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A stalwart on the music scene since 1976, Elvis Costello is one of the most enduring and iconic musicians of the British punk movement. His work is an eclectic mix marked by a wide array of influences, and his impact can be heard everywhere. This introspective memoir chronicles his life and music and includes commentary from his friends and family. He has some very interesting stories to tell.  —Flannery

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Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399167256
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Published: Blue Rider Press - October 13th, 2015

Sarah Ruhl is one of the foremost playwrights of our generation, blurring the lines between dreams and reality to explore the truths of our society in new ways. Here she approaches her ideas more directly, writing “essays” (in the loosest and shortest sense of the term) that examine the magic and nature of theatre, writing, art, and being an audience member—and a human. No matter your relationship to theatre, there is something in here for you.  —Jocelyn

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100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and Theater Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780865478145
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Published: Faber & Faber - September 2nd, 2014

I am an unabashed Harry Potter lover, as my tattoo and multi-set collection of the books would attest to, so I’m thrilled with every new release. In Harry Potter: The Character Vault, the journey of the characters from page to screen is highlighted in glorious detail. Filled with concept art, costumes, never-before-seen photos, and behind-the-scenes stories, this is a treasure trove for any Potter fan. The amazing concept art alone is worth the price!  —Flannery

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Harry Potter: The Character Vault Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062407443
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Published: Harper Design - October 27th, 2015

Star Wars is so much more than movies. Chris Taylor dives into the origins of the world’s largest franchise while exploring its current myriad facets. From the origins of modern science fiction, we jump between the story of George Lucas and his influences, and vignettes of the fans, enemies, and true believers who have made Star Wars a way of life. A fascinating and complex exploration.  —Jocelyn

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How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780465089987
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Published: Basic Books (AZ) - September 30th, 2014

Who better to write a book about the most pivotal plays in Super Bowl history than Super Bowl MVP (and the greatest receiver of all time) Jerry Rice? In 50 Years, 50 Moments, Rice features his list of the most iconic, strategic and record-breaking moments in football history, complete with memories and insights directly from many of the athletes and coaches involved. From unforgettable catches and interceptions to fumbles and touchdowns, this celebration of Super Sunday will thrill any football fan.  —S.B.

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50 Years, 50 Moments: The Most Unforgettable Plays in Super Bowl History Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062302601
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Published: Dey Street Books - November 3rd, 2015

Whether you’re a diehard EPL fan or just kicking the ball around a bit, you’ll love this fun collection of soccer terms and gestures. Culling directly from the mouths of British commentators, fans, players, managers, and the action on the field, Hurrey opens up the game, illuminating truths and absurdities. Complete with diagrams for diving and the inevitable stages of transfer talks, Hurrey really hammers one home with this one!  —Melinda

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ISBN: 9780143128526
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Published: Penguin Books - September 1st, 2015

This is the incredible story that begins in 1937 of a dreamer, a school teacher–turned-swim-coach in Maui and his team of impoverished “ditch kids,” the children of Japanese-American sugar plantation workers who trained in irrigation ditches and dared to dream of Olympic gold, despite the obstacles of war and discrimination. Thoroughly researched and fully fleshed out, The Three-Year Swim Club brings these swimmers to life in a most inspired way, elucidating a fascinating time in U.S. history and the human will to become its heroes.  —Melinda

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The Three-Year Swim Club: The Untold Story of Maui's Sugar Ditch Kids and Their Quest for Olympic Glory Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781455523443
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 27th, 2015

In this awesome collection, award-winning photographer Jonathan Mehring takes us from New York to Hong Kong to Istanbul and beyond as he sets out to capture the heart and soul of skate culture on six continents. I was totally fascinated by this visual travelogue which shows that—no matter the diversity of landscapes, people, and resources—the exhilaration of skateboarding is universal.  —S.B.

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Skate the World: Photographing One World of Skateboarding Cover Image
By Jonathan Mehring, Tony Hawk (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781426213960
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Published: National Geographic Society - October 6th, 2015

Given our proximity to Silicon Valley, most Santa Cruz dads are constantly searching for ways to bring innovation to parenting. Ken Denmead, who couldn’t bear to play Candyland one more time with his five children, had similar aspirations when he launched a Wired blog soliciting ideas to bridge the divide between kids games and all things geeky. Presto! Millions of tips later, Denmead compiled Geek Dad and The Geek Dad’s Guide to Weekend Fun, both filled with the best geeky activities to do with your children. Super- cool projects include electronic origami, making your own cartoons, pirate cartography and wind-up toy finger painting. Two books that both fathers and kids will enjoy.  -Casey

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Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781592405527
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Published: Avery Publishing Group - May 4th, 2010

For analytical dads who want to parent based on facts and the latest research, Nurture Shock will both inform and entertain. Focusing on the latest neurobiological facts about child development, Bronson and Merryman dispel the usefulness of many modern parenting strategies while they untangle issues related to sibling relationships, lying, teen rebellion and childhood intelligence. Slate.com calls it “a highly readable Malcolm Gladwell-esque look at the social science of child rearing” while the Huffington Post says “it will knock your socks off.”  -Casey

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NurtureShock: New Thinking about Children Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780446504133
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Published: Twelve - January 5th, 2011

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