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Authentic
Authentic By Paul Van Doren

In the tradition of bestsellers such as Shoe DogAuthentic is a surprisingly candid, compelling memoir by a high school dropout who went on to establish one of the world's most iconic brands.

You may not know their creator, but you certainly know the shoes: for more than a generation, Vans shoes have been synonymous with cool.

Now in this refreshingly candid memoir, meet Paul Van Doren, the charismatic founder of Vans—the shoe company beloved by skateboarders, creatives, and fans everywhere for its laid-back, colorful SoCal vibe, and famous for its people-oriented company culture.

In Authentic, he shares his unlikely journey from high-school dropout to sneaker-industry legend. A blue-collar kid with no higher education and zero retail experience, Van Doren started out as a 16-year-old “service boy” at a local rubber factory. Over the next few decades, he leveraged a knack for numbers, a genius for efficiency, and the know-how to make a great canvas tennis shoe into an all-American success story. What began as a family shoe business has today evolved into a globally recognized brand with billions of dollars of annual revenue.

Van Doren is not just an entrepreneur, he’s an innovator. In 1966, when the first House of Vans store opened, there were no stand-alone retail stores just for sneakers. Paul’s bold experiments in product design, distribution, and marketing (Why not sell custom shoes? Single shoes?), aided by legions of fans—skateboarders, surfers, even Sean Penn wearing Vans’ famous checkerboard slip-on shoe in the film Fast Times at Ridgemont High—made Vans a household name. But there was also back-breaking work, a shocking bankruptcy, family turmoil, and a profound shift in how customers think about athletic shoes.

Authentic details Van Doren’s personal life, but also hard-won business lessons learned over six turbulent decades in the shoe trade: the importance of deep-rooted values, of improvisation, of vision (and revision), and above all, of valuing people over profits.

Bracingly forthright and totally entertaining, Authentic is a business memoir by an American original.
Negative Space
Negative Space By Lilly Dancyger

Despite her parents' struggles with addiction, Lilly Dancyger always thought of her childhood as a happy one. But what happens when a journalist interrogates her own rosy memories to reveal the instability around the edges?

Dancyger's father, Joe Schactman, was part of the iconic 1980s East Village art scene. He created provocative sculptures out of found materials, and brought his young daughter into his gritty, iconoclastic world. She idolized him--despite the escalating heroin addiction that sometimes overshadowed his creative passion. When Schactman died suddenly, just as Dancyger was entering adolescence, she went into her own self-destructive spiral, raging against the world that had taken him away. But as an adult, Dancyger began to question the mythology she'd created about her father--the brilliant artist, struck down in his prime--using his paintings, sculptures, and prints as a guide to piece together a truer story.

Featuring Schactman's artwork throughout, Negative Space explores Dancyger's grief, anger, and artistic inheritance as she sets out to illuminate the darkness her father hid from her, as well as her own.
Surf By Day Jam By Night
Surf By Day Jam By Night By Ash Grunwald

Surf by Day, Jam by Nightis seasoned bluesman and surfer Ash Grunwald's deep dive into the extraordinary. Ash takes to the road, interviewing 15 of the world's top surfer–musicians. From Kelly Slater to Stephanie Gilmore, Jack Johnson to Dave Rastovich, Pete Murray to G. Love, and many more, like Ash, these are people doing life their own way. Soulful and candid, these conversations offer insights into the lives and minds of some masters of both surfing and music. Spanning stories of heavy wipe-outs and heaving crowds and riffs on style, the flow state, career longevity, and jamming vs shredding, this book is an often light-hearted, wide-ranging meditation on what it really takes to live your dreams. If you've ever found yourself in any kind of rut and wondered if there's something more out there, here's a call to wake up, take your life into your hands, and dare to follow your passions.
The CALM Baby Method
The CALM Baby Method By Patti Ideran, OTR/L, CEIM, By Mark Fishbein, MD, FAAP

When your baby is unhappy, you're unhappy. Learn the experts' secrets to soothing your fussy little one, for happier days and more restful nights! Whether your baby is colicky, fussy, or just plain cranky, the proven techniques in The CALM Baby Method will help you both feel better. With decades of expertise as a pediatric occupational therapist and a pediatric gastroenterologist, Patti Ideran and Dr. Mark Fishbein have helped thousands of parents soothe their high-need babies— improving attachment, sleep, feeding, and overall quality of life for the whole family. You'll learn the causes of your baby's crying and ways to help, including baby massage, positioning, baby yoga, and more. The CALM (Cues, Arousal Levels, Massage) method is evidence-based and easy to follow and will strengthen the bond between you and your baby with hands-on loving care.
My Shadow Is Pink
My Shadow Is Pink By Scott Stuart

My Shadow Is Pink is a beautifully written rhyming story that touches on the subjects of gender identity, self acceptance, equality and diversity. Inspired by the author’s own little boy, the main character likes princesses, fairies and things "not for boys." He soon learns (through the support of his dad) that everyone has a shadow that they sometimes feel they need to hide.This is an important book for a new generation of children (and adults alike) which exemplifies the concepts of unconditional love, respect and positive parenting.

