If you think your religion has some crazy ideas, you haven't seen anything yet. The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster ($11) is the accompanying guide to the new parody religion — born out of last year's battle between advocates of evolution and intelligent design — that worships a supernatural entity resembling spaghetti and meatballs. Followers of the FSM, called Pastafarians, believe that pirates control global warming and natural disasters, that superstition trumps science no matter what, and that the FSM hid dinosaur fossils underground to dupe mankind. Oh yeah, and heaven has a stripper factory and a beer volcano.
While most of the photography books we've featured have been of a light nature, it's never a bad thing to have some more substantial material on your coffee table as well. Spawned from a GQ feature article, This is Our War: A Soldier's Portfolio ($20) tells the stories of our troops in Iraq through 250 photographs taken not by journalists, but by the soldiers themselves. Some are moving, some funny, some simply beautiful, but all are honest, intimate portrayals of war.