Filled with words of wisdom and inspiration from over 100 of history’s most important filmmakers, this book will be more interesting than anything coming out in theaters until possibly forever. Yeah, we’re talking to you Hollywood. Really though, this book will make a perfect gift for the proud and opinionated film geek in your life.
For guys who like football history, there’s nothing like some football history. Totally, right? This book digs into the details of the Chicago Bears incredible 1985 season and the team that made it happen. From characters like coach Mike Ditka to players like Walter Payton, The Fridge, QB Jim McMahon, and Samurai Singletary, it captures the whole story surrounding a legendary moment in time.
Paulina Gretzky is a lot more popular than her dad these days but if you’re one of those fanatics who prefers hockey to silicone, this book will take you inside the life and times of the man widely considered to be the greatest hockey player of all time. This bio is Gretzky-approved and written by his long-time friend and veteran sports journalist Al Strachan.
Twitter went from zero to a $20 billion business very quickly. We could look up exactly how fast but then there’d be one less scintillating factoid for you to absorb from this book that chronicles how the social networking service blew up.
Any former reality show idiot can get a book deal. Especially to “write” a cookbook. But Southern chef John Currence won the James Beard award. And this won’t make his colorful personal stories or music pairings any better but at least you know his 130 recipes will be legit.
The funniest man that ever lived: Richard Pryor. This new book tells his whole story, from his upbringing in the family whorehouse to his legendary, boundary-bursting material, and enduring comedic legacy.
Looking at your own X-Rays in the doctor’s office is usually depressing but this book by X-Ray photographer Nick Veasey captures much more entertaining images. Random everything: a Boeing 777, animals, insects, humanoid robots, an F1 car, and many more.
Back in the 1930s, Marvel Comics owner Martin Goodman was publishing more than just superhero comics. His company also pumped out pulp novels & magazines filled with lurid romance, celebrity gossip, and shocking detective stories. This unseen history also features the work of Marvel artists who split their efforts between drawing comics and the titillating art of the pulp publications.
Technically, Ted Williams is dead but what endures and makes him immortal—that batting average. The 500+ homers. But there’s more to this book than heavy stats. There’s heavy drama. Did you know that for most of his life Williams disguised his Mexican heritage? Or that he fought in both WWII & Korea? Better read up.
Winespeak. It’s for waiters and the ex-wives they wait on. All you need to appreciate wine is a mouth but this book can get you a few steps further along in understanding what you’re drinking. Written without winespeak, master sommelier Richard Betts adds insight and humor (gasp) to help you identify and appreciate your wine. Yes, it really is a scratch-n-sniff book.