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Book: Emergency

Book: Emergency

With all the economic uncertainty swirling about, Neil Strauss’ Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life may just do that; it’s packed with survival tips for a post-apocalyptic future.

Book: LOL Cats Sell Out

Book: LOL Cats Sell Out

Laugh-Out-Loud Cats Sell Out is a collection of Adam Koford’s LOLcats-meets-early 20th century American comics mashup; it includes an intro by John Hodgman of I’m A PC fame.

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Book: Out of Captivity

Book: Out of Captivity

Now available: Out of Captivity is the harrowing tale of three American civilian contractors captured by FARC and held hostage in the Colombian jungles from 2003 to 2008.

Book: Deathtroopers

Book: Deathtroopers

It may sound like the plot from some ridiculous zombie movie, but Joe Schreiber’s Deathtroopers is the real deal: it’s the first Star Wars horror novel, due out before Halloween ’09.

Pride, Prejudice, Zombies

Pride, Prejudice, Zombies

Jane Austen is clawing her way out of her grave: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies somehow blends witty repartee, blood-soaked battlefields and hordes of flesh-eating undead. Thanks, Kyle!

Book: Gadget Nation

Book: Gadget Nation

Filled with 240 pages of creative, quirky gadgets, Steve Greenberg’s Gadget Nation covers gems like Personalized Marshmallow Sticks and My Pet Fat, a simulated piece of human fat.

I Can Read Movies

I Can Read Movies

These 1960s-style paperback covers actually show off contemporary movies including Shaun of the Dead and Big; made by Mitch Ansara, they’re a funky blend of cinema and literature.

Book: The Yankee Years

Book: The Yankee Years

With Yankee Stadium now a part of history, we think The Yankee Years makes a fitting bookend; it’s a delicious, behind the scenes look at the Joe Torre era, written by Joe himself.

Book: The Next 100 Years

Book: The Next 100 Years

It’s a bit out there, but The Next 100 Years forecasts the next century of world events; it’s written by George Friedman, whose clients include the Fortune 500 and foreign gov’t agencies.

Book: The Bro Code

Book: The Bro Code

We figured that any book with NPH on the cover is worth a look, and The Bro Code doesn’t disappoint; filled with 150 bro commandments, it’s a must for How I Met Your Mother fans.

Wandering Off Into Space

Wandering Off Into Space

Easily one of the most prolific artists around, Chuck Anderson has released Wandering Off Into Space, a gorgeous 64-page book filled with his art; it’s limited to 2k pieces.

Michael Phelps: No Limits

Michael Phelps: No Limits

Michael Phelps may be milking his moment of fame, but No Limits: The Will to Succeed is an Amazon top seller and getting positive reviews from both athletes and casual readers.

Practical Jokers Handbook

Practical Jokers Handbook

With booby trap plans and fake dog poop aplenty, this 174 page Practical Joker’s Handbook is a prankster’s paradise; your friends and coworkers will never know what hit ’em.

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Book: The DC Vault

Book: The DC Vault

DC Comics fans should pick up The DC Vault; it’s a 192 page “museum in a book” of memorabilia and collectibles stretching back to the 30s, including early sketches and covers.

Book: Modern Movie Posters

Book: Modern Movie Posters

Got movie buff friends? Packed with over 1,500 examples from 15 countries over the past 60 years, Modern Movie Posters is a giant 500-page coffee table book for cinemaphiles.

Book: Arcade Mania

Book: Arcade Mania

Kotaku’s Brian Ashcraft puts his time spent in Japan to good use with Arcade Mania; it explores the land of the rising sun’s game centers and the powerful hold gaming has on Japanese culture.

Book: Johnny Bunko

Book: Johnny Bunko

With the job market in the tank, Johnny Burko is a timely read for 21st century job seekers: it mixes manga-style illustrations with six essential steps to building your career.

Book: Why We Suck

Book: Why We Suck

There’s nothing quite like Denis Leary’s legendary rants, so we’re looking forward to Why We Suck: his new book explores why we’re fatter, dumber and lazier than ever. Thanks, Thomas!

Star Wars Cookbooks

Star Wars Cookbooks

We have to wonder how palatable Wookie Cookies are, but these two Star Wars Cookbooks with 50 recipes are going for only $15: perfect if you’re going to the Jedi culinary academy.

Book: Sly Mongoose

Book: Sly Mongoose

Neo-Aztecs, floating cities and space zombies are either a recipe for total disaster or pure genius; fortunately, we think Tobias Buckell’s Sly Mongoose is space opera at its finest.

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The Beer Book

The Beer Book

Written by BBC beer correspondent (yes, they actually have one) Tim Hampson, The Beer Book is 352 sudsy pages that cover everything from history and types of beer to brewing techniques.

Book: Pixorama

Book: Pixorama

We’re big fans of eBoy’s pixel art so we’re pretty stoked with Pixorama, a 14-page full-color book with eight of his prints; it’s printed on thick cardboard stock with rounded corners.

Book: Zelda and Philosophy

Book: Zelda and Philosophy

The Legend of Zelda and Philosophy is perhaps a bit too deep, with questions about Link’s free will and Hyrulean society; it’s perfect for those who prefer pondering over pillaging.

Obsessed with Star Wars

Obsessed with Star Wars

Need help with the Jedi SATs, young Padawan? Obsessed with Star Wars is packed with 2,500 bits of Star Wars trivia; it also includes an electronic gizmo that’ll quiz you and keep score.

Death from the Skies

Death from the Skies

Critical thinking champion and Bad Astronomy founder Phil Plait has written Death from the Skies. It’s a collection of plausible end of the world scenarios, sans the 2012 doomsday hype.

Book: Street Fighter Tribute

Book: Street Fighter Tribute

Street Fighter Tribute commemorates the 20th anniversary of the franchise and is packed with original illustrations, including 200 brand-new pieces from artists around the world.

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