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A Season In The Sun: The Rise Of Mickey Mantle

$28.00
The story of Mickey Mantle's magnificent 1956 season

Mickey Mantle was the ideal batter for the atomic age, capable of hitting a baseball harder and farther than any other player in history. He was also the perfect idol for postwar America, a wholesome hero from the heartland.

In A Season in the Sun, acclaimed historians Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith recount the defining moment of Mantle's legendary career: 1956, when he overcame a host of injuries and critics to become the most celebrated athlete of his time. Taking us from the action on the diamond to Mantle's off-the-field exploits, Roberts and Smith depict Mantle not as an ideal role model or a bitter alcoholic, but a complex man whose faults were smoothed over by sportswriters eager to keep the truth about sports heroes at bay. An incisive portrait of an American icon, A Season in the Sun is an essential work for baseball fans and anyone interested in the 1950s.

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9780465094424
Publication Date: 
2018-03-27
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Andrew Jackson And The Miracle Of New Orleans

$28.00

Another history pageturner from the authors of the #1 bestsellers George Washington's Secret Six and Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates.

 

The War of 1812 saw America threatened on every side. Encouraged by the British, Indian tribes attacked settlers in the West, while the Royal Navy terrorized the coasts. By mid-1814, President James Madison's generals had lost control of the war in the North, losing battles in Canada. Then British troops set the White House ablaze, and a feeling of hopelessness spread across the country.

 

Into this dire situation stepped Major General Andrew Jackson. A native of Tennessee who had witnessed the horrors of the Revolutionary War and Indian attacks, he was glad America had finally decided to confront repeated British aggression. But he feared that President Madison's men were overlooking the most important target of all: New Orleans.

 

If the British conquered New Orleans, they would control the mouth of the Mississippi River, cutting Americans off from that essential trade route and threatening the previous decade's Louisiana Purchase. The new nation's dreams of western expansion would be crushed before they really got off the ground.

 

So Jackson had to convince President Madison and his War Department to take him seriously, even though he wasn't one of the Virginians and New Englanders who dominated the government. He had to assemble a coalition of frontier militiamen, French-speaking Louisianans, Cherokee and Choctaw Indians, freed slaves, and even some pirates. And he had to defeat the most powerful military force in the world--in the confusing terrain of the Louisiana bayous.

 

In short, Jackson needed a miracle. The local Ursuline nuns set to work praying for his outnumbered troops. And so the Americans, driven by patriotism and protected by prayer, began the battle that would shape our young nation's destiny.

 

As they did in their two previous bestsellers, Kilmeade and Yaeger make history come alive with a riveting true story that will keep you turning the pages. You'll finish with a new understanding of one of our greatest generals and a renewed appreciation for the brave men who fought so that America could one day stretch "from sea to shining sea."

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9780735213234
Publication Date: 
2017-10-24
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Fahrenheit 451

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$15.99
Ray Bradbury's internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future.

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.

Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family." But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn't live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.

When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781451673319
Publication Date: 
2012-01-10
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Grant

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$40.00
The #1 New York Times bestseller.

Named one of the 10 Best Books of 2017 by The New York Times Book Review.

Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant.

Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman, or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don't come close to capturing him, as Chernow shows in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency.

Before the Civil War, Grant was flailing. His business ventures had ended dismally, and despite distinguished service in the Mexican War he ended up resigning from the army in disgrace amid recurring accusations of drunkenness. But in war, Grant began to realize his remarkable potential, soaring through the ranks of the Union army, prevailing at the battle of Shiloh and in the Vicksburg campaign, and ultimately defeating the legendary Confederate general Robert E. Lee. Along the way, Grant endeared himself to President Lincoln and became his most trusted general and the strategic genius of the war effort. Grant's military fame translated into a two-term presidency, but one plagued by corruption scandals involving his closest staff members.

More important, he sought freedom and justice for black Americans, working to crush the Ku Klux Klan and earning the admiration of Frederick Douglass, who called him "the vigilant, firm, impartial, and wise protector of my race." After his presidency, he was again brought low by a dashing young swindler on Wall Street, only to resuscitate his image by working with Mark Twain to publish his memoirs, which are recognized as a masterpiece of the genre.

With lucidity, breadth, and meticulousness, Chernow finds the threads that bind these disparate stories together, shedding new light on the man whom Walt Whitman described as "nothing heroic... and yet the greatest hero." Chernow's probing portrait of Grant's lifelong struggle with alcoholism transforms our understanding of the man at the deepest level. This is America's greatest biographer, bringing movingly to life one of our finest but most underappreciated presidents. The definitive biography, Grant is a grand synthesis of painstaking research and literary brilliance that makes sense of all sides of Grant's life, explaining how this simple Midwesterner could at once be so ordinary and so extraordinary.

Named one of the best books of the year by Goodreads - Amazon - The New York Times - Newsday - BookPage - Barnes and Noble - Wall Street Journal

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9781594204876
Publication Date: 
2017-10-10
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I'm Not Your Sweet Babboo!

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$9.99
Pick up a glass of milk, curl up with your security blanket, and enjoy the timeless brilliance of Peanuts in this new collection of comic strips!

Everyone's favorite classic characters are back: Peppermint Patty enrolls in a private school to end her academic troubles--only to discover she's just graduated from obedience school. Linus finds himself entangled in a love triangle (and stuck on top of a snow-covered roof). And Charlie Brown runs away from the law and becomes a vagrant baseball coach.

The Peanuts crew is lovable, popular, and charming, but please whatever you do, don't call Linus "My Sweet Babboo!"

