From Andrew Zuckerman, the genius photographer behind the stunning Creature, comes Wisdom ($32), a similar hard bound book featuring knowledge and photos of 50 of the world's great writers, actors, artists, designers, politicians, musicians, religious figures, and business leaders of our time. The book comes with an accompanying documentary DVD.
Living in a large city can be overwhelming — people can often feel lost amongst so many, and this feeling is perfectly conveyed in the brilliant photography of Little People in the City ($18). This hardcover tome represents a collection of photographs from street artist Slinkachu, who for the last several years has photographed and then left tiny hand-painted figurines all around London — and has chronicled his work in a terrific blog. A perfect book for your coffee table. [Thanks, Tim]
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Relive the golden era of Cuba's premiere city in Havana Before Castro by Peter Moruzzi ($20). The book is packed with full descriptions, hundreds of vintage photographs, postcards, brochures, and more from the era of The Godfather Part II-style casinos, nightclubs, and shady deals. It's like a trip back into time, without the legal hassles of actually trying to visit.
Presented by Ask a Ninja, it should come as no surprise that The Ninja Handbook ($10) most definitely looks forward to killing you soon. Packed with over 335 pages, the book explains in gory detail such quandaries as when to slash and when to stab and how to create and name your very own lethal ninja clan. Caution: Pages are shuriken-sharp.