Curious Non-Fiction


The Book of Five Rings (1645):

“Here is one of the most influential texts on the subtle arts of confrontation and victory ever to emerge from Asia. Composed in 1643 by the famed duelist and undefeated samurai Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings analyzes the process of struggle and mastery over conflict that underlies every level of human interaction.”


Alchemy & Mysticism (1997):

“A fantastic journey through the history of esoteric lore: the great work of the alchemists. The Hermetic Museum takes its readers on a magical mystery tour spanning an arc from the medieval cosmogram and images of Christian mysticism, through the fascinating world of alchemy to the art of the Romantic era.”


The Book of Answers (1999):

“Should you ask your boss for a raise Call that cute guy you met at a party Sell your Yahoo! stock Tell your best friend her boyfriend’s cheating on her Wouldn’t it be nice to have a handy method of handling some of life’s more pressing dilemmas The answer to that question (and hundreds of others) is in this unique little book that’s impossible to put down.”


A Book of Surrealist Games (2003):

“This delightful collection allows everyone to enjoy firsthand the provocative methods used by the artists and poets of the Surrealist school to break through conventional thought and behavior to a deeper truth. Invented and played by such artists as André Breton, Rene Magritte, and Max Ernst, these gems still produce results ranging from the hilarious to the mysterious and profound.”



Wicked Plants (2009):

“A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glistening red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a vine that strangles; and a leaf that triggered a war. In Wicked Plants, Stewart takes on over two hundred of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations. It’s an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend. You’ll learn which plants to avoid (like exploding shrubs), which plants make themselves exceedingly unwelcome (like the vine that ate the South), and which ones have been killing for centuries.”


Curious Lists (2009):

“Charming, comical, and unquestionably curious, this encyclopedic journal of unusual list topics is the perfect kick-start for creative minds of any age. Featuring whimsical illustrations and room for creating over 300 personalized lists on themes ranging from “Fruits One Can Balance on One’s Head” to “Occasions for Baking a Cake” this one-of-a-kind journal is the perfect gift for any artist, writer, or otherwise impossibly imaginative individual!”