Greetings, gentle readers! In the bookstore, we do our best to walk all of our new visitors down the stairs into the cozy basement level. That’s where almost all of our nonfiction lives: history, philosophy, social sciences, travel narratives, guidebooks for spiritual quests and revolutions, gorgeous coffee table books on your favorite artists, cookbooks, biographies of great heroes, and so much more. I wanted to highlight some of the beautiful nonfiction books we’ve received in the shop in the last week.
Co-owner Hilary fell in love with Trace , “a provocative and powerful mosaic of personal journeys and historical inquiry across a continent and time,” and made it our Literati Cultura pick this month (if you haven’t yet heard about our new Signed First Editions Literati Cultura Club, here, read all about it).
A beautiful little book to memorialize a powerful ruling. Customers have been buying one for themselves, one to give as a gift. Share the love.
Vowell’s a bookstore favorite, and we’re excited about her latest humorous, obsessive take on US History. This time, she’s writing on “an insightful and unconventional account of George Washington’s trusted officer and friend, that swashbuckling teenage French aristocrat the Marquis de Lafayette.” You had me a “swashbuckling teen.”
On your quests through interwebs and time, you’ve probably encountered the Humans of New York blog and book–this sensitive, lovely street photography project has bloomed into portraiture of humans in cities all over the US, including Ann Arbor. This book (we’ve still got stack of signed editions in stock) gives space for the subjects of these candid photos to tell their own stories. Absolutely fascinating, and I think the reader closes the book feeling more optimistic about the humans all around us.
A group of friends compiled a visual list of inspiration for their building projects, and came up with this inviting book of handmade homes all over the world. Big trees, weird trundle beds, and Autumn Man livin’ large in the serene green. “For your quiet place somewhere.” Absolutely perfect as we head into the winter season.