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Go Home, Ricky!: A Novel by Gene Kwak - Book Review

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781419753619
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 19th, 2021

A literary novel that takes professional wrestling seriously, what more could you ask for? Ricky TwoHatchet is an independent wrestler, with his eyes set on success. That all comes to a halt when he suffers a major injury in one of his matches. Now directionless, Ricky stumbles through the darkened hallways of life, seeking his place in the world. A unique, propulsive read that readers looking for something a bit different will enjoy. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


Murakami T: The T-Shirts I Love by Haruki Murakami - Book Review

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By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translated by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780593320426
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Published: Knopf - November 23rd, 2021

A slim novel with a mighty punch. This Book Prize-winning title has gotten somewhat of a mixed reception over the years, but I found it totally engrossing and read it in one sitting. A Murakami-esque tale of an older gentleman ruminating on dead friends, loves lost, and the obscured memories that bind them all together. One of those books I loved despite not finding any of the characters particularly appealing, but that's life, isn't it? ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


The Sense of an Ending (Vintage International) by Julian Barnes - Book Review

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780307947727
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Published: Vintage - May 29th, 2012

A slim novel with a mighty punch. This Booker Prize-winning title has gotten somewhat of a mixed reception over the years, but I found it totally engrossing and read it in one sitting. A Murakami-esque tale of an older gentleman ruminating on dead friends, loves lost, and the obscured memories that bind them all together. One of those books I loved despite not finding any of the characters particularly appealing, but that's life, isn't it? ~ Reviewed by Christopher Linendoll


MOX by Jon Moxley - Book Review

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781637580387
Availability: Backordered
Published: Permuted Press - November 2nd, 2021

Raw, unfiltered, and rough around the edges, just like the man himself. Jon Moxley was once WWE champion Dean Ambrose, but those days are dead and gone. Moxley has struck out on his own into the dark world of independent professional wrestling, and takes the reader along for the ride, thumbtacks and all. A Hunter S. Thompson-esque carnival of drugs, sex, and rock n roll. A unique entry into the pantheon of wrestling memoirs, told through journal-like, stream of consciousness. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


Young Bucks: Killing the Business from Backyards to the Big Leagues by Matt Jackson - Book Review

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$27.99
ISBN: 9780062937834
Availability: Special Order
Published: Dey Street Books - November 17th, 2020

Professional wrestling is often a David vs Goliath story. A regular joe goes into battle against a hulking colossus, a beer swilling redneck fights against his corporate employers, or a small upstart promotion tries taking on the establishment. Killing the Business by Nick and Matt Jackson ("The Young Bucks") settles into this groove nicely. Smaller, athletic brothers (not twins, they'll point out) raised in the pro-wrestling oasis of Southern California, the Jacksons found international fame (and infamy) through hard work, luck, and more than a few missteps along the way. A breezy read, Killing the Business is among the best pro wrestling books published in the past few years. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


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