THE BEST Books

The Meowmorphosis (Book)

The Meowmorphosis (Book)

From the publishing house that gave us Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Android Karenina comes another posthumous collaboration, this time between Franz Kafka and Cook Coleridge.

Culture, by BMW

Culture, by BMW

The Ultimate Driving Composition: renowned graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister created Culture, a limited edition book for BMW that also serves as a remote control car. (Thanks Brad!)

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The Internet is a Playground

The Internet is a Playground

David Thorne has documented his sometimes unsettling, but hysterical digital mischief on his website, 27bslash6.com. His new book catalogs his most memorable exploits – no Internet required.

My First Dictionary

My First Dictionary

My First Dictionary: Corrupting Young Minds One Word at a Time is a book (based on the blog) by Ross Horsley that combines vintage children’s book illustrations with wickedly twisted word definitions.

Go the F to Sleep

Go the F to Sleep

Go the F**k To Sleep is a subversive (and really not to be read aloud) bedtime book for parents who know that snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a child sailing off to dreamland.

Spomenik (Book)

Spomenik (Book)

These World War II monuments built throughout Yugoslavia now stand neglected and forgotten. Photographer Jan Kempenaers captured these hollow symbols in his book Spomenik.

Required Reading Posters

Required Reading Posters

A set of posters inspired by classic novels, made by various artists for Required Reading exhibit at Gallery 1988. There’s some seriously sweet artwork to be had for very reasonable prices.

F in Exams (Book)

F in Exams (Book)

250 of the funniest incorrect test answers by clueless or wisecracking British and American students. We’re not sure if teachers will love this or have horrific flashbacks while reading it.

Elgin Park

Elgin Park

This like an old photograph from the 1950s, but it’s actually a detailed model from artist Michael Paul Smith, who’s compiled his scenes into Elgin Park, a book about a fictitious retro-style town.

Wreck This Journal

Wreck This Journal

If you’re feeling excessively bored – or angry – check out this activity book for adults by Keri Smith. Each page contains simple but therapeutic and fun things you can do to destroy the journal.

Can a Book Save Your Life?

Can a Book Save Your Life?

If BlendTec blenders gadgets, the folks behind short fiction anthology Electric Literature shoot books. Watch the video to find out which big book published in 2010 can literally save your life.

Stickers

Stickers

A limited-edition art book by DB Burkeman & Monica LoCascio, showcasing approximately 4,000 stickers with themes ranging from music to brands to street art. Includes 23 designer die-cut stickers.

Book Rest Lamp

Book Rest Lamp

For those times when you put down the e-Reader and pick up a real book, this softly-glowing glass lamp is the perfect place to rest your book between chapters. Just don’t try to set your Kindle on top.

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What Every Man Thinks About…

What Every Man Thinks About…

This is fauxfressor Shed Simove, and he’s going to share with you his latest book, What Every Man Thinks About Apart From Sex. Be careful Simove, something tells us your book can easily be pirated.

Stuntman!

Stuntman!

Hal Needham was the the go-to guy for stunts in Hollywood for the better part of 40 years. In his new memoir, he tells amazing tales of stunt work for everyone from John Wayne to Burt Reynolds.

The Book Surgeon

The Book Surgeon

Brian Dettmer carves parts out of individual pages in books, creating layers that expose the contents all at once – a delayed collaboration with authors to create an homage to a fading medium.

Optical Illusion Bookshelf

Optical Illusion Bookshelf

A head-scratching concept designed by John Leung of Clarke Hopkins Clarke Architects, the bookshelf has a couple of slanted wires in the middle that converge into one when viewed from up front.

5 Very Good Reasons…

5 Very Good Reasons…

…to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides) is the title of this 160-page compilation of offbeat cartoons from the slightly inappropriate, always irreverent TheOatmeal.com.

Dark Prophecy iPad Book

Dark Prophecy iPad Book

Written by CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker, Dark Prophecy combines traditional literature with other forms of media, special effects and interaction, letting readers act as the protagonists’ partner.

S is for Stupid

S is for Stupid

Author Leland Gregory’s “encyclopedia of stupidity” catalogs over 350 pages of dumb decisions, bad judgment, and generally stupid stuff, like this news headline: “Shooting Reported at Firing Range”.

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Pat The Zombie

Pat The Zombie

Grownup fans of the Pat the Bunny touch and feel book will enjoy Pat the Zombie; the new version has eight revoltingly re-imagined activities, like searching the remains and gutting the zombie.

Badass: Birth of a Legend

Badass: Birth of a Legend

Cataloging some of the ass-kickingest heroes, gods and mythological characters of all time, Ben Thompson’s snarky and informative new book should be a great addition to your reference shelf.

The Sriracha Cookbook

The Sriracha Cookbook

This hot, spicy, slightly sweet Thai sauce is one of life’s great pleasures. Chef Randy Clemens offers up 50 recipes that take full advantage of the wondrous chili sauce that belongs in every kitchen.

The Book of Bad

The Book of Bad

Christopher Lee Barish’s The Book of Bad teaches us the secrets that felons, cops and epic BAMFs have known for years, from robbing banks to counting cards to scoring free food. (Thanks Alex!)

How to Beat Up Anybody

How to Beat Up Anybody

World Champion Judah Friedlander schools us in the martial arts, showing us how to take down all foes. Learn how to put the beat down on dinosaurs, bigfoots, street ninjas and general hoodlums.

You Might Be a Zombie…

You Might Be a Zombie…

The editors of Cracked.com prove the truth is funnier than fiction in the textbook teachers never wanted you to read: You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News: Shocking but Utterly True Facts.

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