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"What If" by Randall Munroe

From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have an enormous, dedicated following, as do his deeply researched answers to his fans' strangest questions. The queries he receives range from merely odd to downright diabolical: - What if I took a swim in a spent-nuclear-fuel pool? - Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns? - What if a Richter 15 earthquake hit New York City? - Are fire tornadoes possible? His responses are masterpieces of clarity and wit, gleefully and accurately explaining everything from the relativistic effects of a baseball pitched at near the speed of light to the many horrible ways you could die while building a periodic table out of all the actual elements. The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with the most popular answers from the xkcd website. "What If? "is an informative feast for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical.


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*Any color in the rainbow, and then some...WAS $11.00

Any color in the rainbow, and then some . . . Swing, skip and dance with a little girl named Gracie and her grandma, G Mops, who love and support each other through a colorful lifetime of playful, wonderful and memorable moments. A perfect gift for any special relationship.

Story, design, and illustrations by Krist Abel-Helwig.


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*Any dinosaur that's been discovered, and WAS $11.00

Any dinosaur that's been discovered, and then some . . . Run, jump and joke with a little boy named Sammy and his pesky grandpa, SuperPops, who love and tease each other as they explore their world through wonderful adventures, all the while discovering the best experiences are the ones we share.

Story, design, and illustrations by Krist Abel-Helwig.


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*Any place you've ever imagined, and then WAS $11.00

Any place you've ever imagined, and then some . . . Listen, laugh and learn with a little girl named Margo and her amazing Aunt Pauline, Auntie PA ( pah ), who love and support each other as they travel through a lifetime of exciting, entertaining and eventful expeditions in places near and far, far away.

Story, design, and illustrations by Krist Abel-Helwig.


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*Fracture: Essay Poems, and Stories on Fra WAS $24.95

Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America brings together a choir of established and emerging writers, giving voice to the complexities of hydraulic fracturing across the United States. During a time in which so much information is known about fracking, art is needed to move the public consciousness and national conversation towards better land practices. In the tradition of Wallace Stegners 'This is Dinosaur,' Terry Tempest Williams and Stephen Trimbles 'Testimony,' and Rick Bass and David James Duncans 'The Heart of the Monster,' Fracture braids together essays, poems, and fiction to help bring new understanding to the plight of fracking. Pam Houston provides an introduction.

By Taylor Brorby & Stefanie Brook Trout, editors. Introduction by Pam Houston.


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*I love you I love you I love you I do WAS $11.00

I love you I love you I love you I do. If you were purple, then I'd be blue. Zoë, a precocious seven-year-old is struggling with her emerging identity. After a bedtime rhyming game with her dad she begins to realize what it means to be a part of a family.

Story, design, and illustrations by Krist Abel-Helwig.


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*The wifful wafful diffle daffle sniffle WAS $11.00

The wifful wafful diffle daffle sniffle snaffle snorful dorful waffle Even without syrup this sweet fun-filled story about a non-breakfast-eater turned waffle-completer is sure to delight both listener and reader, again and again.

Story, design, and illustrations by Krist Abel-Helwig.


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*We love you we love you we love you we do WAS $11.00

We love you we love you we love you we do. If you were a pirate, then we'd be your crew. When Max and Zoë play a bedtime rhyming game with their adopted baby sister Emma, Max wonders why she gets so much attention. Zoë shares what she has learned about families so he understands and appreciates what his baby sister adds to their lives.

Story, design, and illustrations by Krist Abel-Helwig.


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100 Things Iowa State Fans Should Know

100 Things Iowa State Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by Alex Halsted and Dylan Montz. Foreword by Fred Hoiberg, Foreword by Sage Rosenfels


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A Culinary History of Iowa By Darcy Dougherty Maulsby

Iowa’s delectable cuisine is quintessentially midwestern, grounded in its rich farming heritage and spiced with diverse ethnic influences. Classics like fresh sweet corn and breaded pork tenderloins are found on menus and in home kitchens across the state. At the world-famous Iowa State Fair, a dizzying array of food on a stick commands a nationwide cult following. From Maid-Rites to the moveable feast known as RAGBRAI, discover the remarkable stories behind Iowa originals. Find recipes for favorites ranging from classic Iowa ham balls and Steak de Burgo to homemade cinnamon rolls—served with chili, of course! Author Darcy Dougherty Maulsby serves up a bountiful history of tasty tradition.


