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Serpentine

Freak out your ophidiophobic friends by proudly placing Serpentine ($30) atop your coffee table. Not a serpentine, mind you, but the 200-page collection of dangerously beautiful photographs from Mark Laita. Including such snakes as the albino Honduran milk snake, the Malaysian coral snake, and Kobe's favorite, the black mamba, the book also contains an essay from novelist William T. Vollmann exploring the various associations with the animals that make them so menacing to so many.

  • Rock the Shack

    Looking for a getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city? You can certainly find some ideas in Rock the Shack ($40). This 240-page celebration of the shanty takes a look at all sorts of away-from-it-all retreats, from cabins and cottages to simple shelters and farms. Like the structures themselves, the interiors of the various homes featured inside run the gamut from the most basic essentials to modern luxury, but all of them offer a look at what someone considered the perfect hideaway.

  • Swissted

    Yes, it has a silly name, and yes, it's bigger than your average book — but for good reason. Swissted: Vintage Rock Posters Remixed and Reimagined ($25) measures roughly 11" x 14" because its filled with modern recreations of classic rock posters, and it wants you to appreciate them the way you're supposed to: from a nice spot on your wall. To that end, every page is microperforated, giving you a collection of 200 posters that are ready to frame and display. With poster representing everyone from Iggy Pop and the Sex Pistols to the Pixies and Nirvana, you should be able to find some that match your tastes.