Gift Guide: Fancy Stuff

Poetry, architecture, a children’s classic–these books are BIG and BEAUTIFUL and perfectly giftable.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling

For the first time, J. K. Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter books will be presented in lavishly illustrated full-color editions, starting with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, available now and going fast. Kate Greenaway award-winning artist Jim Kay (whom Rowling personally selected to illustrate this edition) has created over 100 stunning illustrations, making this deluxe format a perfect gift as much for a child being introduced to the series, as for the dedicated fan.

The Gorgeous Nothings by Emily Dickinson                                                           Jen Bervin & Marta Werner (Editors) 081122175x_item

The Gorgeous Nothings ― the first full-color facsimile edition of Emily Dickinson’s manuscripts ever to appear ― is a deluxe edition of her late writings, presenting this crucially important, experimental late work exactly as she wrote it on scraps of envelopes. A never-before-possible glimpse into the process of one of our most important poets.The book presents all the envelope writings ― 52 ― reproduced life-size in full color both front and back, with an accompanying transcription to aid in the reading, allowing us to enjoy this little-known but important body of Dickinson’s writing. Simply beautiful.

0816683298_itemMinnesota Modern: Architecture and Life at Midcentury by Larry Millet

From the genteel elegance of Christ Lutheran Church in Minneapolis to the lowbrow wonder of Porky’s Drive-in in St. Paul, the Twin Cities and other Minnesota communities are nothing short of a living museum of midcentury modernism, the new style of architecture that swept through much of America from 1945 to the mid-1960s. Renowned Minnesota architecture critic and historian Larry Millett does it again as he conducts an eye-opening, spectacularly illustrated tour of our rich and varied landscape.

Cabin Porn: Inspiration for Your Quiet Place Somewhere by Zach Klein0316378216_item

Rural escapes for those yearning for a simpler existence, by the creators of the wildly popular Tumblr Cabin Porn.  Created by a group of friends who preserve 55 acres of hidden forest in Upstate New York-Cabin Porn began as a scrapbook to collect inspiration for their building projects. As the collection grew, the site attracted a following, which is now a huge and obsessive audience.

The site features photos of the most remarkable handmade homes in the back-country of America and all over the world. It has had over 10 million unique visitors, with 350,000 followers on Tumblr. Now Zach Klein, the creator of the site, goes further into the most alluring images from the site and new getaways, including more interior photography and how-to advice for setting up a quiet place of your own somewhere.