It might not teach you how to do it yourself, but if you ever wondered how small batch distilleries create the flavors of your favorite spirits, The Art of Distilling Whiskey & Other Spirits ($17) is your book. Included in the text are detailed explanations of distillation processes and techniques, set alongside original photography of micro-distilleries from across the nation. Best when read with a fine glass of your favorite gas.
After we posted The Big Books, we heard an outcry from readers wondering if there was going to be a chest-oriented edition (okay, not really). As it turns out, all you "boob men" out there get an extra special treat — 3D. 3DD ($20) is filled with three-dimenional, anaglyph images of topless women, letting you admire the female form in an even more up-close and personal manner.
Smartphones may have replaced the traditional map for most people, but that doesn't mean there isn't an intriguing world of cartography outside the digital realm. Strange Maps ($20) is a collection of some of the most interesting maps produced throughout the centuries, including Thomas Jefferson's proposal for dividing the Northwest Territory, a map of Thomas More's Utopia, and even a "Jesusland" map based on voter profiles. Who knows — maybe the 17th century map showing California as an island will be accurate someday.