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Kicks: The Great American Story of Sneakers by Nicholas Smith - Book Review

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780451498113
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - May 1st, 2018

Absolutely fantastic nonfiction.
This is a deep dive into not only the subculture of "sneakerheads" and such, but also a look back into the cultural history of sneakers/tennis shoes/etc and how they came to be ubiquitous.
Readers will not only get a look into how most of today's major sneaker companies like Nike, Adidas, Puma and such rose to prominence, but also sprinkled in are the stories of the creation of basketball, modern marathons, and long-lost spectator sports such as public walking.
I absolutely devoured this book. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - LP Review

The 50th anniversary remaster of this seminal album features an all-new mix by Giles Martin. You'll hear these songs all over again for the first time. The double LP edition comes with a second disc of never-before-heard alternate takes and work in progress versions of the classic songs on this album. I've got to admit, it's getting better. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


Basketball (and Other Things): A Collection of Questions Asked, Answered, Illustrated by Shea Serrano - Book Review

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By Shea Serrano, Arturo Torres (Illustrator), Reggie Miller (Foreword by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781419726477
Availability: In Stock, Click Title for Location
Published: Abrams Image - October 10th, 2017

Shea Serrano is apparently setting up a cottage industry of producing books that speak to 25-35 year olds everywhere. His first book, The Rap Yearbook, was a loving look back on the history of hip-hop. His newest title, Basketball (and other things) is even better.
Presented in a fully illustrated, oversized format, Basketball (and other things) might just be THE perfect basketball book. Each chapter tackles a hypothetical question, that Serrano then sets out to answer. Which Jordan is the BEST Jordan? Which player is remembered for the wrong thing? And perhaps, most importantly, was Kobe Bryant a dork? ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


The Card: Collectors, Con Men, and the True Story of History's Most Desired Baseball Card by Michael O'Keeffe - Book Review

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$14.99
ISBN: 9780061123931
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: It Books - June 17th, 2008

Fantastic narrative non-fiction. Everyone has heard about the famous Honus Wagner T206 card that was once owned by Wayne Gretzky. But that's only a small part of "The Card"s twisting, turning history. It seems that almost nothing is as it seems when it comes down to where this one-of-a-kind specimen actually came from. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


From a Certain Point of View (Star Wars) by Renee Ahdieh - Book Review

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$35.00
ISBN: 9780345511478
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Published: Del Rey Books - October 3rd, 2017

"You will find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view" Obi-Wan once told Luke Skywalker, who was devastated that he had been lied to about his father's fate. This new collection of short stories set in that galaxy far, far away explores other events in the Star Wars universe, both large and small. Many of the authors featured in this hefty collection have never before published Star Wars stories, so each new tale is a breath of fresh air, even for fans who have read everything in the ever-expanding universe. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


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