While there are tons of stories about the characters who inhabited the old west, there were just as many rugged, industrious souls working to tame the wilds of New England. Bootleggers, Lobstermen & Lumberjacks ($12) collects 50 of the craziest tales from the region's past, including incidents as varied as witch hunts and shark attacks, all told in a humorous, engaging manner that's sure to keep you entertained on a cold winter day.
We were huge fans of the backstage tales, photos, and info contained in The Making of Star Wars, so it's little surprise we're stoked to get our hands on its sequel. The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back ($50) is once again penned by J.W. Rinzler, an executive editor at Lucasfilm, and at 362 pages, outpaces its predecessor with even more behind-the-scenes info, early scripts, production notes, and anecdotes from those who were there, including the unsung director Irvin Kershner. For a taste, check out this brief preview in Vanity Fair, but trust us: a taste is never enough. [via]
Think twice before you start making fun of the elder statesman sitting at the end of the bar — odds are he might know something you don't. Old Man Drinks ($10) celebrates the drinks of generations past, offering up descriptions, histories, and recipes for over 60 vintage cocktails, including Sidecars, Rusty Nails, and the aptly-named Old Fashioneds.
No matter what your stance on the divine, if you're reading this site, odds are you like beer, and if you like beer, odds are you'll like this book. Stealing its title from an old Ben Franklin quote, Beer Is Proof God Loves Us ($18) is an interesting journey into the world of beer, including its history, its social influence, its heritage, and its powerful properties that keep hundreds of gallons flowing down the gullets of people worldwide every single day.
For those of us that live, breathe, eat, and wear the Internet, it's hard to believe that it has been ten years since everyone's favorite crowd-sourced tee shop opened its virtual doors. Threadless: Ten Years of T-shirts ($15) showcases 400 of the very best T-shirts the site has offered in its decade of business, offering a unique look at the evolution of popular art of the last ten years, and also chronicles the business itself, from its humble beginnings to million-user glory.