Gift Books for Geeks: 2011 Edition

It’s Black Friday.  Make use of this frenzied shopping day and pick up a gift that keeps on giving!

We are proud to offer the following general interest titles that are sure to appeal to birders, historians and literature buffs in this year’s Princeton University Press Holiday Gift Book Roundup.

 

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ON CONAN DOYLE

Or, the Whole Art of Storytelling

Michael Dirda

For The Lit Crit Geek: you armchair-dwelling, brandy-swilling, tweed-wearing, Masterpiece Mystery!– watching bibliophile, you.  Get ready to journey beyond Holmes with Dirda as your guide.

Cloth | $19.95

ISBN: 978-0-691-15135-9

224 pp. | 4 1/2 x 7

THE CROSSLEY ID GUIDE

Eastern Birds

Richard Crossley

For The Birder Geek: you know who you are.  This guide provides naturalistic artwork in real settings- urban, suburban, and rural- for the birder of every feather.

Cloth Flexibound  | $35.00

ISBN: 978-0-691-14778-9

544 pp. | 7-1/2 x 10 | 10,000 color images

THE QUOTABLE THOREAU

Edited by Jeffrey S. Cramer

For The Transcendentalist  Geek: deep thinker and quoter of deep thoughts such as, “Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.”  Henry David Thoreau: a crunchy granola visionary.

Cloth | $19.95

ISBN: 978-0-691-13997-5

552 pp. | 4 1/2 x 7 1/2 | 20 halftones.

THE NEW ATLAS OF WORLD HISTORY

Global Events at a Glance

John Haywood

For The Map Geek: here it is, all in one place; an at-a-glance comparison across centuries and continents, tracing trade routes, religion, and culture (in full color.)  Geek out!

Cloth | $49.50

ISBN: 978-0-691-15269-1

256 pp. | 12 1/2 x 11 | 350 color illus. 10 line illus. 55 maps

WILDFLOWER WONDERS

The 50 Best Wildflower Sites in the World

Bob Gibbons with a foreword by Richard Mabey

For The Stop-and-Smell-the-Flowers Geek: Wish you could take a mental snapshot of every lovely bloom you’ve ever seen?  Buy this book and you can own some truly stunning professional photographs.

Cloth | $27.95

ISBN13: 978-0-691-15229-5

192 pp. | 8 1/2 x 10 | 200 color photos

THE QUOTABLE JEFFERSON

Collected and Edited by John P. Kaminski

For The Founding Father Groupie Geek: you love American History and probably majored in political science or foreign relations.  You also know that democracy “will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”  Hear, hear, Mr. Jefferson.

Cloth | $19.95

ISBN13: 978-0-691- 12267-0

576 pp. | 4 x 7 | 11 halftones

SCROOGENOMICS

Why You Shouldn’t Buy Presents for the Holidays
Joel Waldfogel

For The Anti-Consumerist Geek: You think reindeer sweaters and singing fish are bad gifts.  So does Joel Waldfogel.  This is the wry antidote to mindless cheer and you can’t wait to buy this book for all your friends.

Cloth | $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-691-14264-7
186 pp. | 4 x 6

AVIAN ARCHITECTURE

How Birds Design, Engineer & Build

Peter Goodfellow

For The Naturalist Geek: you’re not quite a birder, not quite an ornithologist but you appreciate nature and a detailed, visual guide to the architecture of a bird’s habitat.

Cloth | $27.95

ISBN: 978-0-691-14849-6

160 pp. | 8 x 10 | 300 color illus.

THE ULTIMATE QUOTABLE EINSTEIN

Collected and Edited by Alice Calaprice

For The Einstein Fan Club Geek: don’t be shy.  This is your chance to own the granddaddy of quotables with all of his greatest hits.  We know you’ve memorized them (in alphabetical order by topic, no less.)

Cloth | $24.95

ISBN: 978-0-691-13817-6

576 pp. | 4 1/2 x 7 1/2 | 27 halftones.

THE PRINCETON FIELD GUIDE TO DINOSAURS

Gregory S. Paul

For The Jurassic Park Geek: you know all the species and all the lines.  You’ll recognize the illustrations from Paul, who was a lead dino-designer on set, and you’ll be fighting your eight-year-old kid for posession of the book.

Cloth | $35.00

ISBN: 978-0-691-13720-9

320 pp. | 8 1/2 x 11 | 156 color illus. 448 line illus.