Going Dutch in Beijing : how to behave properly when far away from home by Mark McCrum: apparently giving someone the finger is impolite everywhere. Thumbs up is rude in Iran (it means “sit on it.”)
Richard Renaldi : figure and ground (photographs) I love the cover shot, of a woman holding a rose, a water bottle peeking out of her “New York” purse.
Art of the knife / Joe Kertzman Not a book I would have ever even looked at had it not come across my desk. But beautiful–who knew? And a little DDC trivia–739.72 is for “edged weapons,” but interdisciplinary works on knives go under 621.432. The text on the back cracks me up: “Page after page, Art of the Knife delivers!” “It’s a parade of pearl, ivory, mammoth tooth, damascus, silver wire, exotic wood, diamonds, rubies and more. It will definitately be a conversation piece when displayed on your coffee table…” I don’t have a coffee table, but if I did, I’m not sure what it would say about me if “Art of the Knife” was taking up prime coffee table real estate…but, if your library has this, take a look, the knives are AMAZING.