Believe it or not, even after the debut of’s Kindle virtual book, there are still publishers of good ‘ol fashioned pressed wood pulp that are turning the heads of techies and DIYers. From the publisher of Mama Knows Breast (Andi Silverman), comes a book list filled with irreverent reference books or “irreference” (sic) as David Borgenicht, president of Quirk Books likes to call his imprint.

This holiday season check out these “how to” titles: Cube Chic (Kelley L. Moore), Field Guide to Tools (John Kelsey), Pocket Dad (Dina and Bob Fayer), and the particularly clandestine Spy’s Guide: Office Espionage (H. Keith Melton, Craig Philigian, and Duane Swierczynski) for all of your workplace hacking needs. Happy reading. —Dave Prochnow

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