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What was Michael Jordan’s best season? Who was the greatest dunker ever? These and other explorations of hoops make this book so much fun. I totally geeked out on the Franken-player section, where you can combine the skills and attributes of multiple players to design a super-baller. (Mine got Steph Curry’s jumper.) It also has super cool illustrations. A must-have for anyone who loves sports. - Jason

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Basketball (and Other Things): A Collection of Questions Asked, Answered, Illustrated Cover Image
By Shea Serrano, Arturo Torres (Illustrator), Reggie Miller (Foreword by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781419726477
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Published: Abrams Image - October 10th, 2017

In 1928, women were permitted to participate at the Olympics in track and field for the first time. This book recounts the careers of the women who were there and those who followed in their footsteps. These women overcame immense physical, mental, and social obstacles to pursue a sport they loved. It’s a fascinating and rarely told part of history. - Jade

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Fire on the Track: Betty Robinson and the Triumph of the Early Olympic Women Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781101906156
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - October 17th, 2017

This is the soccer book I’ve been waiting for! Oxenham, who played for Santos FC in Brazil, takes us on an intimate tour of women’s soccer around the world. She follows Allie Long, who moonlights in underground men’s leagues, and Marta, the lesser known Brazilian Número 10, and others through Europe, Russia, refugee camps, motherhood, and more. It’s an engaging look at their real life struggles and passion, always their passion. - Melinda

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Under the Lights and in the Dark: Untold Stories of Womenas Soccer Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781785781537
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Published: Icon Books - September 5th, 2017

Bushido is the philosophy of the samurai, and the Hagakure is their bible. The concise collection of sayings and guidelines will teach you all the essentials of the chaste warrior: to keep your speech short, your intentions noble, and remind you to follow through with your sword strokes, lest you be embarrassed by the executed man’s head dangling comically from a shred of skin. - Aric

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Hagakure (Shambhala Pocket Classic): The Book of the Samurai Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781611801873
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Published: Shambhala - December 2nd, 2014

When a warrior reaches a ripe old age and retires, you can bet your sword arm that they were good at their job. And when, after examining their life, they write down the reasons they survived as long as they did, you’d better read it. You may not be a killer, but the philosophy of a successful one can be applied to any discipline. - Aric

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The Book of Five Rings: A Classic Text on the Japanese Way of the Sword Cover Image
By Miyamoto Musashi, Thomas Cleary (Translator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781590302484
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Published: Shambhala - January 11th, 2005

When Matt Warshaw, the former editor of Surfer magazine, published The History of Surfing seven years ago, it was a behemoth of information, enough to weigh down a coffee table or hold open a door. Now he has honed and curated his magnum opus into a perfect, accessible, fascinating collection of surf history and culture: portable and updated. Every surfer should own a copy. - Melinda

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A Brief History of Surfing Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781452151946
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 7th, 2017

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
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735210561
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 6th, 2017

If you’ve watched the Golden State Warriors in the last couple years, it’s likely you have fallen for the charm of Stephen Curry, whose incredible 3-pointers look effortless and whose smile is infectious. In Golden, Marcus Thompson II explores Curry’s rise to the top of the NBA and the ways in which he has changed professional basketball. Thompson moves smoothly from one area of Steph’s life to another: from his youth on the court to his family (his father was an NBA star himself, and his wife Ayesha and their children have their own following), to his ethos as a player. Reading Golden has me watching games differently, more closely attuned to the plays on the court, more appreciative of the players—not just Steph or the Warriors favorites, but also those on other teams and the coaches, too. - Chorel

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Golden: The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501147838
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Published: Touchstone Books - April 11th, 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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The Push: A Climber's Journey of Endurance, Risk, and Going Beyond Limits Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780399562709
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Published: Viking - May 16th, 2017

At long last, a book about the A’s! And not just any A’s, but the rowdy championship team of the 1970’s. From the drama behind the scenes and on the field to the mustaches and garish uniforms, Turbow brings the larger than life personalities of the team to life while charting their rise and fall, making this a rollicking ride through one of the most entertaining team’s baseball has ever boasted. - Flannery

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Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic: Reggie, Rollie, Catfish, and Charlie Finley's Swingin' A's Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780544303171
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 7th, 2017

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