This weather! Aside from battening down the hatches, there's little it makes you want to do but cozy up indoors with a good book and a cup of tea. If you're minus a quality tome at the moment, pop out during a lull in the storm today and race over to William Stout. The Jackson Square bookstore (which recently opened a second location at 678 Mission St) specializes in archtectural reads, and has a crazy-extensive collection on the subject (and beyond). From now through Saturday they're having a 30% off sale on all overstock titles published before 2000.
Some women love shoes; we're more interested in coffee table books. Perhaps they're not as practical, but where else are we going to learn about Roman wall painting or contemporary Norwegian design without auditing a class or trusting the murky tales on Wikipedia? These books offer a wealth of information, and yeah, we really like the pretty pictures too.