Make the most of the pandemic e book pile with a Christmas current

NEW YORK – There’s a book for everyone in this world. Take advantage of this feeling during the Christmas shopping season.

Book sales flourished during the pandemic after initial concerns that it could harm the publishing business. Come on for the holidays, some new nonfiction books might hit your gift sweet spots.

A sampling:

“Disguising the Resistance: The Visual Language of Protest Through History” by Camille Benda. From the ancient Roman rebellions to the Black Lives Matter movement, clothing has enabled the powerless to express dissenting opinions. Benda, costume designer and clothing historian, tells the story in more than 150 pictures, photos and paintings with a lot of context in the text. Take the simple topi hat, an envelope made from khadi fabric that was popular during India’s struggle for autocracy. The British authorities have banned it and threw fuel on the fire. $ 27.50. Princeton Architectural Press.

“The Christmas Owl”, by Ellen Kalish and Gideon Sterer, with illustrations by Ramona Kaulitzki. This adorable Christmas story is the real story of a little owl named Rockefeller. The young saw owl was found in the branches of a towering spruce that was grown in New York state and cut last year for the Rockefeller Center’s Christmas tree. Unharmed but hungry, she spent a brief stint at a Saugerties rehabilitation center before being released. Kalish is the executive director of the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center in the city of Hudson Valley. $ 15.49. From 4 years. Small brown books for young readers.

“Patient Zero: A Curious Story of the World’s Worst Diseases” by Lydia Kang and Nate Pedersen. Disease outbreaks. How do you start? How do they spread? How do we overcome? These are questions for the time, but certainly nothing new. This book examines everything that came before COVID-19: plague, yellow fever, mad cow disease, typhoid, and more. Who was Typhus Mary? She was an asymptomatic, temporary housewife who infected hundreds, if not thousands. Where did the N95 respirator start? With Sara Little Turnbull and the fibrous padding for bras that she developed for 3M. $ 24.95. Workers publishing house.

“In the Weeds: Around the world and behind the scenes with Anthony Bourdain” by Tom Vitale. Bourdain’s longtime director and producer shares stories and secrets from more than a decade of world travel with the beloved and complicated foodie / adventurer. Bourdain once raved about the Peking duck in a Hong Kong restaurant, only to find out that he ate suckling pig. And a stopover in Namibia when the warthog anus he was eating hit him hard in the stomach. Bourdain killed himself in a French hotel room in 2018. 30 dollars. Hachette books.

“Sharing the wisdom of time” from Pope Francis and friends. Soon to be a four-part documentary series on Netflix, this book is a collection of personal stories from grandparents and elders around the world, including filmmaker Martin Scorsese. There is a survivor from Auschwitz, a blind basket weaver in Kenya and a centenarian midwife in Guatemala. The Pope said in a statement: “Our society has silenced the voices of grandparents. We got them out of the way. ”During one of his daily prayer sessions, Pope Francis received an inspiration: shedding light on the important role of grandparents and other elders, the editor said. Loyola press. $ 21.98.

“Unprotected: A Memory”, by Billy Porter. Bullied at school, sexually abused by his stepfather, Porter says he grew up gay in Pittsburgh. He was criticized by his church and sent into therapy at the age of 5 to repair his femininity. The Emmy, Grammy and Tony winner describes his HIV-positive diagnosis in 2007 and his struggle with shame and trauma over the decades. “There is healing in sharing. There is healing in the truth, ”Porter said in an interview with GLAAD’s Anthony Allen Ramos. $ 19.69. Abrams press.

“Fantastic Fungi Community Cookbook”, edited and with essays by Eugenia Bone, recipes from the Fantastic Fungi Community. With a plant-based lifestyle on everyone’s lips, this book includes more than 100 ways to make mushrooms, from starters and main courses to desserts and beverages. Chaga Chocolate Chip Cookies, anyone? The book follows the path mapped out by Louie Schwartzberg’s award-winning documentary Fantastic Fungi: The Magic Beneath Us and is driven by the fans who jumped up. $ 37.50. Insight editions.

“Bedtime Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Real Tales from Black Girl Magic” edited by Lilly Workneh with a foreword by CaShawn Thompson, who launched the hashtag #BlackGirlMagic in 2013. The latest in a series for ages 6 and up, this book highlights the contributions of 100 groundbreaking black women and girls across generations. Amanda Gorman, Naomi Osaka and Ava DuVernay are there. So did Sanité Bélair, who fought in the Haitian Revolution at the age of 15 and paid with her life in front of a firing squad. $ 35. Rebel girls.

“Best wishes, best regards: The story of Schitt’s Creek” by Daniel Levy and Eugene Levy. You’re welcome, fans. Your favorite father and son have put together behind-the-scenes insight, cast Q&A, and definitive guides on Moira’s emotional support wigs and David’s many knitwear. Here’s Karen Robinson about her Ronnie Lee: “I think people should strive to be more like Ronnie. Live your life authentically. When you speak, speak the truth. ”$ 31.99. Schwarzer Hund & Leventhal.

“The highlights book of things to draw” of highlights. The people who bring you Highlights magazine have made an entertaining artist’s guide for children ages 7 and up. Journal-style book has 175 creative projects and activities that will teach you how to insert textures, to drawing shadow art. There is also “The Highlights Book of Things to Write” with imaginative prompts such as: “You will find a talking tree. What does that say about the view? ”$ 14.99 each. Highlights Press.

This photo shows the book cover for “The Christmas Owl” by Ellen Kalish and Gideon Sterer.

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