Ruby Wax, comedian, mental-health advocate, and author of Sane New World, was interviewed by Katie Couric.
Sane New World is on sale now!
Starbucks has brought out their signature red cups and the lights have started appearing on the trees. It's time to get ready for the Holidays! To help you get into the spirit of the season, our team has compiled some of our top titles for everyone on your gift list.
For the Creative
The Imaginary World Of... by Keri Smith
In The Imaginary World of…, Keri Smith asks you to imagine something new: a unique world of your own making.
An indispensable guide for artists, dreamers, activists, and kids of all ages, The Imaginary World of… encourages readers to become revolutionaries of everyday life, chronicling the possibilities in the brave new worlds they envision.
Wreck This Journal Everywhere by Keri Smith
Featuring dozens of new activities as well as some of the most popular prompts from the original, Wreck This Journal Everywhere will have you travelling the city streets and country byways, filling the pages with man-made and natural objects, recording what you see, drawing, doodling and destroying pages as you go. Perfect for sliding in your pocket or stuffing in your bag, Wreck This Journal Everywhere is the ideal creative companion!
1 Page at a Time by Adam J. Kurtz
Things are what you make of them
Every day is a chance to create something new for yourself. Put down your phone and pick up a pencil. Give yourself some space. The Internet will still be there. Start with one page at a time, and you’ll be surprised at just how much you can create.
Each of the 365 prompts in 1 Page at a Time will encourage you to draw, write, list, reflect, and share. This book is your new best friend.
Let’s get started!
For the Young In Love
Chasers of the Light by Tyler Knott Gregson
While browsing an antique store in Helena, Montana, photographer Tyler Knott Gregson stumbled upon a vintage Remington typewriter for sale. Using a page from a broken book he was buying for $2, he typed a poem without thinking, without planning, and without the ability to revise anything.
He fell in love.
Three years and almost one thousand poems later, Tyler is now known as the creator of the Typewriter Series:a striking collection of poems typed onto found scraps of paper or created via blackout method. Chasers of the Light features some of his most insightful and beautifully worded pieces of work—poems that illuminate grand gestures and small glimpses, poems that celebrate the beauty of a life spent chasing the light.
For the Foodie
Edible French by Clotilde Dusoulier
The idiosyncrasies of language can tell us a lot about a culture. In this delightful book, Clotilde Dusoulier, creator of the award-winning food blog Chocolate & Zucchini, delves into the history and meaning of fifty of the French language’s most popular food-related expressions.
Accompanied by beautiful watercolor illustrations by artist Mélina Josserand, Edible French is the tastiest way to explore French culture—one that will leave you in high spirits—or, as the French say, vous donnera la pêche (give you the peach).
For the Sophisticate
Elements of Wit by Benjamin Errett
We’ve all been in that situation where we need to say something clever, but innocuous; smart enough to show some intelligence, without showing off; something funny, but not a joke. What we need in that moment is wit—that sparkling combination of charm, humor, confidence, and most of all, the right words at the right time.
Elements of Wit is an engaging book that brings together the greatest wits of our time, and previous ones from Oscar Wilde to Nora Ephron, Winston Churchill to Christopher Hitchens, Mae West to Louis CK, and many in between.
With chapters covering the essential ingredients of wit, this primer sheds light on how anyone—introverts, extroverts, wallflowers, and bon vivants—can find the right zinger, quip, parry, or retort…or at least be a little bit more interesting.
For the Lit Nerd
Drivel by Julia Scott
Gillian Flynn, Mary Roach, Dave Eggers, Rick Moody, Chuck Palahniuk, Amy Tan, A.J. Jacobs, Daniel Clowes, Jeff Greenwald, Po Bronson…the list goes on. They all sucked once, and they all have the guts to share some of their crappiest early work in Drivel, an uplifting bit of voyeurism, based on the sold-out “Regreturature” stage shows in San Francisco, and brought to you by Litquake and the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto.
