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The Art of Running: Learning to Run Like a Greek By Andrea Marcolongo, Will Schutt (Translator) Cover Image
By Andrea Marcolongo, Will Schutt (Translator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9798889660330
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Europa Compass - April 2nd, 2024

A runner and a classical scholar, Marcolongo intertwines ancient history with personal memoir as she emotionally and physically prepares herself to run from Marathon to Athens. This book felt delightfully like if What I Talk about When I Talk about Running and Good for a Girl had a baby, and then that baby studied sport and wit directly from the great classic philosophers herself. Excellently written, and a must-read for runners who are also musers.


Review by Jess

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Chipped: Writing from a Skateboarder's Lens By José Vadi Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781593767556
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Soft Skull - April 16th, 2024

A memoir in essays about finding your people. José Vadi takes you into the culture of skateboarding and illustrates a rich history that is often overlooked. Even if you know nothing about skateboarding, you will find something for you in this book.  

 


Review by Rosa

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Surfing. 1778-Today. 40th Ed. By Jim Heimann (Editor) Cover Image
By Jim Heimann (Editor)
$30.00
ISBN: 9783836591461
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Taschen - September 13th, 2023

Yes, surfing is cool, but did you know just how cool? Peek inside for an encyclopedia of grainy old photos, vintage advertisements, sleek swimwear, and an extensive collection of writing on the history and lifestyle of the sport. Perfect as a gift.


Review by Connor

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Fly: The Big Book of Basketball Fashion By Mitchell S. Jackson Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781648290923
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Artisan - September 5th, 2023

Oversized suit jackets, cable-knit crewnecks, long fur coats, diamond chains, colorful glasses, Air Jordans and Chuck Taylors – these are the ingredients of basketball style. Mitchell S. Jackson’s Fly carves out six visual eras of the sport’s history and ties each one to the politics and culture of the time. This is no mere photo book, though. If you aren't a basketball fan, pickup Fly and look for yourself – Jackson’s captions might just do the trick. Among my favorites are: “Michael Jordan, 1985 Slam Dunk Contest. Was it the shoes?” (p. 100); “All knit, no problem,” (p. 170); “The texture on that suit is straight sophisticated,” (p. 189); “Baby, I’m a star.” (p. 217).
 


Review by Zac

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The Bromance Book Club By Lyssa Kay Adams Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781984806093
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Berkley - November 5th, 2019

The best night of Gavin's life? When he hit a grand slam for the Nashville League.  His worst night? That evening, when he learns his wife had been faking orgasms. In the aftermath, Gavin's best friend Del promises to help - as long as he courts Thea and saves his marriage using a romance novel for inspiration. All the ballplayers in their secret book club swear by the historicals so, lo and behold, he woos Thea and she doesn't completely hate his guts. 

A second-chance trope romance that is witty, woke, and fun. Make it a book club of your own: read it and pass it on to your S.O.! Are you really gonna say no to a bunch of fit, sexy MLB players reading steamy romance novels to better understand women? 



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Fence Vol. 1 By C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad (Illustrator), Rebecca Nalty (With) Cover Image
By C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad (Illustrator), Rebecca Nalty (With)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781684151929
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: BOOM! Box - July 31st, 2018

Take:

  • Cutthroat competion
  • Heartthrob athletes in various states of (un)dress
  • Painfully well-executed cliffhangers
  • Rivalry rife with sexual tension

and you get this cheeky, enthralling, character-driven volume for those who wish the Rocky movies were a little gayer.



Tiger Woods By Jeff Benedict, Armen Keteyian Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9781501126444
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Simon & Schuster - April 2nd, 2019

At 42 years old, a 500-page biography naturally seems a bit premature in telling his complete life story, but Tiger's life since birth has truly been extraordinary. Not just for golf fans, this book reads like a Shakespearean tragedy. Absolutely one of the most compelling biographies I've read in a long time. 


Review by Kalani