If you're a long-time Uncrate reader, you know that we were sold on this book by the title alone — but it's not exactly what you'd think. Instead of focusing solely on The Big Lebowski, Cathleen Falsani's The Dude Abides ($10) is an exploration intro to the existential questions raised by the entire Coen brothers catalogue, from Blood Simple to A Serious Man. Whether it's death, life, love, truth, or evil, there's a Coen film that touches on it, and not always in the way you'd expect. [Thanks, Christopher]
Think you've seen or read all the great books and films there are to digest? Think again. City Secrets Books & Movies ($14 each) are your guide to gems of cinema and literature that are mostly overlooked, compiled from recommendations given by some of the world's most well-respected minds on either subject, including Alec Wilkinson, Kenneth Turan, Marty Scorsese, and Sidney Lumet. Good luck finding copies of — and time to watch and read — all of them.
Whether or not you like his sometimes overly enthusiastic approach to cooking, there's no doubting Jamie Oliver's culinary talent. His new book, Jamie's Food Revolution: Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals ($27) aims to help you with your cooking by breaking down a large number of common meals to make them as simple as possible, with layman-level instructions and step-by-step pictures. It may not teach you how to cook five-star foie gras, but it can help improve your staples like omelets, burgers, pasta, and other everyday meals.
Make your Halloween infinitely more interesting with a copy of the Encyclopedia of Haunted Places ($14). Compiled by ghost-hunting guru Jeff Belanger, this 360-page guide lists points of interest around the globe, from inns and restaurants to graveyards and libraries, each complete with names, addresses, phone numbers, and Web addresses, as well as first-hand accounts of the haunted locations from paranormal investigators. Don't just dress up like a ghost — go out and find your own.