Here's more picks from the knowledgable booksellers of Weller Book Works for those of you who are shopping now.
Photographic & Gift Books
Alta Magic by Lee Cohen et al
Cohen's beautiful book of photographs (his) paired with essays by a wide assortment of Alta aficianados was such a hit last year we've brought it back for an encore. Looking through this book you'll agree: Alta really is magical.
Beautiful Lego by Mike Doyle
Graphic designer Doyle turned 77 artists loose with a bunch of Legos and oh you should see what they made! There are no instructions or specifications in this book. Its point is to capture and stimulate the imagination.
Shake by Carli Davidson
Carli Davidson has certainly found a niche, photographs of dogs, mostly wet, shaking themselves off. This is a fabulous and funny pictorial showing a wide variety of dogs as you've probably never seen them.
Utah's Wasatch Range by Howie Garber
This is another locally produced book that is so lovely and was so popular its back for round two at WBW. Garber has arranged photographs of the Wasatch in all light and all seasons with essays from some of Utah's best writers.
Bound in Venice: The Serence Republic and the Dawn of the Book by Alessandro Marzo Magno
Of course you know who Guttenberg is. But you should know about Aldus Manutius, the Michelangelo of books, who lived in the cultural capital of 15th & 16th century Venice. Fascinating history of the book, type, and binding.
Let's Bring Back: The Lost Language Edition: A Collection of Forgotten-Yet-Delightful Words, Phrases, Praises, Insults, Idioms, and Literary Flourishes from Eras Past by Lesley M. M. Blume
Whew! What a subtitle. And What a book! From "Above my bend" to "Zowie" this book has just the words to expand your vocabulary in ways you could scarce imagine.
Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin
Berthoud and Elderkin began recommending books to each other in college. Now they all kinds of books for all kinds of situations to all kinds of readers. Not just a reference tool, but a delightful read.
To the Letter: A Celebration of the Lost Art of Writing by Simon Garfield
I've recently begun writing letters again myself and can attest to how enjoyable this lost art truly is. Garfield ienlivens this history of all kinds of letters (chain, love, business) with examples of letters written by prominent, and some ordinary, citizens.