Within these pages you’ll find abstruse and esoteric poetry (bad); incoherent and illogical short stories (worse); bumfuzzling proto-journalism (shameful); and pretentious, overwrought journal entries (we’ll not speak of this again).
Thanks to these courageous but foolhardy writers, the world now knows the real meaning of a work-in-progress.
Bad English by Ammon Shea
English is a glorious mess of a language, cobbled together from a wide variety of sources and syntaxes, and changing over time with popular usage. Many of the words and usages we embrace as standard and correct today were at first considered slang, impolite, or just plain wrong.
Whether you consider yourself a stickler, a nitpicker, or a rule-breaker in the know, Bad English is sure to enlighten, enrage, and perhaps even inspire. Filled with historic and contemporary examples, the book chronicles the long and entertaining history of language mistakes, and features some of our most common words and phrases.
Lively, surprising, funny, and delightfully readable, this is a book that will settle arguments among word lovers—and it’s sure to start a few, too.
For the New Parent
From Dude to Dad by Chris Pegula
Congrats: You’re going to be a dad! Now what?
Dude, relax; you’re going to be fine. But it wouldn’t hurt to get a few pointers—a road map of what lies ahead. That’s what this book is for.
From Dude to Dad gives you the need-to-know essentials on pregnancy, birthing, and parenthood, and how it’s okay to be scared out of your mind. You’ll learn what the expecting mom is going through during each trimester, how you can be the best partner and dad-to-be, and how to immediately start bonding with baby.
Be prepared for the arrival that will ultimately change your life in the best way possible.
Experimenting with Babies by Shaun Gallagher
This fascinating and hands-on guide shows you how to re-create landmark scientific studies on cognitive, motor, language, and behavioral development—using your own bundle of joy as the research subject. Simple, engaging, and fun for both baby and parent, each project sheds light on how your baby is acquiring new skills—everything from recognizing faces, voices, and shapes to understanding new words, learning to walk, and even distinguishing between right and wrong.
Whether your little research subject is a newborn, a few months old, or a toddler, these simple, surprising projects will help you see the world through your baby’s eyes—and discover ways to strengthen newly acquired skills during your everyday interactions.
The Newborn Sleep Book by Dr. Lewis Jassey and Dr. Jonathan Jassey
Here is the first and only guide to lay out a detailed sleep program for newborns—as early as the first few weeks of life. Developed and refined by two successful pediatricians, the “Jassey Way” boasts a more than 90% success rate of getting children to sleep through the night prior to their one month birthday.
A safe and proven technique, the Jassey Way uses a feeding schedule that allows newborns (and their parents) a full night’s sleep at a younger age than other sleep training techniques.
For the Coloring Fan
Outside the Lines by Souris Hong-Porretta
Just add color!
For anyone who loves creativity and contemporary art, or who simply loves the joy of coloring, Outside the Lines is a striking collection of illustrations from more than 100 creative masterminds, including animators, cartoonists, fine artists, graphic artists, illustrators, musicians, outsider artists, photographers, street artists, and video game artists. With contributions from Keith Haring, AIKO, Shepard Fairey, Exene Cervenka, Keita Takahashi, Jen Corace, Ryan McGinness, and more, Outside the Lines features edgy and imaginative pieces ready for you to add your own special touch.
Color Me Girl Crush by Mel Elliot
Glamour and gowns and cool girls, oh my!
From Jennifer Lawrence to Tina Fey, Kate Moss to Kerry Washington, and Twiggy to Audrey Hepburn, Color Me Girl Crush features drawings of some of the world’s most admirable ladies (as well as the ensembles they’re known for)—all for coloring in! You’ll find true-life stories about your favorite It girls, along with fill-in-the-blank activities so you can weigh in on what makes them so darn appealing.
Here’s your chance to style some of the loveliest ladies around, while celebrating everything that makes them crush-worthy.
