The Grind - Barry Svrluga

Baseball, as a sport, is a slog. In The Grind, The Washington Post’s Barry Svrluga looks at the mundanities that dot every level of the Washington Nationals organization, from players to scouts to spouses. It’s a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at professional baseball, and a rather intimate one at that—Svrluga’s sections about players’ families are particularly fascinating and nearly intrusive. The Grind is also, thankfully, relatively free of reverential platitudes that infect so much baseball writing. The Grind may apply to baseball, but not this book.

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ISBN: 9780399176289
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Published: Blue Rider Press - July 7th, 2015

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ISBN: 9780399575952
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Published: Blue Rider Press - March 15th, 2016

A Visit from the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan

Goon Squad is not, as some would have you believe, about punk music. In fact, it’s not about music at all. Egan’s novel is instead about one of the more relatable of experiences: intergenerational interaction. Music is used a symbol to represent the blurred and sometimes staggered transition between generations, flowing and sometimes hopping from old-school analogue guitar-based quartets to new-age synthesized computer maestros. The song remains the same, but the tools change. Egan’s writing is highly approachable without becoming hackneyed, and one chapter in particular (told in Powerpoint format) accomplishes the impressive feat of breaking literary molds without seeming gimmicky. A must-read for all ages.

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ISBN: 9780307477477
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Published: Anchor - March 22nd, 2011

Multiple Warheads - Brandon Graham

This is...unusual. Mr. Graham eschews traditional storytelling methods to craft a dystopian sci-fi tale without an ending. You should know that up front. There isn’t a tidy wrap-up, or really a conclusion in general. Multiple Warheads is a study in the graphic novel format, for better or worse, and at times the work’s philosophy contradicts itself, presenting pun-based concepts that would work better in a novel than a visual format. But otherwise there are some highly interesting narrative experiments presented in/alongside gorgeous bubble-gum artwork.
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By Brandon Graham, Brandon Graham (By (artist))
ISBN: 9781607068402
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Published: Image Comics - January 21st, 2014