This was cute. I have a fondness for alphabet books.
Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Everything, by Maira Kalman
Now, this one was GENIUS. So good I immediately bought a copy to give to some kids I know. It's rare to find a treatment of Jefferson for kids that actually talks about him in flawed human terms. Plus the art was amazing.
Radiant Truths, edited by Jeff Sharlet
Very tasty anthology of works that are in some sense about belief, going all the way back to Walt Whitman.
Vegas, by John Gregory Dunne
This memoir was dark and depressing and full of unhappy people and yet it was somehow a light pleasant read at the same time. Not really sure how that worked - something about the author not taking himself too seriously. I appreciated it.
Girls Standing on Lawns, by Maira Kalman and Daniel Handler
An odd and puzzling book made in collaboration with MOMA. It is what the title says it is, plus some musings thereupon. I quite liked it.
Stay Up Late, by Maira Kalman and David Byrne
One of her earlier picture books, full of whizzing energy and love. It made me feel like the song was meant to have these pictures accompanying it.