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.
Handyman In-Your-Pocket ($10) is the ultimate reference guide for the do-it-yourself home owner. While some might need a magnifying glass to read it, this back-pocket book packs in 768 pages with essential info on carpentry, roofing, rope, pipes, pumps, bolts, lumber, welding, tools, electrical, conversion factors, and tons more. It's used by professional contractors, builders and handymen across the nation, so you can be sure the guide is full of valuable details.
If you're not really that in to comic books, you'll probably recognize the name Frank Miller from the recent movie adaptation of his graphic novel Sin City. Fortunately for us, his talents have extended well beyond that realm. Frank Miller's Absolute Dark Knight ($100) includes two graphic novels, The Dark Knight Returns and The Dark Knight Strikes Again, the former being a groundbreaking work that infused Batman's beloved Gotham with a darkness that only Miller could realize. Along with other plotlines, sketchbook material, and more, this is a must have for any superhero aficionado.