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Ultimate: The Greatest Sport Ever Invented by Man
Pasquale Anthony Leonardo

Breakaway Books, $14/paperback
As a former player, I can tell you that this irreverent guide to an underappreciated sport is laugh-out-loud brilliant. Though it's stocked with earnest tips on throwing, catching and general game play for beginners, the compendium also devotes equal space to spoofing disc culture. Leonardo offers advice on style, lingo, attitude, nicknames, post-game hooking up and, my favorite, "How to Name Your Ultimate Team." (How about "Huck Norris" or "Princess Layout?" Classic.) Consider this a must-buy for any player and, potentially, any college-age person. If you don't care how many beers an upside-down Frisbee can hold, then you probably don't want in on this inside joke. Matthew Schniper


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The Somnambulist
Jonathan Barnes

William Morrow, $23.95/hardcover
The publisher describes this book with words like "playful," "addictive," "weird" and "wonderful." Full of murder and mayhem in turn-of-the-century London, Jonathan Barnes' first novel is all of that. You follow detective/magician Edward Moon and the Somnambulist, his sidekick, through the eyes of an anonymous narrator a narrator who admits to lying from the get-go. But that's not the problem with The Sonambulist. When the narrator's identity is finally revealed, you have to suspend disbelief in order to accept the discovery. Though big, it's not enough of a reason to ignore the book, since Barnes has obvious talent. It'll be fascinating to see, with a little more experience, what this author's next venture will bring. Kirsten Akens


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Invincible Summer: An Anthology
Nicole J. Georges

Microcosm Publishing, $12/paperback *Under the Radar
Were I to meet Nicole J. Georges, I think I'd ask her to be my best friend. If Georges weren't so enchanting a character in these quirky comics, this book wouldn't work. It would read as a simple chronicle of mundane daily-life factoids, like what she's eaten and who she's seen. Instead, the book provides a wealth of amusing tidbits, like how to hold a turkey, how to make underwear out of old T-shirts, and how to have a "successful breakfast show in four steps." That's right, live music and pancakes before noon. If any of these seem familiar, you might be interested to know Invincible Summer originally appeared as a series of self-published zines. Frances Gomeztagle

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