Book: The Blue Tarp Bible

Perhaps even more important than reading weather is knowing how to properly use that ubiquitous sapphire sheet covering wood piles and old cars across the country. The Blue Tarp Bible (Mountaineers Books, $13) by Ron C. Judd is a humorous look at alternative uses of the famous blue tarp, from Blue-Collar Toboggan to Poor Man-s Slip 'N' Slide. This is a fun book with some useful, if wacky, applications of the "fabric that binds America."