How To by Randall Munroe

Staff Pick

Following his previous books, What If and Thing Explainer, Randall Munroe is back with How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems (Riverhead, $28). In this indispensable and, as always, lavishly illustrated—in his signature stick-figure style—volume, Munroe offers solutions to how to “dig a hole,” “play the piano,” “play tag,” and “power your house,”—among many other common conundrums and problems. Some of these are so commonplace they don’t seem to require a solution, but Munroe demonstrates that physical laws underlie even the most straightforward things we do. How To is part entertaining collection of scientific facts—such as how many piano keys you will need to add to your keyboard to be able to play music for dogs—to tongue-incheek, possibly dubious advice on how to move all your boxes to another house just by pushing them with a pickup truck. This volume might not be 100% useful, but it is 100% fascinating—and fun.

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$29.00
ISBN: 9780525537090
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 3rd, 2019

Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay by Phoebe Robinson

Staff Pick

In her newest book of essays Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay (Plume, $26), Phoebe Robinson successfully puts into words so much of the confusion and angst and humor that comes with living in America these days, and especially how that manifests for her, as a black woman. With the same pizzazz that Robinson has always brought to her projects—most notably, the podcast she co-hosts with Jessica Williams, 2 Dope Queens, and her previous book You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain—she manages to write honestly and creatively about popular culture, being a woman, dating, beauty standards, race, debt and finances, work, and the pitfalls of white feminism. And, perhaps most importantly, she speaks about all of this in her own distinct voice and with a sense of humor which made me laugh out loud throughout. So, if you’re done putting up with all the trash and ready to laugh about it instead, this book is for you. 

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By Phoebe Robinson, Ilana Glazer (Foreword by)
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525534143
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Published: Plume - October 16th, 2018

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle

Staff Pick

WARNING: DO NOT READ THIS BOOK ON PUBLIC TRANSIT—unless, of course, you don't mind being stared at while you laugh uncontrollably at every other sentence. I certainly was. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography (Crown, $27) is an ode to a man who has led a rather extraordinary life, written by the man himself. Eric Idle manages to be both hilariously self-deprecating and touchingly humble about his accomplishments. Tracing his life from boarding school through his wild career in Monty Python's Flying Circus and beyond, Idle's book is a fascinating, fun, and altogether worthy addition to the bookshelf of any Python fan. Or any fan of good humor, for that matter.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781984822581
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Published: Crown Archetype - October 2nd, 2018

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