Holiday Gift Picks 2022

Need a holiday gift for the book lover in your life? From fiction, poetry, and New York history we have you covered. Browse our titles below for the perfect gift. 

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From Binghamton to the Battlefield

An annotated collection of over one hundred Civil War letters that trace a Union soldier's transformation from eager recruit to war-weary, battle-tested veteran.

Frank Costello

Provides a reimagined but historically accurate account of the life of the notorious gangster Frank Costello through his own words.

The Stork Club Cookbook and Bar Book

Relive the glory days of New York's poshest night spot with recipes and drinks you can prepare at your own home!

Cycling the Hudson and Champlain Valleys

An essential resource for dedicated cyclists planning a trip through the state or casual riders seeking new stretches of trail to enjoy with family and friends. Great for those traveling by foot, boat, or car as well.

The Best of the Adirondack Tales

The best of W.H.H. Murray’s 19th century Adirondack stories, selected by Murray’s biographer and great, great grandson, Randall S. Beach

Hopewell Junction: A Railroader's Town

Reveals the life and lore of a vanished era of railroad history.

Bob Dylan's New York

A walking tour and history of Bob Dylan's life and time in New York, from Greenwich Village to Woodstock.

Stories, Streets, and Saints

A time capsule of a classic Italian American neighborhood, told in the voices of its inhabitants.

Ways of the Hand

A visual and narrative memoir of a lifetime's encounters with 112 trendsetters, musicians, politicians, writers, and ordinary people by a noted folklorist-photographer.

New York's Great Lost Ballparks

Tells the story of New York's playing grounds, teams, and ballparks of yesteryear.

Notable Civil War Veterans of Oswego County, New York

Recounts the compelling stories of Civil War soldiers and sailors who lived in Oswego County, New York.

Dear Uncles

Edited by Rick Barram
Subjects: New York/regional
Series: Excelsior Editions

A New York soldier's eyewitness account of life in the first year of the Civil War, from the campgrounds to the battlefields.

The Letchworth State Park Atlas

A visitor's companion to New York's Letchworth State Park, richly illustrated with ninety maps and thirty-five photographs.

Signs of Distinction

Fifty-one unique New York towns with great stories to tell, from L. Frank Baum's and Jello's hometowns to the birthplace of the Women's Rights Movement.

Truly Blessed and Highly Favored

An intimate and moving account of how the author rose from poverty to become a major Black political figure in New York State.

Confessions of a Hayseed DA

An idealistic, occasionally naïve and somewhat irreverent young attorney becomes the District Attorney of Rockland County, New York, in the 1960s and faces the challenges of fighting crime in a rapidly changing world.

Sharkey

The incredible, true story of the twentieth century's greatest performing sea lion and the man who trained him.

The Jews of Long Island

The first comprehensive history of the development of early Jewish life on Long Island.

The Haunted History of Pelham, New York

A fascinating fusion of New York history and local folklore sure to send shivers up your spine!

The Spirit of New York, Second Edition

A celebration of New York State's history through 19 key events from the state's founding to today.

The Musical, Second Edition

A complete introduction to musical theater from its roots in the eighteenth century through today, written by a master historian.

Qorbanot

A dynamic dialogue of poetry and art that reimagines the ancient, biblical concept of sacrifice.

Hundred-Mile Home

A creative travelogue of landscape and memory.

Cycling the Erie Canal, Fifth Edition

An indispensable resource for dedicated cyclists planning to bike across the state or the casual rider looking to take the family out for a couple of hours. Great for walkers, boaters, and auto travelers, too.

In Security

Part airport thriller, part family drama, part love story, In Security explores how those who strive to protect us are often unable to protect themselves.

Beyond the Xs and Os

Inside account of the negotiations between the football Bills, New York State, and Erie County to sign a long-term stadium lease and thereby keep the team in Buffalo.

Birth Chart

A collection of poems weaving together astrology, motherhood, music, and literary history.

