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wish book holiday gifts you can read

Illustration Š 2011 by Marla Frazee

the perfect gift

Blowin’ in the Wind

“The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind.”

Colleen Dunn Bates, Linda Burum & Pat Saperstein (Prospect Park Books) The one true food-lovers guide to L.A. is better than ever! Added this year are reviews of more than 150 new spots, a section that calls out the authors’ personal favorites, and an expanded roster of food trucks. Wise, witty, informed – a great holiday gift. $19.95


David McRaney (Gotham) An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs and self-delusions that make us feel wise, based on David McRaney’s popular blog of the same name. $22.50



EAT: Los Angeles 2012: The Food Lover’s Guide to Los Angeles

You Are Not So Smart



Bob Dylan/Jon J Muth (Sterling Children’s Books)
One of the most powerful songs of all time comes vibrantly to life with illustrations by Caldecott Honoree Jon J. Muth. This touching and timely picture book will be treasured by adults and children alike. With a CD. $17.95

Built For Adventure

That is All

Clive Cussler (Putnam) A gorgeous tour through Clive Cussler’s outstanding collection of rare, classic, and antique automobiles. $50.00

John Hodgman (Dutton) John Hodgman— bestselling author, The Daily Show’s “Resident Expert,” minor television celebrity, deranged millionaire—brings us the third and final installment in his trilogy of Complete World Knowledge. $25.00

Spontaneous Happiness Andrew Weil, MD (Little, Brown and Company) In this paradigm-shifting guide to peak emotional wellness, Dr. Weil redefines the notion of happiness and demonstrates the limitations of the biochemical model of mental health. Here is a revolutionary approach to finding lasting happiness. $27.99



Alexander Girard Todd Oldham, Kiera Coffee (AMMO Books) Renowned designer Todd Oldham and writer Kiera Coffee have created this massive monograph on seminal designer Alexander Girard as the ultimate tribute to this design icon. It covers virtually every aspect of Girard’s distinctive career. Exhaustively researched and assembled by designer Todd Oldham, this tome is the definitive must-have book on Girard’s oeuvre. $200

Symbol of the sun indicates books that have a reference to California.


50 Best Short Hikes: San Diego Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press) This incredible guide showcases routes that can be completed in just an hour, a morning or an afternoon. But these capsule distances are anything but dull or monotonous. Instead, myriad terrains beckon! Jerry Schad’s writing style and the information that he shares make for a compelling resource for local residents and a keepsake for visitors alike. $16.95




spectacular california: The landscape, histor y & talents

Tidepools: Southern California: A Guide to 92 Locations from Point Conception to Mexico Linda E. Tway (Wilderness Press) The only guide that tells adventurers where to find these ecological treasures and their fascinating life forms in detail. Carefully compiled, this guide covers the coast in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego Counties. $18.95

Southern California Coastal Mountains to the Sea David Stoecklein (Stoecklein Publishing) Southern California’s historic Irvine Ranch consists of 50,000 acres of preserved open space. In this book, photographer David Stoecklein captures the beauty of these wildlands and parks that stretch from the coastal mountains to the sea. $47.50

2011 SCIBA NON-FICTION BOOK AWARD Sacred Sites: The Secret History of Southern California

Combining geology, natural history and the mythology of our native peoples, Susan Suntree presents a poetic and scientific narrative of the cultural landscape of Southern California, before Euorpeans. It is a physical and cultural archaeology of the layers still present and informing our modern lives. Photographs by renowned and Julius Schulman collaborator, Juergen Nogai; foreword by poet/ environmentalist Gary Snyder; and an introduction by anthropologist Lowell John Bean, this is a uniquely rich and profound addition to the library of books on Southern California. – John Evans, Diesel, A Bookstore (Brentwood & Malibu)



Susan Suntree (University of Nebraska Press) A history that is equal parts science and mythology, Sacred Sites offers a rare and poetic vision of a world composed of dynamic natural forces and mythic characters. $34.95

The Spa Less Traveled: Discovering Ethnic Los Angeles, One Massage at a Time Gail Herndon, Brenda Goldstein (Prospect Park Books) Combining a quest for therapeutic luxury with a love for the multi-ethnic patchwork that is Los Angeles, book leads readers to the most worthwhile ethnic spas across L.A. County. It describes the treatments and how they connect to the cultures. $24.95

A Perfect Haze: The Illustrated History of the Monterey International Pop Festival Harvey Kubernik, Kenneth Kubernik (Santa Monica Press) The sights and sound of one of the most famous music festivals come to life in this extraordinary compilation of photography, memorabilia, and firsthand accounts from the Summer of Love’s biggest event. $45.00



