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Written by Ken Jennings (the very Ken Jennings who was a record-winning “Jeopardy!” contender) this is a charming, witty book. Written with a blend of memoir, humor, anecdote, and serious research, Jennings breaks into the world of maps. From map making, to map collecting, to Google maps, to the ways pop-icons plan their tour stops, Jennings has written a surprisingly delightful title whose aim is to “rescue geography from irreverence.” Truly this is perfect for the know-it-all in your life, who could stand to know a little bit more.

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S.M.C.
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ISBN: 9781439167175
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Published: Scribner Book Company - September 20th, 2011

If you love Eddie Izzard, Kate Beaton is your new soul mate. Like Izzard, Beaton loves to tackle subjects that most people think of as, well, kind of boring. Archaic Canadian history, Napoleon, Jane Austen...all are featured, and all are made hysterical by Beaton's sharp wit and creativity.

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Kat
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$19.95
ISBN: 9781770460607
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Published: Drawn & Quarterly - September 27th, 2011

The title of this book is admittedly not very festive, but I promise you, great things await within. It's the incredible story of the birth of modern forensics, told through the story of a particularly twisted serial killer in France, and the brilliant scientist and criminologist who eventually stopped him.

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Kat
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$17.00
ISBN: 9780307279088
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Published: Vintage - November 1st, 2011

I was almost late to work multiple times because Tina Fey is just so wet-your-pants funny. Not only is this a great book--full of pointed humor, witty observations, and less-than-helpful suggestions--but the audio version puts it all in her voice and her cadence. She's a brilliant comedian and an acute social observer—you should totally take her advice. –Nici

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Nici
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$29.98
ISBN: 9781609419691
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Published: Little Brown and Company - April 5th, 2011

Oh how we love Amy here at Bookshop! This smash hit crafting book is finally in paperback, filled to the brim with awesomely hilarious (yet legitimately creative) craft projects for all skill levels/attention spans. Whether it’s learning the joys of poverty or the versatility of nuts—Amy Sedaris will make your holiday gifting a cinch!

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Kimberley
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$20.00
ISBN: 9780446557047
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 1st, 2011

Every parent across the world can relate to this short and sweet missive on the beauties and terrors of a cranky kid. My favorite line? “The eagles who soar through the sky are at rest, and the creatures who crawl, run and creep. I know you’re not thirsty. That’s bullsh*t. Stop lying. Lie the f*ck down, my darling and sleep.” A must for every new parent on your holiday list.

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By Adam Mansbach (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Ricardo Cortes (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781617750250
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Published: Akashic Books - June 14th, 2011

So what you, what you, what you want? This book brings rhymes that will flaunt. When you’re down on your rhyme game and vernacular is lame, just grab this book and look. It ain’t no shame. So take my advice, just pay the price and from this hip-hop cake, take a slice

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Cesar
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By Adam Bradley (Editor), Andrew DuBois (Editor), Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Foreword by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780300141917
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Published: Yale University Press - September 13th, 2011

If you’ve ever wondered what makes some people more successful than others, this book will give you an insight into that phenomenon. Rather than focusing on intelligence and ambition, Gladwell argues that culture, family, and the experiences of upbringing play a much larger part. Along the way he also reveals what the Beatles and Bill Gates have in common.

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Clytia
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$16.99
ISBN: 9780316017930
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 7th, 2011

Having a bad day? Need something to put a smile on your face? Well, look no further, because the cuteness contained in these pages is practically guaranteed to crack a smile on the Grinchy-est of people. This newest collection of the Zooborn books is full of fuzzy, kitty babies. This is the absolute perfect gift for cat lovers, children, and people who loves adorable baby animals!

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Flannery
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ISBN: 9781451651904
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 1st, 2011

The burgeoning bike cultures of Portland, New York City, San Francisco, and other cities aren’t a wave of passing trends—they are the emerging reality of daily life and transport for urban citizens in the United States. This essential bicycling anthology features a critical mass of bike writers and bicycling advocates writing from all fronts of bike culture.

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Vernon
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By Amy Walker (Editor)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781608680221
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Published: New World Library - September 20th, 2011

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