Fall ’18 Book Recommendations

I Wonder by Marian Bantjes
This book features the elaborately crafted word pictures of Marian Bantjes, the most inventive and creative typographic illustrator of our time. Whether intricately hand-drawn or using computer illustration software, Bantjes’s work crosses the boundaries of time, style, and technology. There is, however, another side to Bantjes’s visual work: her thoughtful treatises on art, design, beauty, and popular culture that add a deeper dimension to the decorative nature of her best-known work. Intended to inspire creatives of any persuasion, this is more than a collection of ideas: Bantjes has meticulously illustrated every page of the book in her inimitable style to create an accessible work of art that is far greater than the sum of its parts.

The Lost City of Z by David Grann
In 1925, the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon jungle in search of a fabled civilization. He never returned. Over the years countless perished trying to find evidence of his party and the place he called The Lost City of Z. In this masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, journalist David Grann interweaves the spellbinding stories of Fawcett’s quest for Z and his own journey into the deadly jungle, as he unravels the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century.

Six Women of Salem by Marilynne K. Roach
The first work to use the lives of a select number of representative women to illuminate the larger crisis of the Salem witch trials. By the end of the trials, beyond the twenty who were executed and the five who perished in prison, 207 individuals had been accused, 74 had been “afflicted,” 32 had officially accused their fellow neighbors, and 255 ordinary people had been inexorably drawn into that ruinous and murderous vortex, and this doesn’t include the religious, judicial, and governmental leaders. By examining the lives of six specific women, Marilynne Roach shows readers what it was like to be present throughout this horrific time and how it was impossible to live through it unchanged.

Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany by Jane Mount
Book lovers rejoice! In this love letter to all things bookish, Jane Mount brings literary people, places, and things to life through her signature and vibrant illustrations. A source of endless inspiration, literary facts and recommendations: Bibliophile is pure bookish joy and sure to enchant book clubbers, English majors, poetry devotees, aspiring writers, and any and all who identify as book lovers.

Corn-Fed: Cul-de-sacs, Keg Stands, and Coming of Age in the Midwest by Melanie LaForce
Poignant, humorous, and honest, Corn-Fed will take you from childhood overnight camp, to a first job at Dairy Queen, to the ultimate culmination of rich and debaucherous adult friendships. Corn-Fed follows LaForce’s growth, struggles, and exhilaration with communities of women over the course of life. Most importantly, this book contains critical references to boobs and butter.


Citizen Designer: Perspectives on Design Responsibility by Steven Heller and Veronique Vienne
What does it mean to be a designer in today’s corporate-driven, overbranded global consumer culture? Citizen Designer attempts to answer this question with more than seventy debate-stirring essays and interviews espousing viewpoints ranging from the cultural and the political to the professional and the social. This edition contains a collection of definitions and brief case studies on topics that today’s citizen designers must consider, including new essays on social innovation, individual advocacy, group strategies, and living as an ethical designer.

Do Story: How to tell your story so the world listens by Bobette Buster
Today’s world wants to know you and the real story behind why you do what you do. Whether you have a product to sell, a company mission to share, or an audience to entertain, people are more likely to engage and connect if you deliver a well-crafted story with an emotional core. Find out: how to source, structure and shape your story; ways to discover the essence of your story; why finding the emotional connection with your audience can take a story from good to great. ALSO SEE: Do Lead, Do Sourdough, Do Open, Do Listen, Do Purpose, Do Inhabit, Do Improvise, Do Fly, Do Design, Do Breathe, and Do Grow

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.

Creativity Takes Courage: Dare to Think Differently by Irene Smit and Astrid van der Hulst
It’s not always easy to be creative — it takes courage. Organized around a series of twelve “dares” — including Dare to Fail, Dare to Be a Kid, Dare to Be Bored, Dare to Go Offline, Dare to Collaborate — Creativity Takes Courage encourages the reader to be fully present and spend idle time staring out the window. To leave your comfort zone and start a project, without hesitation, and nourish yourself with museum visits and reading time. Each dare includes fill-in pages and prompts to go deeper into what motivates us or hinders us, like mindful questions to identify fears of failure, or a Dare to Commit notebook for recording both daily and weekly projects.

A Few Minutes of Design: 52 Activities to Spark Your Creativity by Emily Campbell
This colorful, handy card deck presents fifty-two exercises and activities to jump-start your creative juices, free you from creative block, start a new project, or finish an existing one. Each exercise offers insight into the innumerable small decisions involved in design: how to establish a pattern, continue a series, how to say it without words, how to name a project, what fits, and what doesn’t? These cards benefit established practicing designers or creatives in any field with activities that are sometimes playful, sometimes challenging, but always enlightening.

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.


Six Exceptional Light Sources

Circuit Chandlier is a two-dimensionally structured pendant with the ambiance of a chandelier inspired by the graphic expression of circuit boards. Andréason & Leibel partnered in this project with Csaba Humenyik of Humi, glass producer of custom made chemistry glass products.


Painterly Spectrum Resin Table Lamp brings colors and their associations into a space as an object. It’s made of epoxy resin that’s cast on the surface of parchment paper onto which different colored strokes are applied using latex paint. When it’s lit the light source makes abstract associations visible in a transient way.


Sun Lights is a series of lamps created by the exploration of the displacement of light. Inspired by sun-gazing, the muted light provides a warm glow with a color gradient similar to dawn and sunset. The like-absorbing acrylate, in combination with the dimmable LED illumination, provides subtle mood lighting, in which the reflection of the material creates depth. Available in a variety of color options.