Edward Weston: One Hundred Twenty-Five Photographs Steve Crist (AMMO Books) This lavish book is debossed with Weston’s signature and set inside and elegant slipcase box. This numbered, limited edition book contains 125 of Weston’s iconic images. A detailed introduction, along with reproductions of many unseen photographs and ephemera help round out this ultimate tribute to a legendary photographer. It is destined to become a valuable collector’s item. Only 2000 numbered copies of this will be published worldwide. $250.00

“My interest continues in the sand and soil patterns, but rain keeps me from work. These patterns are elusive: formed by soil washed over sand they change continually,—no use going out to search for them unless I take my camera,—they are changed by the time I could return.” – Edward Weston



John Lithgow (Harper) In tribute to his father, John Lithgow shares a backstage history of his struggle, crisis, and discovery, and the scenes of his early life and career that took place before he became a nationally-known star. $26.99

I Didn’t Ask to Be Born: (But I’m Glad I Was) Bill Cosby (Center Street) Acclaimed comedian Bill Cosby returns to the literary world with his funniest book yet: a collection of digressions, musings, and insights packed with his trademark wit and wisdom. $21.99


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Hollywood Left and Right Steven J. Ross (Oxford University Press) Steven J. Ross, recipient of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Film Scholars Award, offers a provocative, engaging, and comprehensive look at the impact of Hollywood on American political life. $29.95

David Wills (It Books) The most lavish and comprehensive collection of Marilyn Monroe photographs ever assembled—more than half of them previously unseen. $40.00

Life is Not a Stage: From Broadway Baby to a Lovely Lady and Beyond Florence Henderson, Joel Brokaw (Center Street) In her memoir, Florence Henderson shares her personal story – a sharp contrast to her iconic role as America’s favorite TV mom, Carol Brady, on The Brady Bunch. $25.99


Drama: An Actor’s Education

Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis


Greil Marcus (PublicAffairs) The renowned cultural critic, Greil Marcus, dives into the music of The Doors, and takes on the lasting songs and legendary performances that have endured far beyond the band’s short life. $24.99


Mötley Crüe with Neil Strauss (It Books) In celebration of thirty years of Mötley Crüe , the world’s most notorious rock band: a deluxe collectors’ edition of The Dirt—the band’s legendary, outrageous, category-busting autobiography. $30.00

The Doors: A Lifetime of Listening to Five Wild Years


The Dirt (The Anniversary Edition) Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band




Seriously…I’m Kidding

Life Itself

Ellen DeGeneres (Grand Central Publishing) The much-loved and hilarious entertainer riffs on many of her favorite topics – from hosting a talk show to what makes her happy. $26.99

Roger Ebert (Grand Central Publishing) This is a story that only Roger Ebert could tell. In this candid, personal history, Ebert chronicles it all: his loves, losses, and obsessions; his struggle and recovery from alcoholism; his marriage; his politics; and his spiritual beliefs and more. $27.99

Jerry West, Jonathan Coleman (Little, Brown and Company) Jerry West, one of the greatest basketball players of all time tells, with relentless honesty, the incredible story of his life. $27.99

Michael Cannell (Grand Central Publishing) The true story of Phil Hill, a lowly California mechanic who became the first American to win the Grand Prix. In the tradition of Seabiscuit and The Right Stuff, Cannell’s high-octane narrative evokes the lives of the daredevils who tempted fate each Sunday, driving over a 150 mph without the benefit of seat belts or roll bars. $25.99

Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific 1941-1942 Ian Toll (W. W. Norton) Pacific Crucible tells the epic tale of the first searing months of the Pacific War when the US Navy shook off the worst defeat in American military history and seized the strategic initiative. $35.00


Robert Morgan (Algonquin) From Thomas Jefferson’s birth in 1743 to the California Gold Rush in 1849, America’s Manifest Destiny comes to life in Robert Morgan’s skilled hands. Jefferson dreamed that the United States would stretch across the continent from ocean to ocean. How that dream became a reality unfolds in the stories of Jefferson and nine other Americans whose adventurous spirits and lust for land pushed the westward boundaries. $29.95


Foreword by Caroline Kennedy, interviews with Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., 1964, Introduction and Annotations by Michael Beschloss (Hyperion) Seven unprecedented interviews with Jacqueline Kennedy about her life with John F. Kennedy, unsealed and available for the first time as a book and 8-CD box set. $60.00

