Literary characters can be pretty much anything the author wants, from murderous bastards to dragon-riding heroes. But almost universally, they all need to eat. Fictitious Dishes celebrates the meals of some of literature's best known tales, from the tea party in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to the Swiss cheese sandwich and malted milk from Catcher in the Rye, by photographing each and placing the images next to the text from which they came. Add in some food trivia and stories about the authors, and you've got great coffee table fodder for any serious reader.
Whether you choose to organize your record collection chronologically, alphabetically, or autobiographically, there's no denying your obsession with vinyl — you hunt, dig, and browse for that all-important LP, willing to do just about anything to add it to your collection. The writers of Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting understand that obsession all too well. This book details the fixation with vinyl of 130 collectors, and their collections, with gorgeous photographs, and in-depth interviews that shed light onto what makes them tick. With 250 full-page photos featuring the collections of DJs, producers, music lovers, and record dealers, as well as 12 detailed interviews, you might just get some insight into what motivates you.
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.