Leading Portland mixologist Lucy Brennan lends her knowledge to drink-making hipsters everywhere with her new book Hip Sips ($12). This title offers up recipes on over 60 drinks with names like Guava Cosmos (a martini of passion fruit-infused citrus punch). The variety of drink combos of herbs, fruits and spirits will keep you a master bartender at home for many parties to come. Also, be sure to check out the favorite drink recipes from Uncrate readers.
If you're one of those people who need constant internet access to answer any question at any time, perhaps you should consider picking up Running Press Cyclopedia: The Ultimate Visual Reference Tool ($14). A pocket-sized wonder, the Cyclopedia features over 1,000 illustrations and more than 200,000 facts covering topics such as world history, science, arts, and the environment — it's like having a blazing-fast Treo in your pocket, but without the email, phone, or internet connection. Okay, maybe it's not like a Treo at all, but it's still damn cool.
With 200 million copies sold in 60 countries since 1935, Monopoly is a force to be reckoned with. Monopoly: The World's Most Famous Game - And How it Got that Way ($17) by former Parker Brothers VP Philip E. Orbanes traces the game's origins from Elizabeth Magie and the Landlord's Game in 1903 to modern times and the seemingly endless variations the game now comes in. Amazing.