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Hieroglyph: Stories and Blueprints for a Better Future
Neal Stephenson
Ukraine: Zbig's Grand Chessboard & How the West Was Checkmated
Natylie Baldwin, Kermit D. Larson
The Girl on the Train: A Novel
Paula Hawkins
Our Souls at Night: A novel
Kent Haruf
Above the Waterfall
Ron Rash
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Stephen King
Designs on Film: A Century of Hollywood Art Direction
Cathy Whitlock
The Homicide Report: Understanding Murder in America
Jill Leovy
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
Erik Larson
The Gods of Mars
Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Ball: Mark McGwire's Home Run Ball and the Marketing of the American Dream - Daniel Paisner This is a very good small book surrounding the acquisition and sale of McGwire’s 70th home run ball. It covers a lot of territory, from the physical structure of the ball, now and historically to information on where it is made, to the mud used to coat the balls, and why. We learn much about the collectible arena. Paisner explains the secret information that was printed on the final batch of baseballs used while McGwire batted. There is a cast of characters here far beyond the ball’s recipient. One entrepreneur wants to cut the ball up and sell the pieces. We learn that MLB used extraction teams to remove from the crowd the catcher of potentially lucrative baseballs. It is a fascinating tale, enjoyable and informative.