How to Swear Around the World

There are a few skills every man needs to master before he can feel completely comfortable in his masculinity — grilling a steak to medium-rare perfection, changing the oil on an internal combustion engine, getting by in another language, and cussing up an impressive storm. With How to Swear Around the World ($10), you'll learn two of those skills vital to manliness, all from one tidy paperback. Whether you want to learn fighting words in Russian, an appropriate description for someone's mother in Japanese, or the best idioms and exclamations Swahili has to offer, this book has your needs met.

  • Paddle Your Own Canoe

    Nick Offerman, perhaps better known as Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation, is the ultimate man's man. When he's not playing the manliest man on television, he's running his own wood shop — so when he offers advice on how to be a man, we're inclined to listen. Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Principles for Delicious Living ($20) is a book of just such advice, from growing a mustache, and seducing a woman, to grilling meat, and appreciating nature. We're not sure reading it will make us half the man he is, but it's worth a try.

  • Shed Nation

    If your basement workshop isn't cutting it, or your garage is too cluttered to even focus on a project, it might be time for a shed. While you can buy a number of unoriginal, pre-fab jobs, wouldn't it be cooler to build one yourself? The handy guys at Popular Mechanics think so, and that's why they published Shed Nation. This book contains plans and guides for building an assortment of sheds for different purposes. Whether you want to build a small place to hold your tools, something with a tractor bay, a garden shed, or a full-on greenhouse, they've got you covered.

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