Pom-Poms! 25 Awesomely Fluffy Projects by Sarah Goldschadt and Lexi Walters Wright (Quirk Books, $14.95)
With the holiday season just around the corner, this is the perfect time of the year to consider making pom-poms for family and friends. They are easy and fun to make and a genuine crowd-pleaser. Once confined to crafting workshops at summer camp, they are making a chic comeback, especially in Japan.
This delightful how-to book features 25 fluffy projects. Using cardboard, a pom-pom maker, or even a fork, a hedgehog paperweight could quickly be gracing your dresser or desk. As the authors suggest, Make, Wear, Show and Share. Following easy instructions, many projects can be achieved such as poufy scarfs, fashion flowers and even a pom-pom rug.
Winter Cocktails: Mulled Ciders, Hot Toddies, Punches, Pitchers, and Coctail Party Snacks by Maria del Mar Sacasa with photography by Tara Striano (Quirk Books, $22.95)
With nighttime autumn temperatures now plunging to the 70s in Arizona, it is time to same cold-weather cocktails. Whether it is anticipating a gathering with friends or just looking for an interesting and unique new take on cocktails, this spirited book brims with ideas.
The recipes are divided into six main chapters: Hot Toddies and Mulled Drinks; Eggnog, Hot Chocolate, Coffee, and Tea; Punches and Pitchers; Chilled Winter Cocktails; Underpinnings, Infused Liquors, Simple Syrups, Etc.; and Small Bites.
Although I didn’t test any of the recipes from this collection, several are standouts: Butterscotch Eggnog, English Christmas Punch, and an old favorite, Hot Buttered Rum.
100 Ghosts: A Gallery of Harmless Haunts by Doogie Horner (Quirk Books, $9.95)
Even though Halloween has passed, it is always fun to flirt with the idea that ghosts, like their human counterparts, come in all different shapes, sizes and personalities. This fun little book is a delightful gift idea for adults and kids alike.
Doogie Horner, writer, designer, and stand-up comedian, explores every sort of spooky apparition. Horner, based in Philadelphia, invites readers to to consider a shy ghost, one in love, perhaps in the form of a pirate.
The Geek’s Guide to Dating by Eric Smith (Quirk Books, $14.95)
Dating is never easy but especially difficult if you are a geek. I’m speaking to you if you have a closet full of licensed Star Wars merchandise, schedule your vacation to be in sync with the next new video game release, or are distracted by that girl who has just moved in down the hall.
Illustrated with whimsical 8-bit art, this guide should help geeks through all of the perils and pitfalls of dating and finding love. The seven chapters include Select Your Character: Your Quest Begins; Engage! Plotting Your Course through the Dating Realm; Do or Do not, There is No Try: Asking Her Out; Ready, Player One? Preparing for the Date; Fist Contact: The Date; Beyond Thunderdome: The Day After, and Beyond; and Boss Level: Advanced Geek Dating.