We’ve cobbled together a list of 100 of the books for men you’re sure to love. No matter your hobby, vocation, or latest interest, there’s something on the list for you. If you’re a sneakerhead we’ve got you covered, into bourbon check, love the ladies, no problem. And the best thing is, this is just volume 1, we’ve got another list of 100 books coming right behind this one.
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PLAYBOY COVER TO COVER DIGITAL ARCHIVE
Apart from being some of the most alluring sex symbols ever, can you think of anything else that Brigitte Bardot, Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield and Bettie Page have in common? They all graced the Playboy pages during the 1950’s, a decade renowned for being the last great era of old-style glamour. The Playboy Cover to Cover Digital Archive ($8/month) gives you the chance to look back at some of Playboys greatest moments, and it wasn’t all just about the women, honestly. Some seriously serious authors such as Bradbury, Steinbeck, Kerouac, and Hemingway all contributed over the years, giving Playboy its unique position in the literary history of America.
After starting life on the Kickstarter crowdfunding website back in 2011 where it surpassed its $30,000 target by over $10,000, Matt Stevens was able to release his dream book. This success says something about the power of the sneaker in American culture as that is the theme of this book. 100 of the greatest images and illustrations of the world’s most popular sneaker; the Nike AirMax. Every image in this book is Stevens own interpretation of his favorite sneaker. He was certainly a man on a mission and it has to be said that this book is really something special, not just as a tribute but as a lasting legacy to a sneaker that has a place in American history.
This is less of a stand-alone book and more a collection as there is a new edition of Sketchnotes brought out every year as well as many special editions. We have Eva-Lotta to thank for all of them as she travels around numerous Design and User Experience events taking visual notes of the many talks given by inspirational speakers. This is the 2012 version and is available in both printed and PDF from so you can look at it on paper or on screen, the choice is yours.
PEOPLE OF WALMART
If you want tons of crazy photos, bad decisions, WTF moments, fan stories, some celebrities and the odd goat thrown in for good measure then this is the book for you. The premise of this book is simple; we are American and we will shop and when we do shop, especially on a trip to our favorite supercenter then we will both wear and do the most bizarre and strangest things possible. Lifted from the massively popular website PeopleofWalmart.com, this new photo collection shows the good people of America in their natural habitat for shopping and you really have to see this book to believe it, hysterical.
MAD MEN UNBUTTONED
Mad Men Unbuttoned is a celebration, told in a visually arresting way, of the artistic and cultural ephemera that existed in advertising during the 1960’s, AKA The Mad Men era. Based on the hugely popular blog of the same name, this volume nails it with its look at both the 1960’a and the advertising industry through this fascinating and influential reader. A great read for anyone who was around during the Mad Men period, but anyone with an interest in advertising will enjoy this one.
One of the men who brought us Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, Ben H. Winters is back and this time has teamed with none other than Russian literary giant Leo Tolstoy. The result of this unlikely partnership is Android Karenina which sees this classic love story lifted from the time when Russia was revolting and plonked into a dystopian world of cyborgs, robots, and intergalactic space travel. As with original, the story follows 2 relationships and 4 people are intertwined in a world that seems heavily inspired by steampunk. Old Leo may not care for what has happened to his classic tome we. On the other hand, are appreciating old books more with these zany twists.
DID SOMEBODY STEP ON A DUCK?
This aromatic, impolite and erudite flatulent compendium will amaze you with the kind of trivia you didn’t know you could live without. For example, the world’s oldest joke hails from the period of Old Babylonia and it was a fart joke. Also here is the harrowing account of how the astronauts aboard Apollo got Innerspace gas caused by the hydrogen bubbles in the water they drank on the way to the moon; yep, the fart in the spacesuit really happened. This is another awesome collection from the self-styled fart historian that brought us “Who Cut the Cheese? ” and its follow up “Blame It on the Dog”. Despite the subject matter, this book is anything but a stinker.
BBQ MAKES EVERYTHING BETTER
Since the cavemen first accidentally discovered that fire made meat taste better than ever, grilling has, over the years, become one of the most popular ways to cook. Whether you prefer a slow roasted aromatic meat or a juicy, charred burger with tender vegetables, everything tastes that much better straight off the grill. The great thing about this method of cooking is that anyone can do it, it isn’t just the gourmet chefs who get to create mouthwatering meals out of the perfect coupling of fire and meat. We have all loved cooking outdoors for decades, and this great book gives you a whole range of new and exciting dishes to try.
Ever since 2008, when the first edition of Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn made its debut, the interest in all things to do with edible gardening has exploded both right across the U.S and further afield. And if there was ever an endorsement worth its weight in gold, we know now that Michelle Obama is an active fan. This second edition is greatly expanded and gives a full documentation of the 8 Edible Estates prototype regional gardens plants by the author Fritz Haeg. These are in Kansas, California, Maryland, Texas, New York, New Jersey and over the pond in England. A wonderful book that will make you appreciate what you eat more than any ‘green’ book.
HOW TO BOOZE
In How to Booze, Jordan Kaye and Marshall Altier offer us some exquisite cocktails, and advice that is best described as unsound. The authors pair up the perfect cocktail with entertaining advice for life’s best alcohol-induced moments. This is way more than just a mixology guide, this is both hilarious and prescient guide to life, or at least those parts of life that would be hugely improved by a close relationship with Jack Daniels or Johnny Walker.
Putting a man on the moon, and then returning him safely back to earth required three main things to be developed; the spacecraft, the launch vehicles and the astronauts protective clothing.
This amazing book: Spacesuits: Within the Collections of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, take you on a journey of discovery through the research and then the development of the latter. With a close look at the pressure suits that were created during those years in the run-up to the lunar mission, this book features dramatic photos of the collection housed at the Smithsonian, including many that have never been seen before. Anyone with any kind of space travel will absolutely devour this book.
OTHER PEOPLE’S REJECTION LETTERS
This is effectively the Dear John letter hall of fame. Within these covers, the dreams and hopes of many celebs including Andy Warhol and Jimi Hendrix are shattered in the same way most of us have suffered. Here you will find heated text messages, nasty rejection emails from would be bosses, handwritten notes from the hand of former lovers, crayon scrawls, and surprising dismissive from the like of the pope, Disney, and Playboy. This is a great read courtesy of Life.com’s editor in chief Bill Shapiro, who has searched the hard drives, desk drawers and government files across America. And well worth it was too.
1,001 FACTS THAT WILL SCARE THE SH*T OUT OF YOU
Fascinating fact time;
Chocolate contains theobromine, an alkaloid that can be toxic to humans when taken in high doses and can kill horses, cats, dogs, and parrots if they eat just a small amount. Bear this in mind if you think because of its name you can give your kitty a bit of your Kit-Kat. We shudder to think how many have killed their pets due to this. This is just one of the facts, there another 1,000 of em’ that will scare the bejeezuz out of you. This is real little gem and you will never look at the world around you in quite the same way.
