Monday, November 15, 2010

Chronicle Books Happy Haulidays Book List

Instead of posting my much loved outfits today I will be writing my favorite books! I am a voracious reader so I was excited to hear about Chronicle Books Happy Haulidays Giveaway!

Post a list of Chronicle Books valued at up to $500 that you’d like to haul in, and you’ll be automatically entered into a drawing to WIN your list of books! And, one of your readers who comments on the post will win the list too!

It was so hard to keep the list under $500. Here is my list:

The world's preeminent environmental organization began with a layer of soot on the windowsill of a Greenwich Village apartment. Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) founder John H. Adams, a pioneer of environmental action, was working as a lawyer for the U.S. Attorney's office when he and fellow lawyers teamed up to form a grassroots environmental advocacy group. Since 1970, NRDC has grown into an international powerhouse with 1.2 million members and a staff of scientists and lawyers whose mission is to safeguard the planet. This inspiring memoir tells the story of the NRDC and the environmental movement it sparked.

Anna Sui’s trendsetting rock-and-roll looks have made her one of this decade's top five fashion icons (Time). Here, in the first book to cover the entire scope of Sui's twenty-year career, fans get rare access to the designer's creative process. This richly visual retrospective celebrates her influence, from her first show that snared the support of supermodels Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, and Kate Moss to the role she's played in making the babydoll dress one of fashion's most iconic silhouettes. With more than 400 photographs from legendary photographers, this exquisite tome—with a shimmering foil-stamped cover—is essential for all fashionistas.


This book explains the particular qualities of different fabrics and how to get the most out of them. Providing a mix of practical information and the industry vocabulary, Fabric for Fashion will help students gain a clear understanding of how to work with fabrics as an integral component of the fashion design process. With stunning color photographs that show how fashion designers, both past and present, have worked with fabrics, the book’s prime objective is to stimulate creative exploration of the relationship of fabrics to fashion.

A lavishly illustrated and beautifully designed book that celebrates the work of the great fashion illustrators from late-19th century to the present day. The book covers the work of fashion illustrators, such as Rene Gruau and Antonio Lopez, fine artists such as Boldini and Warhol, and graphic designers such as Tony Viramontes and Bob Peak.


The book encourages creativity, with illustrations to color in and designs to finish off, as well as simple ideas for making and doing (how to make a sari, turn a napkin into a headscarf, dye a T-shirt, and so on). Covering clothing, shoes, bags, jewelry, and other accessories, the illustrations span both vintage fashions—drawing on beautiful and interesting objects from past ages—and contemporary designs from the illustrator's own imagination.


This one-of-a-kind collection celebrates the age-old bond between dogs and their people. Featuring happy and clearly beloved pets in more than 100 portraits taken in photobooths over the last 80 years, these images are a testament to the devotion people have felt—and will always feel—for their dogs.


"When cats are happy, people are happy and the Earth is happy," says beloved wildlife photographer Mitsuaki Iwago. In this irresistibly adorable collection, Iwago has chosen his favorite cat photos—and proves that the nuances of a cat’s life are indeed as magical and glorious as the most exotic wildlife. Curious Cats is a captivating exploration of what makes felines such incredibly stunning creatures.


A young Rebecca Lepkoff, camera in hand, navigated the streets of the Lower East Side of New York City in the 1930s and 1940s capturing the lives and times of a vibrant, close-knit, and functional multiethnic community. Available now in a paperback edition, Life on the Lower East Side, the first monograph of Lepkoff's work, highlights the lost neighborhood between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, from the Bowery to the East River. With more than 170 beautifully reproduced duotone photographs, the book reveals the dynamic community of Italians, Irish, Jews, Greeks, Spaniards, Chinese, Puerto Ricans, and African Americans. Lepkoff's images uncover a forgotten time and place and reveal how the Lower East Side has both stayed the same and changed forever.


Cute-as-can-be, buttery macarons capture the whimsy and elegance of Paris, where they're traditionally served with tea or wrapped up in ribbon to give as a gift. But the secrets of making perfect macarons have long eluded home bakers—until now! In I Love Macarons, renowned Japanese pastry-maker Hisako Ogita brings her extensive experience to the art of baking macarons with fully illustrated foolproof step-by-step instructions. This charmingly designed guide is sure to have pastry lovers everywhere whipping up these colorful confections at home, using ordinary baking equipment and simple ingredients to create myriad flavors of perfection.


What's short and sweet and cute as a button? Cupcakes! And everyone loves 'em! Trusted favorites at picnics, potlucks, and bake sales, cupcakes go equally well at relaxed and informal gatherings or at elegant parties. Here are 50 scrumptious ways to bring smiles and those nostalgic memories back faster than a kid can lick the batter off a beater. Try a Cinnamon Sugar Puff Cupcake—they go from mixing bowl to oven to one happy taker in less than an hour. Who needs a peanut butter cup when there's a peanut butter cupcake in the house? Ethereal Lemon Angel Cupcakes soar even higher when served with some fresh seasonal fruit. With tips and techniques for perfect cupcake-making, basic "head-start" recipes, and gorgeous photographs, it's time to get out the baking pans and join the cupcake craze. These diminutive cakes may be small but they stand tall in the world of sweets.


