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The Cork Jester's Guide to Wine
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The Cork Jester's Guide to Wine
Jennifer Rosen


    Through entertaining anecdotes, novices are put to ease while connoisseurs are delighted with Jennifer Rosen's adventurous and sophisticated palate. From choosing a bottle of wine to bring to a dinner party to ordering from a restaurant wine list, many Americans are intimidated by the unpronounceable names and highbrow image of wine. Jennifer Rosen arms readers with the knowledge necessary to approach wine with confidence rather than fear.

    Through entertaining anecdotes, readers learn how to order with ease; what terms like "oak" and "earth" mean; what to expect from a sommelier; how to tame the red wine headache; how to cook with wine; storage and glassware tips; making wine at home; and much more. Witty and irreverent, Rosen sets novices at ease while delighting connoisseurs with her adventures and sophisticated palate.

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The First America's Team: The 1962 Green Bay Packers
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The First America's Team: The 1962 Green Bay Packers
Bob Berghaus


The first book focused on Vince Lombardi's greatest team and arguably the most dominant team in pro football history: the 1962 Green Bay Packers.

The 1962 Green Bay Packers are still considered one of the most dominating teams in the history of the National Football League. In 2007, when the New England Patriots were trying to become the first team to go unbeaten during a 16-game season and win the Super Bowl, there were many stories written about their place in history, and the ’62 Packers were always listed among the top three teams of all time.

There are a number of books on the Packers already, showing a strong and sustained interest in one of the most popular sports franchises in America. There are also a number of books—though far fewer—on the Packers of the Vince Lombardi era. There has never been a book, however, focused on Lombardi’s, and (arguably) pro football’s, greatest team: the 1962 Packers.

The 1962 Green Bay Packers will examine how the team was built and on Lombardi's coaching staff, how four of the five assistants went on to become head coaches -- Bill Austin, Tom Fears, Norb Hecker and Phil Bengtson. The team was rich with personalities, from the glamour-conscience Hourning to the emotional Nitschke to the laconic Starr. Of course, the strongest personality of all was Lombardi’s, who shaped these many unique individuals and talents into a team so dominant it changed the game forever. The Packers of this era won five championships in seven years, including the first two Super Bowls, creating a dynasty in the smallest market in professional sports. The 1962 team was the signature team and their power sweep became a national phenomenon. Despite playing in little Green Bay, the players on Lombardi's team became national heroes. This really was the first America's Team.



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The Hockey Dad Chronicles
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The Hockey Dad Chronicles
Ed Wenck


An Indentured Parent's Season on the Rink

The sport of ice hockey is going through a transitional period, losing popularity in the United States even as it gains momentum in other countries. The Hockey Dad Chronicles is the touching and funny story of one season in the youth hockey career of Ed Wenck’s son, Oliver, when he played for the Indianapolis Junior Ice. Hockey parents spend an inordinate amount of time and money on their child’s sport of choice — considerably more than soccer, football, or basketball parents dish out. They get their children to the ice rink for 7 a.m. ice time, they travel with them to other states for games every other weekend — and if they’re anything like Ed Wenck, they spend a lot of time sitting in bleachers wondering at the absurdity of it all. As youth hockey grows ever more popular, increasing numbers of parents are seeing their lives taken over by their children’s hockey careers. The Hockey Dad Chronicles will be a familiar, amusing, and moving reminder to them — and to all parents who devote themselves to their children’s extracurricular activities, whether they’re sports, drama, or dance — of what it’s all about.


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The Local Boys
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The Local Boys
Joe Heffron and Jack Heffron


Hometown Players for the Cincinnati Reds

Foreword by Chris Welsh
Though one of the smaller markets in Major League Baseball, Cincinnati has produced far more than its share of professional baseball players and many have played, at some point in their careers, for the hometown team. And hometown fans worshiped them. Though nearly 3 million people live in the area, the city retains a certain small-town sense of self. And it holds no one in higher regard than a local boy in a Cincinnati Reds uniform. No dream is better understood — or held in such esteem — as hoping to play for the Reds. For proof, note the 50-foot-high bas-relief sculpture on the wall at the entrance to Great American Ball Park. In it, a Cincinnati boy envisions himself among the clouds—playing ball with the Reds he idolizes.