This is the ultimate guide to DIY projects for those techie dads hell-bent on raising their kids to keep the geeky image going. It’s a fact that dads of today are more tech-savvy than their predecessors. Instead of Little League games, they spent their formative years playing video games and Dungeons and Dragons or watching Star Wars. Now they have their own kids, these digital dads are seeking fresh ways to exploit their love of technology, and this book is just the job. Written by a self-confessed supergeek, and father, this is the ideal guide for dads and kids to work together to create their own geek projects, a winner.
STRAIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE
Golf may not seem like the most humorous subject for a book but in the hands of Josh Karp, Straight Down the Middle proves us all wrong. Karp is a journalist who used to have a golf handicap of 18, and this is his journey of achieving his inner peace and improving his golf game through the use of the Zen philosophy. Ably assisted by a quirky team of practitioners of Eastern fueled, not-traditional, esoteric golf instruction, Karp embarks on his own unique journey along the fairways of Scotland and North America. A golf story in a The Legend of Bagger Vance mold, this is must for all golfers.
THE GODFATHER FAMILY ALBUM
This could have been one of the scariest family albums ever put together, instead, we have an offer nobody can refuse; a photographic look behind the scenes of Coppola’s cinematic masterpiece. Steve Schapiro was the man privileged with being allowed on both the sets and outside locations for the entire Godfather trilogy. He has immortalized the stars of the movies in some of the most evocative, natural shots you will ever see. This is a collection of the finest of the thousands of photos Schapiro took through the filming of all 3 movies, and this is one of those rare books you will never get tired of looking through.
With more 1500 images on over 400 pages, this is the ultimate compendium for those fans of Lost. the LOST Encyclopedia is a comprehensive guide to all the characters, locations, items, relationships, mythologies and plotlines from every one of the 6 seasons of this landmark series which was produced by ABC Studios and aired on ABC. An official book that was created in collaboration with ABC, this is a must for anyone who still misses their weekly fix of this hugely popular show.
Tony Hsieh, (pronounced Shay) is the visionary CEO at Zappos, and here he tells us how, by placing emphasis on corporate culture, you can enjoy unprecedented success. Pay employees $2000 so they quite. Base the entire company on customer service, not just one department. Make company culture the no.1 priority. Run your business in accordance with the science of happiness. Try to change the world and also make money. Sound crazy? It works for Zappos.com, who make gross sales worth over ﾣ1bn a year. A fascinating that tells them of the rise and rise of Hsieh.
AWKWARD FAMILY PHOTOS
This book is based on the hugely popular website; AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com, described by Esquire as “painful, regrettable, horrifyingly awesome snaps of family bonding, you will laugh so hard that people in adjoining offices will ask what”s wrong with you”Esquire). This full-color collection features many photos that have never been seen before, accompanied by the hysterical personal stories behind the images. Everything is covered here from uncomfortable moments with relatives, teenage angst, family vacations from hell and sibling rivalry. We have all had one at some time in our lives, and Awkward Family Photos is a breath of fresh air that will make you laugh out loud.
TWO DUDES, ONE PAN
The ideal cookbook for those who, for whatever reason, only have one pain. All you need to create any one of these 100 awesome recipes in your own home is a Dutch oven, a roasting pan or a single skillet. Jon and Vinny are a culinary team who are the hottest due to the west of the Rocky Mountains. Although their restaurant and catering business is not the toast of LA, they remember starting out with the minimum equipment, space and time. Now you can no longer blame lack of utensils for not cooking, an all-around knockout book.
You will never look at your yard in quite the same way after reading this book, Instead, you will look at it as a blank canvas, with your mower being the paintbrush. Lawnscapes puts to bed that you need a crew of landscapers, and a lot of cash, to create an eye-catching front yard. The tools needed are just a mower, some string, and imagination. There are step by step guides to mowing artistic masterpieces in your lawn, from checkerboard squares and hearts to bulls eyes, Celtic knots, eagles, Christmas trees and many more. There are 18 different designs featured here, along with invaluable tips on how to create your own lawnscape.
WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THAT?
Why Didn’t I Think of That? Will prove once and for all that not every successful invention is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Which is in all honesty a pre-cut loaf for lazies. This humorous guide looks at all manner of so-called “mind-blowing” inventions and through brilliant deconstruction shows just what these supposed can’t live without essentials really are. For example, whose bright idea was it to take the deadly weapon that is the yo-yo and transform it into a kids toy? Packed with trivia, this a fun book for those who love to learn facts to impress others.
SH*T MY DAD SAYS
At the ripe old age of 28, Justin Halpern found himself living back at home with his 73 year old dad Sam after his longtime girlfriend dumped him. His dad, who he describes as being “like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair” was never a man who minced his words and once Justin had moved back into the fold, he started recording the ridiculous stuff that Sam spouted. Such gems as “The worst thing you can be is a liar. . . . Okay, fine, yes, the worst thing you can be is a Nazi, but then number two is liar. Nazi one, liar two.” have given Justin over 1m followers on Twitter, all eager to hear the pops latest philosophical musings. This book is Justin’s brilliant and touching coming-of-age memoir based around Sam’s quotes. Absolutely superb.
Most books on business churn out the same advice over and over again; put together a business place, study your competition, find investors, yadda, yadda, yadda. If that is your kind of book then don’t even bother with this one. Rework shows you how to succeed in business quicker, better and easier. This book is a revelation in that it shows that plans can actually do more harm than good, there is no need to go looking for outside investors and you should basically ignore your competition. This is the perfect book for anyone thinking of going it alone, and it demonstrates just how misinformed we have been in the past.
Described a “treasure of fashion insiders” by the NYT, Take Ivy first saw the light of day in Japan back in 1965, thus setting off the explosion that was the U.S influenced “Ivy Style” fashion embraces by students in Tokyo’s trendy Ginza shopping district. Created by 4 enthusiasts of sartorial style, This is a collection of candid shots take on the campuses of the elite, Ivy League universities across America. Focusing on the men and their clothes, this tome perfectly encapsulates the unique fashion that defined a generation. Never before has such a fashion phenomenon been borne from academia, and it is unlikely to do so in such a way again.
VAMPIRES, WEREWOLVES, ZOMBIES: COMPENDIUM MONSTRUM
People, we are faced with a grave situation. The vampires are vamping, the werewolves are shape-shifting and we have zombies lurking in the garden. Is this modern-day take on paranormal activity actually normal? That remains to be seen but you can learn all about it with this new and nifty pocket-sized guide to man’s best fiends:VAMPIRES, WEREWOLVES, ZOMBIES: Compendium Monstrum. This intriguing book comes courtesy of papers from 19th century monstrologists, and everyone with a thirst for all manner of supernatural beings will be fully absorbed in this book from page one.
