes archival images and Hurd family photographs, including Stein in France at the time of the book’s writing as well as photos of the real-life Rose and white French poodle that inspired the story’s characters.

While Stein remains a controversial literary figure, this book was well received on publication with the NYTBR noting in 1939 that “Miss Stein has caught within this architectural structure of words which rhyme and rhyme again the essence of certain moods of childhood: the first exploration of one’s own personality, the feeling of a lostness, etc.”

The World Is Round (9780062203076) by Gertrude Stein, illustrated by Clement Hurd. $19.99 hardcover. 10/29/13 on sale.

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