Local Boys tells the story of the men who achieved the dream. From Ethan Allen to Don Zimmer, from Charlie “Bushel Basket” Gould, who played on the first team in 1869 to Junior Griffey, soon to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. They’re all here. Alongside big-name stars like Dave Parker and Buddy Bell, fans will find Eddie Hunter, who played only one inning in 1933, never got to bat and never fielded a ball. Every player receives a one- or two-page profile, many of which are based on original interviews with the player or surviving family members. The profile goes beyond statistics; it brings the player to life through stories that have never been told in print before.


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The Redemption of the King: LeBron James Returns to Cleveland!
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The Redemption of the King: LeBron James Returns to Cleveland!



LeBron James is back in Cleveland’s court and the city is on fire as their chosen one has decided to come home. Now, for the first time ever, the full story is told from the beginning as author Vince McKee covers James’s entire journey from the start of his career with the Cavaliers, his seven years in Cleveland, his departure to Miami, his time with the Heat, and finally, the much debated and highly anticipated return of the “King.”

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The Wire-to-Wire Reds
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The Wire-to-Wire Reds
John Erardi and Joel Luckhaupt


They were a one-year wonder, but what a year. The 1990 Cincinnati Reds stunned the baseball world by winning the National League pennant and then sweeping the heavily favored Oakland A’s in the World Series. The Reds held first place from game one through the final game—becoming one of only three wire-to-wire champions in major league history.

Perhaps even more surprisingly, the story of this colorful team has never been told before in a book. In conjunction with the 20th anniversary of this historic achievement, The Wire-to-Wire Reds brings back the memories with original interviews, more than one hundred photos, and riveting storytelling by award-winning Cincinnati Enquirer columnist John Erardi and blog-master Joel Luckhaupt. With a foreword by Hall of Fame Reds announcer Marty Brennaman,

The Wire-to-Wire Reds is the ultimate keepsake for fans throughout Reds Country.

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Twin Cities Haunted Handbook
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Twin Cities Haunted Handbook
Jeff Morris, Garett Merk, and Dain Charbonneau


100 Ghostly Places You Can Visit in and Around Minneapolis and St. Paul

Twin Cities Haunted Handbook is the newest book in the Haunted Handbook line within the popular America's Haunted Road Trip series. The Haunted Handbooks are city-specific travel guides to nearly one hundred places within a major city. 

Twin Cities Haunted Handbook is written with the ghost enthusiast in mind. All 100 chapters contain information on the history as well as the haunting surrounding each location, as well as detailed directions on how to locate each site. Many of the chapters also contain insider information that only a local would know, making it easier for ghost hunters to investigate. Ghost hunters Jeff Morris, Garett Merk, and Dain Charbonneau explore all the best haunted locales Minneapolis has to offer, including Dead Man's Pond, Memorial Pet Cemetery, Padelford Packet Boat Company, the Old Jail Bed and Breakfast, and St. Thomas College and the Legend of the 13 Graves.

Each two page entry includes directions from downtown, an historical overview of the haunted place, the story of ghostly doings in that place, and advice on visiting the place yourself--if you dare.
 



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Wild Chicago
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Wild Chicago
F. Lynne Bachleda


Animals, Reptiles, Insects, and Plants to Watch Out for at Home, at the Park, and in the Woods

Have you ever wondered what to do when a snake bit you? What if it is an animal you have never seen before? What if that plant is poisonous? Chicago residents need have no fear. In this new guide, Lynne Bachleda showcases the animals, places, and potential diseases that readers could encounter in the Chicago area. Bachleda touches on the mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, arachnids, and flora that Chicago has to offer and she doesn't stop there. In this book, Bachleda explains how to keep safe and what to do in case you are injured by an animal or contract a disease from an animal or plant.


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Winning: From Walk-On to Captain, In Football and Life
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Winning: From Walk-On to Captain, In Football and Life
Gary Brackett


Framed within the frenzy leading up to a Super Bowl, Gary Brackett flashes back to the defining moments and lessons in his journey leading to the threshold of a championship season. With his heart metaphorically on his jersey sleeve, Gary invites the reader inside the world of NFL football and the drama leading up to the biggest game day of the year. Along the way, Gary provides glimpses of real-life heroes, on and off the field, as he recounts the stories in this touching testament to the memory of his mom, dad, and brother.

Gary Brackett has overcome countless challenges in his football career and has triumphed over life's adversities. Focusing on the importance of a positive attitude, hard work, commitment to teammates, love of family, and faith, he shares his inspiring life story.

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