THE WHOLE BEAST
This book is a bona fide foodie classic. Fergus Henderson is the guy behind the St John restaurant in London, a world-renowned destination for everyone who wants to eat “on the wild side”. Here he presents some of the recipes that have earmarked him as one of the worlds most innovative, yet still traditional, chefs. You will find recipes here that hark back to those strong, rural traditions where thrift played a major part in eating. “Nose to Tail Eating” is Fergus’s motto and this covers many delights including his signature dish which is Roast Bone Marrow accompanied by Parsley Salad. A carnivores delight, never again should you dismiss any part of an animal as inedible.
True Prep is a collaboration between Lisa Birnbach, who brought us The Official Preppy Handbook and the designer Chip Kidd. This team delivers a brand new take on the world of prep that was turned almost single-handedly into a best selling phenomenon on a global scale over 30 years ago. True Prep takes a contemporary look at the journey taken by the old guard of dog worshipping, G&T soaked, natural fiber loving preppies as the order of things inevitably changed. The preppie ethos was like no other and the forced changes in their attitudes and lifestyles makes for a fascinating read.
BOURBON: 50 ROUSING RECIPES FOR A CLASSIC AMERICAN SPIRIT
It has to be said that the popularity of Bourbon is as much derived from its folklore as its flavor. The food writer Fred Thompson is an ardent fan of this most venerable of drinks and he now brings us Bourbon: 50 Rousing Recipes for a Classic American Spirit. It’s all here; the history, the recipes, the legends and many helpful tricks and tips, each one accompanied by stunning color photos. The recipes range from the old favorites such as a Manhattan through to the news kids on the block; Bourbon Chocolate Martini and Lynchburg Lemonade. There are concoctions that to be drunk hot or cold and drinks to serve to a crowd. Anyone who loves their bourbon will want to snap up this baby.
David Jamieson is an award-winning journalist Dave Jamieson”s who, when his parents sold the childhood home, rediscovered his most prized possession from boyhood; his collection of baseball cards. He thought the time was nigh to can in on the biggest investment of youth, but to his chagrin discovered all the card shops had now closed and they were swapping hands online for next to nothing. So what happened to this phenomenon that inspired generations? This book is an eye-opening, fascinating and relentlessly entertaining look at this national obsession and traces its complete story. Every boy who ever collected baseball cards will want this.
DR. SEUSS GOES TO WAR
There are few children, and adults for that matter, who have not been enthralled by the madcap tales of Theodor Seuss Geisel over the years. Dr Seuss is the man who has a place in all our childhoods, but how many of you knew that under his full name he created political cartoons during WWII for a New York daily newspaper? For the first time these cartoons are brought together in one volume, proving that there was a lot more to this literary genius than cats, hats, green eggs and ham. Described the Pulitzer Prize-winning Art Spiegelman as one of the “leading political cartoonists of our time” Dr Seuss is an outstanding collection of more than 200 of his evocative and thought-provoking cartoons.
THE SIMPSONS: AN UNCENSORED, UNAUTHORIZED HISTORY
There is little that can be said about The Simpsons that hasn’t been said already. One of the most successful television shows in history, this book takes us from the first moment it ever went on air through the complex characters, the subversive themes and the layers of humor that span generations of fans. From its humble beginnings as a pre-commercial filler on the Tracy Ullman Show, it soon became a controversial cult hit that progressed to being a powerhouse of mainstream television in America. Now watched across the globe, the residents of Springfield have now ingrained themselves into our lives. This is the first book that actually looks at how each episode is created and the story is told by those involved in it. A must-have for every one of the millions of Simpsons fans across the globe.
THE RUNNER’S RULE BOOK
Every sport has its own set of rules and running is no exception. Now you may be hard pushed to think of any apart from jumping the gun or running out of your lane, but if you pay a visit to the USA Track & Field website, the online home of the sport”s governing body, you will find the detailed rules on everything from the placement of your bib number to the caliber of the starting pistol. There are, however, also many unspoken rules pertaining to running such behavior, etiquette and lingo, and every runner, whether a complete newbie or well established, just learn these. A fascinating book for anyone with a penchant for running.
Photographer Malcolm Venville takes on a colorful journey through the mysterious world of the Luchadore. This collection of more than 120 portraits gives an intimate observation of the wrestlers who take part in this complex sport. The direct and uncluttered photography captures both the stage persona and the human element of every wrestler, and is a must-have for every Luchadore fan.
CURVES OF STEEL
This deluxe edition explores the way in with the streamlined automotive shape has evolved from the 1930’s through to 1990’s. Curves of Steel was originally produced to be the official catalog for the 2007 exhibition held at the Phoenix Museum of Art and is a celebration of the intersection between aerodynamics and style that is the hallmark of 20th century streamlined design. Some of the best and most important examples are features here which have been selected from some of the most significant public and private collections in America. A must for all petrol heads.
THE ZOMBIE COMBAT MANUAL
It is a fact that should an zombie outbreak occur, 98% if us will have to destroy the undead without the use of a firearm, are you up to the challenge? The Zombie Combat Manual is the only guide you will ever need to defeat your grisly opponents. It teaches us how everyone, from average Joe to experienced fighter, can transform themselves into an warrior capable of effectively dealing with the undead. With loads of illustrations and first hand accounts courtesy of veterans in zombie combat, this is the ultimate companion to teach you the moves you need to conquer those darned walking corpses.
COWBOY: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO LIVING LIKE A GREAT AMERICAN ICON
This is the first ever book that, through the lens of pop culture, explored the many facets that play a part in living as a cowboy. Cowboy: The Ultimate Guide to Living Like a Great American Icon both educates and entertains with its insider look as such topics as chuck wagon cooking, rodeos, ranching, country and western dancing, cowboy music and, the most important of all, the cowboy spirit. You will find here recipes, photographs, instructions, profiles and trivia vividly depicting the everyday rituals of this most iconic of lifestyles.
NINTENDO MAGIC: WINNING THE VIDEOGAME WARS
Back in the 1980s, Nintendo was the undisputed king of the home entertainment market thanks to its NES, Nintendo Entertainment System. The problems started when major rival Sony launched their PlayStation on the world, a games console boasting such cutting-edge technology that is put the NES to shame. Having lost its spot to Sony the company floundered but in 2006, at the same time as the PlayStation III and the Microsoft XBox 360 were released, Nintendo hit back. Their Wii was David and Goliath all over again and was a worthy payback to how the roles were reverses a decade earlier. This book looks at the story behind that mighty war when Nintendo took on Sony and came out triumphant.
THE ONION: OUR FRONT PAGES
Since it was founded in 1756 by a bloodthirsty tyrant, The Onion hasn’t only changed how we think about the news but also whether or not we think about it at all. Published to coincide with the end of the new millenniums first decade, Our Front Pages gives us an insight into what the first thing presidents, prime ministers, popes and kings have seen when woke up in the morning for the past 21 years. Now we humble readers and citizens can see, for the first time, what they saw and how they were informed of the biggest news stories of the times. It will make everyone realize what generations before, and those still to be born, will also realize; that The Onion is not just the chronicle of America, it IS America.