Little Sun Diamond Outdoor Lamp features a crystalline faceted lens and is inspired by nature. This pocket-sized, featherweight, solar-powered LED lamp was conceived to bring clean, affordable light to 1.1 billion people living worldwide without electricity in off-grid areas. For those without electricity, it’s a clean, steadfast alternative to dangerous and polluting forms of light like kerosene lanterns. Every lamp sold delivers one Little Sun to an African community without electricity at a locally affordable price. Five hours of sunlight charging produces five hours of power.


Walter Table Light has a unique 1960s feel inspired by space age design, with a striking combination of either satin brass or satin copper and a choice of opal or anthracite glass shades. The lights are available in two sizes and they have an integral dimmer on the base.


The Voie light series is the result of an investigation into the manipulation of light-paths. Having chosen neon, the base creates an interception on the path the light follows through the marble base. Subtle nuances and the uniqueness of each block of stone are highlighted when lit-up.


Noodles 12 Ways

Autumn showed up right on time this past weekend, and I’m so ready to dive back into comfort foods! Noodles in any form always fall under that category, so these twelve variations are all in good company.













Chicken Salad 10 Ways

Chicken salad sandwiches are kind of a sentimental food for me, filled with memories of my junior high best friend and I wiling away the hours eating them in the mall’s food court. They were my first positive interaction with mayonnaise, which sounds strange I know and with which I still have a love/hate relationship. Lately my lunches have been getting boring and I thought searching out the perfect chicken salad recipe could help remedy that – here are ten recipes I’m going to experiment with.












Prep Yourself for Dorm Life

I’ve been to two graduation parties this month, and that can only mean one thing – college classes will be starting very soon. Back when I was moving into the dorms I wish there had been a more comprehensive list of things I would actually need and use, so I’ve rounded up some items that I’d grab the second time around. (You know, as a creepy 38-year-old dorm dweller.)


A small console to hold the television (if you’re bringing one) on top and kitchen essentials and food below (if you don’t have a kitchen).

Some favorite art so that your walls don’t feel bare, especially if they’re of the cinderblock variety.

Over-the-door hooks for bathroom towels, robes, purses, etc.

An external backup drive for music and important things you have on your computer. Trust me!

A 20-piece set of silverware for when you’re not eating in the cafeteria.

A floor length mirror, I like this over-the-door one with extra storage inside for jewelry.

Versatile clips that work for chip bags and hanging art alike.

A cozy throw for late nights or homesick days.

A mattress pad of some sort because extra long dorm room beds are the opposite of comfortable.


Under the sink storage if you have your own en suite bathroom because space will be at a premium.

An adjustable closet extender to add an extra row of hanging space for your clothes.

Some sort of shelving (if your room doesn’t have any provided) to hold books, etc.

Storage like these wire baskets for everything from snacks to accessories.

Headphones to block out your roommate, for the walk to class, and a million other things.

Two sets of soft bedsheets, I definitely recommend a spare just in case.

A few throw pillows to lean up against on your bed.

A squishy bathmat to soak up all that extra water on the floor post shower.

Command Strips for everything because most dorms hate nails with a passion.


A bath caddy to schlep to the shower if you’re living that community bathroom life.

Kitchen towels for when your four dishes get dirty.

If you have the room for a chair I really like this folding butterfly one that can be stashed when not in use.

I recommend four bath towels and two face towels – one set in the laundry and one in rotation.

Small locking storage containers for any leftovers you might have.

Though it’s easier to buy paper plates, I’d opt for plastic ones that can be recycled at the end of the year.

Same goes for bowls.

Pick up a few ceramic mugs for early mornings and late nights that demand caffeine.

Plastic cups, too!


A tray isn’t a necessity, but it is nice to have one around to control dresser clutter.

A can opener.

If you have linoleum or cement floors in your room you’re going to want a rug next to your bed.

Most dorm room come with a desk, but if not I really love this simple one that can go along with you to your sophomore year.

Pot holders are now part of your life.

As is a drying mat or rack for dishes.

Pick up a small trashcan or two for your desk and kitchen area.

Bedside organizers are so smart – grab one to hold your phone while it’s charging at night along with your favorite magazines or books.

Again, rugs are your friends!


A desk lamp for study sessions or late night reading is a must.

Or go with something more standard like a small table lamp that can be reused after you move out.

A coffee maker, a French press, some sort of coffee producing device is non-negotiable.

A laundry basket with handles that will hold at least two weeks of clothes and is easy to carry.

A few decorative glasses or containers to hold toothbrushes, hair elastics, etc.

More hooks! Think vertically when it comes to storage as well as horizontally.

Pouches are great for organizing within your school bag and purse.

I suggest a mid-weight comforter or duvet that will be cool enough when you move in this summer, but that can be layered with a blanket or two come winter for added warmth.

Like this blanket.


While candles are usually considered taboo for their open flame, grab some incense and room spray for when your space gets a little funky and stagnant.

Well-designed notebooks make classes that much more interesting.

A trusty wireless speaker.

A few water bottles to fill and carry to class, I like this collapsable one that can be sized to different quantities or squished entirely.

There’s nothing wrong with having a tiny nightlight to help find your way at night, especially if it also functions as a charger!

Reusable snack bags to stash in your school bag.

A shower organizer, because two to four roommates have more bath products that you imagine.

This little hanging pocket organizer would be great hung next to the door to hold your keys.

A fun mirror with storage underneath for makeup or jewelry.


Take along a few picture frames for pics of you and your high school BFFs.

Storage boxes for desk supplies, jewelry, skincare products, etc.

A water filtration pitcher and refill filters is a must.

A shower curtain you all agree on and a few liners as well.

Utility carts are super versatile – use it to hold food, kitchen necessities, bathroom things and more.

You may not need them that often, but a small ironing board and iron should be going with you.

Slim hangers so you can pack all the more into that little closet.

A power strip for all of your technology.

A small lidded garbage can for the bathroom, next to the toilet.