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Home of the biggest rideable wave on the face of the earth, the fabled Cortes Bank rises from the depths of the North Pacific and is the most enigmatic and dangerous rock in the sea. “Ghost Wave takes us to a place of almost mythic power and tells a story that unfolds like a long ride on a killer wave. I can't imagine doing what those surfers are doing out there on Cortes Bank—and I can’t imagine a finer book about them. This is a beautifully researched and compellingly written book. I read it straight through from the first page.” —Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm

Ghost Wave: The Discovery of Cortes Bank and the Biggest Wave on Earth Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780811876285
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Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - October 12th, 2011

Ellen DeGeneres is one of the funniest stand-up comics in the business. Her brain works in wonderful and mysterious ways; her imagination is terrific; and her timing is impeccable. She also happens to be incredibly charming and adorable, which doesn’t hurt. In her new book, Seriously…I’m Kidding (which, by the way, is one of my favorite titles ever), DeGeneres entertains us with more of her random thoughts and feelings on a range of topics from gambling to the secret of life. Interesting, thought-provoking and, most importantly, funny, you should put this book on your list of “things to read when I’m having a crappy day.”

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George
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$26.99
ISBN: 9780446585026
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 4th, 2011

Godzilla, The Creature From The Black Lagoon, chupacabras, werewolves—they’ve all got their stories to tell. From one of The Colbert Report’s best writers we now have Sad Monsters; a window into the dangerously misunderstood psyches of our favorite horrors who are experiencing everything from body image issues to existential crisis. You’ll be laughing from cover to cover, and maybe—cautiously—wanting to give them a hug.

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Erin
Sad Monsters: Growling on the Outside, Crying on the Inside Cover Image
By Frank Lesser, Willie Real (Illustrator)
$14.00
ISBN: 9780452297395
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Published: Plume Books - September 27th, 2011

What could The Daily Show with Jon Stewart correspondent John Hodgman possibly contribute to humanity after writing not one, but two exhaustive compendia of complete world knowledge? After teaching us how to tell the future using a pig spleen and publishing the definitive list of 700 hobo names, he now brings us...a third compendium of complete world knowledge, explaining, for instance, how it is that a helicopter achieves flight (by rapidly twisting gravity). Your complete knowledge is simply incomplete without it.

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Joe
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$25.00
ISBN: 9780525952442
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Published: Dutton Adult - November 1st, 2011

Bestselling author Calvin Trillin—humorist, poet, and longtime writer for the New Yorker and The Nation—handpicked this collection of song lyrics, comic verse, and essays that highlight his best humorous work. “Trillin dances around a subject, examines it from different angles, and often finds fun in the commonplace throughout this huge and hilarious comedic compendium.” —Publishers Weekly

Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781400069828
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Published: Random House - September 13th, 2011

If you read last year’s Finishing the Hat, the first volume of Sondheim’s work, I’m pretty sure I won’t have to talk you into this one. This time around, Sondheim talks about how he composed the lyrics for more recent musicals like Sundays in the Park with George and Into the Woods. Even those who aren’t Sondheim fans, or fans of musicals in general, will find a lot to reflect on in Sondheim’s analysis and sometimes outright criticism of his own work. A good song is one thing—but how it furthers the work as a whole is Sondheim’s chief criterion.

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Seana
Look, I Made a Hat: Collected Lyrics (1981-2011) with Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Digressions, Anecdotes and Mi Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9780307593412
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - November 22nd, 2011

It’s been said that ballet is the art of making the most unnatural movements look not only natural but also beautiful. Apollo’s Angels, by dance critic and former ballerina Jennifer Homans, is a love letter to this enigmatic and ethereal form, from its seeds as court entertainment to the apotheosis of classical ballet in New York City with the incomparable Balanchine. A lovely history for the devoted fan, and a powerful persuasion for anyone to become one.

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Jocelyn
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$22.00
ISBN: 9780812968743
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Published: Random House Trade - November 29th, 2011

Okay, I admit it: I don’t actually play the guitar, but I do own one—a decent Yamaha acoustic that I bought at a garage sale from some guy who obviously didn’t play it either. But that doesn’t mean I don’t love guitars! In fact, I do. And if you or someone you know does too, then check out this beautiful book. Filled with images and specs of hundreds of amazing guitars (both acoustic and electric) it’s a wonderful collection for anyone—professional, amateur, or wannabe—who has an appreciation for one of the world’s most popular musical instruments.

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George
Guitars Illustrated: A Stunning Visual Catalog Charting the Origins of Over 200 of the Most Influential Makes and Models [With Poster] Cover Image
By Terry Burrows, Zakk Wylde (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780823082698
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Published: Billboard Books - October 4th, 2011

Bringing the same wit and hilarity that she did to her previous book, Wishful Drinking, Shockaholic is actress Carrie Fisher’s juicy account of her life, focusing more on the Star Wars years. It’s also about the phenomenal relationship she has with her mom, Debbie Reynolds, and the various Hollywood friendships she’s formed since she was chosen to play Princess Leia at only 19 years old. Oh, and it covers her electro-convulsive shock therapy. Which it turns out she loves.

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ISBN: 9780743264822
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 1st, 2011

My very favorite television show is not a weekly sitcom or drama; in fact, it’s only shown once a year. It is The Kennedy Center Honors, a vibrant and moving celebration of the performing arts. But the show highlights only one night at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a stage that has been an incubator and springboard for some of the most memorable and important theater, dance, opera, and musical productions of the past four decades. This terrific new book celebrates many of the notable plays, ballets, and concerts—including those by Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Agnes DeMille, Jerome Robbins, Aaron Copland, John Cage, and Tony Bennett—that have made the Center a national treasure.

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S.B.
The Nation's Stage: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 1971-2011 Cover Image
By Michael Dolan, Michael Kaiser (Foreword by), David M. Rubenstein (Foreword by)
$40.00
ISBN: 9781451629446
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 22nd, 2011

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