GOAT: A TRIBUTE TO MUHAMMAD ALI
This Collectors Edition is numbered 1,001-10,000 and each one of the 9000 copies has been signed by both Muhammad Ali and Jeff Koons. There is also a photo-litho companion for this Collectors Edition that can be viewed at Taschen. This is the definitive compendium of one of the world’s greatest every sporting heroes. With more than 3000 images and almost 600,000 words from the pens of the most respected writers, this a book not just to read but to savor. Assembled under the exacting standards of the Vatican’s official bindary, this pink leather bound tome has to be seen to be believed.
It is hard to think of any other phenomenon that has come anywhere close to Monofuku. Once a word that sounded like it was a far away planet in a Sci-Fi movie, it is now instantly recognizable as the name of the chain of award-winning New York restaurants. David Chang is the man behind Momofuku and this audacious chef has single-handedly brought about a cooking revolution in America through his use of bold Asian flavors, impeccable ingredients, a devotion to pork and his mastery which turns the humble ramen noodle into a delicacy. This book is the story, including the recipes, of the cuisine that has changed the culinary landscape of today. A must-have for anyone who considers themselves a food lover.
THE COMPLETE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
Sit back and enjoy, thanks to The Complete National Geographic, every single issue since October 1888 right through through December 2011. That equates to over 1,400 issues, in excess of 8,000 articles, more than 200,000 photographs, and literally hundreds of those digitized classic maps recreated exactly as they were when they appeared in print. From those headline-making events that defined an era to intimate looks at some of the world’s most hidden cultures, nobody has ever done it better than National Geographic. This definitive collection gives you the luxury of perusing it on your computer with HD graphics to bring everything even more to life than it was already, superb.
GEORGE LUCAS’S BLOCKBUSTING
This is a meticulous compilation of all the details of how movies have been financed and then made since the inception of cinema. The box office performances are also chronicled and you will find an expert commentary taking you through the biggest trends of the last century of movie making. The authors of George Lucas’s Blockbusting give the reader a singular and unique perspective on the movie making industry and lay down a superlative blue print for successful movie-making ventures of the future. 300 of the most financially successful movies ever are covered in a decade by decade look at why they became such cinematic icons. This a book that every movie buff will want amongst their collection.
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES: DAWN OF THE DREADFULS
In this prequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies we witness the birth of a true heroine. The story opens with the Bennet sisters enjoying an idyllic live in the countryside of England nd spend their days gardening, reading and daydreaming of their future marriages. Then a funeral at the local church goes horribly awry. Corpses start rising from the earth and one person can stop them. In one fell swoop, Elizabeth Bennet evolves from an innocent young girl into a savage zombie slayer. There is blood, there is gore, there is romantic interest with two very different men vying for her, albeit blood-spattered, hand. This book could well have Jane Austen spinning in her grave, just as long as she doesn’t decide to crawl out of it!
THE OFFICIAL CIA MANUAL OF TRICKERY AND DECEPTION
This book was one an actual top-secret training guide for those CIA agents out in the field during the early Cold War years back in the 50’s. Now, The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception is available to us all, and what a read it is. Not only an awesome historical artifact, this handbook is a real eye-opener as it offers step-by-step instructions to those covert intelligence operatives using all manner of trickery and sleight of hand and trickery that was designed in order to thwart the enemy; Communism. Whether you are a spy fan, or just enjoy a damn good factual read, this is one of those books you will trouble putting down.
MAFIA: THE GOVERNMENT’S SECRET FILE ON ORGANIZED CRIME
The golden age of American organized crime was in the 60’s, the era that inspire such cinematic classics as The Godfather, Goodfellas and The Sopranos. Some time during the early part of this decade, federal investigators pulled together every piece of information they could on over 800 members of the Mafia and created a thick directory the size of a phone book. From old school names such as Mickey Cohen and Lucky Luciano through the the young Turks of the time Vinny “The Chin” Gigante and Paul Castellano, the guide offered in depth and at a glance profiles of both small timers and major dons. It was the book, allegedly, used by Attorney General Robert F Kennedy on his mob investigations. Discovered and now published, Mafia is an outstanding book that is real treasure and an unforgettable read.
STAR WARS: 1,000 COLLECTIBLES
This book, Star Wars: 1,000 Collectibles, takes us on a journey through both kitsch and cool as it looks at everything from life-size LEGO statues to costumes to toys and consumer products such as toothpaste, candy, clothing and much much more. Taking inspiration from the worlds largest private collection of Star Wars items, this is a stunning tribute to a treasure trove of memorabilia. A mixture of fun and nostalgia with colorful anecdotes, any Star Wars fan, and let’s face it there are more are than are not, will delight at this book with looks at another side of the global phenomenon.
THE NAKED PINT
If you believe the message that this book sends out, it is time for the Merlot to move over and for craft beer to take its place on a fine dining table. The renowned sommeliers of beer, Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune offer a great down to earth guide on the artisan and craft brews that are a celebration of what real beer is all about; complex, sophisticated and full of flavor. Perozzi and Beaune cover all bases, from the basics to the science behind beer, the pairing of it with food, home brewing and useful tips for perfecting the palate. Edgy and no-nonsense, this guide exposes the fact, debunks popular misconceptions and reveals the power of being able to know your ales from your lagers.
If you are have previously been afraid of the dark, of the spirit variety that is, the time is nigh to confront and beat them. Don’t get me wrong, there is a place for your vodkas and gins, I prefer mine down the sink, but there is so much more to rum, whiskey, bourbon, rye and scotch, and the rest of those drinks that are brave enough to be dark. They are much more complex with deeper flavors that dance on the palate as opposed to numbing it, and this outstanding guide to all dark spirits from one of the world’s leading mixologist is the only one you will ever need to yield even greater enjoyment from your favorite dark spirit.
LOBEL’S MEAT BIBLE
If you love meat but still have problems differentiating between Chateaubriand and Porterhouse then you own it to yourself to get this book. From the master butchers that are the Lobel family, the Meat Bible is the only guide you will ever need. Covering every imaginable meat including beef, pork, veal, lamb, rabbit, poultry and many more, the Lobel family share their expertise on everything from taste to texture, flavor to fat contents, and how versatile every cut of meat really is. There are over 150 mouth-watering recipes and easy to follow instructions that simply such techniques as butterflying chicken. The ultimate book for the carnivore connoisseur.
THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE: RECORDED ATTACKS
Right through from the Stone Age to the electronic age, the undead have risen and threatened the human race, now they are coming back, and are hungry! This is the novel zombie fanatics have been waiting for featuring all the major zombie attacks which have occurred since the beginning of humanity. Every civilization has faced them from ancient Rome to those who sailed the high seas with Sir Francis Drake. These are there grisly yet heroic tales, complemented by eye-popping artwork that actually pulsated with the horrific faces of the undead.
