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The Worst-Case Scenario: Apocalypse

The Worst-Case Scenario: Apocalypse
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We’ve been watching Fallout, so a post-apocalyptic wasteland is top of mind. Should such a catastrophe come to pass, the latest Worst-Case Scenario book has got you covered. Whether it’s robots, nukes, aliens, or a pandemic that ends the world as we know it, you’ll find useful pointers from experts to help you not only survive but help rebuild civilization.

Murdle Mystery Puzzle Books

Murdle Mystery Puzzle Books
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Writer G. T. Karber is the mastermind behind Murdle, a series of logic puzzles that challenge amateur sleuths to solve murder mysteries. You’ll need to suss out the suspects, identify what weapon they used, and where they committed their evil deeds.  Volume 1 and Volume 2 are out now, with Volume 3 pre-orders shipping in April 2024.

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Paracord Projects Book

Paracord Projects Book
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There are a few items you should always carry in your pack when camping or hiking, among them a multitool, duct tape, a firestarter, and paracord. Bryan Lynch’s book offers 60 projects that can help you survive, along with creative ways to carry paracord wrapped around tools, worn as a bracelet, or woven into a pouch, and more.

How Comics Were Made

How Comics Were Made

Tech journalist and print historian Glenn Fleischman teamed up with other experts to create How Comics Were Made: A Visual History from the Drawing Board to the Printed Page. The book takes readers through 130 years of newspaper cartoons with the help of high-resolution original art, newspaper reproductions, and interviews with cartoonists.

The Creative Act: A Way of Being Book

The Creative Act: A Way of Being Book
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For over 40 years, legendary music producer Rick Rubin has been helping a diverse array of artists create their seminal and most significant works. The Creative Act: A Way of Being sees Rubin share his observations on creativity and how being creative isn’t about what you make but how you see the world.

Make + Mend Patch Kit

Make + Mend Patch Kit
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Just because your clothes have holes in them doesn’t mean you need to throw them away. Kiriko put together this bundle of Jessica Marquez’s craft tutorial book Make and Mend and a set of unique, assorted textiles for patching torn jeans, worn elbows, and other repairs. The fabric squares come in sizes from 3″ x 3″ to 9″ x 9″.

Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs

Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs
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Stanley Kubrick created cinematic masterpieces like 2001: A Space Odyssey and A Clockwork Orange. Before his work in motion pictures, he was a staff photographer for Look magazine. Taschen’s coffee table book Through a Different Lens showcases nearly 300 of his black-and-white stills, which he started shooting in New York City at age 17.

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True Facts That Sound Like Bull$#*t: World History

True Facts That Sound Like Bull$#*t: World History
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Author Shane Carley follows up on his True Facts That Sound Like Bull$#*t with a new trivia book focused on world history. Inside, you’ll find 500 facts that seem too strange to be true, like how Pope Gregory IV declared war on cats and an Indiana state representative tried to legally change the value of Pi to 3.2.

Handyman in Your Pocket Reference Book

Handyman in Your Pocket Reference Book
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We love Hacksmith Industries’ YouTube channel. They also have a store that sells gadgets, toys, brand merch, and books. The Handyman Pocket Reference Book belongs in every home, workshop, and work site. It’s packed with facts and figures used in carpentry, construction, and repairs, info about hardware, wiring, building techniques, and more.

LEGO The Art of the Minifigure

LEGO The Art of the Minifigure
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Author Brian Barrett looks back at the history of the LEGO Minifigure and how it has evolved from a simple yellow figure into a pop culture icon. The 144-page hardcover book examines the evolution of the Minifig, along with interviews, essays, photos, infographics, and archival visuals celebrating these beloved plastic people.

The New Prepper’s Survival Bible

The New Prepper’s Survival Bible
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The “extreme edition” of Joseph D. Connelly’s comprehensive survival guide covers 13 topical areas, from prepping your pantry to creating a sustainable garden to building a bomb shelter. It’s packed with practical techniques for urban and wilderness survival. Available as a 261-page paperback or a Kindle digital edition.

