Sports Books

Check out these sports books!  They all have a story to tell!!

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Butterfly : from refugee to Olympian, my story of rescue, hope, and triumph 
Yusra Mardini

The inspiring story of how one woman saved fellow refugees from drowning―and how she went on to become an Olympic swimmer.

When young Syrian refugee Yusra Mardini realized her boat’s engine shut down as she was traveling from Syria to Greece with other refugees, there was no hesitation: she dove into the water. Surfacing, she heard desperate prayers and sobbing from the passengers in the sinking boat above her. Between the waves, her elder sister Sarah screamed at her to get back on the boat. But Mardini was determined. She was not going to let Sarah do this alone. Grabbing the rope with one hand, she began kicking up the black water, inching the boat towards the distant shore.

This bold act of bravery saved the lives of a boatload of refugees heading to Turkey from Syria. After her arrival in Greece, Mardini, focused and undeterred, worked toward a lifelong goal: to compete in the Olympics. She succeeded, and competed in 2016 on the Refugee Olympic Team in Rio de Janeiro.

Butterfly tells her story, from Syria to the Olympics to her current work with the UN as a Goodwill Ambassador. Mardini is eager to tell her story in the hopes that readers will remember that refugees are ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, chased from their homes by a devastating war. In today’s political climate, this story is guaranteed to inspire and educate readers from every background.

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The soul of basketball : the epic showdown between LeBron, Kobe, Doc, and Dirk that saved the NBA
Ian Thomsen

The Soul of Basketball tells the story of an NBA prodigy, his league and their sport in the throes of crisis during the pivotal 2010-11 season. It began with The Decision, that infamous televised moment when uber-star LeBron James revealed that he was leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers – thereby distancing himself from his role model Michael Jordan – to pursue his first championship with his former opponents on the Miami Heat.

To the great fortune of LeBron, the NBA and basketball itself, the mission didn’t work out as planned. In the cultural tradition of Moneyball and Friday Night Lights, veteran NBA writer Ian Thomsen portrays the NBA as a self-correcting society in which young LeBron is forced to absorb hard truths inflicted by his rivals Kobe Bryant, Doc Rivers and Dirk Nowitzki, in addition to lessons set forth by Pat Riley, Gregg Popovich, Larry Bird, David Stern, Joey Crawford and many more.

This is about the making of a champion. Brimming with inside access, The Soul of Basketball tells the inspiring story of LeBron’s loneliest year, insecure and uncertain, when his ultimate foe was an unlikely immigrant who renewed the American game’s ideals. From Miami to Boston, Los Angeles to Dallas, Germany to the NBA’s Manhattan headquarters, the biggest names in basketball are driven by something more valuable than money and fame  – a quest that will pave the way for Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and future generations to thrive.

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Let your mind run : a memoir of thinking my way to victory
Deena Kastor

Deena Kastor was a star youth runner with tremendous promise, yet her career almost ended after college, when her competitive method—run as hard as possible, for fear of losing—fostered a frustration and negativity and brought her to the brink of burnout. On the verge of quitting, she took a chance and moved to the high altitudes of Alamosa, Colorado, where legendary coach Joe Vigil had started the first professional distance-running team. There she encountered the idea that would transform her running career: the notion that changing her thinking—shaping her mind to be more encouraging, kind, and resilient—could make her faster than she’d ever imagined possible. Building a mind so strong would take years of effort and discipline, but it would propel Kastor to the pinnacle of running—to American records in every distance from the 5K to the marathon—and to the accomplishment of earning America’s first Olympic medal in the marathon in twenty years.

Let Your Mind Run is a fascinating intimate look inside the mind of an elite athlete, a remarkable story of achievement, and an insightful primer on how the small steps of cultivating positivity can give anyone a competitive edge.

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The pursuit of endurance : harnessing the record-breaking power of strength and resilience
Jennifer Pharr Davis.

Jennifer Pharr Davis, a record holder of the FKT (fastest known time) on the Appalachian Trail, reveals the secrets and habits behind endurance as she chronicles her incredible accomplishments in the world of endurance hiking, backpacking, and trail running. With a storyteller’s ear for fascinating detail and description, Davis takes readers along as she trains and sets her record, analyzing and trail-testing the theories and methodologies espoused by her star-studded roster of mentors. She distills complex rituals and histories into easy-to-understand tips and action items that will help you take perseverance to the next level. The Pursuit of Endurance empowers readers to unlock phenomenal endurance and leverage newfound grit to achieve personal bests in everything from sports and family to the boardroom.

