Other-Wordly by Yee-Lum Mak with illustrations by Kelsey Garrity-Riley

Other-Wordly

Hardcover, 64 pages
Expected publication: October 11th 2016 by Chronicle Books
Source: Raincoast Books

Other-Wordly is a slim volume which collects words, not necessarily in English, that explain or capture something elusive and something beautiful. These words are accompanied by exquisite illustrations from Kelsey Garrity-Riley that serve to depict the meaning of the word in pictures.

One of my favourite words collected in the volume is:

Komorebi (noun, Japanese)
the sunlight that filters through the leaves of the trees.

How beautiful is that? The book is exquisitely made, not that this is a surprise since it is from Chronicle Books. The illustrations are bright and evoke a kind of wistful nostalgia from a quieter time when you can live life enjoying every single bit of it.

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This would make a wonderful gift to really anybody. Maybe a Christmas present, maybe a just-because-it’s-Monday present. Get it for yourself. It stands up to several rereadings.