The power of positive thinking might be overrated, at least according to Mark Manson, author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life. Manson's argument is that improving our day to day lives is less about smiling through our fears and faults, and more about learning to become better at handling adversity. Told through a lens of humor, it's sometimes profane yet often thought-provoking and might serve as the ideal alternative to a spoiled generation and a society that is quick to apply deodorant to a problem that needs a thorough cleaning.
Penned by Frank Caiafa, bar manager at the Peacock Alley bar, The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book is more than just a collection of recipes. Each drink is covered in full, from its history to its popular variations, making it ideal for both beginning mixologists and seasoned vets alike. It also has advice for stocking and setting up your home bar, scaling up a recipe for a large group, and a bit of general wisdom that comes from tending bar at one of the world's greatest hotels.
Some think Tim Ferriss is a genius. Others think he's full of it. Either way, he always has something interesting to say. Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers is his latest opus, based on interviews with everyone from superstars — Arnold Schwarzenegger wrote the foreword, after all — to biochemists. By examining their routines and habits, including workouts, schedules, nutrition, and more, Ferriss reveals secrets you can incorporate into your own daily life to help boost your own success.
The New York City skyline is as iconic as it is in a constant state of change. Never Built New York takes a look back over the last 200 years to see how it — and life on the streets below — could have been radically different. In its pages you'll find nearly 200 proposals for transit systems, land expansions, skyscrapers, bridges, and even one skyscraper bridge, all accompanied by interesting text and sketches, renderings, models, and prints. A must read for NYC and architecture buffs alike.
A lot has happened in this country in the last 100 years. National Geographic has been around for all of them. The United States of America takes a look back through the last century of American history through the lens of the magazine's acclaimed photographers. Organized state-by-state, over 700 images show the country's growth and advancement, accompanied by brief prefaces for each state and interesting captions to give more context to the amazing photos.