These frigid Buffalo days are a great time to cozy up inside and lose yourself in a good book. While Eastdane.com is highly regarded as a great online clothing resource, the site also offers a wide selection of books; many of which would make a fine edition to your Dandy library. The following books are currently at the top of my wish list:
Jazz: New York in the Roaring Twenties
It’s the Roaring Twenties, and New York is exploding with jazz fever. Designed, illustrated, and edited by Robert Nippoldt, this award-winning book pays homage to the era. An entertaining blend of illustrations, facts, and amusing anecdotes presents 24 leading lights of New York’s jazz scene in the 1920s, complete with a CD containing some of their best songs. The texts, contributed by Hans-Jürgen Schaal, give a vivid account of the club scene and the “band battles,” as well as the legendary recording sessions.
The Monocle Guide to Better Living
The Monocle Guide to Better living is a survey of products and ideas built to treasure and last. Monocle has created an intelligent publication that continually inspires a global readership that is interested in everything from diplomacy to design. This tome looks at one of the magazine’s core themes: how to live well. It’s a book designed to be an indispensable guidebook to contemporary life.
Jane & Serge: A Family Album
The highly public love affair of French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg and British actress Jane Birkin captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation. From the earliest days of Jane and Serge’s romance until their split in 1980, Jane’s brother Andrew Birkin was a frequent presence in their lives. An avid photographer, he snapped thousands of candid family photos during those years. Birkin’s pictures offer a rare view of daily life for the couple.