We don't recommend trying them all at once — or even over the course of a month — but should you make it through all the varied selections in 1001 Whiskies You Must Taste Before You Die ($25), you'll no doubt be a more well-rounded drinker. This nearly 1000-page book contains tasting notes, histories, and temperature recommendations for all of its suggestions, which range from high-quality but mass-produced brands to specialty drinks from micro-distilleries, and a little bit of everything in between.
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While Steve McQueen is one of the most talked- and written-about stars of all time, no prior tome on the man has gone as deep Steve McQueen: The Actor and His Films ($45). Weighing in at nearly 500 pages, this hefty book tracks his journey from his delinquent beginnings through to his late career, including accounts of every film he made, as well as plenty of insights into his techniques and behind-the-scenes stories from filming. A great way to fill the time vacuum left by the impending end of the NFL season.