THE FOOTBALL FAN’S MANIFESTO
Michale Tunison, the popular football blogger from KissingSuzyKolber.com offers this no-hold-barred compilation of the rules and bylaws that every true football fan needs to know. The Football Fan”s Manifesto is packed with tough love and humor and tough love, and this original paperback from It Books takes you through all the essential rules of being a fan from picking your favorite team to teaching you how to be a true fan.
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF HAUNTED PLACES
The Encyclopedia of Haunted Places is the first every compendium ever to be written that is a collaboration of dozens of the leading paranormal investigators in the world. Research notes, first hand accounts, location backgrounds and numerous anomalous photographs featuring unexplainable ghostly manifestations make up the hundreds of haunted listings you will find in this guide. This is the ultimate book for supernatural tourists who can think of nothing better than visiting a haunted place with the hope of getting their pants scared right off off them. A fascinating book that will have your nerves jangling just reading about these places never mind visiting them.
JAMIE’S FOOD REVOLUTION
Being able to create good food from scratch is a money saving skill that will also help you stay healthy and make everyone who sits down to one of your dishes very happy. In this book, British cooking superstar Jamie Oliver has taken some of the meals we most love to eat and then break them down to make cooking them as simple as possible. With loads of easy to follow instructions and pictures that take you through each dish step by step, this is an ideal book whether you are a kitchen rookie or an accomplished cook.
CITY SECRETS BOOKS & MOVIES
The Financial times have called this series “the best literary gift to travelers since the Baedeker and Henry James” and City Secrets guides are loved the world over for being charming travel companions when visiting some of the most fascinating cities in the world. In London, New York, Rome, Venice and Florence, City Secrets offers both discoveries and reflections from those artists, historians and authors who know these cities best. This next step, which looks at the arts of book writing and movie making, includes contributions from such esteemed names as Martin Scorcese, Woody Allen, Wes Anderson, Anjelica Huston and many more besides. A must-have book, anyone buying this is also helping the The Film Foundation which Martin Scorcese founded to raise funds for the restoration of film and to promote the awareness of the unique history of cinema.
THE DUDE ABIDES
It doesn’t matter if you have one seen a few, or if you have seen every one of their 14 films so many times that you can quote them instantly, everyone knows that the Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan, make movies like nobody else. The Oscar-winning brothers create movies that are both quirky and enduring as well as being loaded with meaning. Many of these are hidden there, just beneath the surface, like gems waiting to be discovered. Cathleen Falsani, the award-winning religious columnist takes a look at the deeper truth that exists with these outstanding pieces of cinematic magic. Any movie fan will come away from this book with a deeper appreciation and understanding of movies that are way more than just entertainment.
THE SEARCH FOR GOD AND GUINNESS
This book explores the history of Guinness, possibly the most famous drinks brand in the world, and reveals the noble generosity of the the family behind this innovative business. The story begins in the mid 1700’s in Ireland. As throughout Europe, the water here was undrinkable, and the whiskey and gin being drunk instead was devastating society. This is an age that went down in history as an alcoholic, starvation-plagued and disease-ridden era. There were, however, Christians such as Arthur Guinness, as well as evangelical churches and monks who were brewing beer. This was by far a healthier alternative that the poisonous liquors and water. Over 300 years later Guinness is everywhere in the world. The tale from those humble beginnings through to today is enlightening, fascinating and a real drama.
THE BOOK OF BASKETBALL
On this entire planet, there really is only writer who possesses the passion and the knowledge to be able to compose the definitive NBA book. He is Bill Simmons, and this is the book. Simmons is the from birth hoops addict known to millions as Sports Guy on ESPN. Search as you might, there is nothing else in the universe that revolves around the round ball to compare with this volume. Thoroughly entertaining and full of the wild opinions Simmons is renowned for, this book takes us on a thrilling journey from the beginning of the NBA through to the present day. It even takes a look at what Simmons perceives to be the future of pro basketball.
The New York Magazine has proclaimed that Twitter is the #1 got web company of the moment and the NYT called in one of the internet’s fastest growing phenomenon. In a few short years tweeting is no longer something just the birds too and with billions of members worldwide it has come a long way since it burst onto our monitors back in 2006. The rules are simple; you post a message about anything you want up to 140 characters and everyone who is anyone tweets. This is the first published collection of aphorisms featuring some laugh-aloud contributions from both everyday tweeters and celebs.
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SLIDE SHOW
On the premise that every picture tells a story, a slide must tell us a much deeper one. Buried away in the photo archive of Sport Illustrated is 50 years worth of films. This gives us a frame by frame account of sporting history over the past half-century. The scribbles and stickers that are along the border of every single slide are like those tags you would see on an old-fashioned trunk. They tell the story of the journey that photo has made from the field to the magazine. The most colorful and vibrant are brought together in this 176 strong collection, and any sports lover will want this book.
THE BOOK OF BEER PONG
As any discerning connoisseur will tell you, Beer Pong is not just a fad, it is a true championship sport. For those uneducated persons who do not know what Beer Pong is, think of a mishmash between basketball, darts and ping pong, throw in a copious amount of cold beer, some heated competition, and you are getting close. From the creators of GetBombed.com, CollegeStories.com and the sports bible; The Official Bombed Beer Pong kit come the world first, and only guide, to this worldwide craze. This invaluable tome brings you everything from the basic etiquette of the sport to expert techniques, cutting-edge ball grips, flight paths, smack talk tactics and tips for hosting your own tournament. If you want to become a Beer Pong champ then drink up and start playing!
ABSINTHE & FLAMETHROWERS
If you are one of those wanting to add some excitement to your life then you need this daring combination of DIY projects, history and science to show you how. Written for the smarter risk takers, it explores exactly why danger is so good for you and gives you full details on the skill involved in living dangerously. Risk takers have been proven to be more successful, as well as being more interesting people who lead fulfilling lives. As opposed to playing a video game or watching an action movie, the real-life experience of taking risks changes you as a person, and there is some thrilling fun to be had creating what is enclosed between the covers here.
STAR WARS: DEATH TROOPERS
Purge is an imperial prison barge that is acting as a temporary home to 500 of the galaxy’s most ruthless rebels, killers, thieves and scoundrels. When it breaks down in a part of space that is both distant and uninhabited, the passengers hopes of survival seem to lie with the seemingly abandoned Star Destroyer that is found derelict and drifting. A boarding party is sent from the Purge to scavenge for parts, but only half return and those who do bring with a horrendous disease that is so lethal within hours almost all those on the Purge suffer gruesome deaths that are too horrific to imagine. This space-set story is gripping, thrilling and you find yourself willing the Purge’s few survivors to stay alive. A must-have for fans who of both action and sci-fi literature.
CULTS, CONSPIRACIES, AND SECRET SOCIETIES
Who knew that;
ﾴ The first American Freemasonry lodge counted amongst its members a young Benjamin Franklin among its members.
ﾴ The Knights Templar started life as impoverished warrior monks which then evolved into bankers.
ﾴ Dreamland, Groom Lake, Paradise Ranch, Homey Airport, Watertown Strip, The Farm, Red Square and The Box are all nicknames for Area 51.
