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An incredibly fun look at half-baked, abandoned, top secret, and off-the-wall ideas that have come to pass through the military and intelligence arms of the US and others. From using a cat as a listening device, to literally nuking the moon as a show of force, these stories are enough to make you question the "intelligence" part of our spy agencies. Quick, breezy reading, perfect for digesting a chapter or two at a time. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll
Once again, Lucy Knisley delivers a heartfelt, funny, and honest look at life as only she can. Fans of Knisley have followed her journey through motherhood across social media for a few years now, and the antics of her little bundle of joy "Pal". In Kid Gloves, Knisely shows the heartbreak that followed a miscarriage, her journey through self doubt, and anxiety over her preparedness for it all. Anyone who has had children can relate to all of these moments, and the endless joy and love that having a child brings. I love this book. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll
Just in time for baseball season, this is a wild ride through baseball history. Ron Darling weaves his way through America's Pastime playing a bit of Six Degrees of Separation, often including personal anecdotes of players he crossed paths with during his time in the majors. With its quick, digestible chapters, this is the perfect book for reading in between innings or during those 7th inning stretches. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll
Hey-ay, come out and play! This first-of-its-kind look into the pop/punk explosion of the early 1990s is a head-banging read. In the midst of Nirvana's slaughter of the hair metal bands of the 80s, punk music inspired by the innovators of the 70s and 80s rose up through the lens of alternative rock of bands like Green Day and the Offspring. It was never a smooth ride to the top though, as the successful bands in the scene were often accused of being sellouts and worse. A must read for fans of the era. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll
I realize this is the nichest of niche interests for this title, but I find myself coming back to this time and time again. Spun out of the fan-created website Unseen64, Video Games You Will Never Play is a first-of-its-kind archive of information on cancelled games that never saw the light of day. Thousands of games have turned into "vaporware" over the years, leaving fans with thoughts of "what if?" I cannot recommend this enough. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll