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Alice's Adventure In Wonderland Decoded by David Day

"The popular view that Wonderland is simply a charming fairy tale full of frivolous nonsense that was made up on a summer's day is one that Lewis Carroll was happy to foster. Just as a magician would not wish to reveal the years of hard work and machinery behind some grand illusion, the author Lewis Carroll -- along with Charles Dodgson the amateur magician -- did not want his fairy tale to appear as anything less than an effortless work of pure imagination." 
Lovers of Alice In Wonderland will appreciate David Day's new book that hits the shelves next month, Alice's Adventure In Wonderland Decoded. This is full text of Lewis Carroll's novel with its many hidden meanings. 
It reads like a scholarly text. Intensely thorough. From the etymology of how the name Lewis Carroll came about, to questions of why someone would write a children's story in a code that is almost impenetratable (even to adults). 
But as the book argues, the tales actually do make sense --…

Fortune Favors The Brave By Lisa Congdon

Do you love quotes? 

Do you love hand lettered quotes bound in a beautiful keepsake book? 
From the author of Whatever You Are Be A Good One and Art Inc., comes a brand new book Fortune Favors The Brave. Lisa Congdon inspires us with 100 courageous quotes that have been hand-lettered by the author. 
From Haruki Murakami to  Victor Hugo, there is no shortage of inspiration and encouragement in Fortune Favors The Brave

Lisa Congdon's new book is filled with uplifting reminders to seize the day, a sequel to Whatever You Are, Be a Good One which reminds us that when embarking on a new adventure, the right words of encouragement can be a priceless gift. 

Lisa Congdon first started making art as a hobby in 2001, but within five years was becoming well recognized for her colorful and intricate paintings, drawings, and pattern designs, Lisa works for clients around the world including the Museum of Modern Art, Martha Stewart Living, General Mills and Simon & Schuster. Her projects range …

The Good Little Book

A beautiful story of Boy meets Book and falls in love. 

The Good Little Book is a story as beautifully told as it is illustrated. Very rarely do you get this kind of a perfect combination. I would love the know writer Kyo Maclear and illustrator Marion Arbona's secret.

The Good Little Book 
"had fine printed pages and a simple cover and a strong spine."
"The Good Little Book was neither thick nor thin, popular nor unpopular. It had no shiny medals to boast of. It didn't even own a proper jacket."

So starts the story of The Good Little Book. Then one day a boy wandered into the study because he had been sent there to "think things over" where he randomly picked up The Good Little Book and began to read. 

The boy loved the book so much. The Good Little Book dazzled him and stumped him. It made him laugh and gasp. It took him to a faraway land. 

"The book that the boy thought couldn't do anything did many things." 

Time passed and The Good Litt…

Bug In A Vacuum by Mélanie Watt

Sucked into the void of a vacuum bag, this cute bug goes through the five stages of grief. 

The bug was on top of the world when it happened. Then his entire life is changed with the switch of a button.

The illustrations are beautiful and there is so much to ponder at the turn of each page.  

The copy kept to a minimalist fashion will appeal to younger readers, as will the illustrations entertain them for a long time. I personally loved the thickness of this book. It feels substantial, and it is. There’s a lot to take in. 

Adults will also marvel in the complexity of Bug In A Vacuum by Mélanie Watt, as it is not a book that will not become a bore and a chore for them to read to their kids at bedtime (every night). Because whether you like it or not, the kids will be bugging you to read them Bug In A Vacuum over and over and over and over and over again.
The story is touching. Follow the emotional journey of a bug searching for light at the end of a vacuum tunnel.
Enjoy this trailer of Bug …

Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay

In his new book, Broken Promise, Linwood Barclay does what he does best...take us along for a white knuckled roller-coaster ride only to leave us hanging by our nails. Don't get me wrong, the ride's a thrill. Barclay has an uncanny ability to tie up most of the loose strings of the mystery, but he always leaves us a string or two in subplot loose, which you can bank on resurfacing in another book. 

After the death of his wife, and the collapse of his newspaper, David Harwood is at a loss, and has no choice but to uproot his nine-year-old son and move back with his parents in his childhood home in Promise Falls, New York. 

As a tragedy rocks the family, family secrets begin to slowly unravel. After the death of her newborn child, Marla, who is David's cousin has her health take a turn for the worse. As David is asked to check up on Marla by his mother, he is horrified to discover that there is a baby in her house that she's caring for. When he asks where it came from, Mar…

His Whole Life by Elizabeth Hay

"What Jim learned from the sunrise was that when you think that something is over, it's only beginning." 
Scotiabank Giller Prize winner, Elizabeth Hay is the authority on capturing life’s complexities without resorting to verbosity; her prose is economical – conveying much in the few. Her new book His Whole Life is set on the backdrop of Quebec's independence movement in the 1990s. Although it touches on the political theme, it is not really about politics. (I know because I actually asked Elizabeth about this back in May, when I was invited to meet her and Paula McLain at an exclusive Random House Canada event at Oliver & Bonacini, Toronto).
Rather, it's about the ordinary Canadian who is affected by the changes around, while dealing with their own struggles in life. It's about the intimate conversations we have in our homes with our family and friends, of everything going on in the world. This makes His Whole Life relatable and poignantfor it can just as…

Swimming, Swimming by Gary Clement

This is a book that reminds you of the carefree days of youth. Those delightful days when you got to hang out with your friends, walking to the neighbourhood pool for some relief from the dog days of summer. Swimming, Swimming is a book that reminds us of those halcyon Summer days. 

The minimalist words complements the larger than life illustrations; everything is detailed from the facial expressions, to the actions on every page. Swimming, Swimming is an example where the pictures do say a thousand words. 

Swimming, Swimming evokes nostalgia, every stroke a reminder of fun, innocence and times that were just so simple. Especially now that Summer is almost winding down, perhaps it's time to hold on to it just a bit longer as you take a trip down memory lane with Gary Clement's book Swimming, Swimming. 

Blog post by @ShilpaRaikar (Creative strategist, decor enthusiast and book lover, who also writes for a branding blog:

Villa America by Liza Klaussmann

Secrets. Affairs. Glamour. Love. Happiness. Tragedy. Intrigue.

These are the emotions that Liza Klaussmann is able to garner in her new book Villa America. Based on the real-life inspiration for F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender Is The Night, Villa America dazzles as it unfolds in the background of Cap D'Antibes paradise. 

It's charming, and just like you'd expect from charm, it starts to fade into the limelight after a while. That's when secrets are uncovered, and tragedy manages to immerse its claws into the lives of the characters. 

Fictional characters are intertwined so seamlessly with historical greats. Sara and Gerald Murphy are friends of Fitzgerald and Hemingway. Love letters from Gerald to Sara are beautiful. They marry, and raise their family on the gorgeous backdrop of the 1920s French Riviera. But, their life is far from perfect. 

Gerald becomes a painter, and together with their three children they create a house, the Villa America on the French Riviera where …