Dwell Picks: The 11 Books We’re Cozying Up With Right Now

Dwell Picks: The 11 Books We’re Cozying Up With Right Now

There’s no better way to spend a cold day than indoors with a good book. Here are the ones we’ve been reading and won’t stop talking about.

Jenny Xie, Executive Editor:

"Powerhouse poet Ocean Vuong—who just won a MacArthur 'Genius Grant'—makes his fiction debut with this tenderhearted novel, written in epistolary form to his mother, who doesn't speak English. It's a meditation on place and identity, from war-torn Vietnam to rural America."

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read.

"This dreamy collection of off-grid homes celebrates sustainability and self-sufficiency, and also a spirit of adventure."

Off the Grid: Houses for Escape
The ultimate escapist collection of environmentally sustainable houses, cabins, and retreats, this book circles the globe to find the best eco-architecture in the most stunning and remote locations.  The imperative to reduce our carbon footprint and focus on renewable energy is having a...

Sam Daly, Associate Editor: 

"This is a wholly excellent read."

Year of the Monkey
From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids and M Train, a profound, beautifully realized memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year.  Following a run of New Year's concerts at San Francisco's legendary Fillmore, Patti Smith...

"A great biography on the quietly influential botanist David Fairchild. If you've ever had a question about where the produce we put on our table comes from, this is the book to add to your shelf."

The Food Explorer
The true adventures of David Fairchild, a late-nineteenth-century food explorer who traveled the globe and introduced diverse crops like avocados, mangoes, seedless grapes—and thousands more—to the American plate.  In the nineteenth century, American meals were about subsistence, not enjoyment.

Erin V. Mahoney, Community & Social Media Manager: 

"I’m surprised the term 'Scandiphile' has yet to make it into the English lexicon, but you saw it here first. As a self-described Scandiphile, this tome is a no-brainer."

Modern Scandinavian Design
Designers from Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Iceland have long pursued the shared goal of social equality through design, believing that well-designed everyday goods not only enhance daily life, but should also be the birthright of all.

Maris Berkowitz, Marketing & Sales Assistant:

"Four words: I love Sea Ranch."

Lauren Conklin, Editorial Fellow:

"This is so much more than a cookbook; it’s more like a collection of recipes and conversations with incredibly cool people from all over the world. Like a potluck dinner where everyone brings a super inventive and representative dish, then William Wegman’s Weimaraners stroll in and steal the show. The only cookbook I’ve read cover to cover."

Salad for President: A Cookbook Inspired by Artists
The creator of the immensely popular Salad for President blog presents a visually rich collection of more than 75 salad recipes, with contributions and interviews by artists/creative professionals like William Wegman, Tauba Auerbach, Laurie Anderson, and Alice Waters.  Julia Sherman loves...

"My admiration for Georgia O'Keefe knows no bounds, and her connection to so many key players in the design world of the 20th century is baffling. Unsurprisingly, her own approach to the interiors of her two New Mexico homes is outright beautiful in a way that both inspires and is inspired by her artwork."

Georgia O'Keeffe and Her Houses: Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu
Georgia O’Keeffe’s two houses in New Mexico—at Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch—are essential elements in her paintings, but their history has never before been detailed.

Jim Redd, Lead Developer:

James Turrell: A Retrospective
Copublished with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for the major touring retrospective and concurrent exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, this comprehensive volume illuminates the origins and motivations of James Turrell's incredibly...

Haley Heramb, Branded Content Manager:  

"As the weather is getting cooler, I'm cozying up at home dreaming of my next trip to warmer places. I'm a sucker for a well-designed hotel and find myself flipping through the pages of the Design Hotels Book to inspire my next travel destination."

The Design Hotels Book: Edition 2016
A worldwide affiliation of independent hotels, Design Hotels has collected 296 of the most groundbreaking accommodations from its portfolio in the 2016 edition of The Design Hotels Book (Gestalten).

"I can't wait for this to come out next year!"

The Design Hotels Book: New Perspectives
A special 25th year anniversary edition of The Design Hotels Book presents an in-depth look at 25 boutique properties around the world that are changing the way we think about hospitality.  For a quarter century, Design Hotels(TM) has been at the forefront of a movement in hospitality,...

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