Comedian Seth Rogen is a dude with a ridiculous mind. Just watch cult-classics like Superbad & Pineapple Express, or his original series, The Boys. In Yearbook, Rogen takes his knack for elevating the stoney & stupid into a collection of essays that he hopes are “just funny at worst, and life-changingly amazing at best.” From his grandparents, doing stand-up as a teenager at bar Mitzvahs and deep into drug use, Rogen shares his oddball journey to comedy stardom.
From the former CEO of General Electric—a company he captained through the darkest days of the American economy, Jeff Immelt’s new memoir chronicles his post 9/11 tenure at the colossal global company. Considered among the “world’s best CEOs,” Immelt mapped a successful route out of oblivion, after GE-financed planes powered by GE-manufactured engines had just destroyed New York real estate that was insured by GE-issued policies. Sixteen years of his visionary work brought GE back from the brink.
Smalltime is a classic mob story but for one obvious difference—the small-town mob, which stretched from Schenectady to Fresno, is mostly unknown. With its origins in Sicily, this is an immigrant story that takes readers to the hard luck mining town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania & the underground gambling empire built there by the author’s great-grandfather and successive patriarchs. It is an intimate portrait of crime and family, a uniquely American story, told with tenderness and enlightening detail by best-selling author & Smalltime descendent, Russell Shorto.
Drawn from over 200 new interviews with members of Van Halen, Mötley Crüe, Poison, Guns N’ Roses, Skid Row, Bon Jovi, Ratt, Twisted Sister, Warrant, Cinderella, Quiet Riot and others, as well as Ozzy Osbourne, Nöthin’ But a Good Time is a celebration of ’80s rock excess. Told by the hair farmers & real guitar heroes who created a sound and style that came to define a musical era, it covers a spectacularly over-the-top decade & its influence on American pop culture.
Carefully assembled & edited by Adrienne Stillman, author of Where Bartenders Drink, Spirited is a full-color reference guide to more than 600 cocktails from around the world. From certified classics to the truly exotic, it merges images, recipes, infographics and cultural texts to present an authoritative global guide to booze.
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The U.S. Postal Service just announced a new series of Star Wars stamps, featuring your favorite droids from the futuristic saga. Designed by Greg Breeding with William Gicker, the collection will be available on a pane of 20 stamps featuring R2-D2, K-2SO, D-O, L3-37, BB-8, C-3PO, IG-11, a Gonk droid, 2-1B surgical droid, and Chopper. Look for these where you buy stamps later in the Spring.
Appointed by infamous Nazi commander Hermann Göring to Hitler’s art looting agency in Paris, Bruno Lohse went on to become one of the most notorious art plunderers of the war. He trafficked more than thirty thousand artworks, including masterpieces he later tried offering to museums around the world. After his death in ’05, dozens of paintings by Renoir, Monet, and Pissarro, were found in his Munich vault. This book tracks a strange and nefarious life indeed.
Showcasing more than 200 images of space exploration’s most iconic objects, as you’ve never seen them before, This is NASA: Past and Present Dreams of the Future, is a new book from space-obsessed master photographer Benedict Redgrove. Launching on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, it chronicles the groundbreaking work and images behind the achievements of NASA. The first 100 buyers of this oversized, 11-pound tome will get a limited hand-signed copy.
In tackling a topic as vast as “work,”anthropologist James Suzman approaches human history through a different lens. From the origins of life on Earth to our ever more automated present, it challenges some of our deepest assumptions about who we are. Drawing insights from anthropology, archaeology, evolutionary biology, zoology, physics, and economics, Suzman shows that while we have evolved to find joy, meaning and purpose in work, there’s a lot more to the story.
The craziest stories are always true. Here’s another: in 2007, as the financial crisis began, British college student Stephen Jackley began robbing banks. Not for his own enrichment—he was on a Robin Hood mission. Steal from the rich, give to the poor. With no experience, he robbed 10 banks & began spreading his RH marked bank notes to the homeless. He was eventually captured & for the creation of this book, shared his complete diary with the author, offering an intimate look at the enveloping madness of the modern world.
