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Posted by Kristi on May 10, 2010

Photojojo! Insanely Great Photo Projects and DIY Ideas by Amit Gupta and Kelly Jensen 

Do you have lots of pics of friends and family you want to show off? Make a sleek, stylish photo display rail so you can change them up at a moment’s notice. Need something to play with? Make photo slider puzzles, Rubik’s cubes, and temporary tattoos. Or spruce up your pad with a photo chandelier or a giant wall mural you can print at home!  A photo, an idea, and simple crafting skills are all you need to transform your pictures into useful, fun, giftable art.

How to Be a Vampire: A Fangs-On Guide for the Newly Undead by Amy Grey 

For those who join the decadent realm of the vampire, eternal life holds juicy perks — charm and strength, shape-shifting and flying, telepathy and super-powered senses. But then again, one becomes…so terribly hungry. Is there an etiquette for feeding without causing a scene? How do you set up your crypt? What supernatural foes will make your blood run colder? In this elegant, edgy resource, the newly immortal will find everything they need to know.

Manga for the Beginner by Christopher Hart 

With Manga for the Beginner, anyone who can hold a pencil can start drawing great manga characters right away. Learn how to draw the basic manga head and body, eyes, bodies, fashion, and more.Then go way beyond the basics to explore dynamic action poses, special effects, light and shading, perspective, popular manga types such as animals, anthros, and shoujo and shounen characters. By the end of this big book, the new artist is ready to draw dramatic story sequences full of movement and life.

Would You Rather…? Gross Out by Justin Heimberg and David Gomberg 

Would you rather…bathe in a tub of saliva or eat a salad sprinkled with boogers?  Would you rather…sweat maple syrup or cry melted cheese? Would You Rather…? Gross Out features gross-out dilemmas and wacky illustrations that include all the classic categories: boogers, farts, vomit, and more.  Read it alone for solitary chuckles or play it as a game with a group!

The Manga Cookbook by The Manga Culinary Institute with Chihiro Hattori 

Reading manga sure can make a person hungry! Food appears frequently in Japanese comics, but what exactly is it that the characters are eating? Introducing The Manga Cookbook, an illustrated step-by-step guide to preparing simple Japanese dishes using ingredients found in every Western kitchen. Learn to identify and make the same things you see in all your favorite manga: authentic onigiri (rice balls), yakitori (skewered chicken), oshinko (pickled vegetables), udon (Japanese noodles), okonomiyaki (Japanese-style pizza) and many others.

Every Bone Tells a Story: Hominin Discoveries, Deductions, and Debates by Jill Rubalcaba and Peter Robertshaw 

Archaeology and paleontology are the exciting focus in this account of four hominins who lived long before recorded history. The authors explore not only how and where their remains were discovered but also what they tell scientists today about how they lived and why they died out. Were Neanderthals brainy or brutish? Man or beast? When did language begin? The authors raise as many questions as they answer in the detailed chapters, which cover each of the four fossils and the research and debate that surround them.

Kawaii Bento Boxes: Cute and Convenient Japanese Meals on the Go by Joie Staff 

A bento box meal (single portions of different foods packed in one reusable container) is a Japanese tradition that lends itself well to today’s busy lifestyle. Although bento boxes are available to take out from restaurants and food stands, they are most frequently prepared at home, providing delicious, healthy, fun – and environmentally responsible – lunch and snack-time alternatives.

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