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The Comeback Kids
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The Comeback Kids
Mark J. Schmetzer and Joe Jacobs


Few experts picked the Reds to win the National League Central Division Championship. Loaded with great young talent, the team was expected to move up in the standings and maybe even to break its nine-year streak of losing seasons. But win the division? Hardly.

No one realized the level of heart and tenacity this team possessed, the pluck and verve this team could summon in the face of adversity. The Reds came from behind to win 45 games, and whenever they took a tough loss, they bounced back the next game. They truly were “The Comeback Kids.” As baseball fans throughout the country waited for them slide back to expectations, they just kept hustling—and winning.

The Reds led the league in many offensive categories, with a lineup anchored by budding superstar Joey Votto and aging veteran Scott Rolen. Though the pitching staff lacked a true ace, many pitchers contributed quality games. The bullpen did the same, until September, when heralded phenom Aroldis Chapman came up from the minor leagues and threw 100 mph fastballs, taking the staff to a whole new level.

The Comeback Kids tells the remarkable story of the 2010 Reds, a team that relied on every player to achieve a stunning division championship. Featuring nearly 100 photos, this full-color book is the ultimate keepsake for every Reds fan, helping them remember a season, and a team, they never want to forget.



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A Taste of the Murphin Ridge Inn
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A Taste of the Murphin Ridge Inn



Chosen by National Geographic Traveler and other guides as one of the best B&Bs in Ohio and the Midwest, the Murphin Ridge Inn is as famous for its old-fashioned charms and exquisite food as it is for its bucolic setting in the rolling farmland of Southwestern Ohio's Amish country.

A Taste of the Murphin Ridge Inn offers more than 500 recipes that are as varied as the place itself. From Amish apple sugar cream pie to sun-dried tomato and asiago pasta with prawns, readers will find a stunning assortment of dishes and styles. Rounding out this mouth-watering collection are notes from the Murphin Ridge gardener who grows all the herbs and vegetables featured on the Murphin menu, as well as reflections on the seasons, the joys of running a bed and breakfast, and most of all, the beauty and glory of the surrounding landscape.

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Ball Cap Nation: A Journey Through the World of America's National Hat (book with pdf bundle)
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Ball Cap Nation: A Journey Through the World of America's National Hat (book with pdf bundle)
Jim Lilliefors


*This is a special bundled digital edition of this book. Buy the book at full price and get instant access to a downloadable pdf version. So it's two copies for the price of one!*

     As the country grows increasingly diverse and complicated, Americans seek, and occasionally find, a common thread to unite them. And, as Jim Lilliefors reveals in his new book, that common thread is what the baseball cap is made of — indeed, what has transformed it into America’s National Hat. As fads go, it’s no longer even a fad, but a part of the national identity that, for better or worse, is a symbol of America.

    It feeds an illusion that Americans cherish — that despite their differences, and no matter what position they play — when wearing a baseball cap, they’re all part of the same team. Exploring every aspect of caps and their culture — including the history, manufacturing, and evolution of baseball caps; collecting and caring for caps; cap etiquette; and even cap urban legends — and packed with photos throughout, Ball Cap Nation is a delightful look at a uniquely American phenomenon.

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Personal Foul: A First-Person Account of the Scandal That Rocked the NBA
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Personal Foul: A First-Person Account of the Scandal That Rocked the NBA
Tim Donaghy


We also have a few SIGNED copies of Tim Donaghy's book!

A searing look at pro basketball from the perspective of a referee who succumbed to a gambling addiction, which ultimately led to a prison sentence. With a foreword by the FBI Special Agent who worked the Gambino case, Personal Foul reveals in unflinching honesty how the fast life of professional sports can tempt and trap the unwary and unwise.

In the end, Tim Donaghy returns to the redemptive power of telling the truth about his experiences, his addictions, and his insight into what happened on and off the court. An unforgettable page-turner, this book will confirm readers' suspicions about the influence of the front offices of major league sports, the corrosive power of money, fame and power, and needing to heed the inner voice of right and wrong.

For more information, visit the author's website http://www.timdonaghy.com


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Founders and Famous Families of Cincinnati
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Founders and Famous Families of Cincinnati
Wendy Hart Beckman


When gazing at the city’s impressive skyline, we too often forget the notable individuals who built these grand and glittering buildings, as well as the nearby museums, parks and neighborhoods we also treasure. Reflected in the character, reputation and even design of our city, the legacy of the early settlers continues on today. Through their efforts, almost always imbued with a civic entrepreneurial spirit, they stamped their mark on our burgeoning regional reputation, while also allowing current leaders to bolster and broaden our national reputation.

Founders and Famous Families of Cincinnati brings to life the founding families’ histories, sharing these intertwined and fascinating tales with readers near and far. A charming history of lives lived large -- truly the Who’s Who (as well as the When and Where) of Cincinnati -- that when considered together, made the Queen City the great place to live and work that it is today.

From its very beginnings, Cincinnati offered an enticing combination of personable welcome and worldly sophistication. At one point, Cincinnati had more native-born residents than any other American city, a testament to the values that attracted and retained its citizens.

As a quick peek into the rich tapestry of local lore, Founders and Famous Families of Cincinnati focuses first on John Cleves Symmes, who founded the soon-to-be-mighty city along the banks of the Ohio River, In time, Symmes’ daughter would marry William Henry Harrison, who later became president of the United States. Their grandson, Benjamin also occupied the Oval Office. Nicholas Roosevelt, another adventurous spirit, developed with Robert Fulton the first steamboat to successfully make the journey all the way down the Ohio River. Nicholas’ uncle was President Theodore Roosevelt’s grandfather. Teddy Roosevelt’s daughter, Alice, married Nicholas Longworth IV, great-grandson of another Nicholas Longworth who had been at one time the wealthiest man in America. Longworth IV’s Cincinnati vineyards and Catawba wine prompted Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to pen a poem dedicated to its honor, calling Cincinnati the “Queen of the West” (but he was not the first to do so). Nicholas Longworth’s granddaughter, Maria, became the first woman to own and operate a major manufacturing business, Rookwood Pottery, a cherished Cincinnati artistic operation that continues on today.

