Tracing the roots of the prefabricated house all the way back to England in the 1830s, PreFab Houses ($45) celebrates this easily-constructed wonder of life with huge, detailed pictures and a flair for the modern. Extra bonus points for including the Monsanto House of the Future.
Counting down the days until the Mad Men season four premiere? Pass the time by perusing the 250+ pages of Mad Men Unbuttoned ($12). Penned by Natasha Vargas-Cooper of Public School Intelligentsia fame, this unique quasi-history book looks at both the show and the era in which it's set, covering advertising, sex, politics, design, and pop culture with interesting tidbits of information scattered throughout. Don Draper wannabes should beware its tricky name, however — Unbuttoned is more or less devoid of fashion tips.
How can you tell a real astronaut apart from a deranged, Sigourney Weaver in Alien-obsessed wannabe? The suit, of course. Spacesuits ($20) is a short but art-worthy look at the history of the spacesuit, featuring interesting history mixed in with professional photos of spacesuits ranging from the earliest manned space flights to the latest and greatest shuttle missions, courtesy of the National Air and Space Museum.