If you follow pop culture like we do, and you're just a tad bit crazy, then this is a perfect book for you. Killing Yourself To Live ($16) takes you to on a road trip from Rhode Island to Seattle to visit the sites where Rock ‘n Roll immortality died. Along the way there is a lot of time to learn about obscure musical references, New Yorkers, why you should never cheat on a woman, and why we have fewer windmills than we used to.
We love women. We also care a lot about humanitarian causes. So when we heard about this book, we knew we'd be buying it. Four Inches ($41) features photos of some of the world's most beautiful women — Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss, and Rachel Hunter included — posing nude except for a pair of Jimmy Choo spikes and a piece of Cartier jewelry, taken by some of the world's leading female photographers. A portion of the proceeds go to Elton John's AIDS foundation, so that leaves us with one question: How fast can the book get here?
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything is one of those books that keeps flying off the shelves at an ever increasing rate — it's almost impossible to read this book and not tell someone about it. So tell you about it we shall: it gives a no-nonsense take on issues that you're familiar with. Even though it's co-written by Steven Levvit (an actual economist who gets his jollies from inflation and the GNP) you can rest assured there are no supply curves to memorize, only interesting stuff — drug dealers, real estate agents, abortion, parenting and more. Hot button issues, but Levitt lets the numbers speak for themselves which reads like a breath of fresh air.