ISBN/SKU: 
9781449485405
Publication Date: 
2018-03-13
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The 17Th Suspect

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$29.00
The newest Women's Murder Club thriller--and instant #1 New York Times bestseller
A series of shootings exposes San Francisco to a methodical yet unpredictable killer, and a reluctant woman decides to put her trust in Sergeant Lindsay Boxer. The confidential informant's tip leads Lindsay to disturbing conclusions, including that something has gone horribly wrong inside the police department itself.

The hunt for the killer lures Lindsay out of her jurisdiction, and gets inside Lindsay in dangerous ways. She suffers unsettling medical symptoms, and her friends and confidantes in the Women's Murder Club warn Lindsay against taking the crimes too much to heart. With lives at stake, the detective can't help but follow the case into ever more terrifying terrain.

A decorated officer, loving wife, devoted mother, and loyal friend, Lindsay's unwavering integrity has never failed her. But now she is confronting a killer who is determined to undermine it all.

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9780316274043
Publication Date: 
2018-04-30
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The Complete Book of Icing, Frosting & Fondant Skills

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$24.99
Creating edible works of art is a cakewalk thanks to Shelly Baker. The world-renowned cake designer has whipped up a veritable hand-held course on baking and decorating beautiful cakes with her new title, The Complete Book of Icing, Frosting & Fondant Skills. For those of us whose cake-decorating skills end at Betty Crocker frosting in a can, as well as confidant decorators who want to expand their skills, this book is exactly what the pastry chef ordered. Whether the covering of choice is fondant, royal icing, buttercream, marzipan or sugar paste, readers will find everything they need to create fresh-baked perfection, including:

  • A variety of cake recipes and instructions for prepping cakes to take decoration
  • Techniques for working with various frostings--from piping buttercream to rolling fondant
  • Instructions for creating cake toppers, marzipan fruits, gumpaste flowers, and other delicious details
  • More than 50 step-by-step projects for creating stunning tiered cakes, cupcakes, cake pops, and more

    Readers will also find a detailed review of essential tools and materials as well as a troubleshooting chapter for help with fixing or avoiding common mistakes. More than 400 gorgeous, full-color photos.

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    9781438003443
    Publication Date: 
    2014-03-01
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    The Gutfeld Monologues: Classic Rants From The Five

    $27.00

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

     

    A dynamic and annotated collection of Fox News star and New York Times bestselling author Greg Gutfeld's sharp, hilarious monologues on everything from politics to pop culture--updated with new commentary for the current day.

     

    "Wherever I go, I am hit repeatedly by the same question: where can I read your monologues? It should be easy to find these little nuggets of knowledge."

     

    Well, now it is.

     

    In the past few years, Fox News host Greg Gutfeld has covered everything from crazed academics, to unhinged celebrities, to the wildest election in recent history on his shows The Five and The Greg Gutfeld Show. In The Gutfeld Monologues, he brings together his best and favorite monologues in this funny, unconventional collection for new and longtime fans alike. Scored through with marginal edits, scratch-outs, 20/20 hindsight, and up-to-the-minute commentary on what he got wrong, this book isn't your grandmother's anthology collection.

     

    With his signature humor, wit, and insight, Greg explains it all in this memorable collection about some of our country's most crucial--and not so crucial--modern moments.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781501190728
    Publication Date: 
    2018-07-31
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    The Outsider

    $30.00

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

     

    An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.

     

    An eleven-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

     

    As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King's propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781501180989
    Publication Date: 
    2018-05-22
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    Tucumcari

    $14.75
    Fiction. A man wakes up one morning believing he has a wife who lives in Tucumcari, New Mexico. A wife he somehow remembers yet does not know. When he decides to find her, he embarks on a surreal journey through both landscape and memory. The reader travels with the narrator through sinking cities, his father's various jobs, government-designated atomic safe havens, motel rooms, cities made of only men, and interactions with people from his childhood including Boyd Delmarco, a famous radio personality whose lungs have turned to glass.

    "Parks' debut novel is a kaleidoscope of deep-rooted imagery, infused with magic realism yet tempered by the groundedness that comes with instinctive storytelling."--Booklist, starred review

    "This timely novel is to be treasured for the rich prose and witty intellect that inform the boldness of its storytelling. Parks is willing to risk the safety of a more traditional approach in order to press readers into a different kind of knowing, a truth that is more deeply felt than thought. He embraces the timeless human necessity to make stories from what we think we know and transform them into what we know we believe."--Critical Flame

    "A thoughtful, surrealistic, and strange novel, TUCUMCARI delves into ideas around memories and the subconscious, as well as into the significance of places within both. It is as wild and mesmeric as can be imagined."--Foreword Magazine

    "Patrick Parks, in this relentlessly quantum mechanical rendition of the novel, TUCUMCARI, combines the traumatic rhythmic keenings of Philip Glass's World Our of Balance or Einstein on the Beach with a deeply poignant Buster Keatonian deadpan."--Michael Martone

    "Everyone wants to get away from the falling ash of this life. everyone wants to get away from the threat of nuclear bombs, away to some far away, imagined safe place. Rootless, fugitive, we want love, a place to call home. In TUCUMCARI, Patrick Parks takes us there in a novel so clearly written, so lucidly poetic, it breaks the heart."--Richard Jones

    "What a strange and wonderful novel Patrick Parks has written! It's a road trip novel without an actual road trip--the narrator imagines a trip he will take to Tucumcari, NM, to find the woman he just remembered he married years ago--but except for floating above his bed at night or teaching english to immigrants in a city that rains ash, he almost never goes anywhere. But his mind goes everywhere, and it's a bona fide delight to ride along with him on his mental road trip. Written in brief fragmentary sections that often read like prose poems, this is a narrative as delightfully disjointed and digressive as Sterne's Tristram Shandy and as darkly comic and magical as Kafka's The Metamorphosis."--David Jauss

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780997292466
    Publication Date: 
    2018-05-15
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