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The Book of Basketball

The Book of Basketball

Get yourself ready for another NBA season with The Book of Basketball ($17). Written by ESPN's "The Sports Guy" Bill Simmons, this 700-page tome takes an irreverent, entertaining, and yet informed look at the NBA from the view of a fan, and is filled with interesting anecdotes, tributes to great players of the pasts, and enough stats to make the tax code look simple.

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    If you're a long-time Uncrate reader, you know that we were sold on this book by the title alone — but it's not exactly what you'd think. Instead of focusing solely on The Big Lebowski, Cathleen Falsani's The Dude Abides ($10) is an exploration intro to the existential questions raised by the entire Coen brothers catalogue, from Blood Simple to A Serious Man. Whether it's death, life, love, truth, or evil, there's a Coen film that touches on it, and not always in the way you'd expect. [Thanks, Christopher]

  • City Secrets Books & Movies

    Think you've seen or read all the great books and films there are to digest? Think again. City Secrets Books & Movies ($14 each) are your guide to gems of cinema and literature that are mostly overlooked, compiled from recommendations given by some of the world's most well-respected minds on either subject, including Alec Wilkinson, Kenneth Turan, Marty Scorsese, and Sidney Lumet. Good luck finding copies of — and time to watch and read — all of them.