This is a big week for shopping and for books and so is our round-up of new releases! While you are making your shopping list (and checking it twice), here are some nice, naughty and feel good books to check out this weekend.
Dream Big Dreams: Photographs from Barack Obama’s Inspiring and Historic Presidency (Young Readers), Pete Souza
Pete Souza, who served as the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama, was able to capture much more of Obama as a public figure. Now, in his new portrait book, Souza has compiled photographs specifically for young readers, showing Obama as a man who served as an inspiration to generations of people. Behind-the-scenes stories and photographs of the family are included as well, in this generous and beautiful book.
Why Bob Dylan Matters, Richard F. Thomas
Everyone remembers the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize award going to Bob Dylan – and the debate that it inspired afterwards, questioning the choice. Dylan famously didn’t even show up to receive the award. Richard F. Thomas, a Harvard professor of Classics, was continually questioned himself about his decision to teach Bob Dylan alongside Homer and Ovid. But, soon, the class became something of a legend – and Thomas became the authority on introducing new generations to the genius of Dylan’s works.
Gold Dust Woman: The Biography of Stevie Nicks, Steven Davis
Stevie Nicks is more than just an icon: she’s a legend. Steven Davis has compiled the latest and best biography of Nicks of all time, detailing not only her career, in both Fleetwood Mac and solo, but also her public and private life. From her legacy, the other artists she’s inspired, to her affairs, and drug addictions, Gold Dust Woman has compiled everything. This one is a must-read for every fan of Nicks and Fleetwood Mac.
Stage to Stage: My Journey to Broadway, Josh Groban
This hardcover coffee table book documents Josh Groban’s experiences and journey all the way to Broadway. Starting with his album, Stages, to his Broadway debut, each photograph in this collection brings a different understanding to what Groan’s life and perspective has been. With pictures of his time as a recording artist, to behind-the-scenes photos of his rehearsals on the stage, the beautifully arranged coffee table book works as a wonderful gift, just in time for the holidays.
The Magic Misfits, Neil Patrick Harris
Over the years, Neil Patrick Harris has occupied the role of performer, magician, actor, entertainer, and author. This time, he’s combining some of them together in his new book. When Carter, a street magician runs away, he finds a family of friends in a quiet New England town. But the arrival of greedy B.B. Bosso and his crooked crew spells trouble for everyone. Teaming up with a group of illusionists, Carter sets out to save his new home. This one isn’t just a book, it’s full of codes, tricks and tips, so be sure to pay attention!
Staying Stylish: Cultivating a Confident Look, Style, and Attitude, Candace Cameron-Bure
Cameron-Bure, or as you may know her, D.J. Tanner from Full House, has one of the best personalities and looks, that has lasted for decades. Now, she’s sharing her tips with you in her new book. Giving you page and page of advice on beauty and confidence, she also lets you see her daily routine, and talks about how she’s managed to balance her family, work, and faith throughout the years.
Avedon: Something Personal, Norma Stevens & Steven M. L. Aronson
Written by late photographer Richard Avedon’s long-time business partners Norma Stevens and Steven M.L. Aronson, this is a startlingly personal and intimate biography. Avedon was one of fashion’s best portrait photographers, capturing some of the most iconic photos of the decades. Avedon had something special: more than just his photographic eye, his personality and charm created a spell over his subjects. Yet, despite his fame in the fashion industry, he remained the most private of people. This biography carefully traces his life, from his beginnings, his successes, and his life.
Black Panther Book 4: Avengers of the New World Book 1, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Wilfredo Torres
With the movie coming out next February, there’s no better time than now to start reading the Black Panther comic series. This is also the beginning of a new arc, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Before Wakanda, and the Black Panthers, there were the Orishas: the gods and goddesses from whom the world came. Now, as Wakanda burns under war, and its people suffer, they’re silent. T’challa must set out to find where the Gods and Goddesses have gone, and why they have left the world. This new arc is set to be absolutely stunning.
You Do You: How to Be Who You Are and Use What You’ve Got to Get What You Want (A No F*cks Given Guide), Sarah Knight
We’ve all been told about how important 10 minutes of meditation is, and how writing daily affirmations will make your life better. But, for those of us who can’t quite get with the program, there’s Sarah Knight, the “anti-guru.” Straight talking, with no sidecuts, she’s not putting this nicely to make you feel better. Knight delivers up the best advice on putting yourself first, being happy, and so much more. In this day and age, when Instagram-models are considered the authority on life and happiness, Sarah Knight’s book is a breath of fresh air.
Little Broken Things: A Novel, Nicole Baart
A beautifully written and enriching story, Quinn’s sister Nora is famous for being aloof. Quinn hasn’t talked to her in over a year, and doesn’t think much of a cryptic text she gets. But when rattled Nora shows up with a terrified child in tow, with instructions to not mention a word, everything changes. Then, Nora disappears, and Quinn is left in charge of the girl, Lucy. This is a lovely story about the lengths we go for family, and the things we will do to protect the people we love.
Music historian Marc Myers has brought to life a new understanding of 45 of the best hits over the years. Songs include Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love, Joni Mitchell’s Carey, and so many other artists and songs. Each one includes the story of how the song was written, the inspiration behind the hit, and the oral histories around them. This one is more than just a documentation of the best songs over the years; it’s a love letter, and an homage to the songs that have topped the charts, lasted for years, and inspired others.
Leah Darrow was a contestant on America’s Next Top Model, and, from her personal experiences as a model, surrounded by an industry that values appearances over personality and self-worth, she’s now come out with a book giving advice and reflections. Drawing on her faith and strong belief in God, she examines what is really of value, and what the meaning of true beauty is.
The Story of Arthur Truluv: A Novel, Elizabeth Berg
Arthur Moses tends to his rose garden, and takes care of his cat, Gordon. Then, he gets on the bus and rides to the cemetery to visit his late wife for lunch. This has been his routine for the past six months, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to change. 18 year old Maddy goes to the cemetery to escape the other kids at school, which is where she meets Arthur, giving him the nickname “Truluv” because of his devotion. Joined by Arthur’s neighbor Lucille, the trio end up changing their lives. Complex and rich, in both characters and story.
Life can get pretty complicated and confusing, and when things get tough, we need people who can give us some advice. In Tribe of Mentors, author Tim Ferriss found dozens of mentors, and compiled their life advice into one book for you, interviewing everybody from a Facebook co-founder, famous athletes, Jimmy Fallon, and others. So, no matter what scenario you’re facing, there’s something in this book to help you find your way out