Lions of the West


Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy


The Limit: Life and Death on the Grand Prix Circuit


West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life


Claire Tomalin (Penguin Press) The tumultuous life of England’s greatest novelist, beautifully rendered by unparalleled literary biographer Claire Tomalin. Tomalin crafts a comedy turned tragedy as the very qualities that made Dickens great finally destroyed him. The man who emerges is one whose vices and virtues ere intertwined as surely as his life and art. $36.00


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memories & A BIT OF HISTORY

History of the World in 100 Objects

Just My Type

Love at First Bark

Neil MacGregor (Viking) The history of humanity is a history of invention and innovation. From the renowned director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, a kaleidoscopic history of humanity told through things we have made. $45.00

Simon Garfield (Gotham) A hugely entertaining and revealing guide to the history of type that asks, What does your favorite font say about you? $25.00

Julie Klam (Riverhead) Finding a touching connection between man and dog, Julie Klam shares stories that reveal sometimes all we need is a loving home. $21.95







Zero Day

Kill Alex Cross

Sandra Brown (Grand Central Publishing) Fate throws Honor Gillette and her daughter into contact with an accused murderer, Lee Coburn who claims her deceased husband possessed something extremely valuable. He is there to retrieve it. From FBI offices in Washington, DC to a shrimp boat in Louisiana, Coburn and Honor run for their lives from the very people sworn to protect them. $26.99

David Balducci (Grand Central Publishing) From the modern master of the thriller and #1 worldwide bestselling novelist-comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation.
And Zero Day is where it all begins. $27.99

James Patterson (Little, Brown and Company) The President’s children have been kidnapped and Alex Cross is on the scene. Someone is using the FBI, Secret Service and the CIA to keep Alex in the dark. Going against everything he believes, Alex make a desperate decision, one that may alter the fate of the country. $28.99

2011 SCIBA T. Jefferson Parker Mystery Book Award

About this Award:



Don Winslow (Simon & Schuster, Inc) “Baditude.”
Bad attitude. Ben, Chon, and O, 3 twenty-something, Laguna-cool producers, have a bad case of it. A powerful and vicious Mexican cartel want in on their business. When the cartel kidnaps O, serious baditude erupts in this thriller that blasts through all the old rules. $15.00 Don Winslow Besides writing SAVAGES, “…a thriller that blasts through all the old rules and blows the lid off the genre,” Don Winslow is one of the most approachable and engaging writers ever to sign at Mystery Ink. At a recent Orange County Sisters in Crime meeting he mesmerized the group speaking about his earlier jobs, writing career, as well as personal life-changing experiences. He made us all feel like his long-time friends.

This award honors mystery author T. Jefferson Parker for his many contributions to Southern California independent bookstores.

Parker’s adrenaline-fueled thrillers featuring L.A. sheriff’s deputy Charlie Hood are not to be missed. Read The Border Lords now, The Jaguar will be available January 10, 2012.





– Debbie Mitsch, Mystery Ink, Huntington Beach

The Drop

Red Mist

V Is For Vengeance

Michael Connelly (Little, Brown and Company) Detective Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD. In one morning two cases drop in his lap. Pursuing both cases, Bosch makes two chilling discoveries: an unknown killer operating for as many as three decades, and a political conspiracy that goes back into the dark history of the LAPD. $27.99

Patricia Cornwell (Putnam) With high-tension suspense and cutting-edge technology, Patricia Cornwell once again proves why she’s the world’s number-one bestselling crime writer. On sale December 6. $27.95

Sue Grafton (Putnam) Adding on to her successful crime fiction series, Sue Grafton doesn’t miss a beat in Kinsey Millhone’s twenty-second rendezvous with suspense, mystery and vengeance. On sale November 11. $27.95



The Dovekeepers: A Novel

Héctor Tobar (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) The great panoramic social novel that Los Angeles deserves—a twenty-first century, West Coast Bonfire of the Vanities by the only writer qualified to capture the city in all its glory and complexity. $27.00

Alice Hoffman (Scribner) A story of murder, magic, faith, love, loyalty, fate, and personal destiny, The Dovekeepers is Alice Hoffman’s richest and most mesmerizing novel of her illustrious career. The lives of four sensuous, bold, resourceful women intersect in Masada in the year 70 A.D., during the desperate days of the siege of Jerusalem when the Romans are drawing near. $27.99


Peter Sis (Penguin Press) Celebrated children’s author / illustrator Peter Sis has created a beautiful and uplifting adaptation of the classic twelfth century Sufi epic poem, The Conference of Birds. In this lyrical and richly illustrated story of love, faith and the meaning of it all, Sis shows the pain and beauty of the human journey. $27.95

