Ever miss a day of class and have to borrow notes from a trusted classmate? Sketchnotes ($38) is kinda like that. Filled with handsomely illustrated notes from tons of events and conferences held during 2009 and 2010, it offers insight into over 100 talks from the likes of Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Fry, Edward Tufte, and many other bright minds from the field of user interaction and design. [via]
Now matter how "citified" you might be, you can still learn a thing or two from less-urban ways, and Country Wisdom & Know-How ($12) is proof. Culled from Storey Publishing's "Country Wisdom Bulletins," this thick, nearly 500 page volume includes information on raising animals, cooking, gardening and farming, home improvements, and general well-being, paired with tons of black-and-white illustrations and photographs to help you along the way.
The best way to hear potentially terrifying news is through comedy, so it helps that You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News ($9) is actually pretty funny. Penned by the editors of the irreverent Cracked.com, this 320 page paperback is filled with unsettling facts like half of humanity carries a parasite that could take over its brain, dolphins aren't as nice as you think, and your brain secretly makes all your decisions 10 seconds before you know what they are — unless you're drunk, in which case your brain might not be consulted at all.