Whether your geekiness appears through tried-and-true traditions like neuroscience and the Internet, or manifests through more creative means, we appreciate your dedication and passion for erudite and bizarre knowledge. To show our appreciation, we’ve spotlighted the geekiest books on our shelves so that you can also have them on your shelves.
At last, a world in which fans of Rembrandt and Grumpy Cat can come to together, united by a common appreciation for true beauty and irony. Fat Cat Art chronicles the misadventures of Svetlana Petrova and her muse, the twenty-two pound ginger cat Zarathustra. From the Mona Lisa to Monet, Zarathustra sneaks her way through artistic history with a dignity and poise Madame Récamier would envy. Piqued? Fat Cat Art goes on sale September 15, 2015.
The Upanishads are as important to the Hindu poetic canon as Beowulf is to the English one. Written sometime between 800 B.C. and 500 B.C., these poems are among the earliest manifestations of Hinduism’s central religious concepts. In the Tarcher Cornerstone Edition, Vernon Katz and Thomas Egenes provide a fresh poetic translation that still remains faithful to the original Sanskrit. It’s a great way to take your poetic education outside of the traditional British-American literary canon.
You’re a Vampire – That Sucks!: A Survival Guide
Fans of Buffy, rejoice! Not all the vampiric humor is gone from the world. A practical guide for the newly risen, You’re A Vampire – That Suck! covers all the lessons a blood-sucking monster could need, from the quotidian basics of hunting and feeding, to more nuanced subjects like picking the right coffin and learning how to make your money last the rest of eternity. A great gift for anyone you know who burns a little too easily or claims to be “allergic” to garlic. You’re a Vampire goes on sale October 13, 2015.
Four Ways to Click: Rewire Your Brain for Stronger, More Rewarding Relationships
Psychiatrist Amy Banks applies neurobiology to human relationships. In Four Ways to Click, she identifies the four neural pathways that most profoundly impact the close human connectivity and develops her innovative program, CARE: Calmness, Acceptedness, Resonance, and Energy.
Music geeks, this one’s for you. Esoterica fans, this one is also for you. The Season of the Witch, Peter Bebergal illustrates the influence of the occult on the rock and roll tradition. Although unexpected, the unlikely marriage of rock music and occult magic makes sense: both rock and the arcane are treated with the reverence of a religion and have deep roots in counterculture movements. Within, you’ll learn about Elvis Presley’s hoo-doo inspirations, the influence of magician Aleister Crowley and J.R.R. Tolkein on the Led Zepplin, and how the Illuminati infiltrated even modern hip-hop. It’s a great primer for counterculture revolutions that have been happening in the last century.