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Hang time : my life in basketball

Elgin Baylor with Alan Eisenstock.

People think of Elgin Baylor as one of the greatest basketball players in the history of the game—and one of the NBA’s first black superstars—but the full extent of his legacy stretches beyond his spectacular, game-changing shots and dunks. With startling symmetry, Baylor recounts his story: flying back and forth between the U.S. Army and the Lakers, his time as a central figure in the great Celtics-Lakers rivalry and how he helped break down color barriers in the sport, his 1964 All-Star game boycott, his early years as an executive for the New Orleans Jazz, and twenty-two years as general manager for the notorious L.A. Clippers and Donald Sterling, spent fighting to draft and sign young, black phenoms—only to be hamstrung by his boss at every turn.

No one has seen the league change, and has worked to bring change, more than Baylor. Year after year, he continued to fight and persevere against racism. At the beginning of his career, he was forced to stay in separate hotel rooms. From those days to today’s superstardom, he has had a front-row view of the game’s elevation to one of America’s favorite sports. For the first time, Elgin Baylor tells his full story. He’s played with the legends, lived with them, and knows more about the NBA than anyone living, and is finally ready to set the record straight.

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From the outside : my journey through life and the game I love
Ray Allen with Michael Arkush

Playing in the NBA for eighteen years, Ray Allen won championships with the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat and entered the record books as the original king of the three-point shot. Known as one of the hardest-working and highest-achieving players in NBA history, this most dedicated competitor was legendary for his sharp shooting.From the Outside, complete with a foreword by Spike Lee, is his story in his words: a no-holds-barred look at his life and career, filled with behind-the-scenes stories and surprising revelations about the game he has always cherished.

Allen talks openly about his fellow players, coaches, owners, and friends, including LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Garnett. He reveals how, as a kid growing up in a military family, he learned about responsibility and respect—the key to making those perfect free throws and critical three-point shots.

From the Outside is the portrait of a gifted athlete and a serious man with a strongly defined philosophy about the game and the right way it should be played—a philosophy that, at times, set him apart from colleagues and coaches, while inspiring so many others, and lead to the most pivotal shot of his career: the unforgettable 3-pointer in the final seconds of Game 6 of the 2013 NBA finals against the San Antonio Spurs. Throughout, Allen makes clear that success in basketball is as much about what happens off the court as on, that devotion and commitment are the true essence of the game—and of life itself.

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Ninety percent mental : an all-star player turned mental skills coach reveals the hidden game of baseball
Bob Tewksbury and Scott Miller

In Ninety Percent Mental, Bob Tewksbury shows readers a side of the game only he can provide, given his singular background as both a longtime MLB pitcher and a mental skills coach for two of the sport’s most fabled franchises, the Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants. Fans watching the game on television or even at the stadium don’t have access to the mind games a pitcher must play in order to get through an at-bat, an inning, a game. Tewksbury explores the fascinating psychology behind baseball, such as how players use techniques of imagery, self-awareness, and strategic thinking to maximize performance, and how a pitcher’s strategy changes throughout a game. He also offers an in-depth look into some of baseball’s most monumental moments and intimate anecdotes from a “who’s who” of the game, including legendary players who Tewksbury played with and against (such as Mark McGwire, Craig Biggio, and Greg Maddux), game-changing managers and executives (Joe Torre, Bruce Bochy, Brian Sabean), and current star players (Jon Lester, Anthony Rizzo, Andrew Miller, Rich Hill).

With Tewksbury’s esoteric knowledge as a thinking-fan’s player and his expertise as a “baseball whisperer”, this entertaining book is perfect for any fan who wants to see the game in a way he or she has never seen it before. Ninety Percent Mental will deliver an unprecedented look at the mound games and mind games of Major League Baseball.

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Creative Books

Creativity is awesome!  Always take the time to create something.  I think it helps people. For me it’s relaxing, fun and makes me concentrate on what I am doing.  Sometimes art goes my way and sometimes it does not.   So today these books that I mention below has to do with being creative.  Take a peek and see if they interest you!

 

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Concrete creations : 45 easy-to-make gifts & accessories
Marion Dawidowskii, Ingrid Moras, and others.

