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10 Bizarre Coloring Books for Adults

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Psst! Got any crayons? You'll want a box when you see how much fun adults can have with coloring books designed just for those of a certain age. And please try to stay within the lines.

1. The Lowrider Coloring Book

The Lowrider Coloring Book contains illustrations of the most popular cars used in lowrider culture. Just by reading the blurb for the coloring book, I learned that hydraulic lifts for cars were developed to get around laws in California that banned lowriding cars -it enabled them to "get legal" in a hurry! Strangely, the coloring book is published in Sweden. See a promotional video for the book. Buy it on Amazon.

2. Fat Ladies in Spaaaaace

The entire title is Fat Ladies in Spaaaaace: a body-positive coloring book by Theo Nicole Lorenz. The coloring pages have 18 "fat scifi heroines" experiencing adventures in space and saving lives wherever they go. Buy it on Amazon.

3. Gangsta Rap Coloring Book

Your favorite rap artists from the beginning of the music genre are here in The Gangsta Rap Coloring Book by Aye Jay Moreno. If you bought the first edition in 2004, be aware that it has been expanded to 48 pages with the addition of newer rap stars. See more pictures from the book. Buy it on Amazon.

However, you can print out pages from a Tumblr blog featuring rap artists in a slightly different light at Bun B's Jumbo Coloring And Rap Activity blog. Each picture has suggested music to listen to while you color the pages in.

4. Heavy Metal Fun Time Activity Book

The Heavy Metal Fun Time Activity Book is more than a coloring book, although it has coloring pages in it featuring Henry Rollins, Iggy Pop, Motörhead, Guns 'n' Roses, Iron Maiden, and others. Color in tattoos, connect the dots, match the band members, and other fun activities await metal fans of all ages! Buy it on Amazon.

5. Color of Dissent

Color of Dissent is a coloring book and a history lesson. It contains 28 line portraits of Americans who were persecuted for speaking out against injustice such as John Brown, Henry David Thoreau, Geronimo, Lucy Parsons, Eugene Debs, Emma Goldman, and others you may not be so familiar with. Half the proceeds from the sale of this coloring book go to Books To Prisoners. Buy it here.

6. The Romanti-Goth A to Z Coloring Book

Got plenty of black crayons? You'll need them for The Romanti-Goth A to Z Coloring Book, which is an alphabetized illustration of 26 goth terms, illustrated by Heather Stanley.

Here, honored in full glory, are twenty six specifically chosen images of a Lace and Corset wearing world which is populated by those who find a Graveyard to be the perfect place for a picnic, Thirteen cats to be the perfect pets, and everyday to be Halloween.

Buy it on Amazon.

7. Torture: A Ruthless Visual Survey

Probably the only coloring book ever to deal with the subject of torture, Torture: A Ruthless Visual Survey has 40 pages of gruesome black and white drawings of torture methods through the ages. Buy it on Amazon.

8. Coloring Book for Lawyers

The Coloring Book for Lawyers takes you through a typical workday in the life a typical lawyer. It is a free download if you want to start coloring now!

9. Unicorns Are Jerks

Another coloring book by Theo Nicole Lorenz, the full title is Unicorns Are Jerks: a coloring book exposing the cold, hard, sparkly truth. The description reads:

Unicorns think they're so great because they're all mysterious and magical, but they can be real jerks sometimes. This coloring book features eighteen examples of unicorns texting in theaters, farting in elevators, eating your leftovers, and generally acting like jerks.

Buy it on Amazon.

10. Thrill Murray

Thrill Murray is a coloring book based on the career of actor Bill Murray. As far as coloring books go, this has both variety and a high cool factor. Produced by Belly Kids, it is a compilation of drawings by 24 different artists. Buy it on Amazon.

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A Hamilton-Themed Cookbook is Coming
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Hamilton Broadway

Fans of Broadway hit Hamilton will soon be able to dine like the Founding Fathers: As Eater reports, a new Alexander Hamilton-inspired cookbook is slated for release in fall 2017.

Cover art for Laura Kumin's forthcoming cookbook

Called The Hamilton Cookbook: Cooking, Eating, and Entertaining in Hamilton’s World, the recipe collection by author Laura Kumin “takes you into Hamilton’s home and to his table, with historical information, recipes, and tips on how you can prepare food and serve the food that our founding fathers enjoyed in their day,” according to the Amazon description. It also recounts Hamilton’s favorite dishes, how he enjoyed them, and which ingredients were used.

Recipes included are cauliflower florets two ways, fried sausages and apples, gingerbread cake, and apple pie. (Cue the "young, scrappy, and hungry" references.) The cookbook’s official release is on November 21—but until then, you can stave off your appetite for all things Hamilton-related by downloading the musical’s new app.

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New Tolkien-Themed Botany Book Describes the Plants of Middle-Earth
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While reading The Lord of the Rings saga, it's hard not to notice J.R.R. Tolkien’s clear love of nature. The books are replete with descriptions of lush foliage, rolling prairies, and coniferous forests. A new botany book builds on that knowledge. Entertainment Weekly reports that Flora of Middle-Earth: Plants of J.R.R. Tolkien's Legendarium provides fantasy-loving naturalists with a round-up of plants that grow in Middle-earth.

Written by University of Florida botanist Walter Judd, the book explores the ecology, etymology, and importance of over 160 plants. Many are either real—coffee, barley, wheat, etc.—or based on real-life species. (For example, pipe-weed may be tobacco, and mallorns are large trees similar to beech trees.)

Using his botany background, Judd explores why Tolkien may have felt compelled to include each in his fantasy world. His analyses are paired with woodcut-style drawings by artist Graham Judd, which depict Middle-earth's flowers, vegetables, fruits, herbs, and shrubs in their "natural" environments.

[h/t Entertainment Weekly]


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