For the Cocktail Enthusiast
Imbibe! by David Wondrich
A lively, historically informed, and definitive guide to classic American cocktails.
Cocktail writer and historian David Wondrich presents the colorful, little-known history of classic American drinks-and the ultimate mixologist’s guide-in this engaging homage to Jerry Thomas, father of the American bar.
Wondrich reveals never-before-published details and stories about this larger- than-life nineteenth-century figure, along with definitive recipes for 100 punches, cocktails, sours, fizzes, toddies, slings, and other essential drinks, plus twenty new recipes from today’s top mixologists, created exclusively for this book.
This colorful and good-humored volume is a must-read for anyone who appreciates the timeless appeal of a well-made drink-and the uniquely American history behind it.
To Have and Have Another by Philip Green
In To Have and Have Another, Ernest Hemingway enthusiast and cocktail connoisseur Philip Greene delves deeper into the author’s drinking habits than ever before, offering dozens of authentic recipes for drinks directly connected with the novels, history and folklore, and colorful anecdotes about the man himself. With this cocktail companion, you will be able to fully enjoy Hemingway’s works beyond the limits of the imagination—pick up this book and taste how “cool and clean” and “civilized” Frederic Henry’s martini was in A Farewell to Arms, or sip a Bloody Mary, a drink rumored to be named by Hemingway himself!
For the Beauty Fiend
Homemade Beauty by Annie Strole
150 all-natural skin, hair and body care recipes that are inexpensive, toxin-free, and easy for readers to make themselves.
As reports on the dangers of chemicals in cosmetics become increasingly alarming and the aspiration to live a more natural life grows, many of us are eager to take beauty regimens into our own hands to ensure we are putting only the safest and most natural ingredients on our bodies. Commercially available organic beauty products are expensive, but they are easy and cheaper to make at home and most require 5 simple ingredients or less. Recipes like Almond Rose Body Lotion, Coconut Lavender Shampoo, and Brown Sugar Vanilla Scrub will enchant you with heady scents – and thrill you when you realize these pampering products take only 5 minutes to make!
Beauty Rewind by Taylor Chang-Babaian
Beauty Rewind is the essential guide for looking and feeling your best at every age. From skincare treatments to emphasizing your best features, celebrity makeup artist Taylor Chang-Babaian gives you all the tools you need to age gracefully and beautifully.
Featuring stunning photos of women from their thirties to their sixties, Beauty Rewind inspires you to embrace your inner and outer beauty and celebrate your life journey, finding confidence and joy in the grace and strength each new year brings.
The following blog post was originally published on PenguinUSABlog.com.
1 WEIRD TRICK FOR CREATIVITY by Adam J. Kurtz
Many people struggle to be creative. We see creative people and their work around us and compare ourselves. We don’t know how to be creative, or worse, we did once, and now we’re feeling blocked, bored or unsure. Tired of this happening to you?
Hi. I’m Adam J. Kurtz, and my new journal, 1 Page at a Time, can help. A daily creative companion, this book will assist in the journey back to your creative self. Through exercises and challenges “proven” to help, you too can harness your mind. You too can feel the guiding light of creativity as it pushes you to accomplish incredible feats of “ART” in the workplace, and in your personal life. You’ll write! You’ll cry!
For a limited time, all this is available for only — say it with me: 1! PAGE! AT A TIME!
If only it were that easy. A single book that could change everything, a quick fix, a ten-step program that could make the difference. The bad news is that creativity, like most things, is a journey. The good news? You’ve already started. As a living, breathing human being you are already creative. Congratulations! Simply processing the world around you is a creative feat. Getting dressed. Choosing lunch. Everything is creativity, everything is art, and you have everything you need. Your way of looking at things, the way you consume and digest all play a role.
When we think of creative accomplishments, we tend to think of the end result. The completed manuscript, mastered files, or framed piece. We get so caught up in that tangible end goal that we might not even see the creativity itself: the emotions, thinking, sketches and planning that led to that final output.
