Here are a few of our favorite Humor & Entertainment titles this month. See more editors' picks in the Best Books of the Month.
Here are two items I will admit to owning: Number one is a 1975 first edition Star Fleet Technical Manual, a compendium of everything from uniform insignia specs to schematics for transporters and tricorders. The second is a full set of U.S.S. Enterprise blueprints, neatly packaged in a clear vinyl bag and in the same condition as I received them over four decades ago. (We'll leave my long-lost Kirk and Spock dolls for a future discussion.) So while I'm not much of a science fiction fan these days, I do get a little sense of frisson when I see a book like The Star Trek Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained), a survey of more than 50 years of Star Trek in all of its incarnations, including explorations of all of its new worlds and civilizations, as well as its technology--not just the fantastical, but also real-world examples that the iconic series foresaw. Happy Father's Day, Trekker Dads.
Okay: I was not here; I did not say this. Onto more of the best books of the month in Humor & Entertainment.
By the customer comments on this one, actor Jenny Mollen (Angel, Girls, etc.) is a polarizing figure. So either you'll find the actor's collection of frank, self-effacing sketches of motherhood and other inconveniences of adulthood insufferably shallow or inescapably hilarious. In either case Mollen is certainly unafraid to admit her own fallibility and insecurities, and many others who allow themselves the same will relate.
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