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The Big, Bad Book of Beasts

Inspired by the bestiaries of Medieval times, Michael Largo's The Big, Bad Book of Beasts: The World's Most Curious Creatures ($13) aims to share some of the more intesting information about the animal kingdom, from the biggest bug to the fastest bird. Along with way, you'll find entertaining anecdotes about animal behaviour and our relationship to the beasts, as well as an A to Z listing of weird creatures, and well over 250 illustrations. At 464 pages, it's not exactly a quick read, but it's no encyclopedia, either — after all, you've got Wikipedia for that, right?

  • Tubes

    You might not think about it — in fact, you're probably even less inclined since the advent of Wi-Fi and cellular data — but the Internet that keeps a big chunk of society functioning is actually a huge, world-spanning networks of routers, wires, and other complex gadgets. Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet ($17) takes you on a tour of these places, from massive data centers and historical spots to caverns full of wire and the ten-thousand-mile undersea cable that connects Europe and Africa. A must-read for anyone who spends the majority of their day online — so basically everyone.

  • Eleven Rings

    The NBA playoffs are just around the corner, so what better time to soak up some knowledge from the winningest coach of all time? Penned by former Chicago Bulls and potential future L.A. Lakers coach Phil Jackson, Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success ($17) tells the story of Jackson's rise from a kid in North Dakota to a leader of hyper-athletic, enormously-ego'd men, with plenty of insight on how he handled the personalities of his players and got all-time greats like Jordan and Kobe to buy into a team concept bigger than themselves. Okay, so it's not technically coming out until May, but that should still give you plenty of time to finish it before the Finals.