  • Empowers LBGTQ children and the wider community with its strong and powerful message
  • Encourages self love and acceptance
  • Teaches children the concept of diversity, equality and inclusion
  • Creates opportunity for open discussion and learning
  • Highlights current themes of gender identity
  • Bright and colorful illustrations by Scott Stuart

Cats in Hats
Cats in Hats By Jo Clark

Filled with wonderfully quirky illustrations, this perfect gift for the cat-lover in your life shows that cats may have nine lives, but they like to dress to the nines, as well
Step inside the wonderful wardrobe of cats and get ready to see their transfurrmation. This gem of a book features an adorable array of cats donning hats for all occasions, from the beret to the fedora and the sombrero to the tiara. Featuring full-color illustrations from artist Jo Clark, alongside witty descriptions of cats from around the world, this is the purrfect book to inspire your kitty's new closet.
prettycitydublin
prettycitydublin By Siobhan Ferguson

This beautiful collection of images will take you past Dublin's famous landmarks - the bridge, the Liffey, the pubs - and into the pretty hidden gems waiting around every corner. From secluded mews to artisan outlets, vintage markets and tree-lined streets, prettycitydublin champions the quiet, gentle moments that allow you to escape in a bustling capital city like Dublin.

Curated by Siobhan Ferguson, founder and editor of Instagram's @theprettycities and the author of the acclaimed prettycitylondon, this stunning guide also includes tips on how to photograph and plan your own prettycitydublin experience, whether on foot or from afar.

Girl Warriors
Girl Warriors By Rachel Sarah

Interviews with 25 eco-activist teens present a hopeful picture of the future of environmentalism
The Assassination of Fred Hampton
The Assassination of Fred Hampton By Jeffrey Haas

On December 4, 1969, attorney Jeff Haas was in a police lockup in Chicago, interviewing Fred Hampton's fiancée. She described how the police pulled her from the room as Fred lay unconscious on their bed. She heard one officer say, "He's still alive." She then heard two shots. A second officer said, "He's good and dead now." She looked at Jeff and asked, "What can you do?" Fifty years later, Haas finds that there is still an urgent need for the revolutionary systemic changes Hampton was organizing to accomplish. With a new preface discussing what has changed—and what has not—The Assassination of Fred Hampton remains Haas's personal account of how he and People's Law Office partner Flint Taylor pursued Hampton's assassins, ultimately prevailing over unlimited government resources and FBI conspiracy. Not only a story of justice delivered, this book puts Hampton in the spotlight as a dynamic community leader and an inspiration for those in the ongoing fight against injustice and police brutality.
Dead Money
Dead Money By Srinath Adiga

A riveting satire about the downfall of humanity caused by a toxic financial product that promises happiness in the next world, but nearly destroys this one
The Package
The Package By Sebastian Fitzek, Translated by Jamie Bulloch

The only survivor of a killer known in the tabloids as "the barber," Emma gives up her job and retreats from the world to stay at home. Quiet. Anonymous. Safe. He won't find her here. All she did was take a parcel for a neighbor. She has no idea what she's let into her home.
The Innkeeper’s Daughter
The Innkeeper’s Daughter By Bianca M. Schwarz

Sir Henry, a man of wealth and charm, comes across a badly beaten Eliza, desperate to escape her cruel stepfather. Realizing she has nowhere to go, Sir Henry takes her to his home in Mayfair. There, as she recovers, Henry introduces the lovely Eliza to a world of art and literature she never knew existed. But Eliza's brutal world follows her to London, where the salons of the aristocratic elite co-exist with the back alleys of the criminal underworld. Thankfully, Henry, a secret agent to the crown, is able and willing to deal with the man Eliza's stepfather had sold her to, and the pimp who plans to enslave her. As romance blossoms between them, Eliza unearths an old secret that leads them into the dark sadistic world of sex trafficking, and finally allows Henry to identify the traitor responsible for selling military secrets to the French, causing the death of thousands.
The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia
The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia By Steven Jay Rubin

The most comprehensively researched Bond book, packed with behind-the-scenes information based on interviews with the cast and filmmakers, fascinating facts, trivia, bloopers, classic quotes, character bios, cast and filmmaker bios, and hundreds of rare and unusual photographs of those in front of and behind the camera
Queer Intentions
Queer Intentions By Amelia Abraham

