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Travel, Adventure, & Sports from our 2020 Summer Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2020 Summer Newsletter.

24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid by Willie Mays, with John Shea

The legendary Willie Mays, known for both his Hall of Fame baseball career and his charitable work and generosity in spending time with young players, has given us yet another gift with this wonderful memoir. In 24 chapters (to correspond with his uniform number), the baseball legend shares stories from his life as talks about his philosophy on sports. As a huge Giants fan, I have heard for many years about the joy of listening to Mays tell tales about his career and share his advice about life and have always wished I could sit in on one of those conversations. This book is certainly the next best thing.

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By Willie Mays, John Shea, Bob Costas (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781250230423
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Published: St. Martin's Press - May 12th, 2020

A Beginner’s Guide to Japan Observations and Provocations by Pico Iyer

Like a timeless literary novel, the depth and complexity of Japanese culture only becomes apparent when one immerses themselves in it. In A Beginner’s Guide to Japan, the companion to Autumn Light, the celebrated journalist Pico Iyer shares his thoughts and observations about the land of the rising sun and its people in short, contemplative vignettes that touch on a multitude of seemingly disparate aspects of Japanese culture, from vending machines to sex to grammar. 

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ISBN: 9781101973479
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Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2020

Intangibles Unlocking the Science and Soul of Team Chemistry by Joan Ryan

Team chemistry makes or breaks a team. That’s my takeaway from sports columnist Joan Ryan’s fascinating new book, Intangibles. Inspired by the 1989 San Francisco Giants’ improbable run to the World Series, Ryan spent the last 10 years looking at all kinds of players, from superstars to journeymen, to uncover the archetypal roles they serve on their teams: the sparkplug, the sage, the kid, the enforcer, the buddy, the jester, the warrior. The chemistry that comes from that magical mix of players who inspire, support, and believe in each other can’t manufacture talent, but it does maximize whatever talent a team has. And you’re not going to go far without it. 

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ISBN: 9780316434935
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 28th, 2020

Revolutions How Women Changed the World on Two Wheels by Hannah Ross

This unique book rather defies description: part introduction to the history of bicycles and cycling, part history of feminist moments and movements through the lens of cycling, part history of women’s cycling in the Western world, and a dizzying panoply and who’s who of remarkable historical and present-day women. Hannah Ross guides us through it all with clear prose, wry wit, and a passion for the sport and for righting the inequalities that still plague it.

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ISBN: 9780593083604
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Published: Plume - June 9th, 2020

Scenic Science of the National Parks An Explorer’s Guide to Wildlife, Geology, and Botany by Emily Hoff & Maygen Keller

With this charming book in hand, you will never experience the National Parks the same way again, even if you don’t leave your house. Hoff and Keller approach the 60 national parks they selected for their guidebook in such a delightful, inquisitive, and responsible way that one can’t help but be fascinated and appreciative all at once. There is so much off-beat information packed into this fully illustrated book that a person can explore the parks to their utter content. There are also passport stamps to be collected for each park, so let the adventuring begin!

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ISBN: 9781984856302
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Published: Ten Speed Press - March 31st, 2020

On Lighthouses by Jazmina Barrera

Both in life and in literature, lighthouses have always functioned as so much more than bringers of light. In this lovely little tome, translated from the Spanish by Christina MacSweeney, Barrera illuminates different lighthouses around the world, her experiences with them, and explores the ways we engage with these bastions at the edge of the darkness. Part travelogue and microhistory, memoir and literary criticism, this is creative nonfiction at its best, at once intimate and all-encompassing.

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ISBN: 9781949641011
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Published: Two Lines Press - May 12th, 2020

Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui

Through the vehicle of swimming, about which she is passionate, Tsui explores the origins of our relationship to water, tells story after story of the role of swimming across cultures and history, discusses aspects of racism and other forms of exclusion in access to swimming, and writes of the seductiveness of water and being able to dive deeply and exuberantly into it, move through it with strength and ease—relative to our funny, nonamphibious bodies—and respect the powerfulness and impersonalness of water at once. —A.P.

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ISBN: 9781616207861
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 14th, 2020

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