Mindy Kaling: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
Who would not want to hang out with Mindy? The New York Times describes her as Tina Fey's cool little sister. The writer, producer and actress' memoir promises to be just like her: bubbly, funny and light.
Liza Kirwin: Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, and Other Artists' Enumerations from the Collections of the Smithsonian Museum
At PR, we are obsessed with keeping lists. See, you're reading one of our lists now. Who knew something so mundane that most of us do everyday, could be so fascinating? It's fascinating when the lists are made by creative and famous men and women. This collection of lists from well-known artists was gathered from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art and is equal parts funny, revealing and interesting.
Pauline Van Lynden: Rajasthan
This gorgeous coffee table must is the author's visual account of her 15 year trek through Rajasthan, India filled with stunning photographs and her notes.
Krystina Castella: Pops!
Cool off this summer with tons of ideas for some icy delights.
Holly Becker: Decorate
There's no better way to shake up your home decor then with the oodles of inspiration found in this book from Decor8's Holly Becker. Great tips from experts and tons of sensational rooms.
Paper+cup Designs: Paper + Craft
It's worth risking a papercut to try one of the 25 super cute projects in this book from the founders of Paper+Cup stationary (a PR fave!)
Hillary Kerr: What to Wear, Where
The second book from the super chic and stylish authors of WhoWhatWear. If you were a fan of their first book and popular website, you'll love the advice they give for putting together the perfect outfits for every situation.
Hisako Ogita: I Love Macarons
Macarons are just as delightful to look at as they are to eat. While many of us would rather leave the macaron making to Laduree, if you want to give it a try, this is a good guide to get you on your way.
Noah Scalin: 365: A Daily Creativity Journal
Three cheers for being creative in 2011. Easier said than done right? Scalin's book is the perfect inspiration. She'll give you a prompt for your creative activity for each day starting Jan 1. Example, Day 1: Make something that fits in the palm of your hand; Day 3: Make something out of paper, but don't use scissors or glue or draw on it. The author admits, it will take some dedication: "A daily project is a like a marathon," she says. "It's a ridiculously daunting task, but making an original creation everyday gives you an incredible sense of accomplishment."
Geneen Roth: Women Food and God
Roth deftly points out what many gals know is true but often overlook--our relationship with food often mirrors what is happening in our lives, minds and hearts. She writes how to be mindful of the body and nourish it along with the soul in ways that will lead to a higher level of enlightenment. This is not a diet book--it is a path to a better understanding of how our food habits relate to our well-being.
Rick Steves: Rick Steves' Ireland 2010 with map
If you've ever traveled abroad, you know you never leave home without a Rick Steves guide. Yes, even in the day of Ipads. His guides detail out a destination's history, traveling tips, cultural significance, and everything else from finding a cheap hotel to sipping Absinthe. Feeling the luck of the Irish after St. Patty's day? Check out his 2010 guide to Ireland. Past travelers say visiting the mystical land will be a trip you never forget.
Sophie Dahl: Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights
Ex-model turned hottie chef, Dahl serves up delightful stories and tasty recipes that will get anyone runway ready. The fact that she is the granddaughter of famed English writer Roald Dahl means she gets here writing chops legitimately--talk about great genetics.
Mario Batali: Molto Gusto: Easy Italian Cooking
In his latest cookbook, famed chef (and personal Iron Chef fave), known for his super indulgent Italian cooking, features lighter and mostly vegetarian antipasti and pizza recipes from his Manhattan enoteca pizzeria Otto, which he co-owns with flexitarian (or semi-vegetarian) Mark Ladner.
Emily Chalmers: Cheap Chic: Affordable Ideas for a Relaxed Home
The author of several noted design books such as Flea Market Style, Chalmers has just released her 2003 Cheap and Chic in a paperback version--cheap and chic indeed.
Scott Schuman: The Sartorialist
Enjoy some of the images from Scott Schuman's famed street style blog in this paperback anthology.
Julie Powell: Julie and Julia
The film starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams hits theaters August 7 which gives you some time to read the book that inspired it. Based on the true story of blogger Julie who became an internet celebrity writing about making her way through a Julia Child cookbook. Some of the passages are even taken verbatim from the blog. An inspirational memoir that ties together the life of an icon and a woman who wanted to change her life.
Bridget Vranckx: Small and Chic: High Style for Small Spaces
Whether you're downsizing, moving into a small space or redecorating your small space, this picture book is full of great ideas for how to decorate your size challenged apts or condos.
Sean Masaki Flynn: Economics For Dummies
There is probably no hotter topic today than our struggling world economy. If you can't remember what you learned back in Economics 101, this is a great way to brush up and participate in the discussion. Who knows? Maybe after reading this book, you'll have a better solution than our economist intellectual elites.
Mark E. Neely: The Insanity File: The Case of Mary Todd Lincoln
We all know Abraham Lincoln was recently ranked the nation’s Greatest President by national historians, but did you know that his wife Mary Todd wasn’t exactly the greatest First Lady? On a recent trip to D.C we discovered Mary Todd was a tad bit crazy and attempted to kill her husband at one point. This book details her mental illness and ultimate admittance to a psychiatric hospital.
Camilla Morton: A Year in High Heels
A fun, informative guide for everything a gal needs. From how to write a love letter, to having a blog to walking the red carpet. Arranged in calendar format, there's also some history thrown in. Makes a great gift.