A VERY MERRY TYPE OF CHRISTMAS
some things we love this holiday season
Tick tock, tick tock, just a week left on the clock. You’re probably all super organized and have everything bought, wrapped, and ready to roll. But just in case you’re, um, asking for a “friend,” here are some of our top Type tips for books that make great gifts.
Just because you’re little doesn’t mean you can’t think big, and with that in mind, a tour of the world and a guide that’s out of this world are two of our top picks for kids this season.This Is the World collects in one gorgeous volume the best of M. Sasek’s beloved series of picture books featuring countries and cities from around the world. Great for kids, for nostalgic parents, and for lovers of art and illustration. Meanwhile, setting sights a little further afield, the titular learned feline of Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Spaceexplains outer space to kids 7 to 11 (or thereabouts) in stunningly illustrated style. Who says learning shouldn’t be good-looking and fun?
FOR MOVIE BUFFS OR DESIGNER DUDETTES
Some of the most exciting names in design and illustration today have unleashed their talents on some of the most important and influential films of all time, and Criterion Designs collects the results in 300 pages of striking, specialty-ink-printed sumptuousness. Cinephiles and designers alike will love this. Take a look inside, here.
FOR BOOK GEEKS AND CODE GEEKS
Word nerds will definitely dig Peter Mendelsund’s What We See When We Read, a smart, insightful, and stunningly designed peek inside what goes on in our brains when we paint mental pictures of what we read on a page. “This is not a book, this is a sacred text,” says Heidi Julavits. For computer wizards, Geek Sublime by Vikram Chandra is a must. Chandra - a novelist and computer programmer - finds the connections between the worlds of art and technology, and the beauty to be found in each. Our flock of deer tree ornaments are engrossed, clearly.
FOR FOOD LOVERS
You can’t make a taco without breaking some eggs! OK this is clearly nonsense that we made up in an attempt to sound funny, but it ties together two of our top picks for Christmas cookbooks. Mexico: The Cookbook from Phaidon is HOT pink and orange, which should be enough information to sell it on its own, but perhaps we should also tell you that it’s a bible of Mexican home cooking (think Julia Child for soft shells and salsa). Or if you’re looking for something that covers a few more global bases, Saveur: The New Classics Cookbook contains more than 1,000 recipes from the editors of America’s favourite food magazine. It also gave us the idea for that bad egg joke. Sorry...
FOR FICTION FANS
Music fans know him as Said the Gramophone, and now bibliophiles know him as the winner of the $100,000 Giller Prize. Sean Michaels’ debut novel, Us Conductors, is a story of love and music, and it is awesome. Also getting the festive thumbs up from us is Haruki Murakami’s eye-poppingly designed new novella, The Strange Library, because kids shouldn’t be the only ones to get gorgeous illustrations in their story books.