While we're not sure you'll "never watch the NFL the same way again" after reading it, if you're a fan of football, you'll be a fan of The Games That Changed the Game ($18). Penned by Monday Night Football commentator Ron Jaworski, this fascinating book takes a look at the evolution of coaching philosophy through the lens of seven games that paved the way for things like the West Coast offense, the 46 defense, and, of course, Bud Bowl.
What would you do if you were stuck in an airport for days due to a huge volcanic ash cloud? If you're like the makers of Stranded ($19), you'd contribute to a magazine. This one-off magazine is the brain child of US-based writer Andrew Losowsky, who came up with the idea while stranded in Dublin, and called on other designers, writers, photographers, and other professionals stranded by the Icelandic ash cloud to contribute. The result is a unique look at a singular moment in time that will likely never come again.
Any country that's lasted a hundred years or more has no doubt seen a few scandals, and the US of A is no exception. The Book of Bastards ($10) chronicles 101 of the most egregious scandals — and the people behind them — from America's first 234 years, including long-forgotten indiscretions by men such as Presidents Grover Cleveland and Warren G. Harding, traitors like General Wilkinson, and possible turncoats like Daniel Ellsberg. This would have made Coach Hall's American History class infinitely more interesting.