20th Century Classic Cars: 100 Years of Automobile Ads: An amazing 500 pages of the most beautiful car ads you’ve ever seen, written by the man who knows them best, automotive design expert Phil Patton.
Master of Shadows: The Secret Diplomatic Career of the Painter Peter Paul Rubens: Mark Lamster‘s incredible story of the painter’s other career as a secret agent for the Spanish government. Recently rated both highbrow and brilliant by New York Magazine.
Design Your Life: The Pleasures and Perils of Everyday Things: I’ve spouted about my love for this book before. Ellen and Julia Lupton train their critical eyes (and for Ellen, her paintbrush) on our domestic detritus.
Thanks to my awesome editors at ID for including me. Now go out and buy all these books!