Book List 4 - Sumptuous Books by Raincoast to Get You Through The Weekend

There is nothing I love more than hunkering down with a good book and cuppa tea on a cold, wintery weekend such as this.

Here are some fantastic selections from Raincoast Books to get you in the mood!

Florence Broadhurst: Her Secret & Extraordinary Lives
Helen O’Neill

This is sooo neat - Florence was a starlet, couturier and painter, but never before has her work that appeared as wallpaper patterns been written about.

And because this is the first-ever AUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY, this is the best place to start.


Restaurant Graphics
Grant Gibson

Being a restaurant reviewer has not tainted my love of restaurants – perhaps only deepened it. So it is with great pleasure that I read Restaurant Graphics.

Showcasing restaurants around the world, photos reveal logos, menus, walls, wrapping and stunning, innovative works that are going to have you gaping, pointing and maybe even screaming with delight.

I know I was.

Other People’s Property: A Shadow History of Hip-Hop in White America
Jason Tanz

I love books that chronicle music’s history and movements.

And this is a superb look at hip-hop – one that hasn’t been documented in such a way before: There’s the movie Breakin’, radio station WLYD and Nerdcore, which rarely gets mention in books like these.

And Tanz’s style is fantastic – like you’re reading notes from a friend, a college roommate who’s so excited about a song, a rapper or a type of music.

I think it really says a lot about Tanz’s talent that he can make such a possibly sensitive subject so much fun and non-academic.

I will read everything Tanz writes because of this book.

If that’s not a testimonial, I don’t know what is.

Breaking News: How the Associated Press Has Covered War, Peace and Everything Else
Reporters of the Associated Press with a foreward by David Halberstam

A thick book chronicling history by the way we learned about it – in the papers.

You’ll see the photos, read the wires and then read the behind-the-scenes stories.

A fabulous book for anyone interested in the news or wanting to learn more about our past.

Hugh Fearlessly Eats It All: Dispatches from the Gastronomic Front Line
Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall

Wow. A squirrel sandwich.

Hugh’s had a squirrel sandwich. And he’ll tell you all about it. And reindeer and offal and well, a whole whack more.

So you’ll have to read the book to find out more.

But don’t worry. Hugh’s warmth and humour make it a complete joy.

Stephanie Dickison

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