You don't need to be an aspiring comedy writer to enjoy and appreciate the wisdom shared in And Here's the Kicker ($12) — but it helps. Written by Mike Sacks, this hilarious, helpful book is based on conversations with 21 of the top humor writers alive today, who share their experiences and stories of the comedy writing scene with as much funniness as they employ in their actual work.
Almost 25 years since it debuted, the original Air Max 1 was not only the first Nike with a visible air pocket, but was also designed by an honest-to-goodness architect. And the only person who might love the Air Max 1 more than us is Matt Stevens. Last year, he decided to create a visual interpretation (drawing, painting, pancake, air freshener, what have you) of the sneaker every day for a month. Now, he's bundling all of those up and doing 40 new ones for Max100 ($50). The art book for sneakerheads features exactly 100 illustrations of the greatest running shoe of all time.
Their business ventures might cross the lines of legality more often than not, but that doesn't mean mobsters aren't smart — on the contrary, some of the greatest business minds of the last century were members of the Cosa Nostra. Mob Rules ($17) examines the best practices of these underground giants to find strategies that work — legally — in the real world. Written by a former Gambino associate and legitimate ex-con, it's a chunk of wisdom no business owner should be without.