Baseball in Colorado Springs; Scatter, Adapt, and Remember; Every Boy Should Have a Man 

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Baseball in Colorado Springs

Roger P. Hadix

Arcadia Publishing, $21.99/paperback

If you ever lose sight of Colorado Springs' gritty, blue-collar beginnings, just remember that our first professional baseball team, created in 1901, was nicknamed the Millionaires. As author Roger P. Hadix quotes the Gazette as asking at the time, "Everybody in Colorado Springs is a millionaire and why shouldn't the ball players be?" It's nuggets like that along with a plethora of black-and-white photos, many supplied by Benny's Restaurant & Lounge, that make Baseball in Colorado Springs a lovely little read, especially for history nerds. Other gems include a picture of Winfield S. Stratton throwing out the first pitch at the facility he had built for the Millionaires, Boulevard Park; a deep section on the first iteration of the Sky Sox, from the 1950s; and an entire end section devoted to Hall of Famer and local legend Goose Gossage. — Bryce Crawford

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Scatter, Adapt, and Remember

Annalee Newitz

Doubleday, $26.95/hardcover

In Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction, Annalee Newitz, a science journalist and maven of the popular website io9, examines patterns of mass extinctions through a lens that will make us pay attention. She reviews previous mass extinction events, humanity's history, and the ways in which humans have "dodged the bullet" at previous points when extinction might have occurred. She also examines some technological advances ("How to Build a Death-Proof City") — which, when combined with prior strategies (the "scatter, adapt, remember" of the title), might be enough to keep our species from disappearing for good. Newitz is a fantastic science writer for the general reader, and she doesn't forget to include some purely speculative and sci-fi-sounding options: living without bodies (the "singularity") or spreading out across the solar system. — Kel Munger

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Every Boy Should Have a Man

Preston Allen

Akashic Books, $23.95/hardcover

In just under 200 pages, Every Boy Should Have a Man presents an eye-opening and beautifully rendered post-apocalyptic parable. In a world occupied by oafs (immense, giant-like creatures), the main character is simply known as "the boy," and as the title suggests, he wants a "man" to keep as his very own. His family is poor, however, and buying and keeping a man is expensive, so his first man is one he finds wandering in the brambles — and who is soon reclaimed by a wealthy oaf. His father presents him with a second man, a "female man," who is feisty and gets into some trouble — resulting in a third man, a "baby female man." As the boy learns about love and loss, the reader takes a roller-coaster ride through issues of gender, race, environment, poverty, religion, war ... you know, just the small stuff of life. — Kirsten Akens


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