In the unlikely case you find yourself responsible for planning a city, or, perhaps more plausibly, you decide it's time to up and move to a new place, or, even more likely, you're just looking to learn something new about food — The Monocle Guide to Better Living ($50) should be your go-to reference. Brought to you by the same people who write Monocole Magazine, this book is a guide to everything from diplomacy and design, to culture and travel. Broken down into sections on the city, culture, food, travel, and work, it provides in-depth essays on subjects as broad as the most livable cities in the world, to topics as narrow as how to build a good school, all accompanied by beautiful photography, design, and illustration.
Colonel Chris Hadfield is, by all accounts, a modern-day hero — whether he's exposing the wonders of space to an entire generation through social media, becoming the first Canadian to command the International Space Station, or playing the first music ever recorded in space. Now, you can get an even deeper look into the life of this remarkable man in his autobiography An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything ($17). Learn the details of his unique outlook on life, experience firsthand accounts of spacewalks, understand how he handled crises, and perhaps change the way you look at the entire world.