A Strange Life
Blending gentle satire with reportage and emotive autobiography, Alcott’s exquisite essays are as exceptional as the novels she is known for. Published together for the first time, this delightful selection shows us another side to one of our most celebrated writers.
Monster is curious about making friends, finding a home, and exploring his city. This book collects six Monster stories—written by educators Ellen Blance and Ann Cook, who worked with children to write the books—brought to life by Quentin Blake's charming illustrations.
The World of the Brontës: 1,000-Piece Puzzle
Inspired by the life and works of the Brontë family, you’ll find all your favorite characters, as well as some real-life historical figures who played a part in their lives, hidden in this detailed puzzle. Travel across the blustery Yorkshire moors and into the dark, gloomy schoolrooms and weathered stone buildings of nineteenth-century England; includes a poster identifying major characters.
The World of Frida Kahlo: 1,000-Piece Puzzle
Known for her self-portraits and representation of her Mexican heritage, this puzzle conveys the spirit of Kahlo and her world. Taking center stage is Frida herself surrounded by iconic elements of her life, including a huge cast of family, famous friends, and exotic pets. Those with a keen eye will also spot many references to her art and the tragedies and triumphs of her career.
The World of Virginia Woolf: 1,000-Piece Puzzle
Piece together the world of Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group, finding a host of famous characters both real and fictional along the way. From the beaches of Cornwall to the streets of Bloomsbury and from Hogarth House to the colleges of Cambridge, spot Leonard Woolf, Clive and Vanessa Bell and Vita Sackville-West, along with Clarissa Dalloway, Orlando and the Ramsay family.
The World of James Bond: 1,000-Piece Puzzle
Welcome to The World of James Bond, MI6's most famous Secret Service agent. As you piece together this action-packed puzzle, spot ground-breaking gadgets, breath-taking stunts and eccentric adversaries. Find your way through the puzzle with the help of a poster bursting with 007 knowledge. Spot a cast of original Bonds, villains and supporting characters as you race through shuttle launches and underwater lairs to island retreats and casinos.
Story Map of Ireland: 500-Piece Puzzle
This delightfully detailed pictorial map of Ireland was part of a series of “story maps” produced by Colortext Publications in the 1930s and 1940s.
Glass Dome Magnifier
All the essential features of an ideal reading tool have been brought together in this one exceptional magnifier: a crystal-clear optical glass dome; 400% magnification, considered the most comfortable magnification for small print; for use directly on the printed matter (not handheld).
David Levine Author Notebook
Caricatures by world-renowned artist David Levine enriched and enlivened the pages of The New York Review of Books for almost five decades. Thirty-three of Levine’s most arresting and iconic caricatures of authors decorate this beautifully crafted lined notebook.
Sentence Diagrams of Great Literary Openers
“I really do not know that anything has ever been more exciting than diagramming sentences.” —Gertrude Stein. Twenty-four postcards each feature an opening line from famous works of fiction, diagrammed according to the old-school Reed-Kellogg system.
The Moth: Presents a Game of Storytelling
NPR’s The Moth is all about true stories told live, and this game is designed to prompt a volley of sharing and listening between players. Created by the program’s storytelling experts, this interactive card game encourages lively conversations, sparks creativity, and improves public speaking abilities.
Original 1951 Notebook
This is a reissue of the original notebook made in that year by a renowned French manufacturer. Legend has it that this is the model used by Julia Child to record her recipes when she was a student at Le Cordon Bleu. (The notebook made a cameo appearance in Nora Ephron’s 2009 movie Julie & Julia.)
Edward Gorey Holiday Card Assortment
‘Tis the season to be Gorey… This is Edward St. John Gorey at his festive best. Join him to sip the flaming punch, sample a cookie, dispose of the fruitcake, and decorate the fireplace. 20 assorted cards and envelopes.
Women Who Changed the World Notebook
This amazingly detailed design celebrates 35 women who have made a significant impact on the world from Ancient Egypt through to the present day. Hardcover: 5-7/8" x 8-1/4" (A5); 96 pages; cream lined paper. Includes a ribbon page holder.
