Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Chronicle Books' Happy Haul-idays Contest

As you may remember from last year, Chronicle Books hosted one of the more exciting contests of the holiday season.  They are hosting an even more enhanced version of the contest this year.  If one has a blog, one posts on that blog $500 worth of items they would like from the Chronicle Books catalog.  One fortunate blogger who does so shall win their wish list!  One commenter on that blog entry also wins the blogger in question's list as well (see, you're in this too.  All you have to do is comment on this post to have a chance to win the $500 worth of books I am about to list.)  Apparently I get to choose which commenter wins, so dress nice for your user photo.

This year, they've added an additional winner: the charity/library of your choice.  The charity gets to choose their own $500 worth (which is probably wise.  While I love my library, I'm not sure they would share my first choices.)  My choice for a charity is, most likely not surprisingly, the Chico Public Library.  I love the Chico Library, spend a great deal of my free time there, and worry about them in these days of rampant defunding.  I should like to be the champion of lending libraries whenever I can.

And so, here is my Chronicle Books wish list for this year.  I am trying not to simply duplicate last years list and, in fact, this year we have a grandchild coming in December, which opens a Narnian wardrobe door of interest in children's literature for me.

As a side note, I have provided links to the Chronicle Books page on each of the listings.  I usually like to zazz these kind of posts up a bit with photos of the items in question, but I'm having a devil of a time with blogger today.  So, please do check out the books in question.  Don't just take my word for it that they look lovely.

1. Dante's Divine Comedy- Illustrated
Boxed Set
By Sandow Birk,and Marcus Sanders

Be that as it may, I start with the book set in their catalog that I still covet one year later.  A beautiful adaptation that proves that Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot are not the last two humans to have read the second two volumes of the Divine Comedy.

2.  MoMA: My Museum-

Little Ezekiel will need to learn about modern art and begin making his own.

3. The Domaine Chandon Cookbook
Recipes from étoile Restaurant
By Jeff Morgan,Photographs by France Ruffenach

Epicurean cookbooks orbiting around wine are some of my favorite things.

4. Nests
Fifty Nests and the Birds that Built Them
By Sharon Beals

This looks to be an absolutely gorgeous photography book.  I would add that it is also a beautiful idea for a photography book.

5. Bixology
Cocktails, Culture, and a Guide to the Good Life
By Eve O'Neill,and Doug "Bix" Biederbeck,Photographs by Sheri Giblin

Oh dear me, who doesn't love a charming mixology book, filled with guideposts for the bon vivant.  I have an alley.  You will find this book right up it.

6.  Andy Warhol's Colors
By Susan Goldman Rubin

This is how I would choose to teach a small child about color.

7. My Milk Toof
The Adventures of ickle and Lardee
By Inhae Lee

A book from a delightful and creative blog that I have enjoyed for some time now.  It is a charming "photo-comic" series.

8.  The Architectural Detail
By Edward R. Ford

A work on what a "detail" is in architecture, which rather reminds me of the long discussions I've had over what "an action" is in acting.

9. Le Corbusier, Homme de Lettres
By M. Christine Boyer

A book about one of the most fascinating people in recent history and a major force in the world of architecture.

10.  Edie: Girl on Fire
By Melissa Painter,and David Weisman

Edie Sedgwick is, to me, one of the most captivating figures of the 20th century.

11. The Vatican and Saint Peter's Basilica of Rome
By Paul Letarouilly

Oh my goodness, I can't tell you how much Laurie and I would love to have this book in our home!

So, there you go! Comment away for your chance to win this list along with me!  And thank you to Chronicle Books!


  1. We have one list item in common, and I already own the Edie book! If I don't win my own list, I'd be happy to win your haul, too. (I could give the Edie book as a gift!)

  2. MoMa is on my list also and the Fifty Nests book looks so interesting. Thanks for the chance to win with you.

    bamagv at aol dot com

  3. I saw "My Milk Toof" as I was compiling my own list and it looked SO cute. I may have to add it!

  4. You have chosen such a great mix of books. Good Luck!

  5. I read all three Dante books in college and would love to have a gorgeous collection to replace my tattered cheap paperbacks! Great list of books!

    workingforthemandroid at gmail dot com

  6. I just learned about My Milk Toof the other day, and I absolutely love it! Good luck to you!

  7. With four young grandchildren, I think that "Fifty Nests and the Birds that Built Them" needs to find a place on my bookshelves! What conversations we could have.

    good luck to both of us.

  8. Very cool choices! Congrats on your new role as grandparent. :) Chronicle has excellent children's books. I've been getting a lot of their board books for my toddler and added some to my haulidays list this year.

    Good luck!

    -- Rhianna

  9. My Milk Toof is on my list too :) Good luck!

  10. Ooh, I've gotta do this! Thanks for the heads up. Great list! :)

  11. Bixology! I approve! Great list and best of luck in the contest!

  12. I've read half of Purgatorio and plan a read of the Hollander translation of the whole Commedia sometime in the not too distant future. Does this count?

    C.S. Lewis' The Discarded Image provides a good introduction to the medieval model of the universe, which I think goes a good way to illuminate aspects of Dante (and Chaucer, and Gower and...).

  13. I'm assuming we only get one chance (shouldn't comment multiple times) but I, too, would choose my public library for the books. Spent many hours there as a teen. And later as well.

  14. Great choice! If you want an extra chance, comment on my list: http://wordsandpeace.wordpress.com/2011/11/17/happy-haulidays-get-books-for-free/ Emma

  15. You've picked out such a great list of books! Good luck!

    Check out my list here


  16. Interesting choices! :)

    Feel free to comment back at my list!
    the bookish mama

  17. Great list! I'd love to win these, if I don't win my own. Good luck!

  18. The nest book looks amazing! Dante made it onto two lists so far, wow. :)

  19. The Dante set was tempting, but I went with cookbooks. Nice list you compiled here.

  20. I love your list! very cultured & I think I'd learn a lot from it!

    love for you to stop by & comment on mine :-) amyreneonline.com

  21. I was quite tempted to include the Sandow Birk trilogy on my list at bookcharmer.blogspot.com

  22. Nice collection of selections. You really did some work adding all those links. I'm impressed.

    find my list at:
    Tossing It Out

  23. Great list of books! I meant to add Dante's Divine Comedy, the boxed set to my list and completely forgot!

    Good luck!

  24. Good choice of books. Good luck with the competition.