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After finishing this book, you will find it hard to not go out and run ten miles in Rock Creek. McDougall makes the case that humans evolved to be long distance runners, as our ancestors hunted exhausted prey on the fields of Africa. And that leads to the argument that humans have been running for thousands of years without injuries wearing only sandals or nothing at all. It is only with the rise of Nike that knee injuries became common. One of the top books about endurance running ever written, McDougall takes us on a wild ride through the sport, from the mountain trails of Colorado, to labs in Harvard, finally to the isolated Tarahumara tribe in Mexico’s Copper Canyon, and the race of a lifetime.

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$16.95
ISBN: 9780307279187
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Published: Vintage - March 29th, 2011

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What if today was the day that you decided to turn your life around? Make the small changes you always wanted to, in order to become the woman you always wished you could be? Maria Semple’s protagonist Eleanor Flood, upon waking one morning, makes that promise to herself in Today Will Be Different (Little, Brown, $27). But, then, life has a way of charting its own course. Eleanor, a former cartoon illustrator, is attempting to resurrect her memoir from the depths of a creativity block. Over the course of one day, Eleanor is confronted with a former coworker who brings up some repressed secrets, a (faking) sick child finding his own identity, and a husband who has been skipping work behind her back for the past week. It is a novel that is light-hearted and quirky, while quietly raising the stakes throughout the day. Fans of Semple’s previous hit, Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, will love and identify with Eleanor’s struggles to maintain balance between a creative career, raising a child, and keeping a marriage fresh and exciting.

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ISBN: 9780316403436
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 4th, 2016

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ISBN: 9780316403450
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 27th, 2017

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Bruuuuuce! The long-awaited memoir from the Boss has finally arrived, with a whirlwind tour of a life in rock and roll. In Born to Run (Simon & Schuster, $32.50) Bruce Springsteen takes us from his humble beginnings in working-class Freehold, New Jersey, all the way to the pinnacle of his superstar performance at the Super Bowl—and everything in between. Springsteen is not one to shy away from any subject, including his difficult, distant, and sometimes emotionally abusive relationship with his father; failed bands and a failed first marriage, and the deaths of fellow band members and close friends. But mostly, this memoir is about the music: the feeling in his hands of the first guitar he ever bought, those early live shows at run-down, seedy bars on the beaches of Asbury Park, the cutting of each album along the way and what the writing and recording process was like, and the meaning behind many of the characters and lyrics we have grown to love. The prose reads as if you are listening to a Bruce song, sitting in the front row at one of his legendary concerts. It’s a ride you’ll hope never ends. Check out the companion CD as well, which features some top tracks and previously unreleased early recordings.

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$32.50
ISBN: 9781501141515
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 27th, 2016

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ISBN: 9781501141522
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 5th, 2017

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