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.
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
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.
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.
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
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!