Something completely different
Now available in paperback, The Pythons: Autobiography by the Pythons is actually a fairly serious look at Britain's subversive loonies, Monty Python. Members Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam (the group's only American), Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin are Oxbridge-educated, and far more erudite than one would expect considering their penchant for gags involving dead parrots, killer sheep and cross-dressing barristers. Based on diaries and interviews, this illustrated autobiography, written by the BBC's Bob McCabe, underscores the diligence and creative chemistry behind the lunacy. Pat H. Broeske is the co-author of Howard Hughes: The Untold Story, which would also make a terrific holiday gift.