THE BEST Books

Banksy: Myths & Legends

Banksy: Myths & Legends

Stories (most of them probably bollocks) about the identity of the mysterious artist and the effect his fame had on the people around him. Maybe the closest we’ll ever get to a biography of Banksy.

How To Speak Zombie

How To Speak Zombie

Using actual zombie sounds, learn how to blend in and avoid being eaten while carrying on with our everyday activities like ordering a latte from a zombarista and shopping at a zombie-infested mall.

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Instrument

Instrument

A collection of photographs by Pat Graham featuring the instruments of famous bands and musicians, from New Order to Sonic Youth. With foreword by guitarist Johnny Marr.

The Impossible Collection of Cars

The Impossible Collection of Cars

A coffee table book by Pulitzer Prize-winning auto columnist Dan Neil featuring 100 of the most beautiful cars of the 20th century. This may be the closest you can get to owning these works of art.

Physics for Dogs

Physics for Dogs

Help Fido learn some new tricks by teaching him the math and physics behind chasing mailmen, squirrels, counter-surfing, playing fetch and even “strategic” pooping, whatever that means.

Rude Hand Gestures of the World

Rude Hand Gestures of the World

Learn the international equivalent of flipping the bird and just about every other rude gesture you can (or can’t) imagine. Sure to get you beaten up without even opening your mouth. Examples here.

Architects’ Sketchbooks

Architects’ Sketchbooks

Check out the humble beginnings of some of the most complex architectural endeavors in Architects’ Sketchbooks. The book features preliminary sketches and insight from 85 of the world’s best.

The Hunger Games (Teaser)

The Hunger Games (Teaser)

Gary Ross’ The Hunger Games tells the tale of teenage pawns who must fight with one another until one survivor remains, relying on raw instinct and making impossible choices. (Thanks Simon!)

Space Oddity: The Book

Space Oddity: The Book

Artist Andrew Kolb created this wonderfully illustrated children’s book based on David Bowie’s ode to the space-bound Major Tom. Grab the entire book in PDF form here or here (mirror)

The Abide Guide

The Abide Guide

Live like Lebowski, and learn the ways of the Church of the Latter-Day Dude, applying the Dudeist philosophy to politics, ethics, finance, and relaxation. Also answers the question: WWTDD?

I Am Maru

I Am Maru

We still enjoy the antics of beloved YouTube cat Maru, even though he has sold himself out now and is about to release a book. On the other hand we’re jumping on the list for preorder, because why not?

Vinyl Record Bookends

Vinyl Record Bookends

Etsy seller Nerdnest converts worn out vinyl records into bookends. You can specify your color preferences for the labels if you want. They can’t be used to prop up heavy books or items though.

Secret Safe Books

Secret Safe Books

Actual tomes carved out and turned into safes. They’re secured by bookbinding glue and have a magnetic closure, so they stay shut even when upright. The flask safes also come with a flask.

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Miniature Tree Carvings

Miniature Tree Carvings

Artist Kylie Stillman breathes new life into dead books by skillfully carving out silhouette-like tree designs. It’s all the more interesting when you remember where paper comes from.

How to Booze (Book)

How to Booze (Book)

Whether you’re dealing with a first date, a messy divorce, or a bad day at work, How to Booze: Exquisite Cocktails and Unsound Advice has your back, mixing advice and the right drink to go with.

Paletas (Book)

Paletas (Book)

It’s so hot out that the lack of paleteros in your area is dangerous. Worry not. The authentic recipes in Fany Gerson’s Paletas will show you how to perfect your own Mexican cool-down treats.

Odo Yakuza Tokyo

Odo Yakuza Tokyo

A photo essay of the infamous Japanese mob by Anton Kusters, perhaps the only Westerner allowed such intimate and long term access to the Yakuza. Book leaf through here; interview here.

Modernist Cuisine

Modernist Cuisine

Nathan Myhrvold and a team of chefs fill this six volume, 2,438 page set of books with everything you’d ever want to know about the science, tech (and art) of cooking. For serious foodies only.

What I Eat (Book)

What I Eat (Book)

By interviewing 80 people from 30 different countries about their eating habits, Faith D’Aluisio and Peter Menzel were able to compile this tasty portrait of food and culture from around the globe.

Salsa Invertebraxa

Salsa Invertebraxa

There are some beautiful illustrations in Mozchops’ Salsa Invertebraxa, a vivid odyssey of two invertebrate companions and their journey through a vibrant world of imaginary insects and flora.

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Go the F**k to Sleep: Narrated

Go the F**k to Sleep: Narrated

(NSFW: You know why) If, you laughed the first time you heard about Go the F**k to Sleep, you may laugh even harder when you hear it narrated by Samuel L. Jackson. (Thanks, everyone!)

Welcome to Pyongyang (Photos)

Welcome to Pyongyang (Photos)

Still enticed by North Korean tourism? Us too. Thankfully Charlie Crane managed to gather enough amazingly poignant photos of what some call Stalinist Disneyland to publish this guidebook.

The Hungover Cookbook

The Hungover Cookbook

Milton Crawford’s cookbook breaks hangovers into six tidy categories of hurt, offering recipes and activities for snapping out of each type of morning fog the day after you get your drink on.

There, I Fixed It. (The Book)

There, I Fixed It. (The Book)

Based on the popular blog from the Cheezburger Network, this book picks 200+ of the best of the worst MacGyver jobs out there. Our personal favorite: the half car. Makes a great door stop, too.

Videogame Book Covers

Videogame Book Covers

Illustrator A.J. Hateley’s ongoing series Thirty Days of Videogames features beautiful vintage-style fake book covers inspired by videogames. You can get some of them as prints here.

Sci-Fi: Tintin Style

Sci-Fi: Tintin Style

Cartoonist Dan Hipp created a these Adventures of Tintin-inspired book covers as tributes to classic science fiction films lie Star Wars, Alien and Tron. We only wish these books were real.

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