News Articles from May, 2017

May 27, 2017

"For the difference between poets and novelists is this - that the former write for the life of the language - and the latter write for the betterment of the world." -A.S. Byatt, Possession

Readers who love poetry, period dramas, and romance will get swept away in this Booker Prize winning literary sensation about two English scholars researching the lives of Victorian poets. 

The book itself is our bookseller, Claire's most treasured possession. "Possession by A.S. Byatt is one of the most beautiful and moving novels I've ever had the pleasure of reading. It was an honor to live temporarily in this world," she says. 

You can add this truly unique novel to your bookshelf by clicking here.  


May 24, 2017

"What I've only ever been interested in are clothes that one has never seen before, that are completely new, and how in what way they can be expressed. Is that called fashion? I don't know the answer." -Rei Kawakubo

The Met celebrates the spring Costume Institute exhibition and catalogue Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between in the window at Rizzoli Bookstore now through June 4. Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons is widely recognized as among the most important and influential designers of the past 40 years. Known for her avant-garde designs that challenge conventional notions of beauty, good taste, and fashionability, she blurs the divide between art and fashion. The lavishly illustrated publication offers a fascinating glimpse into the mind of this fashion visionary through Kawakubo's commentary on her creative process and brilliant photographs by Paolo Roversi, Nicholas Alan Cope, and others. The exhibition is now on view through September 4 at The Met, located at 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street. The exhibition is made possible in part by Condé Nast.

May 20, 2017

Dreamy, edgy, and provocative, A Message For You explores the sharp work of photographer, Guy Bourdin at the height of his career in the late 70's/early 80's. The book is comprised mainly of images of model Nicolle Meyer, who appeared in multiple Bourdin campaigns and editorials, and includes her recollections of the photographer. The fierceness of Meyer, paired with the vision, wit, and lust of the photographer is dripping with energy on every page. It is the perfect book for anyone who loves fashion, photography, and/or seventies glamour. -Kelly, Assistant Manager/Merchandiser

You can purchase a copy of this book by clicking on the title above, or by clicking here

May 17, 2017

If you're walking up or down Broadway between W25th and W26th St, chances are you'll find yourself stopped in front of our whimsical and dynamic window displaying the work of artist, Federica Matta. Exotic birds containing multiple faces, colors, and shapes drop from varying levels, descending and twisting like mobiles as Matta's expressive drawings create a mural-like effect in the background. These drawings channel the inner-voices of a person's creativity, and are paired with texts and quotes that promote that strong human desire to create. The current window corresponds with Matta's new Prestel book, Journal Through Your Wildest Dreams

"We carry within us a multitude of worlds," writes Matta in her book. "In the confusion of these worlds, suddenly there is a door." It is that door that must be unlocked in order to channel the path to creativity. In doing that, we enter a profound revelation of self-discovery. 

Matta will aid in helping us unlock the door to our own creavity this Thursday, May 18th from 6-8pm in our salon. You can find more details on the event by clicking here. In the meantime, drop by and see the display - we hope it will inspire you to follow suit and journal through your wildest dreams!


May 13, 2017

Rainy days in NYC can be such a downer - that is, until you curl up with your favorite Penguin paperback.  We recommend a cup of chamomile tea with a side of Honore de Balzac's Lost Illusions  - our staff pick for this dreary afternoon/early evening. Austin, our bookseller with impeccable taste in classic literature shares his insights:

"Balzac's Lost Illusions may be the most picaresque novel of all time. It's elevated both by Balzac's gorgeous writing and the uncommonly deep insight he brings to every last element of this society - from the psychology of it's people to the alternately squalid and opulent environments they occupy. Tragic and hilarious in equal turn, it's one of the richest novels I've read." 

Drop in and browse our Literature section. Not in NYC? You can purchase a copy of the book on our website by clicking here

May 6, 2017

Looking to switch up your dinner routine? Graham, one of our amazing booksellers with discerning taste in cookbooks (among other subjects) shares his current obsession:

"As a serial cookbook collector, all I can say is that One Good Dish by David Tanis is the first cookbook I've ever owned that I intend to work through completely - no recipe uncooked! Every dish I've made from this book is simple, unpretentious, and delicious. Nearly every recipe is photographed beautifully, and each dish works on its own. These are the sort of meals you can throw together quickly at midnight for yourself, but could also just as easily combine three or four of them into a fantastic sit-down dinner. If I could have just one cookbook on my shelf, this would be it." 

You can browse this title on our website by clicking here



May 3, 2017

This week author, Bianca Bosker dropped in to sign copies of her best selling title, Cork Dork! This delightful and informative read has been called "The Kitchen Confidential of the wine world"; it tells the story of the author's journey and education on the way to becoming a sommelier. If you're a fan of wine and spirits - "cork dork" or not - we recommend you celebrate your Wine Wednesday by picking up a signed copy in store or online! 


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