Saturday, November 12, 2011

Dutton's 2011 Holiday Gift Guide

For music-lovers, the must-have gift:

I Want My MTV: The Uncensored History of the Music Video Revolution by Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum

This is The Book of MTV. With rave reviews from critics and readers alike, I WANT MY MTV is an obscenely fun look back at the glory days—when MTV actually aired music videos and a channel that almost didn't get off the ground revolutionized music and pop culture forever. With more than 400 interviews from pop stars, musicians, VJs, directors, and execs, everyone has a story to tell—about each other, the network, and the idea that started it all.

The jokester:

That is All by John Hodgman

Forget Wikipedia, almanacs, and encyclopedias. For complete world knowledge, look no further than John Hodgman’s third and final foray into the genre of completely falsified true facts: THAT IS ALL. Hodgman, resident Daily Show expert, former-PC, and New York Times bestselling author of The Areas of My Expertise and More Information Than you Require, has now taken to the simpler life of a humble DERANGED MILLIONAIRE. This handy book contains lots of useful information on surviving the coming global superpocalypse, but also embraces the subjects of wine and sports, taboos of sea travel, helpful foreign phrases besides “let’s have a liquor party,” and $999,999 ideas, among other things.

Shatner Rules by William Shatner

The gift for the Trekkie in your life.

Who better to take advice from than a man whose career has spanned decades, whose fans are so fervent one even stole all of his underwear from his hotel room, and who proves that everything is better with age? William Shatner is at his most hilarious—and candid—in SHATNER RULES, as he shares stories from his oftentimes unbelievable life and successful career.

The armchair explorer:

Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams

He's no Indiana Jones, but National Geographic writer and native New Yorker Mark Adams had his own real-life Indy moments after deciding to trace the original trail of Hiram Bingham—the real-life inspiration for the character made famous by Harrison Ford. Adam’s New York Times bestselling narrative is a hilarious and, at times, harrowing, account of his voyage through the dense jungle and mountainous terrain of Peru, along with an Aussie guide who walked the trail barefoot—twice.

The thrill-seeker:

The Devil’s Elixir by Raymond Khoury

In this cinematic and action-packed thriller from New York Times bestselling author Raymond Khoury—most known for his run-away debut The Last Templar—Sean Reilly and Tess Chaykin chase the dangerous and ruthless drug lord Raoul Navarro. Having synthesized a mysterious elixir that dates back to 1700s Mexico, Navarro is hell-bent on mass-distributing the drug that “will make meth seem as boring as aspirin.” It’s a race against the clock to stop him from releasing THE DEVIL’S ELIXIR and destabilizing the modern world.

Down the Darkest Road by Tami Hoag

Oak Knoll, California, is the place where people move to raise their children, far from the pressures and dangers of the big city. But small-town life isn’t as lovely as it appears. From #1 New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag comes DOWN THE DARKEST ROAD, which follows a mother desperate for justice after her sixteen-year-old daughter goes missing. Lauren knows the man who killed her—even if the police and legal system won’t listen—and will stop at nothing to see him dead.

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