The Barbarian Nurseries


Conference Of The Birds




Emory’s Gift

The Best of Me

The Christmas Wedding

Bruce Cameron (Forge Books) From the author of the nineteen-week New York Times bestselling novel A Dog’s Purpose, a new tale of love, forgiveness, and a most unlikely bond of friendship. $22.99

Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central Publishing) A story of two small-town high school sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks. Now middle aged neither can forget the passionate first love that forever altered their world. The two are called back to town for the funeral of a former mentor. They will be forced to confront the choice they made and ask whether love can truly rewrite the past. $25.99

James Patterson, Richard DiLallo (Little, Brown and Company) Widow Gaby Summerhill has a special Christmas surprise for her children this Christmas… her wedding to a mystery groom. But the wedding isn’t her only surprise, and it could change all their lives forever. $25.99

2011 SCIBA FICTION BOOK AWARD A Discovery of Witches

The Gendarme Mark Mustian (Berkley) In this acclaimed and haunting novel set in the aftermath of the Armenian Genocide, an old man and former Turkish soldier comes face-to-face with his past and sets out to find his lost love and beg her forgiveness. $15.00



Deborah E. Harkness (Viking) While in the library young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched manuscript. Descended from an old line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery and returns the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring. $28.95 A Discovery of Witches brings up the possibility of a parallel world in which witches, vampires and other unsavory people live in close proximity to us. Because Deborah Harkness is a scholar of history there is lots of fact mixed with imagination…leaving the reader to wonder if there’s more truth than fiction to what she writes. We can’t wait for the sequel, Shadow of Night to be published next summer. – Sandy Willardson, Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse, La Cañada



Culo by Mazzucco Raphael Mazzucco author/photographer, Jimmy Iovine, Sean “Diddy” Combs, executive editors (Artia) A collection of stunning, provocative images that celebrates the irresistible beauty of women blessed with real curves from world famous photographer Raphael Mazzucco. $65.00


Vincent Pomarède , Erich Lessing , Anja Grebe , Loyrette Henri (Black Dog & Leventhal) A historic publishing event! Endorsed by the Louvre and for the first time ever, every painting from the world’s most popular museum is available in one stunning book. All 2,981 paintings on display in the permanent painting collection of the Louvre are presented in full color in this striking, slipcased book. Comes with an enclosed, supportive DVD-ROM. $75.00

Great Paintings (DK Publishing) Analyze all the secrets of sixty-six of the world’s most famous artworks in Great Paintings. $30.00

Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles Art, 1945–1980 Edited by Rebecca Peabody, Andrew Perchuk, Glenn Phillips, and Rani Singh, with Lucy Bradnock (Getty Publications) This stunningly illustrated history of the vibrant and diverse postwar art scene in Los Angeles is published to coincide with the region-wide art exhibition initiative of the same name. $59.95





The Louvre: All the Paintings

Books: A Living History Martyn Lyons (Getty Publications) From papyrus scrolls to the iPad, this engaging history explores every iteration of the book. $34.95

2011 SCIBA Glenn Goldman Art & Architecture Book Award The Glenn Goldman Award was established to honor Glenn (founder of Book Soup) and his love of all books, but especially books about art.

The Heights Kate Ascher (Penquin Press) The Heights is a gorgeous graphic tour through the inner workings of skyscrapers. More than a technical survey, Ascher’s work is a triumphant ode to the most monumental aspect of modern civilization. Saturated with vivid illustrations and unforgettable anecdotes, The Heights is the ultimate guide to the way things work in the skyscraper. $35.00




The Night Bookmobile Audrey Niffenegger (Abrams ComicArts) bestselling author of The Time Traveler’s Wife, has crafted her first graphic novel. It tells the story of a wistful woman who one night encounters a mysterious disappearing library on wheels that contains every book she has ever read. $19.95

Audrey Niffenegger Book lovers will be drawn to the title as well as the vivid full-color pen and ink illustrations. This graphic short story offers up a provocative and cautionary tale of the seduction of books and the solitude they unwittingly cause their readers. Abandon your hope of a “happily ever after ending.” This book is special and speaks to a part of all of us. – Linda McLoughlin Figel, {pages} a bookstore, Manhattan Beach





Food Rules

The Kitchen Counter Cooking School

Volt ink. Recipes, Stories, Brothers

Michael Pollan, Maria Kalman (Penguin Press) Pollan and Kalman come together to create an enhanced Food Rules for hardcover, now beautifully illustrated and even more food wisdom. Rooted in their shared appreciation for eating’s pleasures and their understanding that eating doesn’t have to be complicated. This will be the edition that families will pass down for posterity, sharing lessons for eating healthfully and joyfully. $23.95