Restless Spirits

A collection of plays by American Indian playwright William S. Yellow Robe Jr.

Fearless

Biography of the early years of A. Bartlett Giamatti, who would become Yale University’s first non-Anglo-Saxon Protestant president and commissioner of Major League Baseball.

Doghiker

A comprehensive guidebook for dog owners that includes seventy-seven great hikes from the Adirondacks through the Catskills.

Enterprising Waters

Chronicles the story of the Erie Canal from its inception to today.

The Architecture of Downtown Troy

Tells the forgotten but surprising stories of the many handsome and significant buildings in downtown Troy, New York.

Something's Happening Here

The decade comes alive in this whirlwind ride through the Sixties that begins in Brooklyn and ends at Woodstock.

Forest and Crag

A compelling story of our ever-evolving relationship with mountains and wilderness.

Bootlegger of the Soul

A celebration of the Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist who put Albany on the world’s literary map.

Enticement

Short stories that reflect the complexities of contemporary Tibetan life, written by Tibetan filmmaker Pema Tseden.

The Moving of the Water

Stories anchored in the Welsh American immigrant experience.

We Are Going to Be Lucky

Edited by Elizabeth L. Fox
Notes by Elizabeth L. Fox
Subjects: History
Series: Excelsior Editions

Tells the story of a young couple in love during World War II, and the difficulties they faced both at war and on the home front.

Finding True North

An evocative and personal history of a unique historic place in the Adirondacks.

The Mystery of the Albany Mummies

From the Nile to the Hudson, the story of how two Egyptian mummies joined an American museum collection.

A Spirit of Sacrifice

Focuses on the posters of World War I as a medium to interpret the tremendous role played by New York State and its citizens in the war effort.

Votes for Women

Chronicles the history of the women’s rights and suffrage movements in New York State and examines the important role the state played in the national suffrage movement.

An Extraordinary Ordinary Woman

A rare nineteenth-century journal of an everyday woman richly infused with the minutiae of antebellum daily life and work.

New York Art Deco

The first guidebook devoted exclusively to New York City’s Art Deco treasures.

Upstate Uncovered

An exciting travel guide for Upstate New York road warriors, history lovers, and tourists.

The Best of New York Archives

Tales of New York State history from the pages of the award-winning publication New York Archives.

Running the Long Path

An ultrarunner’s fast-paced narrative into the wilds of New York’s Hudson Valley, as he attempts to set a new record for completing the Long Path, a 350-mile hiking trail that links New York City and Albany.

FDR on His Houseboat

Edited by Karen Chase
Subjects: History
Series: Excelsior Editions

Presents and expands upon Roosevelt’s daily nautical log as he was trying to regain the use of his polio-damaged legs.

Knickerbocker Commodore

Explores the life and times of John Drake Sloat, the US Navy Pacific Squadron commander who occupied Monterey and declared the annexation of California at the beginning of the war with Mexico.

Beer of Broadway Fame

Explores the hundred-year history of Piel Bros. , one of the prominent German American brands that once made New York City the brewing capital of America.

Preaching in My Yes Dress

The frank and funny story of a church-geek girl who spent twenty years in the ecclesiastical trenches as a Lutheran pastor, preaching weekly words of hope she wasn’t sure she even believed.

Shipwrecked on a Traffic Island

By Colette
Translated by Zack Rogow & Renée Morel
Subjects: Literature
Series: Excelsior Editions

A collection of Colette's best writings that have never before appeared in English.

Bricktop's Paris

Tells the fascinating story of African American women who traveled to France to seek freedom of expression.

The Senator from New England

Chronicles JFK’s growing confidence and ambition while a member of the US Senate.

Forgotten Borough

Twenty-four contemporary writers reflect on life in New York City’s biggest underdog, the “forgotten borough” of Queens.

Frank

The first full-length biography of America’s youngest, and perhaps most underrated, First Lady.

River of Words

By Nina Shengold
Photographs by Jennifer May
Foreword by Dennis Stock
Subjects: New York/regional
Series: Excelsior Editions

An intimate group portrait of contemporary Hudson Valley writers.