Creative, Inc.

As the hipster classic Craft, Inc. did for crafters, this book will teach all types of creatives—illustrators, photographers, graphic designers, animators, and more—how to build a successful business doing what they love. Freelancing pros Meg Mateo Ilasco and Joy Deangdeelert Cho explain everything from creating a standout portfolio to navigating the legal issues of starting a business. Accessible, spunky, and packed with practical advice, Creative, Inc. is an essential for anyone ready to strike out on their own.


All My Friends Are Dead

If you're a dinosaur, all of your friends are dead. If you're a pirate, all of your friends have scurvy. If you're a tree, all of your friends are end tables. Each page of this laugh-out-loud illustrated humor book showcases the downside of being everything from a clown to a cassette tape to a zombie. Cute and dark all at once, this hilarious children's book for adults teaches valuable lessons about life while exploring each cartoon character's unique grievance and wide-eyed predicament. From the sock whose only friends have gone missing to the houseplant whose friends are being slowly killed by irresponsible plant owners (like you), All My Friends Are Dead presents a delightful primer for laughing at the inevitable.



Kitchen Sticky Notes

This handy portfolio of sticky notepads lets busy home cooks keep track of recipes, write shopping lists, and flag cookbooks with notes and reminders.



Elizabeth said...

Never visited before. Cool header.

Nice to meet you.

Great books.

silversolara AT gmail DOT com

Rose Umbrella said...

Thanks! Nice to meet you!

Bavarian Erin said...

Isn't the variety of books that Chronicle has just amazing! Each person's list is so incredibly unique, I really like the fashion books you picked!

Anonymous said...

i love macarons and cupcake books! amazing! love them!


oona. said...

Hello! Curious Cats looks amazing. Great list! Good luck!
Thanks! foxsquirrelrabbit at gmail dot com

Charlotte said...

Wow--"All My Friends Are Dead." How did I miss that one? :)

Anonymous said...

Love your choices. Such a great variety!
This is such a fantastic giveaway.
Good luck!

Molly said...

Cupcakes...yum! :o) Good luck in the have a great list!

Mollydedwards AT yahoo DOT com

Reniazen said...

Great choices- give yourself another chance to win by commenting here:

Best of luck to all!

Henrietta said...

My daughter and I would love your list! Good luck!

corrin said...

Great picked a lot of the same titles I did! Good luck

Michelle said...

Love your list! Especially the macaroon book! swoon!

gaby317 said...

Great list - my favorites are A Force of Nature, Creative, Inc. and Life on the Lower East Side.

I love Chronicle. This is such a generous giveaway. Thanks for the entry.

gaby317nyc at

Gretta said...

I love your selection ~ Thanks for the chance to win with you!

bamagv at aol dot com

Lori L said...

Nice choices! I see some great gift potential here too! Good luck!

yellow hall studio. said...

This is a really great list!

Here's mine:


ashley said...

i love all the fashion picks!

Jamie said...

I love your list! I hope you win!!! Stop by my blog to check out my list too!

jamie.l.torres at gmail dot com

katklaw777 said...

Great list...great giveaway.
katklaw777 at yahoo dot com
Good luck!

vvb32 reads said...

i've been eye-ing the anna sui journals. so pretty.
vvb32 at

Cathy said...

Hi there
Great list of books!!!
Hope you win

TRAN! ( said...

Great coffee table books!!

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Teresa Thomas Bohannon said...

An awesome list. Very different--for the most part--from the ones I selected See My List Here but a really delightful list nevertheless. I would absolutely love to win either one.
Teresa [AT] LadySilk [DOT] Net
PS: Good luck with your new life and your new profession!

Rhianna said...

Love your cookbook choices. Happy Haul-idays and good luck! :) You can comment on my list here.

Kathy said...

Interesting list..i wouldn't mind winning it at all :)

Alexandra said...

Nice list!

Disjecta Membra said...

Great list! Best of luck.

If you'd like to comment on mine:

pmathers at jps dot net

malleycc said...

OHHHH I love this contest. Thanks so much for the chance to win too! :)

I like your list. I'm starting to live the All my friends are dead.

Haylee said...

Um please please PLEASE win. Wow I seriously think I would cry if I won all these books!


moonsword said...

great list! best of luck!

jcamp2020 said...

Good selection of titles. Good luck to both of us. And Thank You to Chronicle Books.

jcamp2020 at aol dot com

Joanne said...

What a great list of books!


Lily said...

Fabulous choices, especially the Anna Sui book!
Lilyhoot at gmail dot com