Books

Barnes & Noble Gives E-Ink the Boot

Nook Color from Barnes & Noble

Definitely not an e-reader, and not quite a full-fledged tablet, the newly announced Barnes and Noble’s Nook Color ($250) blends an interesting mix of features that could change the current landscape of gadgets vying to replace your laptop, paperbacks, and magazines.

Because Jack Sparrow Isn't Always a Reliable Source

Life: Keith Richards’ Memoir

Few people on the planet have ever epitomized rock and roll like Keith Richards. That’s one of the reasons why his long-awaited memoir Life ($16) is a must read. Filled with Keith’s surprisingly crystal clear recollections about the genesis of classics like “Ruby Tuesday” and “Gimme Shelter”, consider it a rare look into the special...

Learn More About the Directors You Love

Masters of Cinema Series

The Masters of Cinema Seriesare essential introductions to the world’s most renowned directors. Each book is written by contributors to the famous Cahiers du Cinéma magazine, and feature over a 100 images of film stills, set photographs, and posters — many of which have never been seen. Organized chronologically, film lovers can also read brief...

The Beginning

American Assassin by Vince Flynn

In American Assassin ($15), the 12th effort from #1 New York Times, best selling author Vince Flynn takes his signature character, Mitch Rapp (think Bourne but cooler) back to the beginning of his career, before he was a reaper of death feared all over the world. After the tragic loss of a loved one to...

A Worthy Sequel

The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

After several postponements, The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back ($51) has finally been released. Author J.W. Rinzler has surpassed his previous work with this edition, and like the movie it chronicles, it’s even better than the first. The 362 page book is packed with everything a casual or avid fan could ask...

What Animators Create in Their Spare Time

Moonshine: DreamWorks Artists…After Dark!

There’s no doubt that the creative minds behind blockbuster feature animations like Kung Fu Panda, The Lord of the Rings Two Towers, and Finding Nemo are incredibly talented. But, do you ever find yourself wondering how these artists use their skills when they’re not doodling Scottish ogres? Reading Moonshine: Dreamworks Artists… After Dark! ($14) is...

Why Mock One Country When You Can Take On The World?

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth: A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race

Earth: A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race ($15) is like Jon Stewart’s previous book America (The Book), except, instead of ripping on the good ol’ US of A, The Daily Show has the entire planet in their irreverent and witty sights. Filled with page after page of hilarious infographics mocking just about every aspect...

Because Somebody Already Probably Said It Best

Cult Movie Quote Book

Feeling like your title as resident movie expert is in doubt? Then a quick read through a copy of the Cult Movie Quote Book ($10) should help you set the record straight. Filled with quotes from must see films like Easy Rider, Taxi Driver, Alfie, and the original Italian Job, it’s a perfect gift for...

Better, Badder, Guidebook

Rough Guides

For some, a vacation is supposed to be an adventure, and nothing’s worse than realizing you’ve spent your hard-earned dough and precious holiday time in a tourist trap. That’s why Rough Guides were developed. If you’re looking to go off the beaten path, these guides are the perfect travel companion for a news and picture...

Vino's Best Friend

Winery Dogs of New York

Finally, a book that celebrates two of our favorite things: wine and dogs. Photographers Andrea Jacoby and Marjorie Adams recently published Winery Dogs of New York ($40), the fourth and latest edition in a collection of books about dogs that work and play at wineries. The vino-loving, canine-adoring couple visited over 70 New York State...

It's Biblical

Ministry of Top Gear Presents: The Alternative Highway Code

The absurdist humor of the Brits is the stuff of Pythonic legend, and it lives on in the pages of this brilliant piece of literature: Britain’s traditional traffic handbook as reinvented by the boys of Top Gear. Filled with unbridled sarcasm, general silliness, and automotive expertise, you need only peruse the index to find page...

Operation Red Wings and the Life of Lt. Michael P. Murphy, US Navy Seal

Seal of Honor

Though the expression is cliché, the freedom that we enjoy in America has always come at a high price. Gary William’s biography of Navy SEAL Lt. Michael P. Murphy, posthumous recipient of the Medal of Honor, Silver Star, and Purple Heart, is a meditation on the sacrifice and dedication exhibited by those who have served...

Because It's No Longer Just a Past Time

Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food

Whether you’re aware of it or not, there’s a growing debate in the U.S. over food. Led by writers like Michael Pollan, the so-called “Food Movement” questions America’s dietary habits and the production practices we’ve adopted to sustain them. In a similar vein, the New York Times seafood writer (yes they actually have one on...

Because Great Style Arrives by Knowledge

Style and the Man by Alan Flusser

Alan Flusser, author of recognized men’s style books and permanent member of the International Best-Dressed List (yes, there’s a list for that), has recently published his most recent book, Style and the Man ($10). Essentially an abridged variation of Dressing the Man, The Art of Permanent Fashion (a general reference resource at Gear Patrol), continues...

