Nonfiction

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Ball Crazy

Rating: 4
Delves into the the obsession with baseball and makes it easily relatable for the unfamiliar reader, highlighting the emotional highs and lows of watching and playing the game.
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The Spirit in the Desert: Pilgrimages to Sacred Sites in the Owens Valley

Rating: 3
Father Brad Karelius traverses the land of the Paiute Indian tribes, the earth now barren where families once walked. He also takes us inside his own walls--describing his family and their challenges in dealing with his son Erik's seizures.
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Acting Well to Age Well

Rating: 4
While Acting Well to Age Well focuses on the issues of obesity and weight loss, Yaeger's premise of behavioral change for life can be applied to any obstacle that keeps us from being the whole and healthy person we each envision for ourselves.
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Edward Hopper: Light Years

Rating: 4.5
Essay by Peter Schjeldahl
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Buildings: Architecture in American Modernism

Rating: 4
An exhibition organized for the benefit of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
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Georgia O’Keeffe: Selected Paintings and Works on Paper

Rating: 4
Introduction by Robert Pincus-Witten. 90 pages; 41 color illustrations
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ZERO in New York

Rating: 4
This opulently illustrated, lavishly finished book offers a unique English compendium to ZERO, which is presented as an international, stylistically as well as thematically multi-perspective movement, whose history is traced from its immediate beginnings in 1957 to its dissolution in 1966.
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Julian Schnabel: Navigation Drawings

Rating: 4.5
Essay by David Moos. Includes thirty-nine full color reproductions.
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Guillermo Kuitca: Stage Fright

Rating: 4
Published on the occasion of the exhibition "Guillermo Kuitca: Stage Fright" presented at Gallery Met, The Metropolitan Opera, New York, 2007.
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American Bricolage

Rating: 4
An artist's publication assembled on the occasion of the "American Bricolage Exhibition," in collaboration with Hope Atherton, Chris Burden, Greg Colson, Wim Delvoye, Tom Friedman, Tim Hawkinson, Toland Grinnell, Jon Kessler, Tom Sachs, and Richard Wentworth. Reviewed by IR Staff
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Wim Delvoye: Drawings & Scale Models

Rating: 4
In conjunction with a Wim Delvoye solo show, Drawings & Scale Models. Composed of sixty pages of color reproductions.
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A Triple Alliance: de Chirico, Picabia, Warhol

Rating: 4
Exhibition catalogue, 2003. Sperone Westwater, New York.
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Charles LeDray: Sculpture

Rating: 4
Exhibition catalogue. Sperone Westwater, New York, 2007.
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Tom Sachs: Animals

Rating: 4
Exhibition catalogue from Sperone Westwater, New York, 2008.
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Wright on Time: Arizona, Book 1

Rating: 2
A family of four with two homeschooled children who are being "roadschooled” by their parents, as they drive around the country in an RV.
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Xanta Claus

Rating: 2
Santa Claus's job is not just to bring presents; it's to bring hope to children, up to the age of ten. But why stop there? Even adults could use a little hope sometimes.
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The Secret Peace: Exposing the Positive Trend of World Events

Rating: 4
Despite wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, continuing conflict in the Middle East, and such horrendous events as 911, author Jesse Richards presents the boldly optimistic theory that the world is actually moving away from war and violence toward unity and peace.
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Virgil Fox (The Dish): An Irreverent Biography of the Great American Organist

Rating: 4
The great concert organist, Virgil Fox, dominated the classical organ field from the mid-1940’s until his death in 1980. His flamboyant personality and lifestyle matched his outsized playing style, and this book covers them both.
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Love, Fate and Afghanistan

Rating: 3.5
The author looks back on his heady youth in this hippy-era memoir of travels across the Middle East and India.
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A Suitcase Full of Faith

Rating: 3.5
A Suitcase Full of Faith is about traveling the world while listening to one’s heart, even when the obstacles may seem insurmountable.
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Barking Her Way to the Top

Rating: 4
Roger Pyle's s six-year old collie, Kukushka, is not an ordinary pet, as she is able to be understood by her master. The often irreverent dog demands that Pyle get her a job in the civil service.
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Growing Up Irish Catholic, and Surviving My Mom's Eleven Sisters

Rating: 4
The author is sarcastic and misanthropic enough to please any Woody Allen fan, but he is also compassionate and careful to point out his own deficiencies.
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The Daring Spectacle

Rating: 4
SF Chronicle/SFGate columnist and culture critic Mark Morford's hilarious modern record of sex and media, politics and pop culture, love and lust, as told in ninety-two delectable partsnot including all the delicious photos and terrifying hate mail.