Cincinnati’s familial history is topped off by noting the innovations that have impacted the rest of the world, including these landmark achievements: the first professional baseball team, the first pharmacy college, the first Jewish hospital, the first municipal university, the first concrete skyscraper, the first municipal railroad, and so many more. Read, revel and enjoy.


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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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A Philadelphia Story
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A Philadelphia Story
Lori Litchman


Founders and Famous Families from the City of Brotherly Love

Founders and Famous Families: Philadelphia is an in-depth look at how significant founders, families, and firsts made Philadelphia not only the birthplace of our country, but also truly a city of firsts. Through their efforts they stamped their mark on Philadelphia with parks, streets, and landmarks bearing their names.

Lori Litchman's Founders and Famous Families: Philadelphia brings to life the founding families’ histories, a history of lives lived large -- truly the Who’s Who (as well as the When and Where) of Philadelphia -- that when considered together, made the City of Brotherly Love the great metropolis it is today.

As a quick peek into the rich tapestry of local lore, Founders and Famous Families of Philadelphia focuses first on William Penn's creation of a city leading to the birth of our nation. Philadelphia as the first capital of the United States, the declaration of Independence, the Revolutionary War and Benjamin Franklin. The arrival of the Quakers to Philadelphia and religious freedom is explored, as is the Abolition Movement and and Underground Railroad in Philadelphia. In her chapter "Health Firsts" the author reveals that Philadelphia is home to the first hospital, medical school, mental health hospital, eye hospital, children's hospital and the first medical school for women. William Penn called Philadelphia a "green country town" and so it is no surprise that the first Women's horticulture school was founded by Philadelphian Jane B. Haines. Teen idols Frankie Avalon and Bobby Rydell hailed from Pennsylvania and so is sports legend Wilt Chamberlain, one of the greatest and most dominant players in NBA history.

From the first hospital to the first paper mill, Philadelphia was the keystone to our developing nation in its formative years. Philadelphia is also home of America's first zoo, the oldest art museum and art school in the country and the first African American Church in the United States. Philadelphia literally means “City of Brotherly Love,” and much of the city’s growth is connected to the idea of unity.

Philadelphia’s familial history is topped off by noting the invention of the modern-day beehive by Lorenzo Langstroth and the ongoing debate about the inventor of the Philadelphia cheesesteak. GQ recognized Philadelphia as one of the "5 Best Beer Cities in America" which comes to no surprise as the city once was considered the greatest brewing city in the Western Hemisphere, the “Cradle of American Libation” - if you will.

Read, revel and enjoy.


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Summer of Shadows
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Summer of Shadows
Jonathan Knight


Summer of Shadows is an intertwining narrative that tells the story of the 1954 Cleveland Indians (which would etch itself in history as one of the greatest baseball teams in MLB history) and the infamous murder of the wife of Dr. Sam Sheppard in their home along the shore of Lake Erie—which held both the city and the nation spellbound that summer. Both of these generation-defining stories take place in the final days of the “Best Location in the Nation,” the nickname for the Cleveland of the 1950s, which truly was one of the great and most influential cities in America.

The Sheppard case would influence the television series The Fugitive a decade later and give Cleveland’s reputation a black eye following the shoddy and unethical behavior of the city’s police department and news media, which led to the conviction of an innocent man. Meanwhile, the 1954 Indians would post the greatest season in American League history and dethrone the five-time-champion New York Yankees in a dramatic pennant race, culminating in a September doubleheader before 86,000 fans at Cleveland Stadium. The powerful Indians would then be swept by Willie Mays and the New York Giants in the World Series. These two parallel tragedies harbinger an onslaught of adversity that dragged Cleveland from its lofty standing as a leading American city to one with a bleak—even comic—reputation.

Summer of Shadows
is essentially a postcard from that gilded age, when the city enjoyed its own golden October, not knowing that decades of dismal, bitter winter lay ahead.

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10 Truths About Leadership
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10 Truths About Leadership
Pete Luongo, foreword Curt W. Coffman


    Many leaders remember that life-changing moment when, almost suddenly, it became crystal clear what must be done to reach their organization's goal. It wasn't until the author was faced with that one epiphany in his life, a difficult period that required him to rebalance life's priorities and bring a new understanding to his work, that he recognized that all results are based upon behaviors appropriate to the circumstances. By understanding that all of our actions are determined by specific, well-defined standards, a model for success was developed.

    Key to the longevity of the results, this model is sustainable and allows people to retain their personal dignity as they pursue their life's plan. These truths are simple. Acknowledging and abiding by them takes some work. Trust yourself. By illuminating the ten most common obstacles to success, paired with the truths that show the reader how to overcame them, Pete's simple and straightforward advice, based on data and hard-won experience, provides an understandable and virtually guaranteed plan for improvement and achievement.

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Beyond Delicious: The Ghost Whisperer's Cookbook
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Beyond Delicious: The Ghost Whisperer's Cookbook
Mary Ann Winkowski and David Powers


More than 100 Recipes from the Dearly Departed

Beyond Delicious: The Ghost Whisperer's Cookbook includes more than 100 recipes given to her through communication with spirits of great cooks who have passed on. Arranged as 2-page spreads, each entry includes a recipe as well as the story of how the author came to learn it. Beyond Delicious, then, is part cookbook and part ghost story anthology. Together these elements create the most entertaining cookbook of the season.


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