Kathleen Flinn (Viking) One day at a supermarket Kathleen Flinn watched a woman loading her cart with ultra processed foods. Her “chefternal” instinct kicked in. Thus began her journey of transforming nine culinary novices into fearless home cooks. $26.95

Bryan Voltaggio, Michael Voltaggio (Weldon Owen) Chefs Bryan and Michael Voltaggio of Bravo TV’s Emmy-winning season of Top Chef explore the concept of “families” in their debut cookbook by crafting a story illustrated by ingredient-driven recipes, personal experiences with, and modern perspectives on food. $40.00


Mourad Lahlou (Artisan) A soulful chef creates his first masterpiece. What Mourad has developed over the last decade and a half at his Michelinstarred San Francisco restaurant is nothing less than a new, modern Moroccan cuisine, inspired by memories, steeped in colorful stories, and informed by the tireless exploration of his curious mind. The 100-plus recipes, lavishly illustrated with food and location photography, and terrifically engaging text offer a rare blend of heat, heart, and palate. $40.00

Holiday Dinners with Bradley Ogden

Betty Crocker Living with Cancer Cookbook

Just Tacos: 100 Delicious Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Betty Crocker (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.) Published in partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Betty Crocker Living with Cancer Cookbook has more than 150 recipes for those undergoing cancer treatment of all types. Bonus 32 page section on the Pink Together initiative, an online community to support women with breast cancer. $19.99

Shelley Wiseman (Tauntm Press) Once a staple of Mexican street food, tacos have crossed the border to great popularity. Taco’s endless variety of flavors satisfies any time of the day. Just Tacos celebrates this versatility with 100 original recipes featuring beef, pork, lamb, seafood, vegetables, breakfast ingredients and more. Just Tacos is a great showcase for this crowd pleasing food! $19.95


Bradley Ogden (Running Press) Chef Ogden takes the guesswork out of holiday preparation. Includes150 cherished recipes for a range of winter holidays—Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s—with a focus on buying sustainable local ingredients. $30.00




Mourad: New Moroccan

Jamie Oliver’s Meals in Minutes Jamie Oliver (Hyperion) Renowned chef Jamie Oliver, bestselling author and star of ABC’s Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, shows how to efficiently cook exciting, delicious meals in no time. $35.00






Great Journeys

America’s Great Railroad Stations

(Lonely Planet) Great Journeys is Lonely Planet’s selection of the world’s most spectacular journeys. This coffee table book includes inspiring background information, striking images, and practical planning tips on the world’s most amazing routes along with thematic coverage of famous literary journeys, great walks, classic rail journeys and more. $39.99

Roger Strauss (Viking Studio) An evocative and stunning photographic tribute to the enduring cathedrals of American travel and commerce, and the role they still play in the country’s landscape. $40.00

1,000 Places to See Before You Die, the second edition: Completely Revised and Updated with Over 200 New Entries Patricia Schultz (Workman) The world’s bestselling travel book is back and more informative, more experiential, more budget-friendly full-color edition. Completely revised and updated with 200 new entries, 28 new countries, 500 color photographs! $19.95


Timelines of History

(DK Publishing) Perhaps the most exciting people in the world, mountaineers see scenes we’d never have the opportunity to glimpse - until now. Mountaineers takes armchair adventurers to Earth’s highest peaks and gives them all the glory with none of the peril. $40.00

(DK Publishing) Beginning with the emergence of our earliest African ancestors through the cultures of the present day, Timelines of History makes the past accessible to families, students, and the curious reader. $50.00



Violent Earth


(DK Publishing) A spectacular reference for the entire family, Violent Earth is a stimulating and visually arresting exploration of the dramatic forces that are constantly shaping our planet-often without warning and with devastating results. $40.00

(DK Publishing) Fully revised and updated, Animal brings together the expertise of natural history specialists and outstanding wildlife photographers to illustrate and explain the incredible range of creatures in the animal kingdom. $50.00







From the most trusted brand in nature television comes a dynamic new series of children’s books that inform the mind and capture the imagination. With World class authors, the most fascinating information, and cutting-edge design, these books really put the “WILD” in wildlife.

