In Ansel Adams in the Canadian Rockies (Little, Brown, $30), follow Ansel Adams, one of America’s premier nature photographers, on his 1928 expedition with the Sierra Club. Full of breathtaking panoramic photographs, the book contains everything you’d expect from Adams: lush valleys, towering mountaintops, and awe-inspiring dances of darkness and light. Commemorating one of the earliest major projects in his artistic career, these gorgeous photographs testify to Adams’s burgeoning genius and well-trained eye for landscape images. With nearly one hundred pages of fascinating views, this book makes the perfect gift for lovers of the outdoors, photography buffs, and Adams fans the world over.
In The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets (Bloomsbury, $26,), Simon Singh applies his PhD in particle physics and his deep knowledge of mathematics to uncover the hidden magic of one of America’s most beloved cultural icons. In line with the show’s special brand of humor, Singh reveals an array of mathematic references deeply embedded throughout hundreds of episodes. Offering a new perspective to fans, Singh reveals that many of the show’s writers not only have a flair for comedy, but hold advanced degrees in mathematics as well. Ranging from the wacky world of The Simpsons to the hyper-reality of Futurama, Singh masterfully draws out the simple equations and complex theorems that have imbued the Groening universe.
For years, popular culture has pitted music fans into one of two houses of rock and roll: You’re either a Beatles fan or a Rolling Stones fan. In Beatles vs. Stones (Simon & Schuster, $26) writer and rock music fanatic John McMillian explores the celebrity, reputations, and media frenzy surrounding the historic rivalry of two of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands ever. Suggesting that the groups’ rivalry was merely a fabrication of the music industry and their managers, McMillian traverses the history and culture of the ‘60s to reflect on the public and personal relationships of the bands. From the streets of London to the arenas of the States, the book unveils the true characters of the bands; The Beatles were ruffians posed as the boys next door, the Rolling Stones were suburban gentleman made into streetfighters. Through McMillian’s painstaking research and passionate storytelling, this book stands as a refreshing take on two of the most beloved bands of all time.