Harper: The Snakes by Sadie Jones

Rediscover: The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook

How do you survive if your parachute fails to open? How do you land a plane if the pilot has been incapacitated? How do you wrestle free from an alligator? For 20 years, The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht has provided solutions to these and other dire scenarios. With expert advice and simple illustrations, The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook makes dangerous situations more survivable--with a little preparation. For example, the method to escaping quicksand involves already having a sturdy pole on hand. No pole? Goodbye.

The Worst-Case Scenario series has spawned a multimedia franchise of spinoff books, games, calendars and two short-lived TV shows. These other related titles cover everything from traveling, weddings, and college to paranormal encounters. On April 30, Chronicle Books published an expanded 20th-anniversary edition called The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Expert Advice for Extreme Situations ($18.95, 9781452172187), with updates for the modern era, such as how to survive a drone attack or escape a rampaging autonomous car. --Tobias Mutter