With the death of San Francisco–based Jim Marshall in March of this year, so ended the career of one of the most influential music photojournalists of the 21st century. His final book, Pocket Cash (Chronicle Books), completed shortly before his death, is an arresting visual history of musical legends Johnny and June Carter Cash, with both rarely seen and iconic images taken between the mid- ’60s and mid-’70s. Marshall photographed the Cash family for more than 30 years, cultivating an intimacy that is reflected in these personal images.
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Though we’ll never fully understand the wonderful, weird goings-on in the minds of Dave Eggers and McSweeney’s staffers, the new book, Art of McSweeney’s (Chronicle Books) sheds some light on the first 11 (or 12, depending on whom you ask) years of this independent publishing house. The fully illustrated tome features commentary by McSweeney’s contributors, including Sarah Vowell and Michael Chabon, and charts the first 31 issues of the “quarterly concern” as well as the other books, DVDs and journals published under the McSweeney’s arm.
There are some gifts that require planning, thoughtful care, and a big chunk of your sanity to get just right. Then there are others that are no-brainers (a marshmallow gun for my nephew? Absolutely). You can always find a surplus of the latter at Chronicle Books, one of our most reliable go-to sources for fast and easy gift giving. Find cookbooks of all types for the budding gourmand, DiY tomes for crafty-types, and titles on art and design, travel, and plenty in between.
The Catcher in the Rye. A Clockwork Orange. The Great Gatsby. Some book covers are almost as iconic as the words printed between them. To evoke the essence of a story while maintaining the mystery of the unread words within is an artform, indeed – and quite often an unsung one. That's why we're so excited for the 50 Books/50 Covers exhibit going on now at the Chronicle Books on 2nd Street. The event features selections from the American Institute for Graphic Arts' juried picks of the 50 best-designed books and book covers for 2008.
In this digital age, a "year of cards" might not amount to very much, but if you (like us) strive to be the type of good friend/sibling/child/human that actually acknowledges moments of importance with a message through the mail, than a year of them can end up being a rather substantial investment. Blogger Wee Birdy took the challenge to create a year of handmade greetings for the low price of £20 (that's about 30 US dollars) by using the templates found in local letterpress Hello! Lucky's book, Handmade Hellos.
In troubled times, it is said, the sinful shore of vice stocks is often heralded as a safe haven.
And brother? Nuthin’ could be truer these days.
Enter master of the mix: Doug “Bix” Biederbeck, the dashing EssEff restauranteur (Bix, Market Bar, Florio) who is a sort of modern-day Nick Charles for the cocktail set.
S.F.-based publisher Chronicle Books is known for its unique selection of titles and subject matter (cough, What's Your Poo Telling You, cough), but for the Architecture or Interior Design buff there are some particularly great gift ideas to be had. And now through December 5th you can enter promotional code FRIENDS at checkout to receive 35% off your purchase plus free shipping - not bad!
A few recommended titles:
Important notice for procrastinators everywhere: there's officially no excuse to buy a lame present this year. Starting December 1st and for the remainder of the holiday season, the good folks from CITIZEN:citizen have put together a sort of pop-up department store in the Upper Fillmore, offering quality design goods at warehouse prices.