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A New York Christmas, Books and New Worlds…
Happy Holidays everyone! Nothing says Christmas quite like Patience and Fortitude, the two wonderful marble lions outside the New York Public Library, with their holiday wreaths! I always love taking a break from work and stopping by to pat them and sit by their side for a while. Having seen them and the holiday crowds swirling around – it really does seem like Christmas!
Well, here’s a Xmas gift for you from the literary lions – the NYPL’s Holiday Book List Generator! Librarian-recommended books customized to your tastes: http://on.ny/1yTszO0
In the Kingdom of Books…
Books are some of the best gifts one can give to family and friends but the sheer volume and diversity of new books can be intimidating. How do you find what you really need? This fun app from New York Public Library suggests you all the latest and best books, based on the categories you are looking for.
Cooking? Here are the suggestions:
Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking by Fuchsia Dunlop
“A must-have for anyone who wants to cook Chinese food at home, home cooks and professionals alike.” — David Chang, Momofuku
The New York institution shares its recipes and philosophy.
Recipes both sweet and savory from Santa Monica’s favorite bakery.
Poached or scrambled; in brioches, meringues, mayonnaise, custards, quiches, and cakes.
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
One woman’s 1,100-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail that runs through California and Oregon.
Filled with the life, love, food, and scenery of Tuscany.
Escapism at its finest, and so much more. Good luck putting this one down.
The author, his wife, and their dogs travel from Florida to Alaska interviewing people along the way about the state of America.
A 7,000-mile journey along the ancient trading road between China and Rome.
And this being the holiday season, you’re definitely looking for books on wine! Here are the best gifts for some of your favorite people!
Taste Buds and Molecules: The Art and Science of Food, Wine, and Flavor by Francois Chartier
On the science of wine pairing.
Explores the inner working of the official beverage of celebration.
History of some of the classic regions.
The story of the man who built the Kendall-Jackson wine empire.
Wine, like literature, art, and cinema, is a cultural production.
The Library Lions
Patience and Fortitude, the world-renowned pair of marble lions that stand proudly before the majestic Beaux-Arts building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in Manhattan, have captured the imagination and affection of New Yorkers and visitors from all over the world since the Library was dedicated on May 23, 1911.
Called “New York’s most lovable public sculpture” by architecture critic Paul Goldberger, the Lions have witnessed countless parades and been adorned with holly wreaths during the winter holidays and magnificent floral wreaths in springtime.
They have been bedecked in top hats, graduation caps, Mets and Yankee caps, and more. They have been photographed alongside countless tourists, replicated as bookends, caricatured in cartoons, and illustrated in numerous children’s books. One even served as the hiding place for the cowardly lion in the motion picture The Wiz