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A Look at Chronicle Books’ Fall 2017 Releases

Hot off the presses! We’re excited for you to take a sneak peek at our fall releases. With shorter days and chillier weather, it’s the perfect time to curl up with a good book (or 10) for hours on end.

You could learn how to make the perfect coffee cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse, revel in the power of women over forty with Lisa Congdon, or drink in the profound works of Rothko. Or you could ponder the folly of Stormtroopers running awry. Our books contain multitudes.

Get a peek at what’s coming, and then explore the titles that caught your eye below:

William Wegman: Being Human by William Wegman

William Wegman’s whimsical photographs of his Weimaraner dogs have been celebrated in the art world and enjoyed by pet lovers for nearly four decades. This photo book has over 300 photos from Wegman’s personal archive, unearthing previously unseen gems alongside iconic images of his beloved dogs.

 

A Glorious Freedom by Lisa Congdon

In this richly illustrated volume, bestselling author and artist Lisa Congdon explores the power of women over the age of forty who are thriving and living life on their own terms. The glory of growing older is the freedom to be more truly ourselves, and the profiles, interviews, and essays from women—like Vera Wang, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Julia Child, and Cheryl Strayed—serve as proof.

 

Say Zoop! by Hervé Tullet

This new picture book combines the interactive magic of Tullet’s beloved bestsellers with silly sounds and a thoughtful approach to understanding language. By encouraging readers to make some noise—the book responds with bursts of color and moving shapes without the aid of batteries—children are empowered to use their active imaginations and direct each page’s reaction.

 

I Fought The Law by Olivia Locher

Strange, outdated laws from each of the 50 U.S. states—some overturned, some still on the books, and some merely the stuff of legends—are depicted with sly wit by Olivia Locher. From serving wine in teacups in Kansas to licking a toad in Kentucky, breaking the law has never looked so good.

 

Bäco by Josef Centeno and Betty Hallock

Visually stunning and conceptually fresh, this is the cookbook of the season from Josef Centeno, the chef credited with capturing the myriad tastes of Los Angeles on the plate. Centeno’s cooking layers textures and explores how spices and sauces can be used to transform the most basic vegetables; recipes span from simple to show stopping, with sauces, soups, mains, salads, and desserts, too.

 

Donner Dinner Party by Forrest-Pruzan Creative

Fast-paced and rowdy, players of Donner Dinner Party are transported back to 1846 as members of the ill-fated wagon train, stranded atop a mountain with dwindling provisions. In true social deduction fashion (i.e. each player has a hidden identity, team alliance, trait, or agenda), players are either pioneers or cannibals…and they must avoid being tonight’s dinner or become one of the suspicious scoundrels.

 

Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers, illustrated by Shawn Harris

In this fascinating, fun take on nonfiction, Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris investigate a seemingly small trait of America’s most emblematic statue. What they find is about more than history, more than art. What they find in the Statue of Liberty’s right foot is the powerful message of acceptance that is essential to an entire country’s creation.

 

Invisible Cat Activities by Cate Anevski

Cats lead very busy lives, and their days are full of activities not always visible to the naked eye. This irresistibly adorable complete-the-drawing book presents dozens of illustrations of cats engaged in invisible pastimes, just waiting for users to finish each scene with their creative and artistic inspiration.

 

200 Women photographed by Kieran Scott

Edited by Ruth Hobday, Sharon Gelman, Marianne Lassandro, and Geoff Blackwell

Two hundred women from a variety of backgrounds are asked the same five questions, and their answers are inspiring human stories of success and courage, love and pain, redemption and generosity. From well-known activists, artists, and innovators to everyday women whose lives are no less exceptional for that, each woman shares her unique replies to questions like “What really matters to you?” and “What would you change in the world if you could?”

 

99 Stormtroopers Join the Empire by Greg Stones

Ninety-nine Stormtroopers join the Empire, and then their troubles begin. A lifelong Star Wars fan, Greg Stones brings a playful wit and sympathy for the plight of the troops as they meet their amusing ends, filling each colorfully painted scenario with fun Star Wars details.

 

Star Wars Super Graphic by Tim Leong

Graphic design guru Tim Leong presents Star Wars trivia in an all-new way—through playful pie charts, bar graphs, and other data-driven infographics. From a Venn diagram of Yoda’s idiosyncrasies to an organizational chart of the Empire to a line graph of Grand Moff Tarkin’s management decisions, Star Wars Super Graphic shines a new light on the much-adored universe.

 

The 12 Sleighs of Christmas by Sherri Duskey Rinker, illustrated by Jake Parker

When the elves discover that Santa’s sleigh is in a terrible state, they let their imaginations go wild—and soon there are sleighs of every kind, inspired by big rigs, motorcycles, zeppelins, and much more. Gear up for spirited vehicular silliness and classic Christmas cheer in this turbo-charged read-aloud, destined to become a classic.

 

Zingerman’s Bakehouse by Amy Emberling and Frank Carollo

Since 1992, Michigan’s renowned artisanal bakery Zingerman’s Bakehouse has fed a fan base across the United States and beyond with their chewy-sweet brownies and gingersnaps, famous sour cream coffee cake, and fragrant loaves of Jewish rye, challah, and sourdough. Now, to celebrate their 25th anniversary, the Zingerman’s bakers share 65 meticulously tested, carefully detailed recipes for you to make at home.

 

Cosmo’s Sexy Sutra edited by Cosmopolitan

From the sex experts at Cosmopolitan—where sex is the #1 most popular topic in print and online—comes this handbook for perking up your sex life. Sensual illustrations and detailed descriptions provide inspiration and graphic instruction for 101 positions—a perfect gift for a valentine or bachelorette, or for self-purchase by the curious.

 

Nothing Rhymes with Orange by Adam Rex

We all know nothing rhymes with orange, but that makes Adam Rex’s protagonist Orange feel quite left out. The beloved author-illustrator has created a hilarious yet poignant parable about celebrating differences, and bending some rules of the English language to be a bit more inclusive.

 

Rothko: The Color Field Paintings

Foreword by Christopher Rothko, contributions by Janet Bishop

Mark Rothko’s iconic paintings are some of the most profound works of twentieth-century Abstract Expressionism. This collection presents fifty large-scale artworks from the American master’s color field period (1949–1970) alongside essays by Rothko’s son, Christopher Rothko, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art curator of painting and sculpture Janet Bishop.

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Which books are you most excited about? Comment below! Personally, I’m torn between William Wegman: Being Human and Rothko: The Color Field Paintings—guess that means I’m getting both.

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Jenna Homen

Community Manager at Chronicle Books. When she's logged off, she can be found cooking, camping, or in a museum. You can follow her on Twitter at @jn_na.
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