Unless I'm missed it - and Google isn't working properly - not much has been posted on the site about Erika Knight's new book Men's Knits, A New Direction. I picked a copy up last night at my LYS last night and think it's great.
I'm totally in love with a bulky zip-up cardigan with a shawl-collar which is the ultimate in warm, casual clothing, with enough stitch variation to be interesting to knit and easy on the eye. Suggested yarns are all natural and towards the quality end of the spectrum, and newer fibres, including bamboo, get a look-in. Bulky yarns are well represented, but lighter-weight yarns aren't forgotten. Something for everyone in fact.
It's also a good looking book, with nice contemporary photographs and (mostly) handsome models in the garments. Erika's writing is as enthusiastic as it is colourful. A couple of the designs aren't to my taste, including the External Seam Sweatshirt, but they may appeal to you.
Whether this book is "a new direction" for men's knitting, is debatable, but it does contain 20 contemporary designs (mostly sweaters and cardigans), and modern interpretations of classic shapes. My biggest disappointment is that all the sweaters are knitted flat and seamed. Circular needles are so popular at the moment that I'm surprised that the book doesn't use them, apart from a scarf knitted width-ways on a long circular. Some of us - myself included - really don't like seaming a garment when we could get away with knitting it in once piece.
I'm tempted to say that no self-respecting male-knitter should be without a copy of Men's Knits on their bookshelves or bedside tables. Buy it at amazon.com or amazon.co.uk depending on you location (other merchants are available etc).