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Sega Arcade: Pop-Up History Book

Sega Arcade: Pop-Up History Book

The Sega Arcade: Pop-Up History is a pop-up book that celebrates the work of game designer Yu Suzuki. It includes pop-up models of the arcade machines for Hang-On, Space Harrier, OutRun, ThunderBlade and After Burner along with their stories.

Brutal East

Brutal East

Zupagrafika’s cut-out model book lets you build your own cold and impersonal miniature city filled with the brutalist architecture of Central and Eastern Europe. Includes seven buildings from Serbia, Moldova, Russia, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland, and Russia.

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Puzzle Ninja

Puzzle Ninja

Alex Bellos took learnings from his travels to Japan to create a series of more than 200 Sudoku-Kakoru-Futoshiki-style puzzles, including 20 completely new and original types of puzzles. The book is packed with challenges for even the most hardened puzzle junkie.

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.

Spiroglyphics

Spiroglyphics

Thomas Pavitte’s clever illustrations offer a unique spin on adult coloring books. Each image is hidden within a pair of concentric spirals, which only reveals itself as you fill in the lines. Use two colors to create a duotone. Choose from music icons, cities, or animals.

Ferrari Coffee Table Book

Ferrari Coffee Table Book

Ferrari gave premiere coffee table book publisher Taschen full access to its archives as well as those of some of its most avid collectors to create this 514-page masterpiece. The Art Edition comes in an engine-inspired aluminum display case designed by Marc Newson.

Hot Wheels Book

Hot Wheels Book

Publisher Assouline is coming out with a hardcover book about one of the world’s most popular toys. Hot Wheels features 300 pages and over 200 illustrations, covering the origins, evolution and even the future of the brand. Featuring a foreword by racer Mario Andretti.

Virtual Cities

Virtual Cities

Urban planner and game designer Konstantinos Dimopoulos is working on Virtual Cities, an atlas featuring the cities in video games. It will feature maps, analysis and more for over 40 video game cities, including Half-Life‘s City 17, GTA V‘s Los Santos and Silent Hill.

Fantastic Machines Coloring Book

Fantastic Machines Coloring Book

The latest in illustrator Steve McDonald’s series of intricate coloring books features an array of wondrous mechanical and solid state creations, including a space station, submarine, jumbo jet, and a pinball machine. Be sure to grab the matching set of colored pencils for gift giving.

Millennial Problems

Millennial Problems

Ever felt bad if brunch doesn’t look good enough to Instagram or you put the wrong emoji at the end of a risky text? Check out #Millennial Problems, a collection of amusing tweets exploring the struggles of millennial life. Great for gifting (and for historical purposes).

Jakub Rozalski: Howling at the Moon

Jakub Rozalski: Howling at the Moon

Step into the world of illustrator Jakub Rozalski, where robots, samurai, werewolves and rural scenery collide. ArtStation’s Howling at the Moon features complementary text and interviews with the artist. There’s also a special edition with a slipcase and 6 prints.

How to Talk to Your Cat About Gun Safety

How to Talk to Your Cat About Gun Safety

Is your cat growing up too fast? This book will help you speak with kitty about morality, and keep them on the straight and narrow from sex, drugs, satan, and unsafe gun usage. It’s time to Make America Great Again for Kitties!

Build Your Own Human Skeleton

Build Your Own Human Skeleton

This amazing book from Taschen lets you construct a life-size (5’9″ tall) paper model of a human skeleton. It has movable joints, and each bone is labeled with its English and Latin name. While we don’t have a release date yet, it’s available for pre-order from Amazon now.

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The New York Times Star Wars Book

The New York Times Star Wars Book

There are dozens of Star Wars coffee table books, but The New York Times’ In a Galaxy, Far, Far, Away still stands out. It compiles the publication’s notable Star Wars articles going way back to 1973. It comes with a magnifying glass bookmark.

Frank Lloyd Wright Kirigami Models

Frank Lloyd Wright Kirigami Models

The linear windows of Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic structures are the perfect subject for Marc Hagan-Guirey’s book, which comes with 14 cut-and-fold models based on buildings from the Frederick C. Robie House to Taliesin West and the Johnson Wax building.

Paint by Sticker Books

Paint by Sticker Books

Sitting somewhere between a coloring book and a paint by numbers set, but without the mess, Paint by Sticker books are offered for both adults and kids, with images inspired by classic works of art, famous musicians, travel posters, animals, and more.

How to Swear

How to Swear

Author and foul language connoisseur Stephen Wildish provides a comprehensive visual guide to using swear words and insults properly, along with a history of some of the many colorful words we pepper our everyday conversation with here at The Awesomer HQ.

Totally Awesome

Totally Awesome

Whether He-Man, Thundercats, Inspector Gadget, or TMNT was your jam, Andrew Farago’s 160-page book has got you covered with a great retrospective of the best that Saturday morning (and other days) had to offer back in the decade of big hair.

Project 77 Art Book

Project 77 Art Book

ArtStation is an online community for professional visual artists. The site has set up a publishing arm, and this is their first book. Project 77 features the dystopian sci-fi world of ArtStation member Martin Deschambault, enriched with short stories by Jeffrey Campbell.

One Mile Line

One Mile Line

A poster book featuring a drawing made from a single, unbroken one mile-long black line by artist Ana-Gabriela Stroe. There are tons of images along the path, and it makes a great coloring book. If you’ve got a 22.5 foot long stretch of wall, you can even wall mount it.

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Stoner Coffee Table Book

Stoner Coffee Table Book

Now that smoking pot is becoming more and more acceptable, be sure to have the proper equipment on hand to suit the occasion. After you pick up the Doritos and cookie dough ice cream, grab this book, packed with colorful, weird, and silly images enhance the experience.

Sneakers

Sneakers

Sneakers is a 320-page coffee table book about the culture, the craft and the commerce of sneakers. Aside from its amazing case and photos, it’s filled with interviews with insiders such as Nike’s Tinker Hatfield, Patta’s Edson Sabajo, Serena Williams and more.

The Future is Now: Neon Rising

The Future is Now: Neon Rising

The Future is Now: Neon Rising is the second edition of the second book in Josan Gonzalez’s cyberpunk series. Almost all of its 212 pages has full-page illustrations, which tie into each other to create a “silent graphic novel.” It comes with three postcards.

Star Wars Kirigami Book

Star Wars Kirigami Book

Marc Hagan-Guirey specializes in kirigami – silhouetted sculptures made by cutting and folding a single sheet of paper. He worked with the guys behind Star Wars to create a book that lets you make 15 of the series’ vehicles using his technique. Accent lighting not included.

Your Sh*tty Family

Your Sh*tty Family

You’ll roar with laughter while perusing Your Sh*tty Family, a book with actual texts between family members, based on the popular Instagram account. It makes us yearn for a kinder, gentler time when teaching our parents how to text wasn’t even on the radar.

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