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  • A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred

    A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   George Will
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    Publisher:   Crown Archetype (2014, Mar 25th).
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    “George Will on baseball. Perfect.”—Los Angeles Times In A Nice Little Place on the North Side, leading columnist George Will returns to baseball with a deeply personal look at his hapless Chicago Cubs and their often beatified home, Wrigley Field, as it turns one hundred years old. Baseball, Will argues, is full of metaphors for life, religion, and happiness, and Wrigley is considered one of its sacred spaces. But what is its true, hyperbole-free history? Winding beautifully like Wrigley’s iconic ivy, Will’s meditation on “The Friendly Confines” examines both the unforgettable stories that forged the field’s legend and the larger-than-life characters—from Wrigley and Ruth to Veeck, Durocher, and Banks—who brought it glory, heartbreak, and scandal. more

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  • Why Soccer Matters

    Why Soccer Matters

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Pel�
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    Publisher:   Celebra Hardcover (2014, Apr 1st).
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    Soccer. Football. The beautiful game. The world’s most popular sport goes by many names, but for decades, fans have agreed on one thing: the greatest player of all time was Pelé. Now the legendary star, ambassador, and humanitarian shares a global vision for what soccer can accomplish. Now he shares his story, his experience, and his insights on the game for the very first time. Before Messi, before Ronaldo, before Beckham, there was Edson Arantes do Nascimento—known simply as Pelé. A national treasure, he created pure magic with his accomplishments on the field: an unprecedented three World Cup championships and the all-time scoring record, with 1,283 goals in his twenty year career. Now, with the World Cup returning after more than sixty years to Brazil—the country often credited with perfecting the sport—soccer has a unique opportunity to encourage change on a global level. more

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  • The World in the Curl: An Unconventional History of Surfing

    The World in the Curl: An Unconventional History of Surfing

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Peter Westwick
    Format:   Deckle Edge]
    Publisher:   Crown (2013, Jul 23rd).
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    A definitive and highly readable history of surfing and the cultural, political, economic, and environmental consequences of its evolution from a sport of Hawaiian kings and queens to a billion-dollar worldwide industry Despite its rebellious, outlaw reputation, or perhaps because of it, surfing occupies a central place in the American – and global – imagination, embodying the tension between romantic counterculture ideals and middle-class values, between an individualistic communion with nature and a growing commitment to commerce and technology.  In examining the enduring widespread appeal of surfing in both myth and reality, The World in the Curl offers a fresh angle on the remarkable rise of the sport and its influence on modern life. more

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  • Players First: Coaching from the Inside Out

    Players First: Coaching from the Inside Out

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   John Calipari
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    Publisher:   Penguin Press HC, The (2014, Apr 15th).
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    "If you are a college basketball fan like I am, you’ll understand why I’ve long admired John Calipari’s leadership style. While no coach treasures a win more than John, this terrific book reveals his greater purpose—to lead his young players to better lives, and then challenge them to give back to others." —President William J. Clinton  In Players First, John Calipari relates for the first time anywhere his experiences over his first four years coaching the Kentucky Wildcats, college basketball’s most fabled program, from the doldrums to a national championship, drawing lessons about leadership, character, and the path to personal and collective victory. At its core, Calipari’s coaching philosophy centers on keeping his focus on the players—what they need to get the best out of themselves and one another. more

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  • T'ai Chi Step By Step: A fully illustrated teaching plan, shown in over 250 photographs

    T'ai Chi Step By Step: A fully illustrated teaching plan, shown in over 250 photographs

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Andrew Popovic
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    Publisher:   Lorenz Books (2013, Nov 7th).
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    The ancient art of t'ai chi improves muscular strength, and promotes health and longevity. This photographic guide takes you through the entire Wu form, the most popular sequence, with easy-to-follow instructions and illustrations for each stage. There is advice on preparation and warm-up, and techniques for the more advanced practitioner. more

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  • Texas Market Hunting: Stories of Waterfowl, Game Laws, and Outlaws

    Texas Market Hunting: Stories of Waterfowl, Game Laws, and Outlaws

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   R. K. Sawyer
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    Publisher:   Texas A&M University Press (2013, Aug 23rd).
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    From its earliest days of human habitation, the Texas coast was home to seemingly endless clouds of ducks, geese, swans, and shorebirds. By the 1880s Texas huntsmen, or market hunters, as they came to be called, began providing meat and plumage for the restaurant tables and millinery salons of a rapidly growing nation. A network of suppliers, packers, distribution centers, and shipping hubs efficiently handled their immense harvest. At the peak of Texas market hunting in the late 1890s, Rockport merchants shipped an average of 600 ducks a day in a five-month shooting season, and in the last year of legal market hunting, an estimated 60,000 ducks and geese were shipped from Corpus Christi alone. Market men employed efficient methods to harvest nature’s bounty. more

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