This astonishing true survival tale chronicles a 16th-century Dutch ocean expedition led by captain William Barents and his crew of sixteen, who ventured farther north than any Europeans before and, on their third polar exploration, lost their ship off the frozen coast of Nova Zembla to unforgiving ice. The men would spend the next year fighting off ravenous polar bears, gnawing hunger, and endless winter. Artfully merging a gripping tale of survival with a sweeping history of the great Age of Exploration, it is a timeless story of the strength of the human spirit.
Bestselling biographer Walter Isaacson, who penned Leonardo da Vinci & Steve Jobs, is back with a gripping tale of how Nobel laureate Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues launched a revolution that will allow us to cure diseases, fend off viruses, and have healthier babies. As the lead developer of CRSPR gene-splicing & DNA editing tools, her team’s breakthrough is considered the most important biological advance since the discovery of the structure of DNA. Isaacson, tells an incredible tale & puts the science into context.
Created as a true collector’s edition, Nike: Better is Temporary is a landmark publication charting Nike’s transformation from rebellious upstart to global phenomenon. It is an immersive visual survey offering a deep, behind-the-scenes exploration into Nike’s ethos-driven design formula, and places industry-defining innovations and globally recognized products alongside previously unpublished designs, prototypes, insider stories, and more. Hardcover, 320 pages.
The ancient Greeks were incredibly influential—this new book shines a light on yet another area of cultural pioneering they explored and brought to humanity: medical thinking and observation. All the way back in the fifth century BCE, a Greek doctor put forward his clinical observations of individuals – men, women, and children in a collection of case histories known as—Epidemics! Acclaimed historian R.L. Fox puts this & the many moving pieces of history in a wider context, endorsing the view that the father of medicine, is the great Hippocrates himself.
Your dude Daryl on the The Walking Dead is apparently not just an actor; Norman Reedus is a skilled photographer, too, as evidenced by his new book Portraits from The Woods. Packed with offbeat and engaging behind-the-scenes images from TWD as well as portraits of Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Hideo Kojima, Lena Dunham, Diane Kruger, Dave Chapelle and many more, it gives readers an intimate view of the artist-actors world.
If you binged the Netflix show The MeatEater, this new book from the show’s host, Steve Rinella, is sure to whet your appetite. For those who spend time in the great outdoors, this book is packed with valuable info. Informed by Rinella’s real-life experiences as a renowned outdoorsman, it offers tried-and-true tips, techniques, and gear recommendations that will make any reader feel more comfortable and competent while out in the wild.
Soon-to-be NBA Hall Of Famer and undisputed king of on-court trash talk, Kevin Garnett, aka The Big Ticket, spent 21 illustrious years in the league—racking up a championship with the Celtics and playing alongside legends like Bryant, Jordan, & James. From his groundbreaking leap out of high school, straight into the NBA to his decades on the court, KG tells the whole tale in his own candid words.
The story of this book is as unique as what the book contains. Two baseball fans, collectors and history buffs, David Levanson & Brad Keltner, once rivals vying for the same rare baseball memorabilia, came together & compiled an unprecedented collection of autographed baseballs from every team in Red Sox history dating back to the club’s founding in 1901. The book present that collection—includes insightful history, incredible photos and the story behind every ball. Foreword by David Ortiz.
The story that inspired Spielberg’s 2018 near-future sci-fi film Ready Player One, now has a sequel. The follow-up to the world-wide bestseller about a twisted VR future, is Ready Player Two, taking readers right where they left off in 2045 & going deeper into the dark virtual world of OASIS.
Showcasing 200 years of tattoo art, this new collection by legendary tattoo artist and historian Henk Schiffmacher takes readers on a journey through the history of tattooing from the 1730s to the 1970s. The oversized 440-page book features stunning tattoo artifacts and designs—the best of the author’s renowned private collection accompanied by lively personal commentary from one of the art’s most respected raconteurs.