Ever been rejected, dumped, or otherwise failed miserably? Plenty of others have too, and Other People's Rejection Letters ($15) is proof. Compiled from letters, emails, texts and other communiqués — even some written to the later-to-become-famous — by LIFE.com Editor-In-Chief Bill Shaprio, this 192-page hardbound tome is sure-fire gold for any coffee table, waiting room, or thoughtful spot book stack.
One of the most common complaints you'll hear from the execs of the dying print magazine business is the time it takes to get an issue pulled together. Well, the crazy collaborators behind 48 Hour Magazine ($10) said "to hell with that." Issue Zero of the new magazine was written, photographed, illustrated, designed, edited, and shipped in just two days, with each new issue based around a central theme and produced on the same timeline. Yes, Newsweek, you actually can make money on magazines — you just have to "unlearn what you have learned."
No, this isn't some disgusting sequel to the infamous video-that-must-not-be-named. Written by Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of the hot Hollywood catering company Caramelized Productions, Two Dudes, One Pan ($17) is a minimalistic, man-focused cookbook offering up over 100 tasty recipes — ranging from desserts to full-on meals — that can be made using only a single piece of kitchen equipment (not counting utensils). [Thanks, Josh]
Unless you belong to a highly trained, photogenic family — the Kennedys, for instance — you've probably been featured in more than one of these yourself. Awkward Family Photos ($9) is a coffee table edition of the hilarious blog, featuring over two hundred new intimate family moments that will have you laughing or else staring in amazement for hours on end. Spread the Awkwardness.
Whether you're already sporting Grizzly Adams-worthy facial hair or just considering growing a 'stache of your own, you can benefit from the wisdom to be found in The Bearded Gentleman: The Style Guide to Shaving Face ($10). This lighthearted 144-page guide offers history, cultural, and maintenance info on fifty facial hair styles, from the Fu Manchu to the French Fork. Listen well and heed their device, or run the risk of looking like this guy.