Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mystery Writing Reference - August 2021



Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Mystery Writing Reference. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. There and Back: Photographs from the Edge


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mystery Writing Reference - August 2021

The Academy Award – winning director of Free Solo and National Geographic photographer presents the first collection of his iconic adventure photography, featuring some of the greatest moments of the most accomplished climbers and outdoor athletes in the world, and including more than 200 extraordinary photographs. Filmmaker, photographer, and world-class mountaineer Jimmy Chin goes where few can follow to capture stunning images in death-defying situations. There and Back draws from his breathtaking portfolio of photographs, captured over twenty years during cutting-edge expeditions on all seven continents—from skiing Mount Everest, to an unsupported traverse of Tibet's Chang Tang Plateau on foot, to first ascents in Chad’s Ennedi Desert and Antarctica’s Queen Maud Land. Along the way, Chin shares behind-the-scenes details about how he captured such astounding images in impossible conditions, and tells the stories of the legendary adventurers and remarkable athletes he has photographed, including Alex Honnold, the star of his Academy Award–winning documentary film Free Solo ; ski mountaineer Kit DesLauriers; snowboarder Travis Rice; and mountaineers Conrad Anker and Yvon Chouinard.  These larger-than-life images, coupled with stories of outsized drive and passion, of impossible goals with life or death stakes, of partnerships forged through incredible hardship, are sure to inspire wonder and awe.

  • Author: Jimmy Chin
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (November 16, 2021)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1984859501
  • Dimensions: 9.5 x 12 inches

                 

2. Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mystery Writing Reference - August 2021

Caps for Sale is a timeless classic beloved by millions...one of the most popular picture books ever published! This picture book is an excellent choice to share at home or in the classroom, as children love chanting along with the naughty monkeys. Children will delight in following the peddler’s efforts to outwit the monkeys and will ask to read it again and again. Caps for Sale is an excellent easy-to-read book that includes repetition, patterns, and colors, perfect for early readers. This tale of a peddler and a band of mischievous monkeys is filled with warmth, humor, and simplicity and also teaches children about problem and resolution. This classic picture book will be appreciated as a birthday, baby shower, or graduation gift! It never fails to get preschoolers chanting along and giggling.

  • Author: Esphyr Slobodkina
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reissue edition (September 1, 1987)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
  • ISBN: 978-0064431439
  • Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.2 x 9.8 inches

                 

3. The Secret Wisdom of Nature: Trees, Animals, and the Extraordinary Balance of All Living Things -— Stories from Science and Observation (The Mysteries of Nature Book 3)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mystery Writing Reference - August 2021

FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREES “As you read these pages you will understand why I so admire Peter Wohlleben and am so in love with his work.” —JANE GOODALL Nature is full of surprises: deciduous trees affect the rotation of the Earth, cranes sabotage the production of Iberian ham, and coniferous forests can make it rain. But what are the processes that drive these incredible phenomena? And why do they matter? In The Secret Wisdom of Nature , master storyteller and international sensation Peter Wohlleben takes readers on a thought-provoking exploration of the vast natural systems that make life on Earth possible . In this tour of an almost unfathomable world, Wohlleben describes the fascinating interplay between animals and plants and answers such questions as: How do they influence each other? Do lifeforms communicate across species boundaries? And what happens when this finely tuned system gets out of sync? By introducing us to the latest scientific discoveries and recounting his own insights from decades of observing nature, one of the world’s most famous foresters shows us how to recapture our sense of awe so we can see the world around us with completely new eyes. Published in Partnership with the David Suzuki Institute.

  • Author: Peter Wohlleben
  • Publisher: Greystone Books (March 5, 2019)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Science & Math

                 

4. The Nag Hammadi Scriptures: The Revised and Updated Translation of Sacred Gnostic Texts Complete in One Volume


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mystery Writing Reference - August 2021

The Nag Hammadi Scriptures , edited by Marvin Meyer, is the most complete, up-to-date, one-volume, English-language edition of the renowned library of Gnostic manuscripts discovered in Egypt in 1945, which rivaled the Dead Sea Scrolls find in significance. It includes the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary, and the recently discovered Gospel of Judas, as well as other Gnostic gospels and sacred texts. This volume also includes introductory essays, notes, tables, glossary, index, etc. to help the reader understand the context and contemporary significance of these texts which have shed new light on early Christianity and ancient thought. The compilation of ancient manuscripts that constitute The Nag Hammadi Scriptures is a discovery that challenges everything we thought we knew about the early Christian church, ancient Judaism, and Greco-Roman religions.

