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Sure, I had dabbled in a little ultimate frisbee in high school, but I had not even scratched the surface of this rich subculture, equal parts rambunctious and competitive but all intensely athletic. Gessner doesn’t just report on the early days of this young sport; he brings them to life. Suddenly you are caught up in the rivalries, crammed into the team vans, swigging the celebratory beers, and reveling in the great layout catches of the day. A perfect Santa Cruz summer read. - Melinda

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Ultimate Glory: Frisbee, Obsession, and My Wild Youth Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735210561
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 6th, 2017

This wonderful book is part memoir, part adventure and nature writing, and fully a tale of inspiration and hope. In 2015, Tommy Caldwell completed what is considered one of the hardest climbs in the world: a free climb up El Capitan’s vertical wall in Yosemite—that’s 3,000 feet of balance and strength using just his fingers and toes. The Push is an incredible account of endurance as well as a deeply engrossing memoir of a once-self-conscious boy finding the obsession and drive to overcome heartbreak and disappointment in order to achieve the seemingly impossible. - S.M.C.

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ISBN: 9780399562709
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Published: Viking - May 16th, 2017

Please freeze, scream a little in the back of your throat, dance wildly, and rejoice with me over Robert Sapolsky’s new book on human behavior! A Stanford professor, lauded neuroendocrinologist, and one of the most brilliant minds in modern psychology, Sapolsky earned renown studying the physiological effects of stress. Now he tackles the big why: Why do you do what you do? - a.c.

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Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594205071
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Published: Penguin Press - May 2nd, 2017

Normally I shy away from memoirs written by poets, afraid that their style of writing won’t translate into a cohesive narrative. But Patricia Lockwood’s clever turns of phrase and eccentric personality are right at home in this book, which is primarily the story of her beer-drinking Catholic priest of a father and how growing up in this paradoxical environment shaped her life. It’s real and irreverent and will delight fans of Jenny Lawson and Mary Karr. - Louise

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ISBN: 9781594633737
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 2nd, 2017

Hilarious essays on race, gender, and pop culture by the host of CNN’s United Shades of America. Kamau is a self-proclaimed blerd (a black nerd) who writes as effortlessly about Michael Jordan and Spiderman as he does about being a cisgender male getting woke-schooled by a feminist. This book will inspire you to raise a fist in solidarity as often as it will make you laugh. - Jason

If 99.009% of the human race died tomorrow but somehow you survived, what would be your next step? For Jamie, it is a quest through the stars to make it back home. But where is home? And who are the people that make home mean something? I was entranced by this exploration of humanity at its worst and at its finest, and by the questions The Space Between the Stars so unabashedly asked. - Jax

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ISBN: 9780399585111
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Published: Berkley Books - June 13th, 2017

A book about adults growing up, Modern Lovers follows a close-knit group of longtime friends who struggle to salvage the romance of their youth while raising teens of their own. The revelation that their kids are sleeping together forces the friends to confront secrets from their past and see the flaws in their picture-perfect lives. Sweaty and sincere, Modern Lovers is a summer beach read with just the right amount of substance. - Jade

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ISBN: 9781594634680
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 30th, 2017

Nine-year-old Alex and his superhero mom Valerie make their way across the country, comic-con by comic-con, toward a future of inevitable loss. They visit the fallen heroes, wise women, and wizards of pen and ink who have all shaped the story of their lives. Pushed and pulled by so many other people’s stories, can they learn to write their own? - Cat

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ISBN: 9780399562235
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Published: Penguin Books - June 6th, 2017

There is something delightful in growing to love a curmudgeon. Gail Honeyman has us see the world through Eleanor Oliphant’s eyes. Quirky, prudish, and filled with dry wit, the world seems a bit askew and awfully rigid as Eleanor moves through it. But a chance encounter in which she is forced into helping a stranger starts Eleanor on a journey of discovering the beauty in relationship. Honeyman slowly unveils the tragedy behind how Eleanor became Eleanor. This book had me intermittently laughing, cheering, and tearing. - S.M.C.

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ISBN: 9780735220683
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - May 9th, 2017

A zany look at the dark and elusive world of psychopaths -- how to spot them, how we've tried to cure them, and how they've managed to infiltrate some of the most powerful positions in the world. Investigative journalist Jon Ronson adds the perfect amount of his trademark humor to an otherwise horrifying topic. By the end, you'll be giving everyone some serious side-eye. - Kelly

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ISBN: 9781594485756
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 1st, 2012

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