Booklover’s Cocktail Napkins
Designed with book clubs in mind, but also the perfect gift for any bibliophile, teacher, or librarian. Packaged with 25, 100, or 250 napkins.
Baby's First Books
Four board books with padded covers are ideal for babies and toddlers. The set includes: First 100 Words, First 100 Animals, Numbers Colors Shapes, and First 100 Trucks. Each book is illustrated with engaging photos, not drawings.
Dark Forces Holiday Greeting Cards by Glen Baxter
"It is December and already dark forces are gathering." These holiday cards are sure to enchant both confirmed Baxterians and those in dire need of an introduction.
Charles Addams “Lurch Tree” Holiday Cards
Lurch as a Christmas tree surrounded by the family. Cartoonist Charles Addams (American, 1912–1988), of Addams Family fame, was inspired by the quirks of his fellow New Yorkers and the singular nature of their city—itself one of Addams’ characters.
Diamond Jubilee Journal
The design on this journal was created by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, a world-renowned British bindery celebrated for their jeweled bindings. Originally crafted in 1922 to house Rudyard Kipling’s “Recessional” poem, written in 1897 for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. This beautiful binding is now part of the Dallas Public Library’s collection.
A Twitch Upon the Thread
The best fishing writing is never really about fishing, or never only about fishing, and the writers collected in A Twitch Upon the Thread use angling as a way to write about love, loss, faith, and obsession.
The World of Frankenstein: 1,000-Piece Puzzle
Immerse yourself in key scenes in this classic book while working the puzzle, a fun way to introduce the story to children or refresh a reader’s familiarity. Each piece has enough visual interest to capture the imagination and makes the puzzle both challenging and richly rewarding; poster included.
The World of Agatha Christie: 1,000-Piece Puzzle
Follow trails of murder and mystery as you travel down the Nile and on the Orient Express on the heels of Poirot, Miss Marple, and others. As you build the puzzle, spot famous characters, crime-solving clues, and historical locations, as well as Christie and her real-life inspiration.
The Story of Impressionism: 1,000-Piece Puzzle
Piece together this beautifully detailed puzzle to create the Paris of the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters, and along the way discover the people and places that helped create a new way to see the world.
The Real Women of Greek Myths: 1,000-Piece Puzzle
In this beautifully detailed jigsaw puzzle, rediscover the lives and stories of the women of Greek myths, from Medusa and Medea to Helen, Euridice, Aphrodite, Phaedra, Artemis, and others.
Shakespeare First Folio Journal
The gold-tooled design on this journal, in the Folger Shakespeare Library, is based on a binding, created c. 1800, for a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio. Originally published in 1623, "Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies" (or, First Folio) is one of the most valuable books ever printed.
Spinola Hours Journal
The cover of this large softcover journal is based on a page of the Spinola Hours, one of the most visually sophisticated of 16th-century Flemish manuscripts. Displaying astounding naturalistic illusionism, the book is richly illuminated, as seen in the page reproduced here; with ribbon marker and memento pocket.
Edward Gorey: 1,000-Piece Puzzle
Thoughtfully conceived and engagingly intricate, the puzzle features the image Untitled (1965) by the incomparable Edward Gorey, creator of the animated opening sequence of the PBS television series Mystery!
“I Am Born” Onesie
What better way for a baby to announce they have arrived? “Chapter I. I Am Born”—the first line of Charles Dickens’s classic David Copperfield—is printed in black across the chest of this white 100% organic cotton baby onesie.
Twelve Subject Graph Notebook with Tabs
A sophisticated variation on the iconic French composition books, this version has 12 tabbed sections, with four different colors of graph paper. It’s a one-stop organizational tool for people with multiple ongoing projects. Available in four colors.
Based on the classic—a spiral-bound 4" x 8" pad designed with a stiff back cover to facilitate writing while standing and walking, with an elastic band. Made of environmentally-friendly materials by a third-generation family business based in Baltimore.
Edward Gorey Dancing Cats: 300-Piece Puzzle
Originally appearing in Edward Gorey’s book “Dancing Cats and Neglected Murderesses,” these felines—knitting, skating, balancing, and juggling—are classic examples of the artist’s quirky narratives that keep his devotees in gleeful anticipation of decorous mayhem.