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The Highpoints: The Tallest Point in Each State

The Highpoints: The Tallest Point in Each State

Artist Isaac Dushku loves maps so much that he goes by the nickname Lord of Maps. After making a Highest Mountains Print that shows the tallest mountains in each US state, he teamed up with his brothers Gideon and Alex to create a book that captures the same idea using cutout pages. The Highpoints has a lay-flat binding for easy coffee-table viewing.

The Video Game Collector’s Field Guide

The Video Game Collector’s Field Guide

Video game and console collector Tristan Ibarra follows up his Video Game Field Guide with a four-volume compendium packed with nearly 2400 pages of consoles, handhelds, tabletops, and checklists for thousands of games, both popular and rare. Available in digital or hardcopy editions.

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Shitty Printers Book

Shitty Printers Book
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We rarely need to print things these days. But for the first 40+ years of personal computing, printers were commonplace. And they were some of the most frustrating pieces of equipment ever. The book Shitty Printers catalogs and rips apart some of the worst offenders, from cheap home inkjets to menacing tractor-feed machines.

The Bartender’s Manifesto

The Bartender’s Manifesto
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James Beard Award-winning mixologist Toby Maloney and the bartenders of Chicago’s The Violet Hour created this 320-page guide to the fundamentals of cocktail making. You’ll learn about balancing ingredients, getting the right textures, aromas, and temperatures, then advance to making your own concoctions.

How to Save a Wet Book

How to Save a Wet Book

Syracuse University Libraries’ Preservation Department shows us how to save a water-logged book and restore it back to its original condition. All you need is some paper towels, a fan, and some weights. You should also store it in the freezer if you can’t work on it right away.

Paddy’s Pub Cookbook

Paddy’s Pub Cookbook
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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia viewers know that Paddy’s Pub isn’t exactly known for its food quality. But here we are with an official Sunny cookbook, with recipes for dishes like Frank’s Rum Ham, Fat Mac’s Trash Bag Chimichangas, and Charlie’s Milk Steak, interspersed with photos and quotes from the long-running comedy. Pre-orders start shipping 9.26.23.

The Botany of Beer

The Botany of Beer
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There’s much more that goes into brewing craft beer than grain, hops, yeast, and water. Some of the best and most creative beers incorporate other plants to create complex flavors and intoxicating aromas. Author Giuseppe Caruso’s 640-page book The Botany of Beer provides an illustrated guide to more than 500 plants used in brewing around the globe.

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How to Read the Wilderness

How to Read the Wilderness
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There’s something magical about nature guidebooks filled with illustrations and insights about the flora and fauna around us. From mountains to ocean shores, wetlands to deserts, How to Read the Wilderness: An Illustrated Guide to the Natural Wonders of North America blends art and science to reveal intimate details of wild places.

The League of Regrettable Comic Book Characters

The League of Regrettable Comic Book Characters
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Author Jon Morris wrote this series of comic book history books, including silly superheroes like Doctor Hormone, freakish villains like Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man, and stupid sidekicks like Frosting the Bear. The books are packed with vintage art, backstories on the characters, and amusing commentary.

The Bushcraft Boxed Set

The Bushcraft Boxed Set
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This collection of four books from wilderness expert and author Dave Canterbury includes everything you ever wanted to know about thriving in the wild. The combined reference guides include over 1000 pages of techniques for building shelters, trapping, gathering, and cooking, along with first aid and survival.

Reverse Coloring Book

Reverse Coloring Book

Artist Kendra Norton’s unique coloring book has no outlines for you to color in. Instead, it’s filled with abstract blobs of color, and you draw the lines. Whether you doodle dinosaurs, flowers, buildings, or goldfish, go where your imagination takes you. In addition to the original, there are also Through the Seasons and Mindful Journeys editions.

How Not to Get Eaten by Ewoks

How Not to Get Eaten by Ewoks
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There are plenty of good books out there for honing your survival skills, but how many of them cover what to do if you’re held captive by furry creatures on Endor, stuck on an exploding Death Star, or frozen in carbonite? Well, you’re in luck, thanks to BBC culture editor Christian Blauvelt and his handy Star Wars survival guide.

