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Gift Guide 2012: Something to Read

Backlit screens (like the iPad and the Kindle Fire) can be hard to read, but a normal Kindle can’t be read in the dark. This illuminated screen combines the best of both worlds, plus it increases the contrast and pixels since the last model, making this the best Kindle yet. I tried one and was instantly smitten. For everyone!

Kindle Paperwhite, $139


Vivian Maier was a nanny in Chicago and street photographer, but her photography only began receiving critical acclaim after her death in 2009. Now she is now recognized as one of the great photographers of our time. I think it’s sad she never knew what an inspiration she was! For the aspiring street photographer. photo

Vivian Maier: Street Photographer, $26


Bill Zeman draws pictures based on his three year old daughter Rosie’s art direction. Hilarious and adorable! For the artistic parent of a toddler.

Tiny Art Director, $12


Photos and writings from America’s coolest punk traveler reveals his time in Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Northern Ireland, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and other places. For the fan who is obsessed.

Occupants, $23


Great faces of dogs diving, swimming and fetching under water. For the dog lover.

Underwater Dogs, $11


Gretchen Rubin’s second book about being happy. This time, she’s talking about creating a home that makes you feel energized, content, and able to create. For the person who needs inspiration. photo

Happier at Home, $15


This party game is like Apples to Apples, but way dirtier. It says it right on the box: for horrible people. (Here are some of my horrible friends playing in my living room.)

Cards Against Humanity, $25


Luisa Weiss left New York and moved to Berlin to begin a new life and a fresh start. For my dear friend, who is about to do just that. photo

My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story (with Recipes), $16


It really wouldn’t be a gift guide written by The Amber Show without a Miranda July book. For your Hipster Girlfriend.

Learning to Love You More, $14


  1. Sandra

    December 7, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Love the Vivian Maier book. I have a Kobo ereader so I buy most books for that but photography books? Obviously I get the “real” book.

    My Berlin Kitchen looks interesting too. I love getting book recommendations – I’m a big book hound but it’s hard to keep up!

  2. Top 5: Gift Guides » Then Heather Said

    December 13, 2012 at 6:01 am

    […] Gift Guide 2012: Something to Read – The Amber Show – this list is so much more than just best sellers and e-readers.  I love her recommendations and think several of them would fit for that “gift for anyone” everyone ends up needing to choose at least once each year. [grab bag, newish co-worker, a gift for that person you didn’t expect to exchange with and then they show up at your door with a gift for you…] […]

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