We created this list with the trickiest gift recipients in mind. Spanning a spectrum of interests and boasting gorgeous covers, one of these titles is sure to do the trick for your picky family member or enigmatic co-worker!
Featuring inspiring quotes from writers, artists, and other visionaries paired with open-ended questions and prompts, with plenty of room for writing and reflecting, this appealing full-color book will make a perfect gift and keepsake as well as being a powerful tool for positive change.
The title of the book is Braiding Sweetgrass, and braiding is what Robin Wall Kimmerer does, weaving her strands of biology professor, mother and Potawatomi woman. Her book of wisdom, knowledge and teachings celebrates life that is both ordinary and magical, filled with many gifts from good-hearted communities. Her interactions, however, are not solely with human groups but are equally and necessarily with the natural world. She introduces readers to a language of flora and fauna that is readably right in front of them, and nudges — at times, urges — her readers to recognize an inclusive reciprocity with our environment.
—Elizabeth Wilkinson, Star Tribune
A beautifully illustrated and philosophically uplifting guide to indigenous North American plant use. For background, Salmón delves into the spiritual beliefs of various cultures, including the Pueblo peoples of New Mexico and Arizona; the Cherokee, who once inhabited southeastern marshes; and his own people, the Rarámuri of Chihuahua, Mexico, originators of the ‘iwígara’ concept ‘that all life, spiritual and physical, is interconnected in a continual cycle.’ … This lovely compendium will strike a chord with many a nature-loving reader.
In the great Black American tradition of the remix and doing what you can with what you got, my friend Bryant Terry goes hard at vegetables with a hip-hop eye and a Southern grandmama’s nature. To paraphrase Maya Angelou, Bryant wants us to know that once we know vegetables better, we will cook vegetables better. He ain’t lyin’.
—W. Kamau Bell, comedian & author
Gender, especially when explored through an intersectional lens, can be a fraught and overwhelming topic. Gottlieb takes on the complexities of gender in the modern world through easy-to-digest writing, humor, and powerful illustrations... Each bright spread can stand alone, making this the perfect book to flip through at leisure, while those wanting a deep dive will devour the text cover to cover... If a book can be friendly, this is the one.
—School Library Journal
Looking back on her unusual and passionate life of swimming with electric eels, digging for mistletoe seeds in emu droppings, and communing with giant octopuses, Montgomery reflects on what she learned about leadership from an emu, about ferocity and forgiveness from an ermine, about living with a sense of wholeness despite imperfection from a one-eyed dog named Thurber, and about what it takes for the heart to be 'stretched wide with awe.'
An oversize gallery-quality hardcover book featuring all of the finished art from Road's popular tarot, along with full card descriptions in both Spanish and English, as well as bonus sketches and other material. Featuring body outlaws, endangered cultures, and anti-colonial belief systems, The Next World Tarot envisions a world where justice relies on respect and revolutionary love. (This book does not include the tarot deck. You can purchase it separately here.)
In this thoughtful and gorgeously illustrated book, Nina and Sonya Montenegro remind us what our grandmothers taught us: that mending is a radical exercise, both in its creative play and in its role in fighting consumerism and waste. For anyone who yearns to mend but needs helpful advice, this is the coziest book you’ll ever own.
—Lisa Congdon, artist and author
Become a more attentive observer and deepen your appreciation for the natural world. The unique five-year calendar format of The Naturalist’s Notebook helps you create a long-term record and point of comparison for memorable events, such as the first songbird you hear in spring, your first monarch butterfly sighting of summer, or the appearance of the northern lights. This deluxe book, with a three-piece case, gilt edges, a burgundy ribbon bookmark, and a belly band with gold foil stamping, is a perfect gift for all nature lovers.
Combining a passion for plants with imagery reminiscent of tarot, enticing text offers reflections and rituals to tap into each plants power for healing, self-reflection, and everyday guidance.
Drawing on a multitude of breathing practices from different healing and spiritual traditions, The Power of Breathwork includes 27 simple exercises that can be practiced alone or with a partner to enhance connection, creativity, joy, intuition, or to reduce depression, anxiety, trauma, tension, physical pain, and more.
Gorgeous art and fascinating information come together here. The organization makes it easy to pick up and read whatever strikes your fancy, while the depth of information means that anyone can learn a great deal. And then there’s the art—lots and lots of it. All that makes this book attractive to anyone even remotely interested in birds.
—The Birder’s Library