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Food & Drink: Modernist Cuisine Photography

Food & Drink: Modernist Cuisine Photography
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Showcasing Nathan Myhrvold’s obsession with food, photography, and science, Food & Drink is a slip-cased art book collecting 200+ delicious photographs from the award-winning Modernist Bread and Modernist Pizza plus Myhvold’s Modernist Cuisine Gallery, the first gallery showing food photography by a single artist.

Gotham City Cocktails

Gotham City Cocktails
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We always wondered what kind of cocktails Bruce Wayne and his guests were sipping at all those fancy parties. Now we know, thanks to Gotham City Cocktails, a book filled with adult beverages and tasty bar bites inspired by Batman, Joker, Poison Ivy, and other characters from the popular DC Comics series.

The Big Book of Maker Skills

The Big Book of Maker Skills
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This 208-page reference book is packed with tips and tricks you can use to build your DIY abilities. You’ll pick up skills like building your own metal forge, working with glass, wiring basic circuits, screenprinting, and more. It’s also got a section on organizing your workshop for efficiency.

Where Should We Camp Next? National Parks Guide

Where Should We Camp Next? National Parks Guide
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Warm weather is here, and there’s no better time to explore the country. Family camping and RV experts Stephanie and Jeremy Puglisi explore more than 300 of America’s best camping and glamping spots in and around national parks, monuments, and seashores. A must-have on any traveler’s bookshelf.

Toys: 100 Years of All-American Toy Ads

Toys: 100 Years of All-American Toy Ads
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Whether you played with Slinkies, Silly Putty, or Sea Monkeys when you were a kid, you’ll find some wonderful nostalgia in Steven Heller and Jim Heimann’s catalog of American toy advertising. The 528-page book features hundreds of vintage ads that sold dreams to kids and often served as a reflection of their time.

Let’s Summon Demons Coloring and Activity Book

Let’s Summon Demons Coloring and Activity Book
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Have you joined the adult coloring book cult yet? Steven Rhodes’ wickedly funny drawings will have you reaching for your crayons to color kid-unfriendly parodies such as Death Metal Sing-Along, Alien Abduction Club, and Here Comes the Apocalypse, plus warped activities like occult career selector paper dolls.

TCM Underground: 50 Classic Cult and Late-Night Movies

TCM Underground: 50 Classic Cult and Late-Night Movies
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Inspired by the long-running (and recently canceled) series, Millie De Chirico and Quatoyiah Murry’s book celebrates the campiest, kitschiest, and weirdest cult films of all time. It includes reviews, behind-the-scenes stories, photos, and other details about classics like Ganja and Hess, Polyester, Xanadu, and Mac and Me.

These Fists Break Bricks

These Fists Break Bricks
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Mondo Books and authors Grady Hendrix and Chris Poggiali offer up a fantastic retrospective of 1970s kung fu movies. This encyclopedic 432-page book recounts the history of these martial arts classics, accompanied by hundreds of movie posters, ads, and archival images. A must-own for any serious martial arts buff.

Movie Critic Notebook

Movie Critic Notebook
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This notebook is perfect for keeping track of the movies you’ve seen and taking notes. It’s got pre-lined prompts for details like the title, director, genre, and stars, along with your notes and ratings of each movie. The 6″ x 9″ journal has 100 pages and is available in paperback and hardcover versions.

Shift Happens

Shift Happens
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Designer, writer, and engineer Marcin Wichary created this extensive visual history of keyboards and the people who use them. The two-volume set is packed with 1300 photos and numerous stories about the amazing mechanical device that changed the world in so many ways.

Cocktail Codex: Fundamentals, Formulas, Evolutions

Cocktail Codex: Fundamentals, Formulas, Evolutions
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From the authors of Death & Co, the Cocktail Codex is no ordinary drink recipe book. It teaches home bartenders about the fundamental elements that go into a good cocktail and the relationships between drinks that share attributes. The approach encourages experimentation in creating your own concoctions.

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