If you love beer as much as life itself, make sure to put The Naked Pint: An Unadulterated Guide to Craft Beer ($14) on your wintertime reading list. Written by beer sommeliers Hallie Beaune and Christina Perozzi, this 300+ page book takes a humorous yet no-nonsense look at beer, exploring everything from the science of beer and beer + food pairings to cooking with fine beers and even brewing your own at home.
One of the best things about being a Star Wars fan is the seemingly endless array of Lucas-licensed merchandise. Written by Lucasfilm employee and master collector Stephen Sansweet, Star Wars: 1,000 Collectibles: Memorabilia and Stories from a Galaxy Far, Far Away ($24) draws on Sansweet's 75,000+ item collection — housed at a place called Rancho Obi-Wan — to display some of the coolest items ever made available, from fan-made items to the ubiquitous Pez dispenser, all photographed by collection manager Anne Neumann and accompanied by must-read anecdotes and tales.
Pass the dreary winter days by perusing a copy of Mafia: The Government's Secret File on Organized Crime ($13). An exact copy of the old Federal Bureau of Narcotics reference on hundreds of gangsters from coast to coast — from the early 1960s — Mafia is a fascinating read for history and real crime buffs alike, offering details like addresses, criminal records, associates, listings of relatives, and, thankfully, lots of Smoking Gun-worthy photos.