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99 Ways to Open a Beer Bottle…

99 Ways to Open a Beer Bottle…
$10  Buy View

Bottle openers can be found on all sorts of gadgets these days, but you still never have one when you need one. Brett Stern’s guidebook offers numerous ways to pop open a cold one without an officially-sanctioned opener.

3 Stars
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Bryan Lee O’Malley: Seconds

Bryan Lee O’Malley: Seconds
$13-$15  Buy Hat Tip View

A new graphic novel from the creator of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Seconds is about a successful young chef who suddenly comes upon magical mushrooms, which let her go back in time to correct her mistakes. Preview here (pdf).

6 Stars
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Amazon Kindle Unlimited

Amazon Kindle Unlimited
$10/mo.  Buy Link Hat Tip View

Like Scribd and Oyster, Amazon’s new Kindle Unlimited subscription service aims to be the Netflix of books. Access over 600,000 books and thousands of audiobooks on your Kindle device or through Kindle apps.

2 Stars
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Manga Shakespeare

Manga Shakespeare
~$14/ea.  Buy View

Three Manga illustrators transformed the classics A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello and Romeo and Juliet into Japanese-style cinematic graphic novels, set in a dystopian future Tokyo.

2 Stars
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The Executive Coloring Book

The Executive Coloring Book
$100  Buy Link Hat Tip View

Published in 1961, The Executive Coloring Book is a satirical tale about life as a corporate employee, told in the form of a coloring book. It’s like a Cliffs Notes version of Mad Men, but with less smoking and drinking.

5 Stars
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The Bible of Barbecue

The Bible of Barbecue

Not only does it have tips on cooking a good barbecue meal, the book’s pages are cooking tools as well. There’s a knife sharpener, a chopping board, a page made of coal and more. Made by JWT Brazil for Tramontina.

19 Stars
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Chineasy

Chineasy
$15-20  Buy Link View

Learn how to read over 400 basic Mandarin characters using simple illustrations which help your brain associate words with images. A great coffee table book, but also quite useful if you need to pick up the language in a hurry.

20 Stars
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The Drinkable Book

The Drinkable Book

The pages of The Drinkable Book contains tips on proper sanitation & hygiene, but more importantly, they’re function as water filters. Each book can provide clean water for up to four years and costs just pennies to make.

26 Stars
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The Portlandia Activity Book

The Portlandia Activity Book
$21  Buy Link Hat Tip View

An offshoot of the hipster hyperbole TV show, The Portlandia Activity Book is filled with fun activities and ideas like crowdfunding your baby, how to be a critic, a tarot card expansion pack and conversation starters and stoppers.

4 Stars
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What If? The Book

What If? The Book

Physicist and xkcd creator Randall Munroe will soon release a book version of What If?, his funny and enlightening science Q&A series. The book features unpublished articles as well as revised versions of some of the published ones.

13 Stars
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English Words Not on Tests

English Words Not on Tests

English Words That Don’t Appear on Tests (試験に出ない英単語) is a series of Japanese books that teach English through hilarious sentences accompanied by silly illustrations. They’re available at Amazon Japan and E-Hon.

10 Stars
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The Bike Deconstructed

The Bike Deconstructed
$19  Buy View

Chockful of diagrams and explanatory text, Richard Hallett’s visually impressive book provides an in-depth look at not only every detail about how modern bicycles function, but also how they came to be. Informative and beautiful.

6 Stars
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Corpus Libris

Corpus Libris

Emily Pullen’s Corpus Libris (“body of work”) is an ongoing photo essay. Emily and others take pictures of people posing with books in such a way that the books’ cover art appear to be part of their body.

5 Stars
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Movies R Fun!

Movies R Fun!
$13  Buy Link View

The perfect companion to Go the F**k to Sleep, Movies R Fun! features classic scenes from R-rated flicks like Fargo, Alien, The Godfather and Die Hard, illustrated in the style of children’s books. Illustrated by Pixar animator Josh Cooley.

6 Stars
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Vader’s Son & Princess Figures

Vader’s Son & Princess Figures
$280  Buy Hat Tip View

A 2-in-1 bundle of Jeffrey Brown’s children’s comic books Darth Vader and Son and Vader’s Little Princess. It comes with two maquettes featuring the titular characters. The Son and Princess sets are also available separately.

18 Stars
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How to Archer

How to Archer
$16  Buy Hat Tip View

Sterling Archer provides sage advice for spies, from dressing for success, to personal grooming, to taking down foes, to fixing the perfect cocktail, to seducing the ladies. Browse inside the book here. Say, that cover sure looks familiar.

19 Stars
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Mytro

Mytro
$9+  Pledge View

Author John Biggs may be known for his work at TechCrunch and Gizmodo, but he’s also been writing an adventure trilogy for young adults about a secret underground train system that connects New York and the rest of the world.

6 Stars
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The Library: A World History

The Library: A World History
$48  Buy Link Hat Tip View

A book by architecture historian James W.P. Campbell and photographer Will Pryce. It features over 80 libraries from around the world and from different eras, “from ancient Mesopotamia to modern China.” More on CNN.

16 Stars
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Echolilia

Echolilia

Timothy Archibald’s photography book features images of his autistic son Elijah when the boy was five up until he was seven years old. The photos are blunt expressions of powerlessness and alienation, but also filled with wonder and beauty.

21 Stars
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An Astronaut’s Guide (Book)

An Astronaut’s Guide (Book)
$13-$20  Buy Link Hat Tip View

The humorous trailer for astronaut Chris Hadfield’s non-fiction book, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth. In the book, Hadfield talks about his experiences as an astronaut and the lessons he learned from them.

12 Stars
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The Married Kama Sutra

The Married Kama Sutra
~$12  Buy Hat Tip View

This book can be classified under either non-fiction or horror depending on the person reading it. Simon Rich and Farley Katz outline the realities of married life in The Married Kama Sutra: The World’s Least Erotic Sex Manual.

29 Stars
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