Politics aside, we're damn happy to still have a thriving American auto industry — and nothing represents its strengths better than GM's luxury label. Cadillac: The Standard of the World ($75) celebrates 110 years of this iconic brand with 150 photos and illustrations that take you through the company's history, highlighting revered models and concept cars alike in full-bleed glory. Prime coffee table fodder for the automotive obsessed.
Ernest Hemingway was famous for a lot of things — his love of food and drink among them. The Hemingway Cookbook ($17) offers up over 125 recipes culled from the legendary author's life and works, which are situated alongside family photos, dining passages from his stories, and personal correspondence from the man himself. Guaranteed to be more interesting than the latest cookbook from (insert up-and-coming Food Network star here).
Bizarre doesn't even begin to cover the strange subculture you'll discover in the pages of the Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia ($22). Written by former prisoner and prison attendant Danzig Baldaev, it examines the underground language of tattooing used by the criminal class of Russia using hand-drawn notes, written explanations, and photos by Sergei Vasiliev. It's sure to become a staple of your coffee table collection — and the same could be said for Volumes II and III. [Scouted by Richard]