Smartphones may have replaced the traditional map for most people, but that doesn't mean there isn't an intriguing world of cartography outside the digital realm. Strange Maps ($20) is a collection of some of the most interesting maps produced throughout the centuries, including Thomas Jefferson's proposal for dividing the Northwest Territory, a map of Thomas More's Utopia, and even a "Jesusland" map based on voter profiles. Who knows — maybe the 17th century map showing California as an island will be accurate someday.
It might seem hard for those of us born in the last 30 or so years to believe, but comic books didn't exist as few as 80 years ago — and few, if any companies played a more integral role in their development than DC. Now you can celebrate this rich heritage with 75 Years Of DC Comics: The Art Of Modern Mythmaking ($125). Weighing in at 15 lbs. and 720 pages, this oversized — roughly 18.5 x 13 — ode to all things DC includes over 2,000 images that help to illustrate the prose, which includes an in-depth look at the company's history and future, along with biographies of the comic legends who worked there. The ultimate gift for any comic book fan — unless, of course, they're a Marvel fanboy.
Looking for a gift for the Mad Men fan in your life — even if that's yourself? Pick up a copy of Mad Men: The Illustrated World ($9). This punchy picture book takes a look at the culture of the '60s through the eyes of the hit AMC show, offering up information such as drink recipes, women's hairstyle tips, appetizer menus, and, as an added bonus, paper cutout dolls of everyone's favorite office manager, Joan Harris.
It should come as no surprise that we're big fans of the female anatomy, which explains our love for The Big Books ($40/each). Compiled by Taschen editor Dian Hanson, The Big Butt Book and The Big Book of Legs focus on two of our favorite parts, with the former containing over 400 prime examples dating as far back as 1900, the latter pictorially examining the female leg's former taboo status and the social change its slow reveal brought about, each accompanied by interesting trivia and interviews. The ultimate coffee table set for your man room.
If you can cram an entire workweek into four hours, why not a workout? The 4-Hour Body ($15) is the latest gem of insight from minimalist maximus Timothy Ferris, offering to teach you how to prevent fat gain when bingeing, produce 15-minute female orgasms, increase fat loss 300% using a few bags of ice, reverse "permanent" injuries, and all sorts of other crazy-but-true hacks that will have you rethinking your gym rat routine.