Incredible Journeys



Animal Planet (Kingfisher) Packed with lively snippets, questions and answers, and animal facts. Show-offs takes you into the vibrant animal world of brilliant color and clever camouflage. $12.99

Weird and Wonderful: Attack and Defense Animal Planet (Kingfisher) Packed with lively snippets, questions and answers, and animal facts, Attack and Defense explores how animals are equipped with an incredible variety of built-in weapons and tools to help them survive. $12.99



Weird and Wonderful: Show-Offs

Animal Planet (Kingfisher) Following the amazing migration stories of creatures as diverse as the African wildebeest, the American monarch butterfly, and the Pacific bluefin tuna. Witness the perils, the hardships and fascinating survival skills of these amazing journeys. $19.99

My Life in the Wild: Cheetah

My Life in the Wild: Penguin

Animal Planet (Kingfisher) An evocative narrative and stunning illustrations weave a story around the life cycle of a young cheetah as it grows from birth to adult while enduring daily dangers and threats from fierce predators. $9.99

Animal Planet (Kingfisher) An evocative narrative and stunning illustrations weave a story around the life cycle of a young penguin as it grows from birth to adult while enduring daily dangers and threats from fierce predators. $9.99

Andrew Bleiman, Chris Eastland (Simon & Schuster) Love kittens? How about every type of kitten on the planet? The perfect gift book for cat-lovers, ZooBorns Cats! features the newest and cutest exotic kittens around the world. $11.99


ZooBorns Cats! The Newest, Cutest Kittens and Cubs from the World’s Zoos




Alien Robots Kit

Science Kit

(DK Children) Make science spring to life! With six kinetic alien monsters to build, this kit not just feeds the imagination, but explains the science behind what makes the models work. $24.99

(DK Children) Including parts for over 100 experiments, step-by-step instruction cards, and easy-to-follow explanations for children to build the models on their own or with adult supervision, DK’s Science Kit challenges the concept that learning can’t be fun! $29.99






Bad Kitty Christmas Nick Bruel (Roaring Brook Press) Wreck the halls! Bad Kitty is back in a full-color picture book—and here for the holidays in a mischievous Christmas caper by fan-favorite author and illustrator, Nick Bruel. $15.99

The Night Before Christmas Book & DVD Package Jan Brett (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) One of Jan Brett’s alltime bestselling Christmas classics comes to life with this deluxe package that includes a DVD featuring Brett’s gorgeous digitally rendered artwork, original music performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra, and text read by award-winning narrator Jim Dale. $20.00

Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas Jane O’Connor (Harper Collins Children’s Books) For Nancy, there’s no fancier holiday than Christmas (and there’s no such thing as too much tinsel!) In this merriest of stories Nancy proves once again that a little fancying up can go a long, festive way! $17.99

2011 SCIBA Children’s Picture Book Award Bear with Me


As a first grade teacher and father of three, author Max Kornell understands how a child feels when a new sibling comes into the family. With humor, captivating illustrations and a delightful story, Bear with Me gives a voice to the inevitable and normal feelings that arise when a new baby joins the family. During his reading the children loved Max’s delightful sense of humor and relaxed, patient manner. Every child should have a teacher like Max!


Max Kornell (Putnam Juvenile) Everything in Owen’s world is just peachy – till his parents bring home a bear named Gary – without even asking! Refreshing humor and characters full of personality make this warm, funny debut book a book that will be treasured. $15.99

An Annoying ABC Barbara Bottner, Michael Emberley (Alfred A. Knopf BFYR) Barbara Bottner and Michael Emberley follow up their bestselling Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I Don’t) with this outrageously funny alphabet book that shows that kindness can be contagious, too. $17.99





– Connie Kalter, Vroman’s Bookstore, Pasadena

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse


Llama Llama Home with Mama

Eric Carle (Philomel Books) Every child has an artist inside them, and this vibrant new book from Eric Carle will help let it out. The artist paints the world as he sees it, just like a child. There’s a red crocodile and a purple fox. More than anything, there’s imagination. $17.99

Mary Lyn Ray, Marla Frazee (Beach Lane) From acclaimed author Mary Lyn Ray and two-timeCaldecott-Honor winner Marla Frazee comes this tender, evocative, and profound exploration of stars—both those in the sky and in all of us. $16.99

Anna Dewdney (Viking Children’s Books) No school today for Llama Llama. Instead he’s home sick with Mama. By lunchtime though, he’s doing better, but now Mama’s feeling sick. Who will help her feel better? Llama Llama, of course! $17.99

Grandpa Green

Lisa Loeb/Ryan O’Rourke (Sterling Children’s Books) Pop star Lisa Loeb brings her wacky humor to the page in her first children’s songbook—featuring a CD with four original songs plus six all-time favorites! $14.95



Children Make Terrible Pets


Peter Brown (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) Today is the day exuberant Lucy is going to make a new friend! But she finds it harder than she thought. This heartwarming story offers a unique and humorous spin on the important themes of persistence and friendship. $16.99

Peter Brown (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) A twist on the classic “first pet” story when young bear Lucy brings home a boy she finds in the woods. Through a series of hilarious and surprising scenes, readers can decide for themselves whether or not children make terrible pets. $16.99

