by Sven Kirsten
2015, 192 pages, 4.9 x 6.6 x 0.5 inches (softcover)
This little pocket book packs a big punch full of tiki culture with flamboyant images and a fun history. The author Sven A. Kirsten is the go-to guy for everything tiki. He's the author of the Book of Tiki, which this bite-sized edition pulls from. The book takes you through the origins of tiki in the South Pacific, explains how this island culture worked its way into mainstream Americana, and highlights some of the legends like Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic.
There's something about Tikidom that's just fun. The mugs, the artwork, the cocktails – it's easy to get wrapped up in the tropical fantasy. Maybe it was growing up in grey and rainy Seattle that made me a sucker for tiki, but I can't get enough and this book delivers. It's filled cover to cover with photographs, illustrations, and incredible island imagery. So grab your favorite ceramic mug, pour yourself a Mai-Tai and enjoy this fantastic look at the stylish world of tiki. – JP LeRoux
Note: If you already have The Book of Tiki there won't be anything new for you here, but I'd highly recommend picking up any of Sven's other tiki books if you want to learn even more about the culture.