HOL­I­DAY GIFT IDEAS

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For starters, our sleeper best­seller from our French pub­lish­ing part­ner: Cu­riosi­ties of Paris. And the gor­geous Ital­ianis­simo, which will en­lighten you on all things Ital­ian and have an af­ter­life as the most bel­lis­simo cof­fee table book ever. Ex­hausted by it all? Trans­port your­self to tran­quil­ity: Quiet Cor­ners of Rome, Quiet Cor­ners of Paris. Stay­ca­tion? E. B. White’s Here is New York and Tru­man Capote’s Brook­lyn: A Per­sonal Mem­oir. And start out healthily and de­li­ciously in 2019 us­ing our cook­books writ­ten by the chefs of the Rome Sus­tain­able Food Project, a pro­gram founded by Alice Waters at the Amer­i­can Academy in Rome.

ANDY WARHOL’S NEW YORK CITY

Four Walks, Up­town to Down­town Thomas Kiedrowski Orig­i­nal il­lus­tra­tions by Vito Giallo •

The eighty sites in Andy Warhol’s New York City bring to life the elec­tri­fy­ing world he cre­ated and in­clude his Fac­to­ries and res­i­dences, as well as clubs, mu­se­ums, bou­tiques, restau­rants, and dozens of glam­orous and gritty places in be­tween. New York­ers will sa­vor glimpses of the city’s icons—van­ished (Schrafft’s), cur­rent (Serendip­ity 3), and never re­al­ized (the Andy-Mat); art lovers will ap­pre­ci­ate the list­ing of Warhol’s many gallery shows; any­one in­ter­ested in fash­ion and celebrity will be in­trigued by the de­tails of his stylish world.

Pap­ber­back 144 pages $14.95 • •

HERE IS NEW YORK

E.B. White In­tro­duc­tion by Roger An­gell •

Cho­sen by The New York Times as one of the ten best books ever writ­ten about the city. The New Yorker calls it “the wit­ti­est es­say, and one of the most per­cep­tive, ever done on the city.” In the sum­mer of 1948, E.B. White sat in a New York City ho­tel room and, swel­ter­ing in the heat, wrote a re­mark­able pris­tine es­say, “Here is New York.” Per­cep­tive, funny, and nos­tal­gic, the au­thor’s stroll around Man­hat­tan—with the reader arm-in-arm— re­mains the quin­tes­sen­tial love let­ter to the city, writ­ten by one of Amer­ica’s fore­most literary fig­ures.

Hardcover 58 pages $16.95 • •

BROOK­LYN: A PER­SONAL MEM­OIR

With the lost pho­to­graphs of David At­tie Tru­man Capote In­tro­duc­tion by Ge­orge Plimp­ton Af­ter­word by Eli At­tie • • Capote’s stylish es­say in praise of Brook­lyn was pub­lished in 1959, but not un­til 2014—more than 50 years after they were taken—were the orig­i­nal pho­to­graphs com­mis­sioned for the piece dis­cov­ered by the late pho­tog­ra­pher’s son. Also found among the neg­a­tives were pre­vi­ously un­known por­traits of Capote; none of the pho­tos had ever been pub­lished. Now, in a new edi­tion with a new ti­tle, the words and im­ages are united for the first time. David At­tie’s im­ages pro­vide an at­mo­spheric par­al­lel por­trait of Brook­lyn in 1959—its build­ings, shops, lost mo­ments—a city at once strangely fa­mil­iar yet largely van­ished. Hardcover 112 pages $29.95 • •

CU­RIOSI­TIES OF PARIS

Lav­ishly il­lus­trated with 800 color pho­tos, this fact-packed trea­sury leads the reader through Paris, point­ing out over­looked ar­chi­tec­tural de­tails and struc­tures that once served a use­ful pur­pose but whose func­tions have been ob­scured by the pas­sage of time. Or­ga­nized by sub­ject—foun­tains and wells; cen­turies-old shop signs; ves­tiges of wars and an­cient Egypt; ho­tels of leg­end; civic mea­sure­ment de­vices; traces of rites and su­per­sti­tions; re­mark­able trees; sun­di­als and merid­i­ans; eques­trian Paris; ro­man­tic ru­ins; un­usual tombs, stair­ways, and pas­sage­ways; re­li­gious relics; mo­saics; pub­lic barom­e­ters and ther­mome­ters; and more—this de­light­ful guide deep­ens the reader’s knowl­edge and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of Paris through the cen­turies. Pa­per­back 240 pages $22.95 • •

LITERARY ST. PETERS­BURG

Elaine Blair Much of Rus­sian lit­er­a­ture is St. Peters­burg lit­er­a­ture: set in the city, about the city, or writ­ten by writ­ers liv­ing there. This unique guide pro­files fif­teen au­thors whose works and lives were in­ti­mately con­nected to this mag­nif­i­cent set­ting. Bi­o­graph­i­cal sketches fo­cus on the city as the writ­ers knew it, a sense of their work, and the sites as­so­ci­ated with them. Wan­der through the mu­seum where the teenage Vladimir Nabokov ro­manced his girl­friend; see the prison where Anna Akhma­tova was in­spired to write her epic poem about the Great Ter­ror; find the statue that comes to life in Pushkin’s poem The Bronze Horse­man; and visit the square where Crime and Pun­ish­ment’s mur­derer/hero kneels on the ground to ask God’s for­give­ness. Pa­per­back 140 pages $16.95 • •

