People say laughter is the best medicine, and in the case of Comic Genius: Portraits of Funny People ($29), that's certainly true. Featuring portraits and first-person essays from comedic legends including Steve Martin, Steve Carrell, Eddie Murphy, and Tina Fey, this book is a work of photographic art, providing a first-hand study into what makes these comedians the people they are. Proceeds from the sales of each book go to Save the Children, an organization helping provide Syria's children the basic needs of food, care, and protection. And if you're feeling particularly in the giving spirit, check out the benefit auction for prints of the artwork featured on these pages.
There are sports memoirs, and then there's Undisputed Truth ($18), Mike Tyson's tell-all autobiography charting his journey from poor Brooklyn kid, to millionaire heavyweight champion of the world, to bankrupt addict, to today. Whether admitting to being high on cocaine and marijuana during his fight with Lou Savarese in Hampden Park (whom he beat in an incredible 38 seconds), or describing how he misplaced $1m in a Louis Vuitton bag after a wild night in Vegas, you've never experienced a window into the life of a troubled athlete quite like this. Learn everything there is to know about how he rose and fell, and then climbed back up to where he is today: philosopher, broadway headliner, hollywood actor, family man, and addict.
Before the cold weather sets in completely step up your cocktail game and stock up your bar with Winter Cocktails: Mulled Ciders, Hot Toddies, Punches, Pitchers, and Cocktail Party Snacks ($15). Winter cocktails — whether mulled wine, spiced cider, eggnog, hot buttered rum, or hot chocolate — are the perfect way to get you through the chill, and a great way to bring friends together once the days get shorter. More than just a simple drink recipe guide, this book covers everything a budding bartender needs to know to assemble a well-stocked winter bar, prepare garnishes, procure proper glassware, and of course, make drinks.