  • Author: Marvin W. Meyer
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1st edition (May 26, 2009)
  • Genre: Christian Books & Bibles, Bible Study & Reference
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.7 inches

                 

5. The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance---What Women Should Know


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mystery Writing Reference - August 2021

The New York Times bestseller, now in paperback and updated with a new introduction Confidence. We want it. We need it. But it can be maddeningly enigmatic and out of reach. The authors of the New York Times bestseller Womenomics deconstruct this essential, elusive, and misunderstood quality and offer a blueprint for bringing more of it into our lives. Is confidence hardwired into the DNA of a lucky few, or can anyone learn it? Is it best expressed by bravado, or is there another way to show confidence? Which is more important: confidence or competence? Why do so many women, even the most successful, struggle with feelings of self-doubt? Is there a secret to channeling our inner confidence? In The Confidence Code , journalists Katty Kay and Claire Shipman travel to the frontiers of neuroscience on a hunt for the confidence gene and reveal surprising new research on its roots in our brains. They visit the world’s leading psychologists who explain how we can all choose to become more confident simply by taking action and courting risk, and how those actions change our physical wiring. They interview women leaders from the worlds of politics, sports, the military, and the arts to learn how they have tapped into this elemental resource. They examine how a lack of confidence impacts our leadership, success, and fulfillment. Ultimately, they argue, while confidence is partly influenced by genetics, it is not a fixed psychological state. That’s the good news. You won’t discover it by thinking positive thoughts or by telling yourself (or your children) that you are perfect as you are. You also won’t find it by simply squaring your shoulders and faking it. But it does require a choice: less people pleasing and perfectionism and more action, risk taking, and fast failure. Inspiring, insightful, and persuasive, The Confidence Code shows that by acting on our best instincts and by daring to be authentic, women can feel the transformative power of a life on confidence.

  • Author: Katty Kay
  • Publisher: Harper Business; Reprint edition (April 3, 2018)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
  • ISBN: 978-0062230638
  • Dimensions: 5.31 x 0.61 x 8 inches

                 



6. Zoom (Picture Puffin Books)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mystery Writing Reference - August 2021

As seen on the SERIAL podcast, season 2, episode 1 ("Dustwun")! Open this wordless book and zoom from a farm to a ship to a city street to a desert island. But if you think you know where you are, guess again. For nothing is ever as it seems in Istvan Banyai's sleek, mysterious landscapes of pictures within pictures, which will tease and delight readers of all ages. "This book has the fascinating appeal of such works of visual trickery as the Waldo and Magic Eye books." -- Kirkus Reviews "Ingenious."-- The Horn Book

  • Author: Istvan Banyai
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (July 1, 1998)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Arts, Music & Photography
  • ISBN: 978-0140557749
  • Dimensions: 7.25 x 0.24 x 8.88 inches

                 

7. The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mystery Writing Reference - August 2021

Jenna Fischer's Hollywood journey began at the age of 22 when she moved to Los Angeles from her hometown of St. Louis. With a theater degree in hand, she was determined, she was confident, she was ready to work hard. So, what could go wrong? Uh, basically everything.  The path to being a professional actor was so much more vast and competitive than she'd imagined.  It would be eight long years before she landed her iconic role on The Office , nearly a decade of frustration, struggle, rejection and doubt. If only she'd had a handbook for the aspiring actor. Or, better yet, someone to show her the way—an established actor who could educate her about the business, manage her expectations, and reassure her in those moments of despair. Jenna wants to be that person for you.    With amusing candor and wit, Fischer spells out the nuts and bolts of getting established in the profession, based on her own memorable and hilarious experiences.  She tells you how to get the right headshot, what to look for in representation, and the importance of joining forces with other like-minded artists and creating your own work—invaluable advice personally acquired from her many years of struggle.  She provides helpful hints on how to be gutsy and take risks, the tricks to good auditioning and callbacks, and how not to fall for certain scams (auditions in a guy's apartment are probably not legit—or at least not for the kind of part you're looking for!). Her inspiring, helpful guidance feels like a trusted friend who's made the journey, and has now returned to walk beside you, pointing out the pitfalls as you blaze your own path towards the life of a professional actor.