Tools: The Ultimate Guide

Tools: The Ultimate Guide
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This expansive reference guide from Chronicle Books provides detailed information on hundreds of tools. The 288-page book catalogs their uses and the differences between similar tools, arranged by function: measuring, cutting, fastening, and shaping.

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Tokyo Cult Recipes

Tokyo Cult Recipes
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Bring the flavors of Tokyo home with Maori Murota’s wonderful cookbook, Tokyo Cult Recipes. It’s packed with more than 100 recipes for Japanese dishes inspired by local restaurants and home cooking. You’ll learn to cook gyoza, ramen, tonkatsu, miso soup, and more. It’s even got sweet treats like mochi and yuzu sorbet.

Signature Cocktails

Signature Cocktails
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Amanda Schuster’s elegant cocktail recipe book deserves a spot on your bookshelf. The book catalogs 200 signature cocktails from bars and restaurants around the world. Each drink recipe is accompanied by details of its origins and an artful photograph of the cocktail. It’s packed with both classic cocktails and lesser-known specialty drinks.

A Is for Alien Little Golden Book

A Is for Alien Little Golden Book
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With all of the movie fan art and adult parodies of Little Golden Books out there, the kid’s book series decided to make their own book based on a decidedly non-kid-friendly movie. A Is for Alien: An ABC Book offers a lighthearted retelling of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi/horror classic while teaching the alphabet. Pre-orders start shipping 7.2023.

The Home Bartender: Third Eidtion

The Home Bartender: Third Eidtion
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Want to fix a drink but don’t know what to make? Shane Carley’s book The Home Bartender offers recipes for more than 200 cocktails, all of which can be made with four ingredients or less. In addition to classics like Cosmos and Old Fashioneds, you’ll get lots of new and creative cocktail ideas.

Miles Davis and the Search for the Sound

Miles Davis and the Search for the Sound
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Packed with biographical insight, the graphic novel Miles Davis and the Search for the Sound is also jazz for the eyes. Author/cartoonist Dave Chisholm — a Jazz Trumpet doctorate recipient from the Eastman School of Music — takes readers on a visual journey through Davis’ dynamic evolution from childhood through his mastery of jazz improvisation.

Tools: A Visual Exploration

Tools: A Visual Exploration
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Tools: A Visual Exploration of Implements and Devices in the Workshop is a wondrous guidebook filled with stories and explanations of 118 different kinds of tools. Author Theodore Gray and photographer Nick Mann teamed up to create the 256-page hardcover edition, which includes a pull-out Periodic Table of Tools poster.

Art of Coloring Star Wars Coloring Book

Art of Coloring Star Wars Coloring Book
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The hardcover book is filled with 100 Star Wars illustrations for you to embellish with crayons, colored pencils, or markers. The images include fanciful scenes inspired by classic movie moments, along with mandalas and other repeating Star Wars patterns to color in.

Tech Noir: The Art of James Cameron

Tech Noir: The Art of James Cameron
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Insight Editions offers a glimpse inside the mind of filmmaker and adventurer James Cameron. The 392-page coffee table book is packed with exclusive images from Cameron’s personal archives, revealing concepts that led to classics like The Terminator, Aliens, Titanic, Avatar, and other films that were never produced.

Drawing Trees

Drawing Trees
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Budding artists are often encouraged to draw trees for quick sketching success. Drawing Trees branches out from that lesson with 30 meditative guided drawings of trees, leaves, and other identifiers. Trace the images with a pen or pencil to grow your skills and knowledge of tree species from Black Walnut to White Ash.

Mother Nature is (Not) Trying to Kill You

Mother Nature is (Not) Trying to Kill You
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This practical survival guide offers an entertaining approach to a serious topic. Its 212 pages are filled with techniques to survive encounters with wildlife and natural disasters, along with practical skills like starting fires, building shelters, and navigating outdoors. Written by documentarian Rob Nelson and science show host Haley Chamberlain Nelson.

Meat Illustrated

Meat Illustrated
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Carnivores, you need this cookbook in your kitchen. Created by Cook’s Illustrated, the book Meat Illustrated provides a detailed yet understandable guide to working with every kind of cut of meat. The 440-page hardcover book is organized into 72 different cuts and includes more than 300 kitchen-tested recipes for beef, pork, lamb, and veal.

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