Need to know Three new illustrated compendiums will up your savvy about several subjects.
The Book of Jezebel: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Lady Things (Grand Central) by Anna Holmes is drawn from the smart, funny, trivial and serious website jezebel.com; women will laugh, and men who don't should be sent away.
Food Rules: An Eater's Manual (Penguin) by Michael Pollan, with illustrations by Maira Kalman, is an expanded version of Pollan's eminently sensible 2009 bestseller, spiced with Kalman's always charming art.
Wordbirds: An Irreverent Lexicon for the 21st Century (Simon & Schuster) by Liesl Schillinger, with illustrations by Elizabeth Zechel, assembles a useful and witty array of neologisms, like "polterguy" for the ex-boyfriend who haunts you and "factose intolerant" for pesky dinner guests who are always imagining they're allergic to different foods.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor