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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Creepy Christmas Critters: 2014's Holiday Book Trend is the Dead and Stuffed

Posted By on Wed, Dec 24, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Christmas critter joy. - ANDREW MCMEEL PUBLISHING
  • Andrew McMeel Publishing
  • Christmas critter joy.

Forget the cute and cuddly — want to stand out and be a part of the trend? It's time to gift the animal kingdom's misfits who are preserved for our posterity (although we don't know if it's for better or worse). Some seem like human mistakes and others look like they were born that way, but for that pesky little relative who insists on a pet for a Christmas gift, wrap up these joys.

Taxidermy Art: A Rogue's Guide to the Work, the Culture, and How to Do it Yourself by Robert Marbury
Artisan Press


Ever wondered how to re-purpose and preserve your childhood pet or any animal carcass for that matter? Well, wait no longer. Whether it's a winged monkey of jewel bedazzled piglet, these book rounds up a collection of 100 "breath-taking" pieces done by the most indemand artists in the field. Plus, there are illustrated workshops and tutorials to get you started on your own creations with tips on how to mount pigeons or preserve crustaceans. Definitely suited for the more "hands on" or hoarder member of the family. 

WTF, Evolution?!: A Theory of Unintelligible Design by Mara Grunbaum
Workman Publishing

This book doesn't deal with dead animals, but highlights mistakes, not created by humans, but through survival of the species. Grunbaum, a science writer, focuses on more than one hundred of evolution's unique "achievements" — an assortment of mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, and other creatures whose very existence and genetic mutations (like extra horns or blue testicles) leave us wondering: WTF?

Much Ado About Stuffing: The Best and Worst of @CrapTaxidermy by Adam Cornish
Andrew McMeel Publishing

A collection of some of the best posts (as well a few book exclusive hidden gems) from the Twitter handle @CrapTaxidermy display the worst of the worst preservation of the species done at the hands of taxidermy "experts." You may laugh, you might cry, or look away with horror, but nonetheless, for every book sold a donation will be made to help a real sanctuary that houses live animals that don't wear clothes or sit on chairs. Now that's giving!
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Juan De Anda

Juan De Anda

Juan De Anda is a cultural correspondent with a concentration in tourism, literature, and lifestyle and has been writing for SF Weekly since 2013. As an avid traveler, he enjoys discovering destinations abroad as well as the never-ending hidden gems of San Francisco. #DondeAndaJuanDeAnda?


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