1. A Wrinkle in Time: 50th Anniversary Edition by Madeleine L'Engle
The 1962 story of Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, their scientist mother and the mysterious disappearance of their scientist father is back in a nniversary Edition. Its opening line, "It was a dark and stormy night," (made famous by Charles Schulz's Snoopy) the supernatural appearance of Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which, and the children's journey through the universe via tesseract, the folding of space and time, will come rushing back to readers who loved Madeleine L'Engle's novel as a child and want to share it with their own children.Compare Prices
2. Broken Harbor by Tana French
Tana French engages and entertains readers in Broken Harbor, a tightly-scripted police procedural and psychological drama, in which Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy, a minor character from one of French's previous novels attempts to unravel the heinous murder of a father and two children in their home. For the lover of mysteries and detective stories, French's novel is a perfect gift.
3. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling didn't need a lot of help with the promotion of her first post-Harry Potter novel, and that's a good thing, because any marketing team would be challenged to sell a book on a premise surrounding the death of a council member on the parish council of a quaint English village and the ensuing contest for the departed's vacant council seat. Yes, the story of the town of Pagford, England is a far cry from the epic battles that Rowling is known for but that doesn't make it any less compelling. The fact of the matter is that J.K. Rowling is a superb author who could probably make the ingredients on a package of ramen noodles engrossing.
In The Casual Vacancy, Rowling expertly tells the story of a town through the voices of 15 or more residents - addicts, bullies, obsessive compulsives, abusive fathers and more - characters whose depth draws you into their drama and who won't let go until they are done with you. Give The Casual Vacancy as a gift this year. Just don't give it to children.Compare Prices
4. Dangerous Work: Diary of an Arctic Adventure by Arthur Conan Doyle
In 1880 Arthur Conan Doyle, a medical student at the time, climbed aboard the Hope, an Arctic whaler destined to the ice floes the Northern seas for five months, during which the 20-year-old Doyle kept a diary of his adventures. Dangerous Work is not only an annotated account of the budding writer's reflections; it includes an actual facsimile of Conan Doyle's journals (wonderful for the drawings Conan Doyle made along the way) as well as four pieces of writing inspired by the journies.Compare Prices
5. Drawing Comics Lab by Robyn Chapman
Drawing Comics Lab is misleading in its title, not because Robyn Chapman doesn't strive to teach readers the art of drawing comics, but because the book is as much about thinking, designing and writing as it is about drawing. Drawing Comics Lab is comprised of a series of exercises that guide readers through the process of visual storytelling. From model sheets and building characters to page building, storytelling, and publishing, Robyn - along with a number of other comics artists - provides tutelage and exercises on various aspects of this medium.
Robyn Chapman is a cartoonist, publisher, and educator. She is an assistant editor at Graphic Universe and the publisher, editor, and designer at Paper Rocket, a minicomicxs publishing house.Compare Prices
6. Fairy Tales From the Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman
The Grimm Brothers' fairy tales first appeared in print 200 years ago with Wilhelm Grimm's publication of the first volume of Children's and Household Tales. This year, Philip Pullman breathes new lives into the well known fairy tales in Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm, in which Pullman has rewritten 50 of the old classics including many of your favorites, such as Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rumpelstiltskin. Don't miss this book, a masterful retelling that the Brothers Grimm would most certainly have approved of.Compare Prices
7. Journalism by Joe Sacco
Joe Sacco is a graphic journalist whose cartoon treatments of international news has won him international fame. He is perhaps best known for Palestine, a graphic novel about his experiences in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in the early 1990s.
Journalism is a collection of Sacco's graphic reportage, covering tumultuous events in international politics during the past fifteen years. From war-torn Chechnya to Malta and onward into the Middle East during the invasion of Iraq, Sacco employed the comics form to tell important and often heartbreaking stories with the same attention to integrity in his storytelling for which he is renown.
8. Wonderful Life With the Elements by Bunpei Yorifuji
Bunpei Yorifuji, famous in his native Japan for his humorous Tokyo Metro advertisements, is the creator of this absurdly original depiction of the periodic table of the elements. In the Super Periodic Table, each element is represented by a human figure with element families differentiated by hairstyle, usage area (daily, industrial, scientific...) by differences in clothing, and atomic weight and the year of the element's discovery by the illustrated heaviness (portliness) and age of the individual.
Yorifuji's fanciful illustrations, combined with interesting information and trivia about the elements, makes Wonderful Life with the Elements an perfect gift for the science buff / chemistry student in your life.Compare Prices