Geek Reads

Article by Jeremy

There is nothing wrong with being a geek! It’s a term of endearment around here. Geeks can be a bit daunting to shop for because, once they become interested in a subject, they have to know absolutely everything about it. You can bet that, whatever their latest fixation is, the geek has already read through all the basics and are on the lookout for the unusual, the obscure, and the never-before-seen. Don’t panic! We’ve got the goods for geeks of all sorts.

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Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen, and Candy Stripe Nurses: Roger Corman: King of the B Movie Cover Image
By Chris Nashawaty, John Landis (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781419706691
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Published: ABRAMS - September 10th, 2013

This deluxe book details the prolific career of B-movie wizard Roger Corman, as well as the influence he has had on some of America’s most influential contemporary directors. The text is supplemented with full-color stills from Corman’s films, behind-the-scenes snapshots, and emphemera sure to delight the B-movie connoisseur.

1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393241037
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 9th, 2013

This often-hilarious, always-fascinating book of trivia comes from the creators of the popular BBC quiz show QI: Quite Interesting. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone on your list and might also provide you with sparkling conversational material for those awkward holiday get-togethers!

Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, & Other Typographical Marks Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393064421
Availability: Backordered
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 24th, 2013

It’s easy to take punctuation for granted, especially when it’s used properly. However, the history of these indispensable symbols is as fascinating as the origins of the words that surround them. Let Houston be your tour guide through typographical history!

Things Come Apart: A Teardown Manual for Modern Living Cover Image
ISBN: 9780500516768
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Published: Thames & Hudson - May 31st, 2013

Here’s an gorgeous photography book for mechanically-minded people who just can’t stop taking stuff apart. McClellan painstakingly breaks familiar items down to their smallest component parts, arranges the pieces neatly and then photographs them. Finally, as an added bonus, he launches all the parts in the air for a dynamic action shot!

The De-Textbook: The Stuff You Didn't Know about the Stuff You Thought You Knew Cover Image
ISBN: 9780452298200
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Published: Plume Books - October 29th, 2013

Feel like your education has gotten in the way of your education. Turns out that a lot of the things you thought you knew are just plain wrong! Never fear, THE DE-TEXTBOOK will correct all the damage that school has done to your brain, and will keep you laughing along the way to boot.

Where You Are: A Collection of Maps That Will Leave You Completely Lost Cover Image
By Geoff Dyer (Contribution by), Lila Azam Zanganeh (Contribution by), Leanne Shapton (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9780956569240
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Visual Editions - December 31st, 2013

This innovative book, published in conjunction with Google Creative Lab and available online as well as in print, examines a variety of maps both geographical and personal. Writings, photos and drawings from a variety of remarkable contributors ask us to reconsider our definition of a map and what it can do. Limited copies available signed by Peter Turchi.

MaddAddam Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385528788
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Nan A. Talese - September 3rd, 2013

This stunning conclusion to Atwood’s Oryx and Crake trilogy has something for everyone: adventure, romance, humor, and imaginative elements that could only have come from the mind of a contemporary master. Although we recommend that you read the trilogy in order, it’s not necessary for you to do so in order to enjoy this marvelous literary/sci-fi mashup.

Codex Seraphinianus Cover Image
ISBN: 9780847842131
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Published: Rizzoli International Publications - October 29th, 2013

This one must be seen to be believed. Until now, Italian artist Serafini’s surreal, mysterious masterpiece has only been released in limited print runs and at extremely high cost. Serafini created this untranslatable encyclopedia of an alien world in order to reproduce, for adults, the delicious feeling of wonder that young children have upon picking up a richly illustrated book that they cannot not yet read.

Edison and the Rise of Innovation Cover Image
By Leonard DeGraaf, Bill Gates (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781402767364
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Published: Sterling - October 1st, 2013

Our world would likely be unrecognizable without the inventions and innovations of Thomas Alva Edison. This book gathers photographs, notebooks, letters, drawings, and more to tell the story of Edison’s remarkable contributions to science and engineering. Bill Gates, a modern-day Edison in his own right, offers an illuminating foreword to the book.

The Trolley Problem, or Would You Throw the Fat Guy Off the Bridge?: A Philosophical Conundrum Cover Image
ISBN: 9780761175131
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Published: Workman Publishing - September 10th, 2013

The Trolley Problem is a thought experiment--first posed by British philosopher Phillippa Foot in 1967--meant to force thinkers to interrogate their logical and ethical beliefs. Thomas Cathcart explores the Trolley Problem from a variety of angles as an entertaining way of bringing philosophy to life for the curious beginner.

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