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A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert "Believe It or Not!" Ripley

He's brought many of the world's weirdest things to our attention, so while it shouldn't surprise us that Ripley himself has led a fascinatingly odd life, you'll still be shocked by some of the private details author Neal Thompson uncovered about his past. You don't... [More]

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Walnut Hanging Book Rack

An Etsy crafter has reinvented the bookshelf and it's a lot more fun to look at. If you like presenting your books like others display paintings, this Walnut Hanging Book Rack ($210) will be put to good use. It's difficult to tell from the photo,... [More]

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The Silver Star

We're still haunted by Jeannette Walls' powerful memoir, The Glass Castle, so we dove into her newest novel, The Silver Star ($15), knowing that it wouldn't be a particularly cheerful read. It wasn't, but Walls' beautiful prose and resilient protagonist help balance out the descriptions... [More]

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Unfriending My Ex: And Other Things I'll Never Do

Though not the first book to look at how technology is hindering our lives, Unfriending My Ex: And Other Things I'll Never Do ($18) takes a humorous approach that's more commiserating in tone than condescending. You might remember the author, Kim Stolz, from her stint... [More]

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Do Fathers Matter?

It's embarrassing that the titular question even needs to be posed, but Paul Raeburn's new book tackles the myth that it's fine and natural for dads be aloof in the childrearing process. Do Fathers Matter?: What Science Is Telling Us About the Parent We've Overlooked... [More]

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The Ball Game

Is Hervé Tullet's The Ball Game ($13) a book or a game? The brilliance of it is that it's both! With many inventive ways to play, it'll keep kids and adults entertained long past the point when they're tired of reading, but like a more... [More]

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Milk Bar Cookbook

You could keep serving your guests plain old chocolate cake for dessert, but why do that when you could get a copy of baking wizard Christina Tosi's cookbook ($35) and learn to re-create Momofuku Milk Bar classics including Crack Pie, Cereal Milk Ice Cream, and... [More]

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Drinkology: The Art and Science of the Cocktail

Does your signature cocktail consist of store brand vodka mixed with juice boxes you stole from your kids' lunch supply? We're totally not judging. But if you wanted to expand your cocktail horizons a bit, Drinkology: The Art and Science of the Cocktail ($7) would... [More]

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The Mincing Mockingbird Guide to Troubled Birds

Experience the travails and neuroses of our feathered friends when you read the deadpan humorist book The Mincing Mockingbird Guide to Troubled Birds by Matt Adrian ($16). From losing love in a tragic accident involving a pane glass window to a hummingbird with a violent... [More]

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The Big Book of the Hamptons

This book ($51) is probably the closest most of us will get to setting foot inside the regal estates speckling the Hamptons shoreline. Is that kind of a depressing thought? Sure. But the images are so beautiful you'll momentarily forget that you're struggling to make... [More]

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The Southern Cake Book

Our first thought when we page through The Southern Cake Book ($16), with its stunning photos and mouth-watering recipes? Who's going to make all of these cakes for us? Then we realize that the point is to make them ourselves. Fair enough, Southern Living, but... [More]

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Girls Standing on Lawns

The amazing Maira Kalman, whose paintings you may have encountered in the New Yorker, teamed up with Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) and dug through MoMA's archives until they unearthed a treasure trove of vintage photographs of - you guessed it - girls standing on... [More]

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Yes Please

You guys! We're pretty sure we have never been as antsy for the release of a book as we are for Amy Poehler's first, Yes Please ($18, preorder)*. It doesn't hit bookshelves until late October, but you better believe we'll be coughing up the funds... [More]

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The Vacationers

The juiciest summer read we've bitten into yet, The Vacationers ($16) by Emma Straub is a total page-turner. When the Posts take a vacation overseas, they do so thinking it'll be the perfect way to celebrate the family's recent accomplishments (35 years of marriage and... [More]

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Swinging Metal Art Bookends

Ahh! AHHH! Cutest bookends ever alert! The Swinging Metal Art Bookends ($65) will take you back to those loving days when your dad pushed you on a swing. Even if you don't read, just acquire some books that you can pretend to have read so... [More]

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Home is Where You Park It

Two years ago, Foster Huntington decided to pack up his belongings and spend some time on the road living in a VW van - and he's still doing it to this day. During that time, he's met plenty of people who share the same lifestyle,... [More]

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Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

We know you've been refreshing your Netflix account incessantly in the hopes of discovering that the second season of Orange Is the New Black is available. (Soon, friends, it's coming soon!) While you're waiting, why not read the true life tale that inspired the series?... [More]

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Big Appetites: Tiny People in a World of Big Food

Photographer Christopher Boffoli creates a funny, quirky, and completely endearing world in his book Big Appetites: Tiny People in a World of Big Food ($10). The colorful world found in this collection of photographs is made up of miniature figurines living and working among their... [More]

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To Rise Again at a Decent Hour - Joshua Ferris

You have to hand it to author Joshua Ferris: he never stops challenging himself creatively. Unlike the shelves full of contemporary books that are derivative of one another, his novels stand out as unique. Ferris's latest book, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour ($13),... [More]

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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

If you haven't yet put Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore ($10) by Robin Sloan on your summer reading list, we'll wait while you tab over to Evernote and add it to the top. It's a quick and easy read; you're immediately swept up into the plot... [More]

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