The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America is the perfect reference book for identifying our flying friends (and enemies). It features 50 snarky descriptions of annoying, dumb, and stupid looking avians you might find in your backyard.
xkcd creator Randall Munroe’s latest book offers solutions to real-world problems. But don’t expect to get advice you can actually use. Instead, you’ll receive overly-complicated and impractical methods, in what he calls “world’s least useful self-help book.” Drops 9/3/19.
“Good design is as little design as possible.” The revised edition of legendary product designer Dieter Rams’ previously sold out book. In Less But Better, Rams talks about his “ideas, criteria and methods”, and how he came up with his now famous principles for good design.
Be an entertaining host or ice breaker with Laurence King’s Dangerous Experiments for After Dinner. It consists of 21 cards that will teach you how to perform funny or risky tricks, such as sabering a champagne bottle or hammering a needle through a coin.
(PG-13) The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons: A Semi-serious A-to-Z Archive contains almost 3,000 cartoons from over a century of publication. The illustrations are split into two volumes, 250 categories and 1,600 pages. Also in deluxe and as an ebook.
Taschen’s book Rocky: The Complete Films chronicles the making of the various Rocky movies, up until Creed. It features interviews, on-set photos and other archival material. The book also comes with a scan of Sylvester Stallone’s handwritten script for Rocky.
Is your kid good at spelling? Throw ’em a curve ball with P Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever, an A to Z guide to a few of the many quirks of the English language, with its silent consonants and other rule-breaking pronunciations. (Thanks Nathan!)
Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia covers the first 17 games in the series, from the original Super Mario Bros. to Super Mario 3D World. It contains information about major and minor characters, spinoff games and more. There’s also a limited edition.
Inspired by a design submitted by Grant Davis and Jason Allemann, this 859-piece LEGO kit lets builders create two different scenes inside the “pages” of a pop-up book, each based on a classic fairy tale – Little Red Riding Hood or Jack and the Beanstalk. Drops 11/1/18.
A fantastic collection of artwork and history from the Dungeons & Dragons franchise. The hardcover book includes over 700 pieces of art from the game’s core books, supplements, modules, concepts, and merch. A deluxe special edition includes posters and other bonuses.
The perfect gift book for adventure and travel junkies, Scott McNeely & Arthur Mount’s book is packed with dozens of ideas for unique experiences and destinations, from driving to the bottom of the Earth, to running a marathon against horses, to tomato fights in Brazil.
Taschen, George Lucas, and Lucasfilm present The Star Wars Archive, a series of books about the making of the movies. The 604 page Volume 1 covers Episodes IV to VI, with “script pages, production documents, concept art, storyboards, on-set photos, stills, and posters.”
Mike Warren entertains and educates with his YouTube channel Cut in Half, where he slices open everyday objects with a waterjet cutter so we can see what’s inside. He’s releasing a book containing photos of dozens of his work, along with text that explains the object’s parts.