Baby Back Ribs Got Book

BBQ 25 by Adam Perry Lang

If you enjoy BBQ in any form whatsoever it’s imperative you own BBQ 25 by Adam Perry Lang. Lang, a classically French-trained chef is a modern-day BBQ savant. His words are simple, his methods foolproof. The results, incomparable. Here, Lang’s collection are 25 of the most popular BBQ recipes and used in 95% percent of...

Get Your Doc Brown On

The Best of Make

D.I.Y.ers, builders, geeks, mechanics, wood workers, and all around fiddlers aren’t the type who normally need an excuse to find something to do. In the rare instance that your creation queue is dwindling though, picking up a copy of The Best of Make ($24) should keep you busy for at least a week or two....

Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures

The world of high stake, high-profile theft has been glamorized by Hollywood for decades. But what is it actually like? Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures ($15) is a look back on the career of Robert K. Wittman who is the founder of the FBI’s Art Crime Team and has...

Meatbook

Ribs, Chops, Steaks, & Wings by Ray Lampe

Besides a title that gets your mouth watering, Ribs, Chops, Steaks, & Wings ($14) has a singular focus on our favorite food group: meat. 40 simple meat-centric recipes make up this 132 page book. Everything from veal chops Oscar, to filet mignon, to Southern fall-off-the-bone spare ribs. Ray “Dr. BBQ” Lampe also takes you through...

Six Seasons Worth of Answers, All on Your Coffee Table

Lost Encyclopedia

There’s nothing like a good distraction to keep people from mulling over a void in their lives. Depressed Losties struggling to make sense of their Tuesday evenings now that all of the answers are out there should heed this advice and seriously think about pre-ordering the Lost Encyclopedia ($27). Scheduled to hit shelves everywhere on...

You Won't Find This City on Any Map

City of War by Neil Russell

Ask yourself; what would you do if you saw a naked women running for her life down a gridlocked LA freeway? Seriously. If you’re anything like Rail Black, then you’d rush to the rescue. What our protagonist didn’t realize though is has initiated a globe spanning, murder-mystery adventure. The problem is, Black doesn’t have a...

A Son's Connection to the Game & His Dad

Are We Winning?

Baseball is America’s past time (if you don’t count Facebook or eating), and that shows no sign of stopping. Will Leitch who is the founding editor of Deadspin.com as well as a contributing editor for New York magazine wrote Are We Winning? in part to commemorate his father and in part for his love of...

Awesomely Geeky Projects to Share with Your Kids

Geek Dad by Ken Denmead

As a dad and as something of a geek, it’s only natural that this editor would be a fan of Wired’s GeekDad blog. It’s a parenting site like no other, as a visit is likely to kindle your nostalgic passions and to inspire you to help the next generation connect with their geek-magination. Now the...

A Guide to Apartment Improvement

Apartment Therapy’s Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces

Anyone who doesn’t have a sprawling home of their own keenly understands the impact clever design can have on maximizing space. If you’re running short on ideas though of what to personally do to squeeze the most out of your lair, this book may be your new Bible. Written by Maxwell Gllingham-Ryan whose claim to...

Badass Writings for Badass Cinema

Yippee Ki-Yay Moviegoer! by Vern

Following the cult-success of Seagalogy: A Study of the Ass-Kicking Films of Steven Seagal, Vern (full name) has released his second book, the equally short-titled Yippee Ki-Yay Moviegoer!: Writings on Bruce Willis, Badass Cinema and Other Important Topics ($10). Focused on over-the-top action film genre, Vern’s witerary, laugh out loud, style on cinema reviews (and...

The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World

The Facebook Effect

Love it or hate it, Facebook has become a world wide online phenomenon. Veteran technology reporter David Kirkpatrick wanted to tell the company’s tale like never before, and enlisted the cooperation of Facebook’s key executives in his research. Don’t assume it’s all roses though. In fact what really caught our eye about this book was...

And You Thought Your Brood Was Nuts

Awkward Family Photos

In a similar move to Shit My Dad Says, the viral internet meme Awkwardfamilyphotos.com has now released a book. Featuring never-before-seen photos, and hilarious stories on just about every uncomfortable family situation you can imagine, it’s a great benchmark to judge your own family by. It also makes Clark Griswald’s life seem amateur. Considering Mother’s...

From Twitter to Book For Your Edification

Sh*t My Dad Says

Active Twitter users may already be well aware of the account of 28 year old Justin Halpern, known as @shitmydadsays. Started after he was dumped by his girlfriend and moved back in with his parents at the age of 28, Justin began sharing with the world his 74 year old father’s foul mouthed nuggets of...

A Historical Overview of Both the Good and Bad

50 Cars That Changed The World

As part of a series of books from The London Museum of Design, Fifty Cars That Changed the World ($14) examines the evolution of the modern era’s most important mode of transportation: the automobile (sorry Dean Kamen it’s not the Segway). Starting in 1908 with the Ford Model T and ending in 1998 with the...

A Thrilling Unwelcome Variation of America

The Army of the Republic by Stuart Archer Cohen

Set an alternate America, a dark one, The Army of the Republic weaves a scary thought: what if our country found itself run rampant with a corrupt government and greedy businesses controlling its citizens through privatized public resources and a secret security force with limitless control. Cohen’s enthralling (f not somewhat politically charged) narrative follows...

