When I brought home 100 Years of Soccer in America (Rizzoli, $45), my husband and son—one a coach, the other an avid player—both lunged for it at the same time, and we spent the next hour looking through the pictures of the crucial matches together. Can there be a better endorsement? This coffee table book by the U.S. Soccer Federation is a necessary artifact and a graceful survey of the diverse and crucial history of the sometimes-beleaguered U.S. soccer landscape. Its general nature makes it a keepsake for players and soccer-lovers of all ages, and it strikes a beautiful balance in coverage of both the men’s and women’s teams. The chapters detailing the early immigrant leagues are especially fascinating. You can be sure that no soccer fan on your holiday list already has a book like this because, a hundred years in the making, there never has been a book like this.
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By Sunil Gulati (Foreword by), President Bill Clinton (Preface by), Tony Dicicco (Contributions by), Alexi Lalas (Contributions by), Landon Donovan (Contributions by)
ISBN: 9780847840922
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Rizzoli - September 3rd, 2013

With Capital Bikeshare, enthusiasm for two-wheels is reaching the mainstream in D.C., so what better time to revisit where the vehicle has been—as the working man’s horse, a leisure activity, or the athlete’s rocket. If you loved It’s All About the Bike, Tom Ambrose’s encyclopedic new book provides more of the developments and stories that made Robert Penn’s previous journey through bicycle construction and design so fascinating. The History of Cycling in Fifty Bikes (Rodale, $25) is an illustrated compendium chock-full of photographs, inventors, and technical developments that show how bicycles are both elegant and innovative.
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ISBN: 9781623361310
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Rodale Books - October 15th, 2013

Anthony Marra’s brilliant debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena (Hogarth, $26), describes the horrors of war in battle-scarred Chechnya. Ordinary people there, however, carry on their lives with humor, perseverance, and a grave sense of history. At the heart of this story is Sonja, a talented and fearless doctor who operates in the remnants of a bombed-out hospital. Havaa, an orphan girl sought by the Russian army after her parents are killed and her home destroyed, is brought to the hospital for shelter, and she and Sonja develop a bond that provides a rare occasion for hope in this raw, devastated land. Marra’s deep understanding of people in crisis and his richly imagined depiction of a city ravaged by violence combine to make this an unforgettable reading experience.

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ISBN: 9780770436407
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Hogarth - May 7th, 2013

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ISBN: 9780770436421
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Hogarth - February 4th, 2014