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9 Signed Copies You Should Have on Your Shelf

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Signed copies seem to glow on a bookshelf. They're an intimate connection with great authors, and that’s why we can’t help but to show them off to our friends and family. Here are nine signed copies we have in the store that anyone would be overjoyed to receive this holiday season.

View From Above: An Astronaut Photographs the World Cover Image
By Terry Virts, Buzz Aldrin (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781426218644
Availability: Backordered
Published: National Geographic - October 3rd, 2017

If you follow Interabang Books on social media, you know how over the moon we are about astronaut Terry Virts and VIEW FROM ABOVE. I wrote about this book last week in 8 Books About Thankfulness, noting how powerfully the book’s stories and photography affects readers and makes us better appreciate Earth. A signed copy from Commander Virts would enliven and inspire anyone.

Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250171672
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Flatiron Books - November 14th, 2017

Former Vice President Joe Biden is one of the most certifiably authentic politicians in recent American history. For the Vice President, the passing of his son Beau in 2015 was an earth-shaking moment. The combination of the pressures of public duty and the inconsolable pain of losing a child would break almost anyone. Biden surmounted his grief and came out the other end with a renewed dedication to public service. This book details the Vice President’s journey through grief, and the memoir is an incredible account of the power of service to provide direction and meaning in one’s life.

Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802127006
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - June 6th, 2017

Mark Bowden, known for his fantastic book BLACK HAWK DOWN, is at it again with the gripping HUE 1968. The book is a fresh take on combat and the soldier’s story during the Battle of Hue at the height of the Vietnam War. In my conversation with Bowden on Interabang Podcast he explained the significance of Hue not just in strategy of the Vietnam War, but also to American perception of the war and our military capabilities since. Bowden is an incredible author, and HUE 1968 would be a fine addition to any book collection.

Turtles All the Way Down Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525555360
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - October 10th, 2017

John Green reasserts himself as the master of young adult fiction with TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN, his first book in five years. Fans of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS will fall in love with the novel’s protagonist, a wonderfully curious and perceptive young woman suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). It’s Green’s insightfulness that sets his new book apart— TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN is filled with passages so heartbreakingly beautiful and empathetic that your heart will swell to bursting point. This book will be considered a classic of teen fiction in a few decades— it’s a must-have signed copy.

Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735211261
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - November 7th, 2017

Who would’ve thought a book about jellyfish would be so powerful, insightful, and expansive? Juli Berwald, who spoke with us on Interabang Podcast a few weeks ago, gives us in SPINELESS a half-memoir, half-science book that piques curiosity and overflows with fascination. By relating her experiences in research of jellyfish around the world, Berwald explores the importance of jellyfish in the global oceanic ecosystem and so gives us a perfect example of still-unfolding interactions between humans and natural world. The book is also visually stunning— a fine gift for the curious mind in the family.

Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399563829
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Published: Penguin Press - October 17th, 2017

This book’s perfect for any science-lover or futurist in the family. Dr. Kelly and Zach Weinersmith explore the technologies of the future in their fascinating and funny new book. Their research is well-founded, their writing is gripping and fun, and Zach’s weirdly hilarious comics appear throughout. This book made a big splash in the popular science community, and a signed copy is a trophy in some circles.

Even If It Kills Me: Martial Arts, Rock and Roll, and Mortality Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594395390
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: YMAA Publication Center - October 7th, 2017

Rock memoirs are notoriously hit-or-miss— EVEN IF IT KILLS ME is a clear hit. Written by The Toadies bassist Doni Blair, this memoir is entertaining, funny, and surprisingly touching. Blair relates anecdotes of rock stardom combined with intimate glimpses into his restless mind. Ultimately, Blair turns to martial arts as means of channeling his inexhaustible energies and get the most out of life as he heads into his forties. EVEN IF IT KILLS ME is the best kind of midlife crisis!

Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America's Destiny Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735213234
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Published: Sentinel - October 24th, 2017

Kilmeade and Yaeger put their feet down on the gas pedal and don’t let up. This punchy narrative history follows one of our most controversial presidents as he leads American forces in the most important battle of the War of 1812. What I like about ANDREW JACKSON is that the book delivers history with the clarity of a textbook and the entertainment of a novel. This popular history book would be great for a young history lover, or anyone with a curiosity about the often-talked-about Andrew Jackson.

Overload: Finding the Truth in Today's Deluge of News Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538107218
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - October 1st, 2017

As one of America’s last great newsmen of the 20th Century, Bob Schieffer is in the unique position to speak on the state of news in the 21st Century. He does so in OVERLOAD: FINDING THE TRUTH IN TODAY’S DELUGE OF NEWS, a sweeping indictment of the scattered and often intentionally-misleading storm of news content creators online. We had the honor to host Schieffer here in the store, and his passion and concern for modern journalism are irrepressible. OVERLOAD is a great read and a prize for the bookshelf.