A History of the Timeline

Cartographies of Time

Great works of non-fiction often stand out because they make detailed examinations of even the most obscure topics fascinating. Cartographies of Time: A History of the Timeline ($32) certainly follows this pattern and will appeal to anyone with a love of history or design. Lavishly illustrated and packed with historical documentation, this book examines the...

Definitive Design Reference

Phaidon Design’s Pioneers, Mass Production, & New Technologies

The attention put into product design is something most consumers ignore. Sure it’s easy to pick up on the design work put into things like the iPad, Hennessey Venom GT, or the beer belly, but the reality is that just about every product out there today was (hopefully) made with some degree of tedium to...

Moto Meets Art

Endurance: Down and Dirty Off Road Racing

The X-Games have done a lot for high-adrenaline sports, but they oft miss the less “controlled” element, dirt-bike races withstanding. Over the past 3 years, Brooklyn based photographer Theresa Orotolani has captured the raw behind-the-scenes, in-your-face element to dirt-bike racing across the U.S. and Europe, following underdog Nathan Kanney from an underdog private racer to...

The DC Comic Sketches of Alex Ross

Rough Justice (Hardcover)

In the world of comics, Alex Ross is a legendary artist known for his ultra realistic paintings of the world’s most powerful characters in fiction. Rough Justice ($20) is a complication of choice works from his sketchbooks and is a must have for any fan who appreciates the art of comics as much as the...

53 Years of Adventures & Misadventures with My Pal Paul Newman

Paul and Me by A.E. Hotcher

Paul Newman left his mark on the planet in countless ways. He was a man’s man of an actor, a national championship winning race car driver, and an incredibly generous philanthropist. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in a variety of capacities including bomber turret gunner, and the father of three...

The Unconventional Story of Bill Watterson and His Revolutionary Comic Strip

Looking for Calvin and Hobbes

Calvin & Hobbes and its creator Bill Watterson are probably under the definition for “Enigmatic” in the Webster’s Dictionary. Running for 10 years and then suddenly stopping at its peak, C&H is one of the most beloved comic strips ever. With a creator who did and does avoid the public eye like a modern Salinger...

The Hidden Financial Reality Behind the Movies

The Hollywood Economist

Everyone knows Hollywood is a money making machine and has been for years, but thanks to studio secrecy, few understand why this is and how it works. Written by the renowned investigative journalist Edward Jay Epstein, who holds a Ph.D from Harvard and has published books previously on everything from the Diamond industry to Lee...

One Guru's Thoughts On Becoming Indispensable

Linchpin by Seth Godin

Normally, we’d never showcase any kind of book dealing with those grey area subjects such as self-help or self-improvement. That’s because, in the majority of situations, these books really boil down to self-aggrandizing dribble spat out by “experts” whose only credentials appear to be a hefty helping of ego and knowing the name of a...

One Professor's Fight Against Tech Progress at the Expense of the Individual

You Are Not A Gadget by Jaron Lanier

The author of this book, Jaron Lanier may not ring a bell in anyone’s head, but that doesn’t mean you’re not familiar with his work. Credited for popularizing the term “Virtual Reality”, this dreadlock-ed genius has served as a professor in several prestigious American Universities such as N.Y.U., U.C. Berkley, and Columbia, as well as...

Someone is Trying to Tell You Something

Written On The City: Graffiti Messages Worldwide

Have you ever spotted some words in graffiti while out and wondered what motivated someone to do it? Created from a collection of shots taken by photographers around the globe, Written On The City showcases all manner of phrases spray painted on the walls and sidewalks of major cities in an effort to document this...

Assholeology: The Science of Getting Your Way – And Getting Away With It

Enlightenment, self-advancement, being the best darn man that you can be – these are the aspirations of Gear Patrol editors and readers alike. Part of advancing oneself is, of course, knowing where to get the information you need to grow in your game. Assholeology is one such invaluable resource. Both hilarious and instructive, Assholeology lays...

The Apple. iPad. Seriously.

Apple iPad

The Apple iPad is here, and it’s both as much/little as people had hoped, expected, worried, drooled over, and even prayed for. The Apple Newton 2010 iPad ($499-$829) will arrive well equipped: 9.7″ (1024×768) IPS enabled Multi-Touch LED backlit display, 1GHz A4 processor, built-in speakers, Bluetooth, microphone, ambient light sensor, 720p video playback, fingerprint-resistant oleophobic...

Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Imagine: A Vagabond Story

Grant Lingel is a man to be jealous of and maybe even to admire. In 2006, after completing one semester as a super-senior in balmy Buffalo, NY, Grant decided to take a risk many of us have thought about, but never had the courage to do. Uninspired by the path laid in front of him...

Trade Page Turner for Disc Burner

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (Audio Book)

Not having nearly as much time to read as I’d like and subsequently missing out on some truly amazing books year after year has come to an end for this editor. The remedy? Listening to audio books during my daily commute. Currently, I’ve been transfixed by Dan Brown’s newest page-turner, The Lost Symbol, which has...