The ultimate guide for anyone interested in cults, conspiracies, and secret societies connects all the dots and also sets the record straight on many a greedy guru and murderous messiahs not to mention crepuscular cabals and a host of suspicious coincidences. Some of the topics will be familiar; the Illuminati, the Kennedy assassinations and the Bilderberg Group along with some that will be new to you but nevertheless fascinating. A great read.
There is an unavoidable downside to spending an evening necking your favorite cocktails, and that is the next day hangover. In today technological world, you really would have thought that by now someone would have come up with a mass cure for the lethargy, nausea and the nagging headache. Sadly nobody has but step forward Ben Reed, the seasoned bartender, drinker and best-selling author is here to help. This book explains what a hangover is, how to avoid them and a host of recipes to relieve the symptoms. A must for anyone who enjoys the weekend a little too much.
AMERICA’S BEST BBQ
If you are hungry for something a bit different then try what’s on offer inside America’s Best BBQ. Two of the top bbq experts in the world combine to present their own favorite bbq recipes from right across America. Only Paul and Ardie, the ultimate go-to sources on all things barbecue would earn the trust, and the subsequent secret recipes, from some of the top barbecue legends across the nation. There are over 100 recipes here covering everything from mouthwatering starters, flavorful moist meats, classic side, rubs, sauces and delicious deserts. With tricks, tips, techniques, first hand recollections and full color images, this is the ultimate book for anyone who loves to cook al fresco.
This pop, rock, dance, hip-hop, metal, folk, indie and electronic music spectacular contains over 700 outstanding posters from the GigPosters.com archive. This site in the premier Internet destination for all things to do with concert poster art. With the ever-increasing popularity of digital music streaming the fast that traditional album art is all but extinct now, concert posters have now become contemporary music’s most important visual representation. This dynamic medium is celebrated here with contribution from 101 of the worlds top designers and this is a must-have for music lovers everywhere.
BOBBY FLAY’S BURGERS, FRIES, AND SHAKES
After another long day taping television shows or working in one of his restaurants, you could forgive Bobby Flay for craving something delicious. And is Bobby’s world there is nothing better than a burger that is crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, some golden, salty fries and a thick, ice cold milk shake. Given the affinity, this grilling guru has for bold flavors and the signature twists he gives to the favorite recipes of America, it should come as no surprise that he’s created the tastiest ever recipes for this iconic food trio that is eaten across the globe. Bobby’s no-nonsense recipes will have you drooling, and anyone who wants to turn their favorite junk food into a veritable feast needs this book.
There is no doubt about it; Pocket Ref is a very sweet book. In equal parts an encyclopedia, a tome of trivia, entertainment and dispute solver, you will find buried amongst the charts and tables tons of facts and data that will aid the roadside mechanic, the rider and all those wannabe macGyver’s. For example, you are riding along in Colorado and need to know how much you should re-jet. Go to page 13, the chapter on air and gases, where you will see that air pressure @ 10,000ft is around 70% of the mean standard air pressure. Snippets such as this are priceless, and nobody interested in anything mechanical should leave home without it.
SENSE AND SENSIBILITY AND SEA MONSTERS
No great surprise that this is from the same people who brought us Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, this a great new tale that combines, romance, heartbreak and some tentacled mayhem thrown in for good measure. The classic Jane Austen novel is expanded to include new scenes with rampaging octopus’, giant lobsters, two-headed sea serpents and many other biological monstrosities. The Dashwood sisters have been evicted and shipped off to a mysterious island inhabited by savage creatures and hiding many dark secrets. The sisters do their courting with both dashing heroes and man-monsters, but will they all find true love or fall prey to those tentacles snapping at their heels? Fun and with firmly tongue is cheek, Austen fans cannot take offense at this.
Speaking about this book, The Today Show’s Meredith Vieria was offended that her own ‘stache wasn’t included, but also endorsed it due to being a lifelong fan of what existed on the top lip of Tom Selleck. If any many grows a mustache, it instantly becomes the most distinguishable feature on his face. It doesn’t matter if it is pencil thin, handlebar, Fu Manchu, horseshoe or toothbrush, it is how he will be identified and thus described. This book pays homage to this fact and is a celebration of the most famous of all mustaches, as well as those behind them. If you are looking to get in on the current ‘stache friend, or just a fan of furry fellas, this is the book for you.
THEO GRAY’S MAD SCIENCE
To get into the spirit of this book think Mythbusters on the Discovery channel and Smash Lab. Theo Gray is a columnist for the Popular Scientist, and he demonstrates the fundamental principles of science through a host of daredevil and downright wacky experiments that will have you saying Holy S**t out loud! Bear witness to Theo as he creates subatomic, radioactive particles that dance within a cloud chamber and mix sodium with chlorine to make a smoke strong enough to salt a super-size bag of popcorn. These are just a couple of the weird and wonderful experiments in this book.
STEVE MCQUEEN: A LIFE IN PICTURES
It doesn’t matter that he died decades ago, the Hollywood King of Cool is still as popular now as he was in his heyday in the 50’s and 60’s. Thanks to such iconic movies as The Great Escape, Bullitt, The Thomas Crown Affair, The Magnificent Seven and, in later years, The Towering Inferno, Steve McQueen has carved himself a niche in cinematic history that will last for eternity. His love of fast cars and motorcycles is legendary, as is his insistence at doing all his own stunts. Both his personal and professional life is captured in this collection, and many of these images have never been seen before. The millions of McQueen fans around the world will adore this tome.
OCEAN: AN ILLUSTRATED ATLAS
A detailed look at that most mysterious realm that is the ocean. As vital to our very existence as the air we are breathing, this new atlas takes us and immerses us in the true wonders of the deep. Thanks to over 250 of the most up to the minute photographs, satellite images and maps, we are taken on a true voyage of discovery. The leaders of this trip of a lifetime are Sylvia A Earle, AKA Her Deepness, the deep sea pioneer and explorer in residence at National Geographic and Linda K Glover, the renowned marine scientist. While the mysteries of the deep will never be fully solved, this book gives us plenty of clues as to what could be there.
From the stable that brought us How to Cook Everything and How to Cook Everything Vegetarian comes the latest book from the award-winning champ of culinary simplicity. Food Matters is a responsible eating plan that is not only good for your health and weight but also for the planet. It’s about time we all started to realize that carbon emissions don’t just come from vehicles and that our diets are contributing to global warming. Cooking a typical steak dinner for 4 has the same effect as driving around for 3 hours in an SUV after having left all the lights in the house on. This is a fascinating book with a win-win morale; reduce your waistline and carbon footprint in one fell swoop.
