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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.

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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.

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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.

Rock Covers

Rock Covers
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Celebrate your love for music and print art with Taschen’s compact (6.5″ x 8.8″) but densely-packed 512-page compendium of album art. The book features classic images from more than 750 albums, along with a fact sheet listing the key artists involved in its creation.

Book Coasters

Book Coasters
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Looking for a gift for a book lover who already has a full library? These solid wood coasters from Cutting Boredom make a great present for bookworms. They come in more than 20 different designs, each inspired by the cover of a classic piece of literature. Sold in sets of two or more.

The Illustrated Al

The Illustrated Al
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Z2 Comics offers a visual retelling of some of “Weird Al” Yankovic’s greatest hits. The book features 20+ songs, each interpreted by a famous cartoonist. An oversized Deluxe Edition includes art prints, a vinyl slipmat, and collectors cards, while the Super Deluxe Edition is signed by Weird Al and packs more bonuses.

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Horror Cinema: The Best Scary Movies of All Time

Horror Cinema: The Best Scary Movies of All Time
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Every film fanatic needs Taschen’s Horror Cinema on their bookshelf. This 640-page book catalogs some of the most notable horror movies of all time, along with common themes, tropes, and mythologies of the genre. Whether you’re into zombies, psychopaths, or other kinds of monsters, there’s something for every horror fan.

The Tiny Pocket Survival Guide

The Tiny Pocket Survival Guide
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This compact reference guide and field manual is packed with tips and tricks for surviving all kinds of disasters and emergencies. The Cargen Brothers’ 72-page mini book could save a life with helpful information on subjects like building a fire, first aid, knot tying, plant identification, hand signals, navigation, and more.

A History of the World Through Body Parts

A History of the World Through Body Parts
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This fascinating book tells the stories behind the organs, appendages, and other bits attached to (or detached from) famous bodies. What’s the deal with Charles II of Spain’s jaw? What does Anne Boleyn’s heart reveal about the Crusades? Odd skulls, spleens, and breasts give an enlightening and entertaining view of history.

Prison Ramen

Prison Ramen
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Written by ex-con Gustavo “Goose” Alvarez and actor Clifton Collins Jr., this unique cookbook offers up more than 65 recipes made by inmates using instant ramen and other items they could get from the commissary while incarcerated. Among the contributors: Slash, Shia LaBeouf, and Danny Trejo.

Four Minute Books: Lifetime Subscription

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Don’t have the time or attention span to read books? Four Minute Books is a modern-day spin on CliffsNotes, summarizing popular and useful books down to their most essential information. A subscription gives you access to more than 1000 book summaries and 1000 audio titles, plus 12 new titles each month.

Star Wars Complete Vehicles (New Edition)

Star Wars Complete Vehicles (New Edition)
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This amazing book is loaded with more than 100 cross-sections of vehicles and spaceships from the Star Wars universe. Each image features call-outs detailing the inner workings of the vehicles from every Star Wars feature film. Highlights include Boba Fett’s Slave I, Vader’s TIE Advanced X1, and a Republic Gunship.

1000 Design Classics

1000 Design Classics
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This compendium from Phaidon combines and updates the three-volume Phaidon Design Classics into a single 592-page hardcover book. A must-own for appreciators of industrial design, the book showcases the most iconic and influential products and objects from the 17th to the 21st century.

Hairy Pouter

Hairy Pouter

After 98-year-old Lillian read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, filmmaker and creative director Chris Carboni interviewed her to ask some questions about the book. He then used interpretive AI technology to create images to accompany Lillian’s amusing and endearing descriptions of the story and its characters.

Revolution: The History of Turntable Design

Revolution: The History of Turntable Design
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Author and audiophile Gideon Schwartz follows up the excellent Hi-Fi with a visual history of turntables and vinyl recordings. The 264-page hardcover includes hundreds of images of turntables, their stories, and the rise, fall, and rebirth of the medium.

Cain’s Jawbone

Cain’s Jawbone
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Initially released in 1934 by author Edward Powys Mathers, the book Cain’s Jawbone is a fiendishly difficult mystery for puzzle fanatics. Your task: read the book’s 100 pages, cut them out and put them into the correct sequence to reveal six murders and identify their killers.

A History of the World Through Body Parts

A History of the World Through Body Parts
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You’re Saying It Wrong podcast hosts Kathryn and Ross Petras authored this quirky book for trivia, history, and anatomy buffs. Told in chronological order, it explores milestones in history tied closely to human body parts, from Cleopatra’s nose to Ann Bolyeyn’s heart to George Washington’s fake teeth.

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