Your Birth Plan: A Guide to Navigating All of Your Choices in Childbirth
Your Birth Plan: A Guide to Navigating All of Your Choices in Childbirth

by Megan Davidson (2019) Your Birth Plan is an intervention: it’s a birth book that equally honors all paths and all pregnant people, guiding and empowering you to make informed decisions, without judgment or prescription, for your own positive birth experience.

Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong--and What You Really Need to Know
Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong--and What You Really Need to Know

by Emily Oster (2013) ster offers the real-world advice one would never get at the doctors office. Knowing that the health of your baby is paramount, readers can know more and worry less. Having the numbers is a tremendous relief - and so is the occasional glass of wine.

Why Did No One Tell Me This?: The Doulas' (Honest) Guide for Expectant Parents
Why Did No One Tell Me This?: The Doulas' (Honest) Guide for Expectant Parents

by Natalia Hailes (2020) Full of honest advice and inclusive options, Why Did No One Tell Me This? is the funny, personality-filled, illustrated guide to pregnancy, birth, and beyond that modern parents have been waiting for.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig (1974)
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig (1974)

Robert M. Pirsig's Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is an examination of how we live, a meditation on how to live better set around the narration of a summer motorcycle trip across America's Northwest, undertaken by a father & his young son.

Women Design: Pioneers in architecture, industrial, graphic and digital design from the twentieth ce
Women Design: Pioneers in architecture, industrial, graphic and digital design from the twentieth ce

From architects and product designers to textile artists and digital innovators, Women Design profiles a selection of the most dynamic female designers from the modern era, showcasing their finest work and celebrating their enduring influence.

WA: The Essence of Japanese Design by Rossella Menegazzo, Stefania Piotti and Kenya Hara (2014)
WA: The Essence of Japanese Design by Rossella Menegazzo, Stefania Piotti and Kenya Hara (2014)

Through some 300 objects this book explores contemporary Japanese design: from everyday objects and packaging to interior design and lighting elements. Ultimately the book aims to explore the way in which Japanese design manages to harness its materials – whether natural or synthetic – and at the same time combines respect for tradition with forward-thinking and experimentation.

The City at Eye Level for Kids - edited by Rosa Danenberg, Vivian Doumpa, Hans Karssenberg (2018)
The City at Eye Level for Kids - edited by Rosa Danenberg, Vivian Doumpa, Hans Karssenberg (2018)

Dutch urban design firm STIP has produced a book for children which takes a look at the city landscape from their eyes. The City at Eye Level for Kids is the result of close working between a host of urban design professionals, and is supported by the Bernard van Leer's Urban95 programme, which works to improve the lives of children living in cities worldwide.

Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges (1962)
Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges (1962)

Although his work has been restricted to the short story, the essay, and poetry, Jorge Luis Borges of Argentina is recognized all over the world as one of the most original and significant figures in modern literature. Labyrinths is a representative selection of Borges' writing, some forty pieces drawn from various books of his published over the years.

Grafton Architects by Robert McCarter (2018)
Grafton Architects by Robert McCarter (2018)

In this long-overdue study, respected architectural writer and critic Robert McCarter presents 60 of Grafton's built and unbuilt projects and brings to light their principled and ethical approach, which is committed to making a profound difference to the lives of their buildings' users.

Building Stories by Chris Ware (2012)
Building Stories by Chris Ware (2012)

Building Stories imagines the inhabitants of a three-story Chicago apartment building: a 30-something woman who has yet to find someone with whom to spend the rest of her life; a couple, possibly married, who wonder if they can bear each other's company another minute; and the building's landlady, an elderly woman who has lived alone for decades.

Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives by Sarah Williams Goldhagen (2017)
Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives by Sarah Williams Goldhagen (2017)

One of the nation's chief architecture critics reveals how the environments we build profoundly shape our feelings, memories, and well-being, and argues that we must harness this knowledge to construct a world better suited to human experience.

Freeing Architecture by Jun'ya Ishigami (2018)
Freeing Architecture by Jun'ya Ishigami (2018)

Lightness, transparency, simplicity, and communion with nature are Japanese architect Junya Ishigami's watchwords. For the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Junya Ishigami designed an exhibition that reveals, on an unprecedented scale, his latest research into freedom, fluidity, and the future of architecture.

The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton (2006)
The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton (2006)

The book has at its centre the large and naïve question: ‘What is a beautiful building?’ It amounts to a tour through the philosophy and psychology of architecture, which aims to change the way we think about our homes, streets and ourselves.

Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the City by Richard Sennett
Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the City by Richard Sennett

In Building and Dwelling, Richard Sennett distils a lifetime's thinking and practical experience to explore the relationship between the good built environment and the good life. He argues for, and describes in rich detail, the idea of an open city, one in which people learn to manage complexity.

30:30 Landscape Architecture by Meaghan Kombol
30:30 Landscape Architecture by Meaghan Kombol

30 internationally renowned landscape architects showcase their own work as well as that of 30 of the best of a new generation of forward looking and innovative designers.

