THE BEST Books

The Field Guide to Dumb Birds

The Field Guide to Dumb Birds

The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America is the perfect reference book for identifying our flying friends (and enemies). It features 50 snarky descriptions of annoying, dumb, and stupid looking avians you might find in your backyard.

Bookniture

Bookniture

It might look like a stool, but this is actually a book. Designed by Mike Mak, Bookniture’s cardboard honeycomb structure can hold over a ton, and folds up into a book for storage when not in use. Measures 13.5″h x 14″ dia when in use, 13″h x 7″w x 1.5″d when folded.

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It’s a Gas!

It’s a Gas!

Gestalten’s It’s a Gas!: The Allure of the Gas Station is a coffee table book dedicated to the “temples of mobility.” It charts the history of the gas station and features some of the most unique and interesting examples all over the world.

APOLLO VII – VXII

APOLLO VII – VXII

Apollo VII – XVII showcases the photography of the astronauts who were part of the Apollo missions. The book contains 225 photos in large print format. The Collector’s Edition also tackles the astronauts’ photography training and equipment.

Speed Read Supercar

Speed Read Supercar

Auto expert Basem Wasef’s latest book is packed with history lessons, technical details, and illustrations of some of the world’s greatest exotic cars, from the sexy Ferrari 250 GTO, to the ballsy 1980s Ferrari Testarossa, to the high-tech hybrid McLaren P1.

Less But Better

Less But Better

“Good design is as little design as possible.” The revised edition of legendary product designer Dieter Rams’ previously sold out book. In Less But Better, Rams talks about his “ideas, criteria and methods”, and how he came up with his now famous principles for good design.

Dangerous Experiments for After Dinner

Dangerous Experiments for After Dinner

Be an entertaining host or ice breaker with Laurence King’s Dangerous Experiments for After Dinner. It consists of 21 cards that will teach you how to perform funny or risky tricks, such as sabering a champagne bottle or hammering a needle through a coin.

New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons

New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons

(PG-13) The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons: A Semi-serious A-to-Z Archive contains almost 3,000 cartoons from over a century of publication. The illustrations are split into two volumes, 250 categories and 1,600 pages. Also in deluxe and as an ebook.

Rocky: The Complete Films (Book)

Rocky: The Complete Films (Book)

Taschen’s book Rocky: The Complete Films chronicles the making of the various Rocky movies, up until Creed. It features interviews, on-set photos and other archival material. The book also comes with a scan of Sylvester Stallone’s handwritten script for Rocky.

The Game Console (Book)

The Game Console (Book)

Evan Amos’ book The Game Console charts the evolution of video game hardware. It features full-color photographs of 86 consoles, including their inner components, starting with the Magnavox Odyssey and ending with the current generation (except the Switch).

Broke Millenial

Broke Millenial

Erin Lowry explains (in very relatable ways, and with true stories) how to avoid being a complete financial fool, avoid being mystified by money and be the master of your hunned dollar bills y’all, in her book Broke Millenial.

The LEGO Trains Book

The LEGO Trains Book

Do you aspire to someday make an awesome LEGO railway like this one? Holger Matthes’ book could be the place to start. The hardcover book features 248 pages packed with the history of LEGO trains, and instructions for building your own working LEGO railroad.

Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia

Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia

Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia covers the first 17 games in the series, from the original Super Mario Bros. to Super Mario 3D World. It contains information about major and minor characters, spinoff games and more. There’s also a limited edition.

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LEGO Ideas Pop-up Book

LEGO Ideas Pop-up Book

Inspired by a design submitted by Grant Davis and Jason Allemann, this 859-piece LEGO kit lets builders create two different scenes inside the “pages” of a pop-up book, each based on a classic fairy tale – Little Red Riding Hood or Jack and the Beanstalk. Drops 11/1/18.

The Current

The Current

Gestalten’s The Current: New Wheels for the Post-Petrol Age looks at the history and evolution of electric motorcycles, bicycles, and everything in between. It showcases some of the best and most unique examples of this two-wheeled revolution.

D&D: Art and Arcana

D&D: Art and Arcana

A fantastic collection of artwork and history from the Dungeons & Dragons franchise. The hardcover book includes over 700 pieces of art from the game’s core books, supplements, modules, concepts, and merch. A deluxe special edition includes posters and other bonuses.

How to Invent Everything

How to Invent Everything

Dinosaur Comics creator Ryan North wants to be competent if he ever became a time traveler. So he wrote How to Invent Everything, a funny but informative history guide that will help time travelers rebuild civilization in case their journey goes awry.

NERF Blaster Modification Guide

NERF Blaster Modification Guide

Written by YouTuber Luke Goodman aka Out of Darts, The NERF Blaster Modification Guide is an unofficial handbook that has everything you need to know about modding NERF weapons, from the basics to more advanced processes such as 3D printing.

The Star Wars Archives Vol. 1

The Star Wars Archives Vol. 1

Taschen, George Lucas, and Lucasfilm present The Star Wars Archive, a series of books about the making of the movies. The 604 page Volume 1 covers Episodes IV to VI, with “script pages, production documents, concept art, storyboards, on-set photos, stills, and posters.”

Cut in Half (Book)

Cut in Half (Book)

Mike Warren entertains and educates with his YouTube channel Cut in Half, where he slices open everyday objects with a waterjet cutter so we can see what’s inside. He’s releasing a book containing photos of dozens of his work, along with text that explains the object’s parts.

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Cars & Curves Porsche Book

Cars & Curves Porsche Book

Stefan Bogner and Ben Winter’s Cars & Curves: A Tribute to 70 Years of Porsche features pictures of awesome sports cars, from the 906 to the Carrera GT, each in their natural environment. The beautiful photos are punctuated by essays about each featured car.

The LEGO Book New Edition

The LEGO Book New Edition

The LEGO Book charts the history of the famed toy company as well as its ever growing line of products. The New Edition adds LEGO’s latest sets, including the ones from LEGO Ideas. It also comes with an exclusive 2×4 LEGO brick. Drops 10/2/18.

Fallout Official Cookbook

Fallout Official Cookbook

Learn how to make Nuka-Cola, BlamCo Mac & Cheese, Deathclaw Steak and more with the Fallout: The Vault Dweller’s Official Cookbook. This hardcover book contains dozens of recipes based on or inspired by the food from the video game series. Drops 10/23/18.

Paperback Paradise

Paperback Paradise

(PG-13: Language) Comedian and artist Dominic Moschitti aka Paperback Paradise peppers Instagram with hilarious edits of book covers from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. He sells some of the covers as packs of postcards on his website.

F*cking Brilliant Planner

F*cking Brilliant Planner

In 2018, you keep your appointments in your smartphone. In 2019, you’ll keep the really important ones in your F*cking Brilliant 12-Month Planner book. This cheeky organizer features stylish calligraphy, a gold foil stamped cover, monthly tabs, and plenty of swearing.

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