A MAN, A CAN, A PLAN
Okay men, here is you meal for the day; 50’s Style Creamed Chicken
10z can of chunky chicken breast, drained then flaked
11oz can of reduced fat cream of mushroom soup
6oz can of sliced mushrooms, drained
12oz bag of “no yolk” egg noodles, cooked according to the directions on the packaging
1 cup of fat free sour cream
_ cup chopped onion
2tsp olive oil
Cook onion in oil over a medium heat in a skillet until its soft. Throw in chicken and cook for 1 minute while stirring. Add the mushrooms and the soup, stir well, simmer for 10 mins. Keeping the heat low stir in the sour cream, when heated through pour over the cooked noodles and serve.
Fact about the book
around 5 ingredients per meal
30 mins average prep time
15 nutrition and special cooking tips
43 easy to clean pages
Invaluable help to men; ticks every box
THE INDIE BAND SURVIVAL GUIDE
This 2008 edition of The Indie Band Survival Guide is an outstanding resource for any musician looking to record then distribute, market and ultimately sell their music for way less than your average rock star will spend on their green M&’M’s. Jason Feehan and Randy Chertkow, two web gurus and musicians cover every step of this process. With nothing but their creative talent and the wonders of the web, they have gotten together tens of thousands of fans for their own band, as well as being hired to write their unique brand of music for television, film, theater and many other media sources.
Neil Strauss bringS the same narrative, quick wit and sharp eye to this book that he used to turn The Game into a bestseller. He takes us on a roller coaster ride through the heart of darkness that exists in America as he fights to escape from the system. With the current state of the economy, the ever-changing climate and the ever-present threat of terrorism, the dangers that threaten our earth are looming larger and more dangerous than ever before, and Strauss has decided he’s had enough. He looks at ways of getting himself a second citizenship on the paradise isle of St Kitts, how he can protect his offshore assets and make friends with a group of elite like-minded businessmen. The premise is simple; if the s**t does hit the fan this book can help you survive.
I WILL TEACH YOU TO BE RICH
I Will Teach You To Be Rich is the book a generation of materially ambitious but financially clueless people has been waiting for. This 6 weeks long personal finance program is from Ramuit Sethi is aimed at those aged 20-35. This practical approach is delivered in such a nonjudgmental fashion that it makes the reader want to do what Sethi suggests. Based on the 4 pillars of personal finance; banking, budgeting, saving and investing, the book also encompasses the wealth-building ideas that accompany personal entrepreneurship.
WHO IS MARK TWAIN?
There are many quotes pertaining to Twain which have been printed over the years. Mark Twain has been described, by his friend William Dean Howells, as “the Lincoln of literature and at the heart of his work lies that greatest of all American qualities; irreverence”. The Washington Post
“More than 100 years after [Twain] wrote these stories, they remain not only remarkably funny but remarkably modern…. Ninety-nine years after his death, Twain still manages to get the last laugh.” Vanity Fair.
Who is Mark Twain? Is actually a collection of 26 essays that are both thought-provoking and wickedly funny, and all from the pen of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, AKA Mark Twain. None of these have ever appeared in print before are all can be described as contemporary, gut-bursting hilarious and still incredibly relevant.
SUICIDEGIRLS: BEAUTY REDEFINED
This book explores the phenomenon that is the Suicide Girls, from their beginning back in 2001 to the 1m unique visitors their website now gets on a weekly basis. This is one hefty tome, and it provides a fascinating look behind the scents as the women who both created and now inhabit the worldwide SG community. This is a book for those who look past the super skinny, super tall, bleached blonde babes for an alternative kind of beauty. Entertaining and informative, both men and women on pride themselves on looking past the outer layer of a person will appreciate this book.
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.” This is the opening line of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which is effectively an extended version of everyone’s favorite Jane Austen classic. There are many new scenes telling of the bone-crunching zombie mayhem that is now plaguing the sleepy English village of Meryton. The dead are coming back to life and Elizabeth Bennet, our feisty heroine, is determined that she will wipe out the menace of the zombies. She is, of course, distracted from her quest by the arrogant Mr Darcy and the delightful comedy that ensues will make even the staunchest of Austen fans find it hard not to laugh out loud.
MAD POSTER BOOK
Mad Magazines usual idiotic gang are gleefully proud to be presenting some of the funniest, wackiest and most satirical pieces of art from their archives in this brand new format. This is a poster collection that gives the millions of MAD fanatics round the globe the chance to own all of these hilarious prints in an innovative and oversized package for what it would cost you for a few individual posters! The best illustrations have been lifted from the 50 years of MAD history and have been stunningly reproduced in glorious color. This is a collector’s item and then some, and even those who weren’t that big on the mag will love these posters.
WHY WE SUCK
Dr Denis Leary needs no introduction, and this biting, satirical take on the world brings both his common sense and hilarity to the forefront. One critic said that “A pissed off Leary is the best Leary”, and who are we to argue? He looks at everything here from the PC brigade, to the thin, the obese, the hypocritical and the hypochondriacs. Leary is famous for this sardonic wit and smart style, and boy has he found an outlet for them in this book. If you are one of those who claims never to have laughed out loud at a book before the time, my friend, is nigh.
300 BEERS TO TRY BEFORE YOU DIE
From small productions from microbrewery’s to lagers from the Czech Republic to hoppy cask ales and fruit beers from Belgium, this comprehensive and personal compilation of international beers has been brought together from one of the most esteemed beer writers in the world. In this unique book boasting beautiful illustrations, he has taken his extensive beer knowledge and created this guide that should be owned by everyone who loves beer. Which beers split into categories by type, alphabetical listings and an in-depth look at what each contains, this has been described as the beer lovers bible. Which we agree is a very apt description.
LINES FOR ALL OCCASIONS
We have all opened our mouths at times only for a foot to fall out rather than the words forming in our brain. There are also those times when a good comeback is needed, only for us to be struck dumb until an hour later when our brains are flooded with them. If you are one of the millions who has ever found themselves in either of these situations then this is the book for you. This pocket-sized collection of promoters is for those who never intend being at a loss for words again. Read them, learn them, then shock everyone with your rapier wit.
THE HUNGRY SCIENTIST HANDBOOK
DIY technology arrives at the kitchen door and then served up on a plate thanks to The Hungry Scientist Handbook. This is a compilation of some of Patrick Buckley’s mouthwatering projects. The master mechanical engineer, along with his posse of intrepid techie amigos bring us the best of the contraptions they have collaborated on since 2005. It was in this year that, at a hugely memorable dinner party that they formed The Hungry Scientist Society. This laid-back confederation of creative minds is dedicated to pursuing projects are in turn whimsy and utilitarian. Anyone who likes messing about with things will love this book.
When Method, the eco-friendly cleaning product brand, was founded by Eric Ryan and Adam Lowry, they used a kind of packaging that was both stylish enough to be on display on the counter top. They also included pleasant fragrances like cucumber and green tea to make their products a must-have lifestyle choice. Now they have released their first book, Squeaky Clean, which takes their ethos one step further. This is an informative and entertaining guide to giving dirt and the boot in a completely natural way. In fact, you could say that this book is rehab for those homes who are chemically dependent.
