Explore and study the origin of the geek in American Nerd: The Story of My People by Benjamin Nugent ($14). This unique tome takes a look at the history of the nerd throughout society and pop culture, examining their tastes (like online gaming and sci-fi clubs), unfortunate stereotypes, and everything in between, up to and including their social isolation and the possible causes for it. Uncrate favorite Chuck Klosterman calls Nugent "just weird enough to be absolutely right," and what could be nerdier than that? [via]
If you're constantly thinking that your everyday aches and pains are caused by some awful, little-known disease, then we have the book for you. The Complete Manual of Things That Might Kill You: A Guide to Self-diagnosis for Hypochondriacs ($14) is a 192-page tome of the terrible, organized by symptom so you can quickly discover that your loss of appetite might be caused by a hiatal hernia. Humorous and full of fantastic illustrations, it's a can't miss addition to your bathroom or living room reading selections.