  • Author: Jenna Fischer
  • Publisher: BenBella Books (November 14, 2017)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Performing Arts
  • ISBN: 978-1944648220
  • Dimensions: 6.06 x 0.72 x 9.06 inches

                 

8. Entertaining Beautifully


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mystery Writing Reference - August 2021

An invitation into the endlessly inspiring and unique celebrations of the iconic tastemaker and hostess, this elegant entertaining book reveals how to bring beauty, style, and joy into milestone events, holidays, or everyday moments and meals. Aerin is a lifestyle legend. From an early age, she learned from her grandmother, Estée Lauder, that any occasion can be beautiful if you take the time. In the pages of this stunning book, Aerin weaves a spell as she shares memories of beloved childhood traditions as well as those she has created with family and friends using her own unique blend of luxury and ease. For the first time, Aerin also reveals how she thinks about hosting and how she sets the most gorgeous and inviting tables so that every gathering is unforgettable. Organized by season, this book encompasses more than twenty celebrations, from a spring floral dinner or a lobster-roll picnic on a boat to Thanksgiving leftovers in a log cabin and a white winter Champagne party in the city. Mini-chapters on stylish family and friends like her mother, Jo Carole Lauder; Daniel Romualdez; Caroline Sieber von Westenholz; and Maria Hummer-Tuttle reveal Aerin's own entertaining inspirations, as does an "Homage to Estée" chapter about her legendary soirées. Aerin holds back none of her secrets, her tips, and her imaginative ideas in this unparalleled, lavishly illustrated, and irresistible volume.

  • Author: Aerin Lauder
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (October 13, 2020)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
  • ISBN: 978-0847867523
  • Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.94 x 12 inches

                 

9. Star Trek: Deep Space 9 & The U.S.S Defiant Illustrated Handbook


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mystery Writing Reference - August 2021

Fourth in the series of STAR TREK ILLUSTRATED HANDBOOKS , this guide takes an in-depth look at the space station Deep Space 9 and the starship U.S.S. Defiant . The perfect gift for the Star Trek fan in your life! Exploring the former Cardassian space station in detail, this volume looks at Deep Space 9's history and operation under the command of Captain Benjamin Sisko of the United Federation of Planets. The chapters feature the station, the warship the U.S.S. Defiant, and the small, multi-purpose runabouts used as transport by the crew. With technical information from official sources, annotated exterior views and isometric illustrations of key locations, this handbook provides an extraordinary reference guide to 24th century Federation life on the diplomatic outpost. With technical information from official sources, annotated exterior views and isometric illustrations of key locations, this volume provides an extraordinary reference guide to 24th century Federation life on the diplomatic outpost.

  • Author: Simon Hugo
  • Publisher: Hero Collector; Annotated edition (February 9, 2021)
  • Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Movies
  • ISBN: 978-1858759517
  • Dimensions: 8.99 x 0.84 x 11.54 inches

                 

10. Go Team Venture!: The Art and Making of The Venture Bros.


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mystery Writing Reference - August 2021

This oversized book is the comprehensive companion to the art and making of the The Venture Bros. and includes a foreword by Patton Oswalt!  Ken Plume sits down with series creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer to have a conversation about the creation of every single episode through season six and much more. From the earliest sketches of Hank and Dean scribbled in a notebook, pitching the series to Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, learning the ins and outs of animation, character designs for each season, storyboards, painted backgrounds, behind-the-scenes recollections of how the show came together, it's all here. Features behind-the-scenes info and art covering every episode of all six seasons. Written by  Venture Bros.  creators Jackson Publik and Doc Hammer, with an introduction by Patton Oswalt. An all-encompassing look at the characters, art, history and influences of the beloved series. Never before seen Venture Bros. artwork!

  • Author: Cartoon Network
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books; Illustrated edition (July 31, 2018)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
  • ISBN: 978-1506704876
  • Dimensions: 9 x 1.41 x 12 inches