Mac Barnett/Kevin Cornell (Disney Hyperion) When a king ignores his subjects in favor of his own vanity, a little creative revenge is in store, in this clever tale…Vive la moustache! $16.99


Legendary Journeys: Ships Phillip Steele/Sebatian Quigley (Kingfisher) This book unfolds the history of sea-going vessels as they sailed across the globe, from the invention of simple rafts and dugouts to the new technologies of today’s luxury liners. Ten three-stage sliders with die-cuts and flaps allow readers to reveal details of the world’s iconic ships. $19.99

The LEGO* Ideas Book (DK Publishing) Use what you have to make something new! Featuring inspirational LEGO® builds, tips to supplement and enhance LEGO creations, and expert advice from LEGO Master Builders, The LEGO Ideas Book will encourage creativity in kids of all ages! $24.99


You Will be My Friend!


Doreen Cronin, Laura Cornell (Atheneum) A hilarious guide to the care and maintenance of mothers, who are without a doubt “the most advanced human models on the planet.” Sure to be a hit for parents and children alike. $16.99

Lane Smith (Roaring Brook Press) Lane Smith, the bestselling author of It’s a Book, evokes a stunning and timeless story of family history and love creating the perfect book for grown-ups and those still growing. $16.99


Rufus Butler Seder (Workman) We’re off to see the wizard! The magic of Scanimation meets the wonderful Wizard of Oz, bringing to life 10 memorable scenes from the movie that’s enchanted generations of viewers. It’s the gift book of the fall! $14.95

Lisa Loeb’s Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs


Wizard of Oz Scanimation: 10 Classic Scenes from Over the Rainbow

M.O.M. (Mom Operating Manual)





LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia (DK Publishing) With more than 400 captivating images and tons of fascinating facts, the LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia is sure to keep both LEGO and Star Wars fans reading for hours! Includes LEGO Star Wars minifigure! $18.99 © 2011 Lucasfilm Ltd. ® & TM All Rights Reserved. Used Under Authorization

*LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Brick configuration and the Minifigure are trademarks of the LEGO Group. © 2011 The LEGO Group. Produced by DK Publishing under license from the LEGO Group.




Brian Selznick (Scholastic Press) Set fifty years apart, two independent stories—Ben’s told in words and Rose’s in pictures—weave back and forth with mesmerizing symmetry. How they unfold and ultimately intertwine will surprise you, challenge you, and leave you breathless with wonder. $29.99

Brian is a storyteller beyond words... brilliant, imaginative, and all around genius. He has taken the threat out of reading an 800 page book for kids...Wonderstruck is “Awesomestruck!” He is a “Master” creating another masterpiece. For the independent bookstore Brian is a “Hero.” I remember doing a large school event with Brian, where the librarian failed to thank me for putting the event together. Brian stepped in without missing a beat and sang the store’s praises....a warm and much appreciated moment...but that’s Brian. Awesome!

Illustrator and author Brian Selznick graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with the intention of becoming a set designer. However, after three years selling books and designing window displays for a children’s bookstore in Manhattan, he was inspired to create children’s books. His books have received many awards and distinctions, including a Caldecott Honor and a Robert F. Sibert. Brian Selznick travels extensively to research his books. Brian lives in Brooklyn, New York, and San Diego, California.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Hugo Movie Companion

Brian Selznick (Scholastic Press) From award winning author Brian Selznick, THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET, the #1 New York Times bestseller and Caldecott Medal winner is the perfect book for the holiday season! HUGO, directed by Martin Scorsese, is the most anticipated movie of the holiday season and is based on THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET! $24.99

Brian Selznick (Scholastic Press) A stunning companion book to Martin Scorsese’s feature film adaption of award-winning The Invention of Hugo Cabret. It will mesmerize and delight as it extends the experience of the movie and the book. $19.99



– Alexandra Uhl, A Whale of a Tale Bookshoppe, Irvine



Great Global Puzzle Challenge with Google Earth™ Clive Gifford/ William Ings (Kingfisher) Get ready for a travel adventure that’s packed with brain teasing puzzles and places to explore on your computer using Google Earth™. You will navigate your way through the streets of big cities, awesome landscapes to finally find the answers to a top-secret destination! $15.99

Lexigo is the game of crazy spelling fun! Players take turns adding letter tiles from their set onto the grid to spell words in any direction. If you use all of your tiles before the other players, you win! Ages 10+ $16.99

Yikerz! is the game of magnetic mayhem! Play all your magnetic pieces to win – but be careful! If magnets on the board collapse, those pieces get added to your stack. Ages 14+ $16.99

