Looking for some better bathroom reading material than Cosmo and Glamour? Look no further than Uncle John's Bathrooom Reader: Wonderful World of Odd ($11). This little book is full of interesting, weird, and otherwise bizarre stories and facts from around the world — like this story of killer CO2 gas in Cameroon. Sure, you can probably find information about all these tales on the 'Net, but surfing while you're on the can can't be sanitary.
Ditch the warm beer and spice up your BBQ festivities with some drinks from The Backyard Bartender ($13). This hardcover book gives you over 50 recipes of martinis and other libations which make use of summer's bounty of ingredients. Examples of drink ideas include a Spicy Ginger Blush Martini and an Aromatic Lavender Lush.