Insightful and amazingly thorough, So Say We All is the definitive (if unofficial) history of Battlestar Galactica.

Insightful and amazingly thorough, So Say We All is the definitive (if unofficial) history of Battlestar Galactica.

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So Say We All, by Edward Gross & Mark A. Altman

The sheer amount of information about Battlestar Galactica (BSG) contained in this one volume is unreal. There are soooooo many interview snippets, covering everything from the show’s TV movie beginnings, to the behind-the-scenes budget problems, to the way the ships were built and filmed, to the chimps in the daggit suit. And *then* it covers everything about the reboot, which I loved just as much.

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A New York Times bestseller on guiding kids into long-term happiness, for less than your morning latte.

A New York Times bestseller on guiding kids into long-term happiness, for less than your morning latte.

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
–by Paul Tough

It’s not often that we’re excited about a nonfiction book sale. But these ideas about guiding children toward long-term happiness line up with everything we saw in the juvenile court system. The good and the bad. You can’t put a price on that. (But if you could, it would definitely be more than $2.99!)

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My Lost Brothers: The Untold Story by the Yarnell Hill Fire’s Lone Survivor — Brendan McDonough

My Lost Brothers: The Untold Story by the Yarnell Hill Fire’s Lone Survivor — Brendan McDonough

Gripping & Inspirational

I felt drawn to this book because I’ve been through wildland firefighter training, so I have a ton of respect for the guys who do it for a living. And I always appreciate people who are willing to tell their own stories. Especially tough, intensely personal stories. Telling the hard truth is one of the highest forms of courage we can share with each other as human beings, and Brendan McDonough holds nothing back.

The author is the lone survivor of the Yarnell Hill fire that claimed the lives of his entire Hotshot team. That fact is in the title of the book because it’s human nature to be interested in that aspect of his story—it’s unique, and it’s intensely dramatic. But no tragedy should ever define a human life. One of the things I love about this book is that it shows how much more there is to Brendan McDonough.

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