Eye Know

The visual trivia betting game everyone can play and win. Put your visual memory and l knowledge to work. Identify images and place strategic bets to build your stack of chips. Ages 14+ $29.99

Eye Know 100 Card Booster Pack Ages 14+ $6.95







The Beautiful Creatures Collection

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Tyra Banks (Delacorte BFYR) Welcome to Modelland—the exclusive, mysterious place on top of the mountain that every girl dreams of. Modelland is the first novel in Tyra Banks’ new fantasy series where dreams come true and life can change in the blink of a smoky eye. $17.99

Kim Garcia, Margaret Stohl (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) Mysterious, suspenseful, and romantic, Beautiful Creatures, Beautiful Darkness, and Beautiful Chaos introduce a secret world hidden in plain sight. A world where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen. Sometimes life-ending. $54.99

Laini Taylor (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) Karou leads two lives. One in the streets of Prague as an orphan and art student. The other in a clandestine workshop run by magician Brimstone. She doesn’t know where she came from, but she’s about to find out. $18.99

2011 SCIBA Children’s Chidren’s Novel Award The Marbury Lens

Scorpio Races


– Andrea Vuleta, Mrs. Nelson’s Toy & Book Shop, La Verne



Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic Press) With her trademark lyricism, Maggie Stiefvater turns to a new world, where a pair are swept up in a daring, dangerous race across a cliff—with more than just their lives at stake should they lose. $17.99

I read and recommend Andrew’s books (to teens and adults) because the characters have the qualities of real teens. They observe, they swear, they screw up, and occasionally they grow a little and move on. The conflicts ring true, not for all teens, but certainly for more than we’d like to admit. I feel Andrew is always respectful of his readers. He knows not to sugarcoat the truth, and not every situation will have a neat, pat resolution.



Andrew Smith (Feiwel & Friends) Winner of the 2011 SCIBA Children’s Novel Book Award, Andrew Smith’s acclaimed novel, The Marbury Lens, combines dark fantasy, brutal reality, and a nightmarish alternate universe that will captivate teen readers. $17.99


Abarat: Absolute Midnight

Shatter Me

Cornelia Funke (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) Ever since Jacob Reckless was a child, he has been escaping to a hidden world through a portal in his father’s abandoned study. But life in this world is about to change when Jacob’s younger brother, Will, follows him through the portal. $8.99

Clive Barker (Joanna Cotler Books) The third book in Clive Barker’s epic, dystopian fantasy series, with 150 full color illustrations. Candy’s amazing journey in the extraordinary world of the Abarat continues as familiar friends and new foes emerge, war looms on the horizon, and Candy is put to the ultimate test to save the Abarat from total destruction and rescue the people she loves from eternal darkness. $24.99

Tahereh Mafi (Harper Collins Children’s Books) Juliette has the power to kill with a single touch— and the power to save her shattered world. Thrilling and original, Shatter Me introduces an electric new YA talent, debut author Tahereh Mafi. $17.99



Botanical Serigraphs: The Gene Bauer Collection

Here are a lot of reasons to shop at your local independent bookstore this holiday talking about books that are a reflection of the Calirofnia neighborhoods and communities in which we live and work, even better! Watch for these


season. Books! And when you’re

Gene Bauer (Esri Press) This book reproduces artist Gene Bauer’s hand-crafted serigraphs (delicate silk screen prints), along with her original notes, that she created about flora found in California arboreta and gardens. Bauer’s attention to detail and keen sense for the extraordinary make this book an excellent gift for artists and garden enthusiasts alike. $40.00

suns throughout the catalog. They signify that the book has a California theme or backdrop, or that the author or illustrator is a local!



Marla Frazee, Illustrator Southern California’s very own Marla Frazee has written & illustrated countless picture books, many of which have received Caldecott Honor Awards. Marla graduated from the Art Center College of Design where she has been teaching children’s book illustration for the past 20 years. She has long been a favorite with So Cal indie booksellers. Please visit Marla soon, either at an indie bookstore or on her web site

Palms to Peaks: The Art of Janet Edwards Janet and Fred Edwards (Esri Press) Janet Edwards, a regional realist, pays homage to the stunning vistas, palms, groves, flora, and fauna that have become icons of Southern California life, as well as the coastal, central, and northern regions of the state. $49.95

Wish Book is produced by the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association on behalf of all Southern California Independent bookstores. Titles included are at the recommendation of Southern California bookstores and publishers. * All prices listed are suggested retail ** Some titles may not be available in all stores; your independent bookstore will be happy to special order any title.

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2011 SCIBA wish book  

Holiday catalog of books