Legendary sports photographer Walter Iooss has been snapping masterpieces since he got his first Sports Illustrated assignment in 1961, at the age of 16. Now, for the first time, you can own more than 150 of his stunning photos in Athlete ($23), a 14-inch hardcover featuring portrait-quality photographs of stars such as Derek Jeter, Jim Brown, Charles Barkley, David Beckham, Muhammad Ali, Yogi Berra, Carl Lewis, Joe Namath, Jack Nicklaus, Pelé, and Tiger Woods, just to name a few. With a foreword by Michael Jordan, it's easily one the best coffee table books for sports fans.

  • Materials Monthly

    You don't need to be a designer to appreciate Materials Monthly ($35/issue; $300 sub.) from the Princeton Architectural Press. This unique publication, designed as a system for shelving and cataloging, brings with it at least five state-of-the-art material samples and spec sheets each issue, along with important technical information. Sure, it's not for everyone, but if you get as excited about new flooring as you do a new fedora, it's certainly worth a look. [via]

  • Batman: The Killing Joke

    It's the book Heath Ledger used to learn the true insanity of Gotham's darkest villain. Batman: The Killing Joke ($13) is considered to be the most well written and illustrated Batman comic ever. It's also the most controversial — where else will you find the Joker shooting Commissioner Gordon's daughter in the spine for fun? Written by Alan Moore with art from the masterful Brian Bolland, this comic spins an engrossing tale of how the maniacal clown came to be, and gets us so ready for The Dark Knight.

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