Not only is November National Novel Writing Month. it’s also the time of year when publishers release their brightest and best just in time for the holidays. Here’s our round-up of some of our fave novels, cookbooks and feel good tomes to give and get.
Recipes and stories from the Cuban Kitchen by Dan Goldberg, Andrea Kuhn and Jody Eddy (Ten Speed Press 2016)
Mouthwatering pictures teamed with approachable recipes of classic Cuban dishes like fried chicken, lobster-stuffed tostones and Mojito cake. Vacation daydreams guaranteed.
For Music Lovers
Mick Rock: The Rise of David Bowie (Taschen 2016)
Fellow Londoner and lauded photographer, Mick Rock, chronicled David Bowie from 1972-1973, when he released the iconic Ziggy Stardust persona and album. Over 50 percent of photos in this jumbo book have never been seen before and the hologram cover is coffee table magic.
For Your Fave Girlfriend
52 Lists for Happiness: Weekly Journaling Inspiration for Positivity, Balance, and Joy by Moorea Seal (Sasquatch Books 2016) Based on the research of happiness, as well as her own ideas, social media whiz and jewelry designer Morrea Seal puts together a gorgeous book that will get you through 2017 with a smile and the positive power of lists.
For Your Bookclub
Swing Time by Zadie Smith (Penguin Random House 2016)
We’re predicting that this novel—which brings together friendship, music and racial inequality—will be on every book club list by early next year. Smith’s fifth novel is wise and inspiring.
For Fashionistas and Coffee Tables
Terence Donovan: Portraits Text by Philippe Garner (Damiani 2016) This British photographer shot anyone who was anybody from the 60’s on. He was the premiere portrait photographer for four decades, capturing everyone from Twiggy and Jimi Hendrix to Princess Diana and Kate Moss. A beautiful retrospective of one man’s work.