It's amazing how a simple question — "If your house was burning, what would you take with you?" — can reveal so much about a person. Based on the blog of the same name, The Burning House ($11) is a study in materialism as seen through the items held most dear, told in brief interviews and photos — some of which have appeared on the website, and some unique tales. Revealing, slightly morbid, and utterly captivating, it's prime coffee table reading.
Straggly or sleek, full-bodied or selectively styled, there are tons of beard varieties in the world — and you'll find gorgeous portraits of 86 of them in A Book of Beards ($45). Spawned from idea to photograph local beards in West Chester, PA, this gorgeous coffee table tome also features beards both local and exotic, 18 written contributions, and 125 pages. The proceeds will go to help Mike, the brother of author/photographer Justin Muir, and other cancer patients and survivors, so you'll have a fine answer should someone ask why you have a book full of bearded men in your living room.
There's been tons of books written about the legendary British Prime Minister Winston Churchill — and nearly all of them have focused on historical matters. Churchill Style: The Art of Being Winston Churchill ($15) breaks this mold by focusing instead on what made him a legendary man — including matters such as drinks, food, cars, smokes, style, and hobbies — basically everything on Uncrate's masthead, minus the tech and videos.