American Like Me : Reflections on Life Between Cultures
by America Ferrera
From an award-winning actress and political activist comes a vibrant and varied collection of first person accounts from prominent figures—including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Issa Rae, Kumail Nanjiani, Roxane Gay and many more—about the experience of growing up between cultures. Illustrations.
Tigerland: 1968-1969: A City Divided, a Nation Torn Apart, and a Magical Season of Healing by Wil HaygoodBeating the odds: Columbus, Ohio's segregated East High School baseball and basketball teams defied racist vitriol and school underfunding to win state championships during the 1968-1969 season.
Why you might like it: Tense and inspiring, Tigerland captures the turmoil of the 1960s, linking this intimate underdog tale to the larger political happenings of the era.
About the author: Wil Haygood is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and the bestselling author of The Butler: A Witness to History.
Every Day Is Extra
by John Kerry
John Kerry tells the story of his life—from son of a diplomat to decorated Vietnam veteran, five-term United States senator, 2004 Democratic presidential nominee and secretary of state for four years. Simultaneous.
The Greatest Love Story Ever Told: An Oral History by Megan Mullally and Nick OffermanWhat it's about: In this frank and bawdy transcript, "mismatched" couple Megan Mullally (Will and Grace) and Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) chat about their lives and love.
Chapters include: "You're Just Trying To Get In On The Action Because Your Family Is Like A Norman Rockwell Painting;" "I Came Out Of The Womb In a Top Hat And Tap Shoes."
Don't miss: the couple's tips for domestic bliss (like investing in a good mattress and enforcing a "two-week rule" for spending time apart).
Tetris: The Games People Play by Box BrownWhat it is: the complicated origin story of Tetris, "the game that escaped the USSR" in 1984 after its Russian creator sneaked it out of Moscow.
What sets it apart: Bestselling author and illustrator Box Brown (Andre the Giant: His Life and Legend) presents the tale in a whimsical and engaging graphic narrative.
Art alert: straightforward illustrations feature hard edges and minimal coloring meant to evoke the visuals of the game's earliest iterations.
Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus "Notch" Persson and the Game That Changed... by Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson Who it's about: Swedish video game developer Markus Persson, who overcame a childhood rife with family dysfunction to fulfill his lifelong dream of creating his own games.
Who it's for: Video game programmers, fans of Minecraft, and readers who enjoy inspirational success stories will want to give this moving biography a try.
Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle That Defined a Generation by Blake J. HarrisWhat it's about: the battle for market dominance between "Goliath" Nintendo and upstart Sega that revolutionized the video game industry in the 1990s.
For fans of: behind-the-scenes business stories like Moneyball and The Accidental Billionaires.
Media buzz: Console Wars is set for a forthcoming documentary adaptation to be co-directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (who also wrote the book's foreword).
Death by Video Game: Danger, Pleasure, and Obsession on the Virtual Frontline by Simon ParkinWhat it is: a thought-provoking, evenhanded examination of gaming culture and its effect on players.
Why you might like it: Simon Parkin presents examples both sobering (a 23-year-old gamer's death after 23 hours of play) and hopeful (a man who developed a game to cope with his son's cancer diagnosis), offering nuance to ongoing debates about video games' impact.
Further reading: Jane McGonigal's SuperBetter or Tom Bissell's Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter.
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