100 WORDS TO MAKE YOU SOUND SMART
The latest title in the ever popular 100 Words series is both entertaining and informative. It is also a valuable resource for anyone looking for that one word they can use to make a point, seal a deal or keep folk listening to them. The words in here were carefully chosen by American Heritage Dictionaries editors and will appeal to anyone who want to become more compelling at the art of communication. Whether you be a worker, advocate, consumer, dinner companion, friend or to attract a romantic prospect. They say the pen in mightier than the sword, so how powerful is saying those words as opposed to writing them?
THE COMPLETE STAR WARS ENCYCLOPEDIA
THE DEFINITIVE REFERENCE GUIDE TO A SPACE FANTASY PHENOMENON
Who would have thought when Star Wars was first released over 3 decades ago that in the 21st century there would be 6 episodes in total and the movie series would have carved a niche for itself in history? Since the original Star Wars Encyclopedia was published over a decade ago much has happened in that galaxy far, far away. New movies, novels, video games and much much more. Every thing you ever wanted to know about this unique part of cinematic history is right here. Character profiles, customs and natives of such diverse planets as Dagobah, Hoth and Tatooine, secrets, traditions and rituals of the Sith Lords and Jedi knights, a timeline marking all major events and so many previously unseen photos you will be amazed. A must have for any Star Wars fan and one you will never tire of looking at.
REMEMBER THE AFL
The main feature of Remember the AFL is the unprecedented team-by-team, season-by-season, history of the league that many don’t realize only lasted from 1960-1969. Through a combination of in-depth research, interviews with dozens of players and hundreds of images, many of which appeared on classic football cards, this book brings a unique era in the world of professional football to life. It really is all here, from how the league was struggling for survival, through ‘Broadway’ Joe Namath’s guarantee and subsequent win of Superbowl III. There are also more than 500 trivia questions to enjoy and this is pure nostalgia for all football fans.
Phillip Toledano’s second book, Phonesex, comes courtesy of Twin Palms. Toledano has taken photographs almost 30 phonesex operators in the intimate settings of their homes. This gives an unprecedented glimpse into a world of fantasy that uses only the voice of the operator coupled with the imagination of the client. Accompanying each image in a text written by the subject themselves that touches on some aspect of their experience as an operator. An occupation employing both men and women, this is a compelling book that looks at the humorous, touching and sometimes disturbing experiences the operator have as part of their daily routine.
THE GODFATHER FAMILY ALBUM DELUXE EDITION
A never before seen glimpse into the creation of this legendary movie trilogy comes courtesy of Steve Schapiro’s photographic archives. This is a limited run issue of 1000, and each one has been numbered and then signed by Schapiro. Imagine what is was like in that set, watching some of the most revered actors of the time producing their best performances right in front of you. Brando, Pacino, De Niro, Caan, Duvall, Diane Keaton, and Schapiro was there to capture them at work, and play. A cinematic goldmine that reminds you just what masterful direction came from Francis Ford Coppola, this is a must for all movie buffs.
THE GOLDEN AGE OF AMERICAN FOOTBALL
Neil Leifer, the superstar sports photographer, gives us a glimpse of just some of his 10,000+ rolls of football images, of which hundreds have never been published before. A limited issue run of 1500, each signed by Leifer himself, and presented in a customized slipcase, this is one photographic journey no football fan wants to miss out on. This edition is the XL companion to Leifer’s other success that was an instant sell-out Ballet in the Dirt; The Golden Age of Baseball. Leifer made his name on his 16th birthday when he captured the image that is still one of the best he has ever taken. The sudden death, game-winning touchdown by Alan Ameche in the game that is hailed as turning a sport with half-empty stadiums into a national pastime.
THE OFFICIAL HIGH TIMES POT SMOKERS HANDBOOK
Since 1974, the High Times magazine has been covering covered marijuana in all its wonder and different aspects. From cultivation through to legalization aspects and wonders, from cultivation to legalization its has paid homage to the enduring and exalted place this herb has in popular culture. Packed with stacks of inside information, The Official High Times Pot Smoker’s Handbook takes all of the wisdom and knowledge it has collected over the years and rolled it up into one indispensable guide to all things ganja. With a list of 420 life-changing things to try when you are stoned, this is the ultimate guide to green living.
COOKING WITH ALL THINGS TRADER JOE’S
If you are a fan of Trader Joe’s Then you are gonna love this independent cookbook that features recipes using ingredients all available from Trader Joe’s. By combining the unique products of Trader Joe’s with fresh ingredients, Deana and Wona have created some clever shortcuts to making gourmet meals that are not only delicious and exciting but quick and easy. Contained in this tome are such delights as Saag Paneer Lasagne, Chicken Pot Pie, Black Bean Soup, Curried Chicken Pitas, Macho Nacho and dozens of other ethnic meals that can easily be made for carnivores or vegetarians. If you only have one cookery book in your kitchen make it this one.
OBSESSED WITH STAR WARS
Even the die-hard Star Wars fans who think they know all there is to know about this saga will be challenged by this new and entertaining approach to the Star Wars tale. This is the 4th volume in the hugely popular and highly addictive ‘Obsessed With’ series and includes their innovative scoring module within the book, allowing readers/players to select their questions randomly or by number and keep score as they go. Boasting 2500 original questions covering entertaining quoted, tough trivia and little-known facts from all 6 movies, this is the perfect gift for any would-be Jedi.
50 YEARS OF THE LEGO BRICK
Officially licensed by the LEGO Group, this book includes previously unpublished archive material and six original LEGO bricks; it tells the story of one of the most creative inventions of the last century which has gone on to feature in the top five of the world’s largest toy manufacturers for decades. Throughout its history, the LEGO group has lived by its motto that “only the best is good enough”. Through their emphasis on quality, customers have returned time and time again, and kids who played with LEGO are now buying it for their kids. Packed with interesting facts about this humble little brick, all LEGO enthusiasts will enjoy this book.
THE YEAR’S WORK IN LEBOWSKI STUDIES
Thanks to its massive underground following, The Big Lebowski is considered to be the Internet ages first cult movie. 21 fans and scholars of the movie come together in this book to address the main influences of the movie; noir, westerns, the 60’s grail legends and Fluxus, as well as its historical connections to boomers, the first Iraq war, surrealism, slackerdom, college culture and of course bowling. In The Year’s Work in Lebowski Studies, you will find neither lectures nor arid analyses just a new way of both thinking and writing about movie culture.
THE COMPLETE VADER
When you get your hands on Star Wars: The Complete Vader, you can relax in the knowledge that you have in your possession the definitive book on the myth, history and cultural impact of Darth Vader. The most memorable of all the characters, we follow Vadar on his journey from his first appearance in the first Star Wars movie through to his memorabilia including video games and bedspreads onto his ongoing appearances in everything from comics to TV commercials. This also gives us more of the background story of Vadar and we get to see dozens of previously unseen images that cement our endless fascination with a character who really isn’t who you want for a wingman.