The Women by T.C. Boyle (2009)
The Women by T.C. Boyle (2009)

Welcome to the troubled, tempestuous world of Frank Lloyd Wright. Scandalous affairs rage behind closed doors, broken hearts are tossed aside, fires rip through the wings of the house and paparazzi lie in wait outside the front door for the latest tragedy in this never-ending saga.

Outside Lies Magic by John R. Stilgoe (1998)
Outside Lies Magic by John R. Stilgoe (1998)

This is a book about the acute observation of ordinary things, about becoming aware in everyday places, about seeing in utterly new ways, about enriching your life unexpectedly.

A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf (1929)
A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf (1929)

First published on the 24th of October, 1929, the essay was based on a series of lectures she delivered at Newnham College and Girton College, two women's colleges at Cambridge University in October 1928. The essay is seen as a feminist text, and is noted in its argument for both a literal and figural space for women writers within a literary tradition dominated by patriarchy.

Wabi-sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers by Leonard Koren (1994)
Wabi-sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers by Leonard Koren (1994)

Describes the principles of wabi-sabi, a Japanese aesthetic associated with Japanese tea ceremonies and based on the belief that true beauty comes from imperfection and incompletion, through text and photographs.

Atlas of Emotion by Giuliana Bruno (2002)
Atlas of Emotion by Giuliana Bruno (2002)

Atlas of Emotion is a highly original endeavor to map the cultural terrain of spatio-visual arts. In an evocative blend of words and pictures, Giuliana Bruno emphasizes the connections between “sight” and “site” and “motion” and “emotion.”

Women and Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard (2017)
Women and Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard (2017)

Britain's best known classicist, Mary Beard, is also a committed and vocal feminist. In Women & Power she revisits the gender agenda and shows how history has treated powerful women, using examples ranging from the classical world to the modern day.

Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado-Perez (2019)
Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado-Perez (2019)

Imagine a world where your phone is too big for your hand, where your doctor prescribes a drug that is wrong for your body, where in a car accident you are 47% more likely to be seriously injured, where every week the countless hours of work you do are not recognised or valued. If any of this sounds familiar, chances are that you're a woman.

Lina Bo Bardi: 100: Brazil's Alternative Path to Modernism (2014)
Lina Bo Bardi: 100: Brazil's Alternative Path to Modernism (2014)

A book that celebrates the 100th birthday of Brazil’s most important female architect and designer Lina Bo Bardi. The Italio-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi (1914-1992) forged a unique path with her bold designs. Spanning architecture, stage sets, fashion, and furniture, her work drew inspiration from the International Style, which she translated into her own visual language.

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino (1972)
Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino (1972)

In Invisible Cities Marco Polo conjures up cities of magical times for his host, the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan - gradually, it becomes clear that he is in fact describing one city: Venice. As Gore Vidal wrote, 'Of all tasks, describing the contents of a book is the most difficult and in the case of a marvelous invention like Invisible Cities, perfectly irrelevant.'

Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges (1962)
Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges (1962)

Although his work has been restricted to the short story, the essay, and poetry, Jorge Luis Borges of Argentina is recognized all over the world as one of the most original and significant figures in modern literature. Labyrinths is a representative selection of Borges' writing, some forty pieces drawn from various books of his published over the years.

Walkscapes: Walking as an Aesthetic Practice by Francesco Careri (2002)
Walkscapes: Walking as an Aesthetic Practice by Francesco Careri (2002)

Walkscapes deals with strolling as an architecture of landscape. Here, walking is seen as an autonomous form of art, a primary act in the symbolic transformation of the territory, an aesthetic instrument of knowledge and a physical transformation of the "negotiated" space, which is converted into an urban intervention.

Ways of Seeing by John Berger (1972)
Ways of Seeing by John Berger (1972)

How do we see the world around us? The Penguin on Design series includes the works of creative thinkers whose writings on art, design and the media have changed our vision forever. "Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak.

The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard (1957)
The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard (1957)

Since its first publication in English in 1964, French philosopher Gaston Bachelard's Poetics of Space remains one of the most appealing and lyrical explorations of home. Bachelard takes us on a journey, from cellar to attic, to show how our perceptions of houses and other shelters shape our thoughts, memories, and dreams.

The Glass Room by Simon Mawer (2009)
The Glass Room by Simon Mawer (2009)

High on a Czechoslovak hill, the Landauer House has been built for newlyweds Viktor and Liesel Landauer, a Jew married to a gentile. But, when the storm clouds of WW2 gather, the family must flee, accompanied by Viktor's lover and her child. But the house's story is far from over, as it passes from hand to hand, from Czech to Russian.

The Design of Childhood: How the Material World Shapes Independent Kids by Alexandra Lange (2018)
The Design of Childhood: How the Material World Shapes Independent Kids by Alexandra Lange (2018)

From building blocks to city blocks, an eye-opening exploration of how children's playthings and physical surroundings affect their development.

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