There’s no quick fix because there can’t be. There’s no switch to flip because your creativity is constantly flowing, you just might be letting it slip by. So instead of rushing forward, slow down. Take a deep breath. What are you thinking right now? What is the root of that emotion? Let’s talk about something else. Where have you traveled before? What would you write in a letter to a seven-year-old? Get up and walk away. Staring a problem in the face isn’t going to solve anything. Staring yourself in the face might. Write everything down and look at it. Make a couple of lists. Have some water, swish it around your mouth until it’s lukewarm, then swallow it. Okay, where were we, and where do we stand now?
Harness a small bit of yourself every day. A tiny piece. Something that feels irrelevant or useless. Put it to paper, then come back tomorrow. Our goals can be so daunting that we forget all the good advice we already know. “Rome wasn’t built in a day!” “Slow and steady wins the race!” Take small steps to accomplish your larger tasks. Follow your gut or your heart or whichever parts make your decisions. Remember that nothing really matters, no matter how important it might seem right now. Life moves on. The universe does what it wants. Have a little faith or take the whole leap. Your only job is to keep moving on. That’s creativity. It’s not a painting, it’s continuing to process, progress, and enjoy your life as you make it through.
But what do I know? I’m just some guy on the internet.
1 Page at a Time is a lot of things. It’s a diary. It’s a sketchbook. It’s a rulebook, a guidebook, a playbook and a yearbook. It’s whatever you want, with a healthy dose of optimism. And cynicism. It’s human. And it’s going to push you along your creative journey in the same way it helped me on mine.
Adam J. Kurtz is a graphic designer, artist, and serious person. He is primarily concerned with creating honest, accessible work, including a range of small products and the self-published “unsolicited advice” calendar series. He is the author of no other books.
He currently lives in New York City. Visit AdamJK.com, @AdamJK, & jkjkjkjkjkjkjkjkjkjk.com (or don’t!).
Tom Nardone, author of EXTREME PUMPKINS, recently broke four Guinness World Records:
Most Pumpkins Carved in One Hour (109)
Fastest Pumpkin Carving (11 seconds)
Most Pumpkins Smashed in a Minute (23)
Fastest Carving of a Metric Ton of Pumpkins (2,205 lbs.) (43 minutes; the previous record was 3.5 hours)
Congrats, Tom! Extreme Pumpkins is on sale now.
This upbeat, interactive, and awesome book will help you break down creative blocks in new, surprising, and fun ways. And now you can join the movement early on the book's new Tumblr! Author Lee Crutchley will be posting assignments regularly, and now you can share your projects with the world! It's time to get started. Are you ready? Visit artofgettingstarted.com to begin.
On sale September 3rd!
Finally. Now you can find all of the best fake facts in one handy book! Based on the popular blog and twitter feed of the same name, Disalmanac has been dazzling people with false information for centuries. Well, they might tell you it's been that long. And if you pre-order a copy of the book, you will also get some pretty cool stuff! No, really, that's the truth this time. Click this link. See? Evidence.
With proof of purchase you will receive:
Multimedia artist and Perigee author Phil Hansen spoke at TED 2013 earlier this year, and now his talk is live!
Phil Hansen challenges us to spark our creativity by thinking inside the box. Watch his TED Talk to learn more about his inspiring story.
Tattoo a Banana is an interactive book that allows readers to face different limitations through puzzling and unique art projects--make your toast into a work of art; paint with olive oil; use a banana as your canvas. These and other projects will encourage you to embrace limitations in order to enhance your creativity. Are you up to the challenge?
Tattoo a Banana is on sale now!
Hacking Your Education - on sale March 5th!
Dale Stephens, author of Hacking Your Education, appeared on The Today Show to discuss his new book. Watch the interview below to learn the secrets to the success of "hackademics" who prepare themselves for the real world without a college degree. Stephens proves you can reach your dreams now, rather than waiting for life to start after “graduation” day.