The Wes Anderson Collection Book
I completely forgot I pre-ordered this book and it's been waiting for me in a box. It's one of the most beautiful books I'll own, The Wes Anderson Collection. It's a series of essays, photographs, notes, and inspiration from Wes Anderson. I've blogged about his book on the making of Fantastic Mr. Fox here, and this is going to be a beautiful addition next to it.
My favorite part is the story behind 111 Archer Ave, also known as The Royal Tenenbaums home. The house was foreclosed and sold for less than most homes are sold for in Orange County. It didn't have any natural light in the kitchen, so they asked the neighbor to borrow their kitchen, but everything else was filmed inside the home. The house was also large enough to accommodate the entire crew in each room. There's more stories like this in the book, I recommend you read it yourself.
His section on Max Fischer is also another favorite. This is where my Mordecai Max's middle name comes from, Rushmore is one of my favorite films and as annoying as he was at times, he was so endearing and persevered despite his shortcomings. And yes, Mordecai was a tie-in to the book of Esther and Mordecai in the Royal Tenenbaums.