Sized for travel and filled with the type of information usually reserved for travel and birdwatching guides, Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies: Compendium Monstrum ($10) is your pocketable encyclopedia of baddies. Spanning 160+ pages, this helpful guide includes sections on the aforementioned monsters, including a special section dedicated to travel within Transylvania, and features illustrations, maps, and historical images throughout to better illuminate the potentially life-saving text within.
A host of fashion inspiration awaits in the pages of Take Ivy ($25). Originally published in Japan in 1965, this unique tome offers up 145 full-color and black-and-white candid photographs of Ivy league students going about their daily lives. As Vampire Weekend can attest, Ivy style is seeing new levels of popularity, so whether you're looking to be the big man on campus or simply a more dignified version of your unkempt self, let these Ivy leaguers of the '60s — probably the same guys that now run Goldman Sachs, and thus, the world — show you how.
Do you care, at all, about your work? Then pick up a copy of Rework ($13). Penned by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson of 37signals, makers of Backpack — which we use every day to help write Uncrate — and other fine software products, Rework is filled with to-the-point rules on how to work more efficiently and be successful, with prose that's as succinct and direct as the rules themselves. No jargon, no bullshit, just great advice from a couple of the web's smartest guys. A must read.
While not as revered or celebrated as they once were — both in the movies and in pop culture *cough* Marlboro man *cough* —there is still a place for the classic western cowboy in modern society, and Cowboy: The Ultimate Guide to Living Like a Great American Icon ($10) is here to educate the masses on the lifestyle and day-to-day life of these near-mythical men. Packed with a variety of knowledge nuggets, including recipes, instruction, interviews, trivia, and photographs, this 200+ page guide will have you ropin' steers and chuckin' wagons in no time. Or something along those lines — just think Jack Palance in City Slickers and you'll get the idea.
Our 16th president didn't just have to face down a split nation -- he also had to face down the very real threat of... vampires. At least, that's how the story goes in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter ($13), the latest work from Pride and Predjudice and Zombies author Seth Grahame-Smith. This 352-page work of semi- (or perhaps mostly-) fiction chronicles Honest Abe's lifelong battle with the fanged menace, from the early loss of his mother at the hands of vampires to their secret role in the near-destruction of the U.S. [Thanks, Brian]