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5 books to read in December


The Thing, The Book

By Jonn Herschend and Will Rogan
Thirty of today’s creative visionaries artfully answer the question “What is a book?” for this unique dissection of a timeless object. It reimagines everything from the bookmark to page numbers.

Women in Clothes

By Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton
This is a book for people who are interested in exploring why and how their fashion choices relate to identity and self-presentation. It’s a conversation among women on the subject of clothes.

On Immunity

By Eula Biss
When Biss became a mom, her vaccination research grew into an in-depth journey of personal history, cultural analysis, and science journalism. This is a measured look at both sides of the debate—one that ultimately lands on the side of vaccinating.

Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires & Riots

By Louise Sandhaus
Sandhaus believes that designers took visual risks because the ground and culture was always shifting. This is the first collection celebrating distinctive, 20th-century graphic design coming out of California.

America’s Great Hiking Trails

Written by Karen Berger, photographed by Bart Smith
For the outdoor enthusiast, this book explores a hiker’s bucket list of dream hikes. It features the 40 most important trails in the U.S. Each trail has its own history, map, and photo gallery.

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