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In the Mountains of Madness: The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of H.P. Lovecraft

It's hard to argue against acquiring this volume to support a literature collection, though its appeal to readers beyond those fascinated with Lovecraft will be limited.

One World Trade Center: Biography of the Building

A monumental building that has received far more criticism than praise is reintroduced here in a fittingly large (9" × 13") book. Overall, a fitting biography that will capture the interest of even the most cynical of detractors.

Hogs Wild: Selected Reporting Pieces

Frazier shows real empathy for his subjects and—despite often dealing with loss—remains restrained, never maudlin, while frequently imparting an understated, droll humor into the overall tone of his work. This collection of informative, entertaining journalism will appeal to fans of Michael Paterniti (Love and Other Ways of Dying). [See Prepub Alert, 12/21/15.]

Andy Warhol: The Complete Commissioned Record Covers, 1949–1987

Not simply an art book for Warhol fans, this is a lesson in the popular culture of the previous century, as reflected in a remarkable medium. This edition expands upon the first by adding six additional record covers, plus revised text by the author. The result is a pleasure, both to read and to admire on the coffee table.

The Brothers Vonnegut: Science and Fiction in the House of Magic

The Vonnegut name is the big draw here, but fans seeking the definitive Kurt Vonnegut biography should read Charles J. Shields's And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut; A Life instead. Still, the book is engaging owing to the author's rich characterization of historical persons, source material, and selective assemblage of events. This title is ripe for adaptation into a quirky, independent film.

Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers

While Offerman's enthusiasm for sharing history and willingness to seek out his heroes are admirable, this book feels like a cash-in; it's short on laughs and largely disappointing. Fans rejoice; the rest, ignore.

Love and Other Ways of Dying: Essays

A wide variety of places and people are given Paterniti's trademark scrutiny here, and the resulting essays are illuminating and pleasantly verbose. Because it is a collection of writing from popular press, this should have broad appeal. In particular, those who remain in unplanned withdrawal from David Foster Wallace's nonfiction should give this book a shot.

How To Be a Husband

This title will appeal to middle-aged men who possess a strong sense of irony, and to their partners and wives. It combines prescient and inarguably masculine insights on matrimony with tips that—although intended to be comical—are quite practical (see "The Beginner's Essential DIY Tool Cupboard"). Readers who tolerate (or enjoy) the author's wordiness will be rewarded with a fair measure of knowing chuckles and the occasional, actual laugh; those who've yet to cohabit or reproduce may even learn something. [See Prepub Alert, 8/4/14.]

A Load of Hooey

Those offended by dirty words and an irreverent treatment of Judeo-Christian religions should take a pass; those who read this and want more should seek out Steve Martin's Cruel Shoes, which is a likely antecedent.

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