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Complete Outdoors Encyclopedia

To gather a lifetime of outdoor knowledge, you can either spend your life outside, or simply soak in the knowledge offered up by the Complete Outdoors Encyclopedia: Camping, Fishing, Hunting, Boating, Wilderness Survival, First Aid. First published in 1972 and longtime outdoors writer Vin T. Sparano, this exhaustive tome is now in its fifth edition — recently updated with new sections on wilderness survival, ATVs, and boating — and offers over 600 pages of know-how, including over 1,300 photos and 1,000 illustrations. Just don't expect to actually take it into the woods with you — at nearly four pounds, you're going to want to leave this one at home.

  • Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

    It takes a real man to break out the weakness tissues and pass a little bit of eye water every now and then — and it takes some serious fortitude to document what brings you to the brink for the world to read. In Poems That Make Grown Men Cry: 100 Men on the Words That Move Them, a literary anthology containing the poetic works that brought scientists, actors, writers, and other important men to tears, you'll read the works of everyone from Keats and Wordsworth, to Joyce and Auden. Each piece is accompanied by a personal essay from a noteworthy guy, detailing just what about that great work made them weep. It's enough to make even the toughest of dudes get in touch with his emotional side.

  • What If?

    The mind often wanders — drifting to strange ideas, bizarre notions, and ridiculous questions — most of which you've probably dismissed or never found answers for. But What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions doesn't just let those questions go. Instead, it explores well-researched answers to some of the weirdest quandaries you've ever thought of. Questions like: How fast can you hit a speed bump and survive? How long would humanity survive a robot apocalypse? All of the answers are based on extensive military research, computer simulations, differential equations, and in-depth interviews, making it both thorough, and thoroughly ridiculous.