Over 45 elegant concrete designs for your beautiful, modern home with just a bag of ready-mixed concrete, water, and a few items you can find around the house.

Concrete is in.

And no wonder: it’s inexpensive, durable, and makes unique, stunning pieces with which to decorate your home. With just a bag of ready-mixed concrete, water, and a few utensils and molds you can find around the house, you can create beautiful, minimalist items in no time at all; from clocks, vases, lampshades and bowls through to jewelry, wine coolers, and desk organisers.

Each project is equipped with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and tips, and all can be made with very little know-how– making it a perfect craft for beginner concrete artisans, as well as the more experienced mason.

A perfect mix of power, presence and practicality, bring concrete into your home today and discover a new-found love for this often overlooked but remarkable building material.

 

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Tomoko Fuse’s Origami Boxes
Tomoko Fuse

With this origami-how-to book, learn how to fold unique gift boxes that are as unique as the treasures they hold!

Considered the most famous living origami master, Tomoko Fuse is known for her expertise in box-folding and other origami paper craft styles. The simple flat box, ortato, is an excellent introduction to the art of beginner origami and allows readers to “start small,” then build to more intricate pieces.

Handmade paper boxes are an expression of origami crafts at their very best. Experiment with different thicknesses, textures, and origami paper designs of paper for a true one-of-a-kind presentation.

Step by step instructions and diagrams guide you from start to finish as you create:

  • Flat boxes in several different shapes
  • Boxes with multifaceted tops
  • Box tops with spiraled flourishes
  • And so much more

Origami box folding is a relaxing and satisfying craft for all levels of expertise and—with a little practice and this easy origami book—gift-giving will never be the same.

 

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1000 Tangles, Patterns Doodled Designs  
Walter Foster Creative Team

Hundreds of designs, patterns, borders, doodles, and tangles to guide and inspire.

1,000 Tangles, Patterns & Doodled Designs combines hundreds of tangling, illustration, and doodling patterns and designs into one all-encompassing guidebook. Filled with inspirational designs, patterns, borders, flourishes, doodles, tangles, and more, this creative resource explores hundreds of ideas for tangling and doodling enthusiasts to learn and model. From basic tangles to stylized letters and numbers, the variety of patterns and designs seems virtually endless. Throughout the book, practical tips and step-by-step lessons help artists perfect their skills, while blank templates can be copied or scanned to use over and over again. A nonstop compendium of doodling tips and tangling techniques, 1,000 Tangles, Patterns & Doodled Designs is a complete resource for doodling enthusiasts and a tangler’s dream come true.

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Hand lettering step by step : techniques and projects to express yourself creatively
Kathy Glynn.

A successful calligrapher and artist teaches you the skills of lettering beautifully—and gives projects to show them off!

In today’s digital age, people crave something personal and handmade—so hand lettering and calligraphy are becoming more popular than ever. If you’re eager to get in on the trend, artist Kathy Glynn will help you master the three main techniques—hand lettering, brush lettering, and pointed pen calligraphy—and create work that’s expressive, exquisite, and romantic. After explaining the basics, Kathy explains how to combine styles, add embellishments, and even digitize lettering. More than 20 projects include wedding invitations, temporary tattoos, address stamps, glass etching, and a custom family tree.

One More Promise Review

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One More Promise
Samantha Chase
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Series:
Shaughnessy Brothers: Band on the Run (Book 2)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date: February 6, 2018

Summary:
Dylan Anders is making amends. After hitting rock bottom, he’s got something to prove and this time, there’s no looking back. Unfortunately, looking forward has him trying to volunteer for a literacy campaign where he has to win the approval of the one woman who seems unaffected by his charm. He never expected it to be easy, but he certainly never expected to have to work quite so hard to win one woman’s approval.

Ambitious Paige Walters is ecstatic when she’s hired to recruit musicians for a literacy campaign―it’s her chance to prove she’s got the chops to make it in the family business. When Dylan steps in, she immediately dislikes him and vows not to let the fallen idol screw it up. But as the work brings Paige and Dylan closer together, their attraction grows…and so do their challenges

My Review:
Okay I saw this gem at my local library while searching for another book.  I knew I had to read it……because the cover caught  my attention.  The model is stunning. Yes the tattoo and the cute model caught my eye.  Plus the graphics popped out so well too. I picked up the book and turned it over to read the story to see if it would capture my attention.  Yup it did!

