What’s in the trunk of your car? Pictures of Mars, a penguin blanket and at least three abandoned coffee mugs.

What’s your favorite memory? Two among many: Spending hours in the tree in my grandma’s backyard with my cousins making up games when we were kids; looking out the plane window as I flew into New Zealand.

Who would play you in a movie? I don’t care who plays me, as long as Oscar Isaac is in the movie somewhere.

If you had a super power, what would it be? Teleportation. Mostly because I'm lazy and don't want to walk places.

Favorite pair of shoes (past or present): The pair of grey and pink Vans I had all throughout high school. They are yellowing and have holes in them and I still can’t bring myself to throw them away.

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A History of American Sports in 100 Objects Cover Image
ISBN: 9780465097746
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Basic Books - October 11th, 2016

This is the perfect holiday gift for any sports fan in your life. This book tells the story of everything from Annie Oakley's rifle to Babe Ruth's "called shot" bat to the dress Billie Jean King wore during the "Battle of the Sexes" match to a hockey stick from the Miracle on Ice, all the way up to Michael Phelps' 2008 swim cap and a brain scan from a concussion-ailed football player. The book is not only a fascinating collection of artifacts, but also a collection of snapshots that showcases the climate of American sports (and, in many cases, American culture on a larger scale) in every era. No matter your favorite sport, you'll find something to be wow'ed by in this book. -Lauren's Holiday Staff Pick, 2016