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7 Must-Have Indie Holiday Gift Books (Plus One Calendar) 7 Must-Have Indie Holiday Gift Books (Plus One Calendar)

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Compiled by Keri English Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the bibliophile who has everything? Searching for something special, surprising and original? Then you've come to the right place! Take a stroll through this wonderland of pages and you will not be disappointed. The Pickle Index by Eli Horowitz (Author) and Ian Huebert (Illustrator) Hardcover: $28 Knife throwers. Ominous fortresses. Angry mimes. Snack festivals. Morose contortionists. Guillotines. Smiling journalists. Lonely young women. Lingering hope. Incompetence. Desperation. Funny disguises. A hapless circus troupe tours the countryside of a downtrodden nation, trying to earn a living the best way they know -- even though their best isn't very good at all: a morose contortionist, a strongman who'd rather be miming, a lion tamer paired with an elderly dog, etc. Toward the end of a typically glum performance, Zloty Kornblatt, the troupe's ringmaster, accidentally blunders into a mockery of the nation's glorious leader. He doesn't even know why the sparse crowd is laughing, but they are -- and so he continues with the inadvertent satire, ending the show on a rare triumphant note. The confused ringmaster is quickly captured, thrown into prison, and sentenced to death. The troupe must design an intricate prison-break built around their unique (and possibly useless) skills. Hijinks ensue, recounted with deadpan humor and flickering hope by Flora Bialy, Zloty's understudy and our shy narrator. Sound interesting? Readers can choose from two hardcover books in a gold-encrusted slipcase, twenty full-color illustrations, and an unprecedented feat of interactive book design, an app or a "sporty paperback" from FSG Originals. Sex in Fashion by Ron Galella ($65) With its focus on voyeurism, Ron Galella's latest tome pays homage to one of his favorite films: Alfred Hitchcock's murder-mystery-thriller, Rear Window. Featuring over 600 images of the sexiest and most fashionable subjects ever to be photographed--from Elizabeth Taylor to Taylor Swift--this collection spans Galella's entire career, from 1955 to 2015. Possessed of a unique talent to catch stars at moments when they seemed their most stylish and alluring, Galella was able to do what no other celebrity photographer could: become a star himself. And now, with Sex in Fashion, Galella shows you how the camera is truly a voyeuristic instrument, with results to be enjoyed by all who choose to look. All copies are signed in metallic ink and can be personally dedicated. Simple Vision by Art Brewer ($43.11) A beautiful, Blurb-produced book featuring 70 pages of images, all taken with the photographer's point and shoot cameras. The (non-photo-shopped) images were selected by the photographer and a few friends for color, content or composition. Simple as that. This Book is a Camera by Kellie Anderson ($29) A working camera in a pop-up book which concisely expl...

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