Truckin' with Sam

A father and son travel across North America in a pick-up truck--talking, laughing, fighting, and bonding.

William Cullen Bryant

A biography of one of nineteenth-century America’s foremost poets and public intellectuals.

Delicious December

Food and history combine in this exploration of the Dutch influence on American holiday traditions. Includes more than one hundred easy-to-make holiday recipes.

Freedom Journey

The story of thirty-six African American men who drew upon their shared community of The Hills for support as they fought in the Civil War.

The City That Never Sleeps

An eclectic collection of poems about New York City.

Capitol Story, Third Edition

A lavishly illustrated history of New York's Capitol and its recent renovation.

An Irrepressible Conflict

Examines the pivotal role New York State played in the Civil War.

Stop at the Red Apple

An entertaining inside story of how Reuben Freed's roadside eatery became the famous Red Apple Rest.

From Kristallnacht to Watergate

An insider’s account of how the Washington Post broke the Watergate story, depicting the tensions, challenges, and personal conflicts that were overcome as it laid bare the criminal wrongdoings of the Nixon administration.

Circle of Vines

Traces the history of the New York wine industry as it evolved across the state.

Adirondack

Probes deeply into Adirondack Mountain lives, both human and otherwise, bringing the area to vivid and colorful life.

Farms, Factories, and Families

Documents the rich history of Italian American working women in Connecticut, including the crucial role they played in union organizing.

Oreos and Dubonnet

A behind-the-scenes look at one of New York's most colorful and influential governors.

Up on a Hill and Thereabouts

Childhood recollections of life in the Adirondack Mountains during the Great Depression.

20,000 Leagues Under the Seas

The deep-sea exploits of secretive Captain Nemo, embarking on the world's first global vendetta.

Around the World in 80 Days

Literature's classic race against the clock.

Fight All Day, March All Night

By Wayne Mahood
Subjects: History
Series: Excelsior Editions

An inspiring narrative of a young Civil War soldier, as told though his letters from the battlefield.

The Untold Story of Champ

The definitive account of a Lake Champlain legend.

The Sphinx of the Ice Realm

The first complete English translation of Jules Verne's epic fantasy novel.

Hudson River Towns

A captivating journey, in words and photographs, through the cities, towns, and villages of the Hudson Valley.

The Stadium

Photographs by Jon Plasse
Subjects: Sociology
Series: Excelsior Editions

Photographs and recollections of one of baseball’s most storied icons.

Shame the Devil

The remarkable and true story of the nineteenth-century novelist, journalist, and feminist Fanny Fern.

Coach

Edited by Andrew Blauner
Preface by David Duchovny
Foreword by Bill Bradley
Subjects: General Interest
Series: Excelsior Editions

Twenty-five celebrated writers share the encouraging words and timeless wisdom of the coaches who influenced their lives.

Sweet Solitude

New and selected poems on love, faith, and the African American experience.

PhanFood

A cookbook for—and by—fans of the rock band Phish.

Kiliaen van Rensselaer (1586-1643)

A biography of Kiliaen van Rensselaer, one of the founding directors of the Dutch West India Company and a leading figure in the establishment of the New Netherland colony

A Place in History

A journey into Albany’s historic past and the city’s role in three pivotal historical narratives: the American Revolution, the French Revolution, and the construction of the Erie Canal.

Cooking with Chef Silvio

A guided tour of the cuisine, culture, and rich culinary history of the Campania region of Italy.

Castles of New York

An architectural and historical tour of twenty-nine of New York State’s finest castles.

Amazing Journeys

New, superbly translated omnibus of five of Jules Verne's most renown stories.

Summer Pleasures, Winter Pleasures

A light-hearted cookbook that reflects the historical and culinary heritage of the Hudson Valley.

Wine - A Gentleman's Game

How one man and his family made their dream of owning a winery come true--and helped revitalize New York's winemaking industry in the process.