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399 games, puzzles & trivia challenges specially designed to keep your brain young

399 games, puzzles & trivia challenges specially designed to keep your brain young

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Cross-train your brain. All it takes is ten to fifteen minutes a day of playing the right games. (It's fun.)

Exercising your brain is like exercising your body--with the right program, you can keep your brain young, strong, agile, and adaptable. Organized on an increasing scale of difficulty from "Warm-up" to "Merciless," here are 399 puzzles, trivia quizzes, brainteasers, and word game that are both fun and engaging to play, and are expertly designed to give your brain the kind of workout that stimulates neurogenesis, the process of rejuvenating the brain by growing new brain cells.

Target Six Key Cognitive Functions:

1. Long-Term Memory. 2. Working Memory. 3. Executive Functioning. 4. Attention to Detail. 5. Multitasking. 6. Processing Speed.

America on Two Wheels: Biking Coast to Coast in Search of Human Stories

America on Two Wheels: Biking Coast to Coast in Search of Human Stories

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In 2015, 36-year-old Chicago resident David King finds himself at a personal and professional crossroads. Feeling bored and restless, he longs to strike out on a crazy journey in a quest for beauty, kindness, and inspiration as to where his life should go from here. Having taken up biking as a hobby, he consults a map of the United States and, in a spur-of-the-moment decision, vows to ride across the country - from San Diego to Miami.


Over the course of four months, "America on Two Wheels: Biking Coast to Coast in Search of Human Stories" follows David's journey as he pedals more than 3,000 miles across mountains, desert, bayou, and tropical flatlands, overcoming physical and mental challenges in pursuit of a destination he's not sure he'll even reach. Painting a tableau of adventure and a world of possibility in the vein of Jack Kerouac or Paul Theroux, he introduces readers to an unforgettable cast of characters and their unsung acts of kindness. David invites the reader to join him on a journey through fear, doubt, patience, and discovery - not just across a continent, but toward a profound lesson of gratitude. Part travelogue, part memoir, part spiritual journey, "America on Two Wheels" is an ode to pursuing the open road with an open heart.

Bananagrams : The Official Book

Bananagrams : The Official Book

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Game of the Year winner at the 2009 International Toy Fair, Bananagrams is the international phenomenon that started with a simple idea: An anagram game that is so fast it will drive you bananas! Doing for letters what Sudoku did for numbers, it's the obsessive new puzzle craze that starts with 144 letter tiles in a banana-shaped bag and captures all the fun of crosswords and word games like Scrabble and Boggle.

Now comes Bananagrams! The Official Book, which translates the brain-twisting word fun of the game onto the page, and adds much, much more. Even if you've never dipped your hand into the Bananagrams pouch, the book stands on its own with hours of challenging play. Written by the only three-time National Scrabble Champion, Joe Edley, Bananagrams! offers sixteen clever puzzle types, including Banana Trees, where the object is to build word grids based on a theme; Banana Splits, a collection of four quick anagram puzzles to be solved in rapid-fire style; Banana Leaves, with its four-, five-, six- and seven-letter words; Banana Filling--what happens when you add a K?; and more. The puzzles have four levels of difficulty, from one banana to four bananas. Plus, there are glossaries; special strategies for Bananagrams: The Game; a list of Weords--weird words that are cool to play; two- and three-letter words to take your game to the next level; fun banana facts; and, of course, an answer key.

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Bananagrams! : On the Go Edition

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Bananagrams is on a roll. Now introducing Bananagrams! The On-the-Go Edition, a Bananagrams! book in the bestselling chunky 4 by 6-inch format.

It's an appealing puzzle-book format that's perfect for on-the-go play--to be pulled out of a purse, messenger bag, or knapsack. And just like crosswords, Sudoku, and word searches, Bananagrams! are the kind of puzzles best for when commuting or in the waiting room, or to play before bed--whenever there are a few minutes to challenge and stretch the brain.

On-the-Go offers a total of 575 original puzzles in three levels of difficulty and sixteen lively and varied puzzle types, including two created exclusively for this book. Plus there are Weords (weird words that are fun to play), lists of common two- and three-letter words to improve your game, fun facts about bananas and monkeys, and (of course!) an answer key.
Breaks of the Game (Signed 1st edition)
Breaks of the Game (Signed 1st edition)

Breaks of the Game (Signed 1st edition)

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A New York Times bestseller, David Halberstam's The Breaks of the Game focuses on one grim season (1979-80) in the life of the Bill Walton-led Portland Trail Blazers, a team that only three years before had been NBA champions.


A Pulitzer Prize-winner for his groundbreaking reporting on the Vietnam War, Halberstam wrote more than 20 books, almost all of them bestsellers. His work has stood the test of time and has become the standard by which all journalists measure themselves.The tactile authenticity of Halberstam's knowledge of the basketball world is unrivaled. Yet he is writing here about far more than just basketball. This is a story about a place in our society where power, money, and talent collide and sometimes corrupt, a place where both national obsessions and naked greed are exposed. It's about the influence of big media, the fans and the hype they subsist on, the clash of ethics, the terrible physical demands of modern sports (from drugs to body size), the unreal salaries, the conflicts of race and class, and the consequences of sport converted into mass entertainment and athletes transformed into superstars -- all presented in a way that puts the reader in the room and on the court, and The Breaks of the Game in a league of its own.

