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Michael Lewis, famed sports and business author (The Blind Side, Liars Poker, The Big Short), tackles his toughest subject yet: Fatherhood. Chronicling the first few months after the birth of each of his three children, Lewis’ infectious wit and candidness provide one of the most accurate (and funny) portrayals of fatherhood I’ve ever read. Favorite moment: Lewis recalling his exhausting and excruciating father-daughter camp-out at Berkeley’s Fairy Land only to later decide that it was one of the best nights of his life.  -Casey

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Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780393338096
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 7th, 2010

The Fish Ladder is a graceful combination of memoir, nature writing and philosophic travel adventure. As a way to cope with the grief of her miscarriage, Norbury and her daughter Evie embark on a quest to walk the rivermouths of Great Britain back to their sources. Infused with stillness, literature and a love of surroundings, this also becomes a journey to trace her own life back to its origins, to her birth parents and the reason for her adoption—a thoughtful meditation on family and self.  —Melinda

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The Fish Ladder: A Journey Upstream Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781620409954
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - August 11th, 2015

The gaming world is very much in a state of crisis. No one can quite decide the best direction to take this burgeoning art form. Sixteen major players in the industry have some ideas. It was incredibly refreshing to read essays where no one treats the community like glass. We’re big kids, we can take some criticism. At its heart, this collection is a labor of love for a space we all hold dear.  --Ivy

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The State of Play: Creators and Critics on Video Game Culture Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781609806392
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Published: Seven Stories Press - October 20th, 2015

Readable, smart, and easy-to-implement, Sethi gears this book towards everyone because finance should be understandable. My favorite line: “Why does just about everything written about personal finance make me want to paint myself with honey and jump into a nest of fire ants?” —a.c.

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I Will Teach You to Be Rich Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780761147480
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Published: Workman Publishing - March 16th, 2009

Peter Brook (leading director and among the most influential 20th century artists) breaks down the relationship between theatre and its human audience, when it is essential, when it is a gift, and when it has rendered itself unnecessary. Essential for practitioners seeking relevancy, and an intriguing glimpse into the possibilities of illusion and creativity for the rest.
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Jocelyn
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The Empty Space: A Book about the Theatre: Deadly, Holy, Rough, Immediate Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780684829579
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Published: Touchstone Books - December 1st, 1995

A philosopher-turned-mechanic spectacular manifesto in defense of manual labor is disconcertingly pertinent as our lives become more digitized and our minds more numbed—and lost is the ability to make or repair anything tangible. Working with one’s hands, Shop Class demands, is the key to intellectual stimulation, economic independence, and human flourishing.

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Julia
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Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143117469
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Published: Penguin Books - April 27th, 2010

Darkly funny Kent Russell examines men and masculinity from some extremely unusual angles: a self-immunizer who regularly injects himself with snake venom; a massive gathering of the clown makeup-painted music fans who call themselves Juggalos; and firstly, and lastly, his own father. Each vignette was strange, thought-provoking, and a pleasure to read.
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Andrea
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I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780385352307
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 10th, 2015

This beautiful guide to classic and popular card games (blackjack, gin rummy) plus lesser-known ones (dou dizhu, suicide) would be an excellent addition to your vacation cabin or board-game nights this summer. Each of the 50 games is presented with rules and variations, with the objective and course of play clearly laid out. You’ll want to read it cover to cover before deciding which game to try first.    

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Andrea
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Shuffle and Deal: 50 Classic Card Games for Any Number of Players Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062385833
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Published: Harper Design - June 16th, 2015

With his combination of meticulous research and captivating writing, Jon Krakauer is my nonfiction hero. I’ve loved all his books and have been hoping for a new one. My wish has been answered with this painstakingly thorough exposé of a series of rapes and the failure of justice at the University of Montana. Infuriating, deeply human, and addressing an absolutely necessary topic, this is by far my most anticipated book of the year.

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Flannery
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Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385538732
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Published: Doubleday Books - April 21st, 2015

With keen intelligence and an exceptional elegance with words, Kate Bolick examines the pleasures and uncertainties that accompany her life-long “spinster wish”: an insatiable craving for solitude, independence, and self-knowledge, more powerful than the desire (and pressure) for romantic partnership. Spinster charts the perception of unmarried women through history, wondering why, still, an unmarried woman past child-bearing age must be making a statement.  —Julia

Simultaneously memoir, social commentary, and biography, Spinster made me seriously consider my own desires and the impact society has on them, and inspired me to start reading the work of the women discussed within. I loved this book.   —Flannery

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Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780385347136
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - April 21st, 2015

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