Today, the options and freedoms on offer to LGBTQ+ people living in the West are greater than ever before. But is same-sex marriage, improved media visibility and corporate endorsement all it's cracked up to be? At what cost does this acceptance come? And who is getting left behind, particularly in parts of the world where LGBTQ+ rights aren't so advanced? Combining intrepid journalism with her own personal experience, in Queer Intentions, Amelia Abraham searches for the answers to these urgent challenges, as well as the broader question of what it means to be queer right now. Join her as she cries at the first same-sex marriage in Britain, loses herself in the world's biggest drag convention in L.A., marches at Pride parades across Europe, visits both a transgender model agency and the Anti-Violence Project in New York to understand the extremes of trans life today, parties in the clubs of Turkey's underground LGBTQ+ scene, and meets a genderless family in progressive Stockholm.
Chadwick Boseman
Chadwick Boseman By Mia Johnson

Chadwick Boseman will forever be remembered as a sublime acting talent, infusing films such as Black Panther, 42, and Get on Up with his trademark blend of charisma, vitality, and vulnerability. His path to iconic status started quietly, a late bloomer by Hollywood standards. But Boseman rose to stardom with memorable roles including Jackie Robinson, James Brown, and, of course, King T'Challa, despite facing a private battle against colon cancer.Chadwick Boseman: Forever Our King 1976–2020 is a profound remembrance of an extraordinary life cut short, celebrating Boseman's brilliance on screen as well as his rich existence as a generous friend, family member, and activist. Including dozens of full-color photographs, this commemorative book traces the actor's early days growing up in South Carolina, his string of impactful and historic movie roles, his commitment to elevating other storytellers as a producer, and the widespread impact of his artistry and unfathomable strength.
A Cauldron of Bats
A Cauldron of Bats Illustrated by Michael Buxton

This is a bat! It's dressed as a witch. Can you guess why? A group of bats is called . . . A cauldron of bats! Introduce the idea of collective nouns to young children with this fun lift-the-flap book. Open the flap to reveal a funny scene that illustrates weird and wonderful collective nouns for very cute animals.

The Power of Hex
The Power of Hex By Shawn Engel

Encourages witches to reclaim and use their power in inclusive ways as a catalyst for social change. Spiritual coach Shawn Engel shows you the art of the ethical hex and explores the rules, folklore, and mythology behind one of the oldest forms of protective magic.
You're the Only One I've Told
You're the Only One I've Told By Meera Shah

For a long time, when people asked Dr. Meera Shah what she did, she would tell them she was a doctor and leave it at that. But over the last few years, Shah decided it was time to be direct. "I'm an abortion provider," she will now say. And an interesting thing started to happen each time she met someone new. One by one, people would confide—at barbecues, at jury duty, in the middle of the greeting card aisle at Target—that in fact they'd had an abortion themselves. And the refrain was often the same: You're the only one I've told. This book collects those stories as they've been told to Shah to humanize abortion and to combat myths that persist in the discourse that surrounds it. An intentionally wide range of ages, races, socioeconomic factors, and experiences shows that abortion always occurs in a unique context. Today, a healthcare issue that's so precious and foundational to reproductive, social, and economic freedom for millions of people is exploited by politicians who lack understanding or compassion about the context in which abortion occurs. Stories have power to break down stigmas and help us to empathize with those whose experiences are unlike our own. They can also help us find community and a shared sense of camaraderie over experiences just like ours. You're the Only One I've Told will do both.
coffee days whiskey nights
coffee days whiskey nights By Cyrus Parker

A lot can happen between the first sip of coffee and the last taste of whiskey, and this book takes a look at the way a single day can change our outlook on everything from relationships with others, to our relationships with ourselves, and everything in between. Ultimately, coffee days, whiskey nights illustrates that no matter how hopeless we may feel at the end of the day, a new one is only a few hours away.
The Summer of Everything
The Summer of Everything By Julian Winters

Comic book geek Wesley Hudson excels at two things: slacking off at his job and pining after his best friend, Nico. Advice from his friends, '90s alt-rock songs, and online dating articles aren't helping much with his secret crush. And his dream job at Once Upon a Page, the local used bookstore, is threatened when a coffeeshop franchise wants to buy the property. To top it off, his annoying brother needs wedding planning advice. Confronted with reality, can Wes balance saving the bookstore and his strained sibling relationship? Can he win the heart of his crush, too?
Alone Together
Alone Together Edited by Jennifer Haupt, By Garth Stein, By Jenna Blum, By Kwame Alexander

Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort During the Time of COVID-19 is a collection of diverse essays, poems, and interviews being compiled by Jennifer Haupt to to serve as a lifeline into negotiating how to connect and thrive during this stressful time of isolation as well as a historical perspective that will remain relevant for years to come.  This collection was developed to raise money for independent booksellers hit hard by the economy of isolation. All net profits will be donated to The Book Industry Charitable Foundation.  Contributing authors and poets include: Kwame Alexander, Jenna Blum, Andre Dubus III, Jamie Ford, Nikki Giovanni, Jane Hirshfield, Pam Houston, Jean Kwok, Major Jackson, Caroline Leavitt, Ada Limón, Dani Shapiro, David Sheff, Luis Alberto Urrea, Steve Yarbrough, and Lidia Yuknavitch.