I checked the book out along with another and then had to haul butt to go get my children from school.  I wanted to read it right away but sadly I had to deal with a thing called parenthood and all that jazz.

A day went by as I finally to start reading this book at night after the kids were asleep.  I read the first few chapters and I liked it quite a bit.  I even squealed at a few parts in the book.  Eventually I had to sleep because I knew my children would get me up early in the morning.  Sleep is important.

The next day arrived and I did the usual routine with kids.  Eventually I sat down and read the book.  I could not put it down.  I repeat I could not put it down.  I had coffee, the book and a blanket.

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Cozy isn’t it? 

I wanted to know what was going to happen to Paige with her job and her personal dilemma with her family.  Of course Paige has this major cool idea for work but it does not go the way she expects.  She has her ups and downs.  Why does it not go her way?  It has to do something with her family.   Ariel, her sister seems a bit of wanting to take it all the credit for the work and her father, shall we say likes to play favorites?   Read it and tell me what you think.

Dylan comes into the picture as he is on a path to change his life.  He joins in on the event that is planned by Paige and Ariel.  Somehow Dylan sees things  and wishes Paige would stand up for herself.  Paige and Dylan click really well!  I love how they first meet, it so damn amazing.  I can kinda see myself a bit like Paige in this part or perhaps I would be more shy.   You’ll see how they both click throughout the book and that they end up thinking on things seriously.   The way Samantha writes the story and how real the characters are,  you can relate to it!

I could actually see a bit of myself in Paige.  After all I do have a thing for reading, books and stories.    I also could dream of having a guy like Dylan…(maybe one day..)   I think musicians rock. They are so creative in their own outlet with music.  I’m getting off the topic.

I have to say one word : Cake Pops! 

Read the book to find out what that is all about!

You bet I am going to get more of her books!

 

Cook Books

Check these cookbooks out.  Perhaps they will allow you to find some new recipes for your table!

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The Whole Smiths Good Food Cookbook
Michelle Smith

Delicious and healthful recipes from the popular blog TheWholeSmiths.com–fully endorsed by Whole30.  As fans of the Whole30 know, it can be challenging to figure out how to eat for the other 335 days of the year. Michelle Smith, creator of the blog The Whole Smiths, has the answers. This cookbook, the first ever fully endorsed and supported by Whole30, offers a collection of 150 recipes to keep Whole30 devotees going strong. Many recipes like Spaghetti Squash Chicken Alfredo are fully Whole30-compliant, and all are gluten-free, but you’ll also find recipes with a careful reintroduction of grains, like the tortillas in the Chile Enchilada Bake. Some recipes include beans and legumes, so there are plenty of vegetarian options. There are even desserts like Chocolate Chip and Sea Salt Cookies! Throughout the book, icons help readers identify which recipes fit their dietary constraints (and which are easily adaptable), but perhaps most important of all, the recipes are a delicious way to help anyone achieve a long-term approach to good health.

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The New Charleston Chef’s Table
Holly Herrick

Immerse Yourself in the Eclectic and Growing Food Scene of Charleston!  From roadside dives to upscale eateries, Southern to Chinese, Holly Herrick leaves no stone unturned as she winnows Charleston’s restaurants down to her top picks. From fried chicken to shrimp and grits, The New Charleston Chef’s Table delivers all the goods that make this Southern gem of a city such an exciting place to visit, live, and dine. And now you can recreate your favorite dishes at home! Come celebrate the tastes of Charleston

I spy Non-fiction books today

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Complete Crochet Course by Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby

Filled with step-by-step photography throughout for an easy-to-follow and fully visual experience, this unparalleled guide teaches you how to crochet from the very first stitch—and will keep you crocheting as you gain experience! The Complete Crochet Course explains all the tools, materials, and techniques you need, from choosing a hook and yarn to seaming, working in the round, handling specialty stitches, and adding details. Ten patterns are perfectly designed for novices eager to complete their first projects, while intermediates can enjoy mastering even more advanced skills.

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Granny Squares home by Emma Varnam

Armed with nothing more than a crochet hook, scraps of yarn, and Granny Squares Home, you can add cheerful, vibrant burst of color to every room of your home. Fun, fashionable, and thrifty, these 20 projects presented by author and crochet all-star Emma Varnam will help you bust through your yarn stash while creating gorgeous blankets, pillow covers, adorable toys, and home accessories.

