It's one thing to enjoy the nuances of a great drink, be it a pint of beer, a glass of wine, a nip of scotch, or a fully realized cocktail. It's quite another to understand the science behind how it's made, why it tastes like it does, and why you're drinking it. Proof: The Science of Booze takes a look at alcohol production from a unique perspective, beginning with its discovery thousands of years ago, tracing its evolution all the way up to today's most modern liquor laboratories, and examining both the science behind its creation and the psychology and neurobiology that makes us like it. Best when read with a drink.
Unless you've won a record lottery, were born into an incredibly wealthy family, or happened to be stranded on a chunk of land and have declared it your own empire (hey, it happens), odds are you're not going to be owning your own island anytime soon. But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy looking at them. Which is what The World of Private Islands is for. Curated by Farhad Vladi, this gorgeous book takes a look at private isles large and small, from small lumps of rock in the middle of lakes to extraordinary Caribbean retreats. Ideal coffee table material for aspiring
It doesn't matter whether you're an animation fan looking to gain greater insight into the inner workings of Pixar or a businessman looking for new, fresh ways to lead your troops — Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration is worth the read. Penned by Pixar co-founder, president of Walt Disney Animation, and all-around awesome guy Ed Catmull, this book shares some of the secrets and philosophies that Pixar has used to become so successful — tricks that apply to fields far beyond animation. One of the best business books of the year.