SPIRITS
Author Michael Jackson journeys to the great distilleries in Scotland and its Whiskies (Harcourt, $27.50), providing a history of the region, lush photos, and helpful tasting notes.

The Little Book of Cocktails collection — including champagne, alcohol-free, classic, and brandy cocktails — are handy essentials for the home bar (Sterling Publishing, $6.95 each).

SPORTS
Few and Chosen: Defining Yankee Greatness Across the Eras (by Whitey Ford, Triumph Books, $27.95) features a foreword by Yogi Berra and a tribute to one of America’s greatest teams.

Stuff a stocking with 100 Cunning Crosswords (by Thomas Joseph, Sterling Publishing, $5.95), which is packed with tough, but solvable, puzzles.

Hank Williams: Snapshots From the Lost Highway (by Colin Escott and Kira Florita, Da Capo Press, $35) uncovers the life of this country music great with letters, interviews, photos, and lyrics to never-recorded songs.