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Why are some books put forward and declared to be “outstanding”, while other are barely noticed? Every month we discover some of the books that mean something to us; books that touched, surprised or intrigued us. Check back regularly to see what we couldn’t put down and what we’re adding to our Luster library.  



Read me: A Century of Classic American Book Advertisements, New York Times
Book critic Dwight Garner offers a visual survey of book advertisements, plucked from yellowing newspapers, journals and magazines large and small, from across the United States during the twentieth century'  — more than 300 of them, to be precise, including some of modern history’s most beloved literary classics by favorite authors like Susan Sontag, Kurt Vonnegut, Joan Didion, Anaïs Nin and Ray Bradbury.
 



Derek Jarman's Sketchbooks  
With their snippets of poetry, drawings, film storyboards, thoughts, plans and photographs, Derek Jarman's sketchbooks offer a rare insight into an artist's mind at work.  




Art of McSweeney's
A coffee-table retrospective of twelve years of McSweeney’s, told issue-by-issue and book-by-book, and, focusing on the text-heavy, deliberately arcane design that marks everything Dave Eggers has ever touched. Also included are hundreds of images, interviews with artists and authors such as Chris Ware and Michael Chabon, and a really neat folding jacket/poster covered with stories by Dave Eggers on one side, and a myriad of Charles Burns–drawn faces on the other.
Be amazed.