1st edition. Signed by author. Dust jacket in protective cover; small creases along top of front cover; one closed tear front spine edge; black cloth over gray paper boards; small area at top of spine and along front edge scuffed; binding tight; text clean and bright. G/G

Crazy Eights Playing Cards

Crazy Eights Playing Cards

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Matching suits and numbers is fun to play with these beautifully illustrated cards by Caldecott winner Chris Raschka.

Features:

  • Cards are 3.25" x 4.5"
  • Instructions included
  • Sturdy sliding tray box for easy storage
Curse  of  Rocky  Colavito:  A  Loving  Look  at  a  Thirty-Year  Slump  (Signed  1st  edition)
Curse  of  Rocky  Colavito:  A  Loving  Look  at  a  Thirty-Year  Slump  (Signed  1st  edition)

Curse of Rocky Colavito: A Loving Look at a Thirty-Year Slump (Signed 1st edition)

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A classic look at those years of baseball futility and frustration that make the rare taste of success so much sweeter. Any team can have an off-decade. But three in a row? Only in Cleveland. No sports fans suffered more miserable teams for more seasons than Indians fans of the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s. Terry Pluto takes a fond and often humorous look at “the bad old days” of the Tribe and finds plenty of great stories for fans to commiserate with. Other teams lose players to injuries; the Indians lost them to alcoholism (Sam McDowell), a nervous breakdown (Tony Horton), and the pro golf tour (Ken Harrelson). They even had to trade young Dennis Eckersley (a future Hall-of-Famer) because his wife fell in love with his best friend and teammate. Pluto profiles the men who made the Indians what they were, for better or worse, including Gabe Paul, the underfunded and overmatched general manager; Herb Score, the much-loved master of malaprops in the broadcast booth; Andre Thornton, who weathered personal tragedies and stood as one of the few hitting stalwarts on some terrible teams; and Super Joe Charboneau, who blazed across the American League as a rookie but flamed out the following season. Long-suffering Indians fans finally got an exciting, star-studded, winning team in the second half of the 1990s. But this book still stands as the definitive story of that generation of Tribe fans—and a great piece of sports history writing.

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King James Brings The Land a Crown

King James Brings The Land a Crown

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King James Brings The Land a Crown picks up the Cleveland Cavaliers' tale with the 2015 Finals loss to Golden State on their home floor. It chronicles the team's victorious journey back to that summit to which this generation's greatest sports icon returned for his storybook ending against a Warriors team that finished with an NBA record 73 wins, and took a 3-1 lead in the Finals. You'll read about Love's one-on-one games with his dad, how Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson brought the team together, hear players talk about building their game, and of course an in-depth examination of Tyronn Lue's value to the team and the circumstance leading up to David Blatt's midseason dismissal. This includes a beat-by-beat review of that Game 7 for the ages that's like hearing it live.
Kyrie Irving: Uncle Drew, Little Mountain, and Enigmatic NBA Superstar

Kyrie Irving: Uncle Drew, Little Mountain, and Enigmatic NBA Superstar

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Perhaps no NBA player today is as exciting and yet enigmatic as Kyrie Irving. Martin Gitlin's biography chronicles Irving's brilliance on the court as a devastating one-on-one talent, examines the influence of his father, the untimely death of his mother, his growth as a basketball player in high school and college, and his journey in the NBA.

Nicknamed the "Isolation Assassin," Irving has earned the distinction as the most incredible isolation player in the league, outperforming rivals such as Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook with his crossover dribble, drives to the basket, stop-and-go moves, and smooth, feathery jumpers, a distinction borne out, moreover, by his championship-clinching shot against Curry's Golden State Warriors in 2016. Yet while he speaks of maximizing his talent, he has shown reluctance to maximize the production of his teammates by passing the ball, as well as his overall defense. Irving expresses his desire to win championships yet demanded a trade away from the franchise best suited to deliver him a second.

Off the court there is no one like Irving either. An educated individual who claims that the earth could be flat and that dinosaurs perhaps never existed, Irving is a man of puzzling contradictions who seeks self-actualization and contentment through a variety of pursuits, including reflection, music, and acting. Gitlin, a veteran writer who has followed Irving's career from the beginning, has much to tell about one of the most mysterious and sensational athletes of our time whose appeal transcends his sport.

Mike Hargrove and the Cleveland Indians: A Baseball Life

Mike Hargrove and the Cleveland Indians: A Baseball Life

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An inside, in-depth look at a fascinating baseball life ...

There were spectacular highs--Rookie of the Year, All Star, World Series ... And devastating lows--the end of his playing days, a tragic accident in his second year as manager, a heartbreaker in the World Series, being fired from the job he loved ...Mike Hargrove truly spent a lifetime in baseball. From the sandlots of tiny Perryton, Texas, to the biggest stage, Game 7 of the World Series, he played, coached, managed ... lived the game for four decades.

The Cleveland Indians were at the center of Hargrove's baseball life for more than 20 years. He played for some mediocre Indians teams in the 1980s. He managed some of the best Indians teams ever in the 1990s--including five consecutive division titles, one of the most powerful offensive lineups in baseball history (Lofton, Belle, Baerga, Murray, Thome, Ramirez) and two trips to the World Series.

Not bad for a kid who didn't play baseball in high school, was a walk-on in college and an afterthought 25th-round draft pick.

One constant in Hargrove's roller-coaster career: Sharon Hargrove. Their 50-year marriage in an unsteady business (from 1970 to 1995, the Hargroves lived in 23 different houses) is inspiring.

This book takes a close-up look at a life and career long under-appreciated--by us, not by him--perhaps because much of it was spent in the shadows of so many big personalities. But Hargrove's story includes big moments--both heartbreaking and heart-stopping.