Ditch the warm beer and spice up your BBQ festivities with some drinks from The Backyard Bartender ($13). This hardcover book gives you over 50 recipes of martinis and other libations which make use of summer's bounty of ingredients. Examples of drink ideas include a Spicy Ginger Blush Martini and an Aromatic Lavender Lush.
Leave it to a former Jeopardy! champ to come up with the best analysis yet of last week's finale of The Sopranos. In Prisoner of Trebekistan: A Decade in Jeopardy! ($17), Bob Harris, who won the limit of five games in a row in 1998, tells the story of his long run on the quiz show, and gives tips on strategy. More important than the specifics, however, are Harris' heartfelt recollections of friendships he made with other top competitors, and what the experience taught him about the larger game of life.
Saying we want to save the planet is one thing, doing something about it is another. True Green: 100 Everyday Ways You Can Contribute to a Healthier Planet ($16) is a great guide to get you started on the road to a greener life. Broken into six key areas — In the Home, In the Garden, At Work, Shopping, Travel, and In the Community — the book is full of tips and suggestions to help you protect the world we live in.