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A Map of the World

Publisher: Gestalten / Editor: Antonis Antoniou, R. Klanten, H. Ehmann, H. Hellige

This book features a bunch of high-quality map illustrations and graphics created by outstanding illustrators.

This new generation of graphic designers, illustrators, and mapmakers are masters of various forms and artisitc styles of illustrative cartography.

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The Gifts of Imperfection - Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

Author: Brene Brown

Book Description: In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown, a leading expert on shame, authenticity, and belonging, shares ten guideposts on the power of Wholehearted living—a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.

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Brand Design Guide by Alina Wheeler

This book by author Alina Wheeler is the ultimate guide for graphic designers. With latest research and analysis of brand strategies you will learn how to develop a successful brand identity. The book includes more than 30 case studies and shows a five-phase process for creating a brand identity.

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The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail — but Some Don’t

Author: Nate Silver

Book Description: Silver observes that the most accurate forecasters tend to have a superior command of probability, and they tend to be both humble and hardworking. They distinguish the predictable from the unpredictable, and they notice a thousand little details that lead them closer to the truth. Because of their appreciation of probability, they can distinguish the signal from the noise. With everything from the health of the global economy to our ability to fight terrorism dependent on the quality of our predictions, Nate Silver’s insights are an essential read.

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Bring Up the Bodies.

Author: Hilary Mantel

Book Description: The sequel to Hilary Mantel’s 2009 Man Booker Prize winner and New York Times bestseller, Wolf Hall delves into the heart of Tudor history with the downfall of Anne Boleyn Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down. Over three terrifying weeks, Anne is ensnared in a web of conspiracy, while the demure Jane Seymour stands waiting her turn for the poisoned wedding ring. But Anne and her powerful family will not yield without a ferocious struggle. Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies follows the dramatic trial of the queen and her suitors for adultery and treason. To defeat the Boleyns, Cromwell must ally with his natural enemies, the papist aristocracy. What price will he pay for Anne’s head?

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Twins Portrait Photography

Identical: Portraits of Twins" is a new monograph by the well known photographer Martin Schoeller with a foreword written by artist Marina Abramović. The book is based on a project that first appeared in the January 2012 issue of National Geographic. Thereafter Martin Schoeller visited the National Twins Day Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio to capture twins, triplets and quadruplets. He took pictures of twins side by side in his typical “close up” style. That enables viewers to compare the faces of the genetically identical.

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Logotype

Author: Michael Evamy

This book by Michael Evamy is a huge collection of contemporary logotypes, monograms, and other text-based international corporate marks.

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The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen

Author: Hans Christian Andersen / Translator, Contributor: Maria Tatar / Contributor: Julie Allen

Fairy tales are our first connection to literature and the blueprint for all storytelling in every other medium going forth from that. Growing up loving the stories as told by the Brother’s Grimm, by Perrault, and Andersen, the latter specifically holds a special place in my heart for all the beauty his language manages to convey. Maria Tatar, the book’s leading contributor (and translator in collaboration with Julie K. Allen), came to re-evaluate her views on Andersen’s sometimes brutal tales after her undergraduate Harvard students protested her analysis of their magical childhood experiences with said stories. Divided in two parts, starting with 12 Tales for Children and continuing with lesser known stories for adults, this book is a treasure trove for all generations, full of gorgeous turn-of-the-century illustrations and margin notes tending to historical contexts, folkloric influences, and critical interpretations. Snuggle up with your little ones (or your inner child) and let Andersen’s magic take you to that elusive place of childhood imagination and wonder without having to resort to such drastic measure as, say, fairy dust…

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Design Book Recommendation: Stop, Think, Go, Do: How Typography and Graphic Design Influence Behavior.

Author: Steven Heller / Mirko Ilic

Stop, Think, Go, Do demonstrates how typography and graphic design influences our human behavior. The book is full of examples and imagery from around the world that show creative ideas and innovative messages which lead us, move us to act, inform or simply entertain us.

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A Christmas Carol

Author: Charles Dickens

Well, there had to be at least one Christmas book, right?! And considering how busy this time of year get’s for everyone, why not having it read to you by Jim Dale himself (if you don’t know his famous work on the Harry Potter Audiobooks, go get them now!) while doing your holiday preparations? Dickens’ tale of the grumpy old Scrooge and the three ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future has been around for almost 170 years now, but we keep coming back to it every year for its quintessential message: That there is an inherent goodness in every human being, which, however lost we are, can be regained. Whether you find this idea grounded in socialist or merely romantic world views, it’s this firm belief in humankind’s possible path of redemption which is appealing to every one of us at least on some level.  It’s what make’s it a timeless classic to be read and listened to again and again without fear of ever losing it’s audience because some messages will never get old. So let yourself be swept away by Dickens’ magnificent storytelling and  Dale’s vivid narration to a sometimes grim but never entirely hopeless 19th-century London on one magic Christmas Eve.

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The Round House - National Book Award Winner.

Author: Louise Erdrich

Written with undeniable urgency, and illuminating the harsh realities of contemporary life in a community where Ojibwe and white live uneasily together, The Round House is a brilliant and entertaining novel, a masterpiece of literary fiction. Louise Erdrich embraces tragedy, the comic, a spirit world very much present in the lives of her all-too-human characters, and a tale of injustice that is, unfortunately, an authentic reflection of what happens in our own world today.

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Son - Book Recommendation

Author: Lois Lowry

In this thrilling series finale, the startling and long-awaited conclusion to Lois Lowry’s epic tale culminates in a final clash between good and evil.

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Defending Jacob

Author: William Landay

Award-winning author William Landay has written the consummate novel of an embattled family in crisis—a suspenseful, character-driven mystery that is also a spellbinding tale of guilt, betrayal, and the terrifying speed at which our lives can spin out of control.

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Franz Kafka - The Complete Stories

Author: Franz Kafka

Book Description: The Complete Stories brings together all of Kafka’s stories, from the classic tales such as “The Metamorphosis,” “In the Penal Colony,” and “A Hunger Artist” to shorter pieces and fragments that Max Brod, Kafka’s literary executor, released after Kafka’s death. With the exception of his three novels, the whole of Kafka’s narrative work is included in this volume.

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Lost at Sea - The Jon Ronson Mysteries

Author: Jon Ronson

In Lost at Sea The New York Times–bestselling author of The Psychopath Test investigates with humor and acuity the weird sides of human personality. Jon Ronson digs deeper into strange things such as personality cult, spiritual healers, and dark beliefs. Ronson writes about the weaknesses of the modern world and contemporary culture. Lost at Sea is a poignant, disturbing, and amusing book you will love to read!

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