JANE AUSTEN IN BATH

Walk­ing Tours of the Writer’s City Katharine Reeve Four walk­ing tours weave to­gether the story of Jane Austen’s own life in Bath with the sto­ries of the char­ac­ters she cre­ated. With its per­fectly pre­served Ge­or­gian ar­chi­tec­ture and stun­ning sur­round­ing coun­try­side, Bath looks much as it did in Austen’s day and re­mains one of the loveli­est cities in Eng­land, an hour away from Lon­don. En­ter the fa­mous Pump Rooms and Assem­bly Rooms; stroll the Ge­or­gian cres­cents and plea­sure gar­dens; and see Austen’s homes, some of which are now open to the pub­lic.

Hardcover 144 pages $19.95 • •

The Rome Sus­tain­able Food Project Cook­book Col­lec­tion From the kitchen of the Amer­i­can Academy in Rome

Founded by Alice Waters in 2006, the Rome Sus­tain­able Food Project’s renowned farm-to-table meals feed the artists and schol­ars of the Amer­i­can Academy in Rome with healthy and sea­sonal food, sus­tain­ably sourced. Home cooks who aspire to nour­ish friends and fam­ily in the same spirit will find a wealth of ideas in these recipes, based on the wise and gen­tle ap­proach of the RSFP: “the beauty and de­li­cious re­wards of fru­gal­ity” and the be­lief that even the hum­blest foods can be the most sat­is­fy­ing.

CARNE • Hardcover • $22.00 less 20% $17.60 VERDURE • Hardcover • $22.00 less 20% $17.60 PASTA • Hardcover • $22.00 less 20% $17.60 ZUPPE • Hardcover • $19.95 less 20% $15.96 BISCOTTI • Hardcover • $18.95 less 20% $15.16

Buy all five books at 30% off for $73.43 (reg­u­larly $104.90) and re­ceive a FREE or­ganic cot­ton apron printed with the Rome Sus­tain­able Food Project logo. Sup­plies are lim­ited; the first 35 or­ders re­ceived will be sent the free apron.

ITAL­IANIS­SIMO

Louise Fili & Lise Apatoff Ital­ianis­simo pro­files 50 Ital­ian con­tri­bu­tions to cul­ture high and low, from the lofty realm of great ideas to the de­li­cious re­al­i­ties of cui­sine, fash­ion, cin­ema, and more—an eclec­tic mix of the cus­toms, cul­ture, and con­cepts that em­body the essence of Italy. This in­ti­mate guide will en­lighten and en­rich all jour­neys to Italy, both real and imag­i­nary, and holds a wealth of so­phis­ti­cated in­for­ma­tion about such icons as: hand ges­tures, pa­tron saints, pasta, parme­san, the pi­azza, the Fiat 500, ex vo­tos, fash­ion, Neo-re­al­ist cin­ema, Pinoc­chio, the Ital­ian male, the mez­za­luna, opera, the Vespa, and more. Hardcover 112 pages $19.95 • •

QUIET COR­NERS OF ROME

David Downie Pho­to­graphs by Ali­son Har­ris •

This charm­ing guide­book cel­e­brates over fifty of the most beau­ti­ful, tran­quil, and of­ten hid­den places in the Eter­nal City. You’ll find court­yards where mossy foun­tains splash; cool, quiet clois­ters; ex­quis­ite gar­dens scented by box­wood and bay trees; pocket-sized pi­az­zas filled with ar­chae­o­log­i­cal de­tails dat­ing to the days of Cae­sar. Some are se­cret en­claves that even the most so­phis­ti­cated Ro­mans haven’t wan­dered into. His­tor­i­cal anec­dotes and quo­ta­tions from an­tiq­uity to the present day are woven through­out the text. Hardcover 204 pages $16.95 • •

QUIET COR­NERS OF PARIS

Jean-Christophe Napias Pho­to­graphs by Christophe Le­fébure • Some­times it seems there isn’t a cen­time­ter in Paris that hasn’t been dis­cov­ered, de­scribed, and rec­om­mended. Yet even fre­quent vis­i­tors who know the city well can of­ten get the feel­ing that the “real” city some­how re­mains elu­sive. First pub­lished in France, Quiet Cor­ners of Paris de­scribes more than 80 of the most tran­quil, and some­times hid­den, places in Paris: wind­ing lanes that lead nowhere in par­tic­u­lar, but that are exquisitely lovely in them­selves (one called “fog al­ley”); one of the city’s small­est streets is a mere stair­case with­out a sin­gle num­bered ad­dress; some have breath­tak­ing views, oth­ers are filled with his­toric and ar­chi­tec­tural de­tails.

Hardcover 176 pages $14.95 • •

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