  • Thorough instructions
  • 150 stunning, full-color photographs and illustrations

Whether you are enamored by the vintage appeal of traditional granny squares or are looking for a modern twist on this age-old design, Granny Squares Home is full of the inspiration you need to decorate your home in style.

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60 Quick Knits for Beginners

Offering a wide array of creative techniques and attractive patterns, this entry in the beloved 60 Quick Knits series is the perfect book for anyone learning to knit. Accessible, fun, illustrated with step-by-step instructions, and featuring insightful sidebars throughout, it demystifies complex skills and instills indispensable knitting wisdom. The projects themselves are everything new or experimenting knitters could ever want, from scarves, cowls, and mittens to shawls, socks, and baby clothes. And even though several garments have instructions specifically written for beginners, they’re also chic enough for those with more experience.

 

Personal note: Knitting is an adventure and an creative outlet.  I have knitted before and it’s pretty fun to do. I have knitted hats, a blanket (which took forever to do) , s scarf and tried my hand at gloves but they did not turn out well.   Perhaps I should try another project in knitting?   Crochet I have never tried it. It’s on my list of things to try.

Children Books

I spy some cute children books to enhance young readers!
(All images are not mine)
Check them out….

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  • by Steve Antony
  • Age Range: 3 – 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (February 27, 2018)

Meet Blip. Blip loves being plugged into her computer. When a blackout occurs, Blip trips over her wire and tumbles outside.

Suddenly, Blip’s gray world is filled with color and excitement. She plays with her new friends and has adventures all day long. When Blip finally returns home, she realizes that the world can be even brighter once you unplug.

 

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  • by Jess Walton and Dougal MacPherson
  • Age Range: 3 – 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (May 31, 2016)
  • Language: English

Errol and his teddy, Thomas, are best friends who do everything together. Whether it’s riding a bike, playing in the tree house, having a tea party, or all of the above, every day holds something fun to do.

One sunny day, Errol finds that Thomas is sad, even when they are playing in their favorite ways. Errol can’t figure out why, until Thomas finally tells Errol what the teddy has been afraid to say: “In my heart, I’ve always known that I’m a girl teddy, not a boy teddy. I wish my name was Tilly, not Thomas.” And Errol says, “I don’t care if you’re a girl teddy or a boy teddy! What matters is that you are my friend.”

 

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  • By Andrew Joyner
  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (December 26, 2017)

Here is a clever story that follows the journey of a pink hat that is swiped out of a knitting basket by a pesky kitten, blown into a tree by a strong wind, and used as a cozy blanket for a new baby, then finally makes its way onto the head of a young girl marching for women’s equality.

Inspired by the 5 million people (many of them children) in 82 countries who participated in the 2017 Women’s March, Andrew Joyner has given us a book that celebrates girls and women and equal rights for all!

With themes of empathy, equality, and solidarity, The Pink Hat is a timeless andtimely story that will empower readers and promote strength in the diverse and active feminist community.

 

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  • By Amy Krouse Rothenthal and David Roberts
  • Age Range: 3 – 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (April 3, 2018)

Here’s how it works: if you can avoid getting to the end of this book, you can avoid bedtime, simple as that. (It’s a pretty sweet deal, actually.) But each time you blink, you have to turn a page. Those are just the rules. So whatever you do, DON’T BLINK!

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  • By Alexandra Boiger
  • Age Range: 3 – 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (March 27, 2018)

Max and Marla know how to enjoy the simple pleasures in life. So when the first sunny day of spring comes along, they’ve got the perfect plan–a picnic! They pack up their favorite dishes and their comfiest blanket and then they’re off to the lake. Once they settle in, Max realizes the picnic needs one more thing to be just right: a bouquet for Marla. But while he’s gone, Marla falls asleep, leaving their picnic prey to some thieving squirrels. Max returns to find their spread ruined and says it’s all Marla’s fault. But best friends can’t stay mad for long . . .

 

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  • By Steve Campbell
  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (August 26, 2014)

Who have YOU hugged today? Open your arms to this delightfully tender, goofy, and sweet tale.

Watch out world, here he comes! The Hug Machine!

Whether you are big, or small, or square, or long, or spikey, or soft, no one can resist his unbelievable hugs! HUG ACCOMPLISHED!

This endearing story encourages a warm, caring, and buoyantly affectionate approach to life. Everyone deserves a hug—and this book!