Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Haul-idays! from Curly Wurly and Chronicle Books!

Chronicle Books, one of my favorite publishers of pop culture books (as well as beautiful children's books, cookbooks, and stationery products), announced recently that they would be doing a Happy Haul-idays contest. Here's the scoop right from the horse's mouth: 'Post a list of Chronicle Books valued at up to $500 that you'd like to haul in, and you'll be automatically entered into a drawing to WIN your list of books! And, one of your readers who comments on the post will win the list too!' May as well, am I right? (I am.) So, following is my Haul-idays entry (which will, if I've done the coding correctly, appear after the jump). If you would like to win this list, too, comment away (all comments will be approved, guaranteed)! [Note: Your winning is contingent upon my winning, just in case that's not clear.]

If you're a blogger, come join the fun. Post your Haul-idays list on your blog, and enter your post on the Haul-idays website. The deadline to enter is December 10th. (As a side-note, Chronicle has a weekend sale: 35% off + Free Shipping with code: FRIENDS)

Read on for my list plus two extra recommendations from their catalogue.

Finally, have a Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers (and a great Thursday to my non-American readers)!

Catalog: The Illustrated History of Mail Order Shopping by Robin Cherry ('From corsets to bell-bottoms, from baby-doll dresses and Doc Martens all the way to iPods, the history of...catalogs is the history of our lives and our culture.')

Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in Fifties Animation by Amid Amidi ('Showcasing hundreds of rare and forgotten sketches, model boards, cels, and film stills, Cartoon Modern is a thoroughly researched, eye-popping, and delightful account of a vital decade of animation design.')

The Games We Played: The Golden Age of Board and Table Games by Margaret K. Hofer ('Organized around themes such as courtship, commerce, travel, sports, and city life, The Games We Played brings together over one hundred eye-catching examples of America’s rare and popular board games, such as The Game of Playing Department Store...') [sounds like a fun game!]

The Museum of Kitschy Stitches: A Gallery of Notorious Knits by Stitchy McYarnpants ('Hideous hats, ridiculous wraps, embarrassing neckties, and more—they're all on display at The Museum of Kitschy Stitches, a photographic gallery of knitting and crocheting horrors.')

Hollywood Glamour Pack: Leading Ladies and Leading Men by Turner Classic Movies ('Leading Ladies and Leading Men pays tribute to the most charismatic, enduring, and elegant actors of their time.')

Leading Couples: Unforgettable Screen Romances of the Studio Era by Turner Classic Movies ('Leading Couples features the most unforgettable screen pairings of the studio era...')

Picture Show: Classic Movie Posters from the TCM Archives by Dianna Edwards ('Picture Show gathers more than 150 of the most compelling and memorable [posters] for a scenic tour of Hollywood history and a dazzling compendium of graphic design excellence.')

Art of the Modern Movie Poster: International Postwar Style and Design by Judith Salavetz, Spencer Drate, and Sam Sarowitz ('Gathered from the renowned collection of the Posteritati Gallery in New York...this volume is the definitive survey of both film and popular graphic art in the modern era.')

Obsessed with TV: Test Your Knowledge of Every Channel by David Hofstede ('More than just a trivia book, this is also a challenging interactive game.')

Television Without Pity: 752 Things We Love To Hate (and Hate to Love) About TV by Tara Ariano and Sarah Bunting ('...A celebration of television unlike any other.')

As Seen on TV: 50 Amazing Products and the Commercials That Made Them Famous by Lou Harry and Sam Stall ('Here are the incredible true stories of Ginsu Knives, Chia Pets, the Veg-o-Matic, K-Tel Records, the ThighMaster, and dozens of other favorites.')

Beatles Fan Pack by the Beatles and Ringo Starr ('...A must for any Beatles lover: warm, frank, funny, poignant, and bold--just like the music that's been a part of so many of our lives')

Lennon Legend: An Illustrated Life of John Lennon ('It's been said that John Lennon's was the voice of a generation. Lennon Legend celebrates that voice's power to resonate across the generations.')

Stewardess: Come Fly with Me! by Elissa Stein ('A fun and fashionable flight for travelers—-without having to check your bags...')

The Book of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks: A Celebration of Creative Punctuation by Bethany Keeley ('Who wouldn't have second thoughts about ordering the "hamburger" on the diner's menu?')

Hello, Please!: Very Helpful Super Kawaii Characters from Japan by Matt Alt and Hiroko Yoda ('...Introducing readers to a host of adorable new best friends they never knew they had.')

The Encyclopedia of Guilty Pleasures: 1,001 Things You Hate To Love by Lou Harry and Sam Stall and Julia Spalding

Curious Cats by Mitsuaki Iwago
Two more Chronicle titles that are not included on my Haul-idays list, but I want to recommend to Curly Wurly readers: Meet Mr. Product: The Art of the Advertising Character by Warren Dotz and Masud Husain (authors of What A Character!: 20th Century American Advertising Icons and Ad Boy: Vintage Advertising with Character) and Better Than Homemade: Amazing Food That Changed the Way We Eat by Carolyn Wyman. All are favorites on my book shelf!


Lushie Peach said...

What a geat list of books! Chronicle certainly has a wonderful seletion - but I think they would benefit from a Curly Wurly-authored book!

Maria said...

Why, thank you! Actually, Chronicle just had an event in San Francisco (where they're based), where you could go and pitch book ideas in person. I thought about getting a plane ticket. I have too many ideas but also not fully-fleshed ideas, so that would probably be a waste. Did you get the Amy Sedaris book? I'm thinking about going to Borders tomorrow (or Sunday) to get it because there was a big coupon in the paper.

ashley c said...

great list! good luck to you!

Molly said...

Love the name of your blog btw! And you've got a great list goin' on! Good luck!

Mollydedwards AT yahoo DOT com

Maria said...

Thank you, Ashley and Molly (Curly Wurly fan?)! And (*crossing fingers*) good luck to the both of you, too! :-D

Brandy said...

Love the list. I also posted my books. See them here:

CactusHead Studio said...

Great list and good luck! Here is my list if you want to comment too.

Tara Rose Stromberg said...

Great list as well! Thanks for stopping by, and good luck! :)

I'll be sure to follow in the future - awesome blog!

moonsword said...

great list! best of luck!

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Love your picks!

Haylee said...

Wow please win! I seriously think I would cry if I won all these books!


jcamp2020 said...

What a nice list. Good luck to both of us! And thank you
Chronicle Books.

jcamp2020 at aol dot com

Joanne said...

What a great list of books!


Maria said...

Thanks for all the comments! Remember bloggers, the deadline to enter is today (December 10, 2010), and the winner will be announced on Monday! Good luck to everyone!