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A Wrestling Life 2 by Dan Gable

When most people think of the celebrated greatness that is Coach Dan Gable, they think of an almost mythic intensity toward wrestling. Gable breathes and bleeds the sport, and faithfully applies lessons learned from both on and off the mat. Expanding upon Gable’s first collection of stories, A Wrestling Life 2 goes a little deeper into the mindset and life events that have shaped the man, the wrestler, and the coach.

Through stories funny, heartfelt, intense, and always engaging, Gable shares more about the life he has lead and what can be learned from those experiences. He goes on to detail what have come to be known as the Gable Trained principles that he follows to keep his life full of “wins,” the revelations about how to cultivate success at the highest levels, and the reasons behind these steps for living well.

A Wrestling Life spent two months on the New York Times sports bestseller list, and has become an instant classic of sports memoirs. A Wrestling Life 2 is sure to add to Gable’s ever-growing legacy and entertain and inspire wrestling fans everywhere.


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A Wrestling Life: The Inspiring Stories of Dan Gable

What does it take to be an Olympic gold medalist and to coach a collegiate team to fifteen NCAA titles? In A Wrestling Life: The Inspiring Stories of Dan Gable, famed wrestler and wrestling coach Dan Gable tells engaging and inspiring stories of his childhood in Waterloo, Iowa; overcoming the murder of his sister as a teenager; his sports career from swimming as a young boy, to his earliest wrestling matches, through the 1972 Olympics; coaching at the University of Iowa from the Banachs to the Brands; life-changing friendships he made along the way; and tales of his family life off the mat. A celebration of determination, teamwork, and the persevering human spirit, A Wrestling Life captures Gable’s methods and philosophies for reaching individual greatness as well as the incredible amount of fulfillment and satisfaction that comes from working as part of a team.

Dan Gable with Scott Schulte.


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Along Iowa's Historic Highway 20 (Postcard History)

US Highway 20 was designated a federal highway in 1926. For the first half of the 20th century, it was the most important east-west road across northern Iowa, extending from the Mississippi to the Missouri River. The road connected 13 counties, four major metropolitan areas, and many smaller communities along its route. Fortunately, the historic two-lane road remains almost completely intact and can be driven much as travelers did in years gone by. Along Iowas Historic Highway 20 celebrates such a trip, illustrated by more than 200 antique postcards that show the personality of the road: town and city scenes, rural vistas, rivers, bridges, and historic sites. Not to be forgotten are the tourist courts, hotels, diners, and gas stations that made travel possible.


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American Gothic The Life Of Grant Wood

American Gothic The Life Of Grant Wood. Words By Susan Wood. Pictures By Ross Mac Donald.

From humble beginnings sketching Iowa's cornfields and rolling hills as a child, Grant Wood became the father of regionalism, an artistic movement that celebrated the simple and real-life surroundings of the people. When studying art in Europe in the early 20th century, Grant couldn't find a style that touched his heart quite right. Impressionism, cubism, and abstract art didn't reflect his view of the world. It wasn't until he stumbled upon Gothic art that Grant recognized something familiar.

Back home in America, Grant asked his sister and his dentist to pose for what would become the founding, iconic image of regionalism and a uniquely American work of art. Grant's art celebrated hard-working Americans who finally saw themselves in fine art. American Gothic is a picture-book biography that explores the birth of the famous painting, the movement that made it possible, and the artist who created it all.


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Blue Sky White Stars By Sarvinder Naberhaus, Kadir Nelson

An inspiring and patriotic tribute to the beauty of the American flag, a symbol of America’s history, landscape, and people, illustrated by New York Times bestselling and Caldecott-honor winning artist Kadir Nelson.

Wonderfully spare, deceptively simple verses pair with richly evocative paintings to celebrate the iconic imagery of our nation, beginning with the American flag. Each spread, sumptuously illustrated by award-winning artist Kadir Nelson, depicts a stirring tableau, from the view of the Statue of Library at Ellis Island to civil rights marchers shoulder to shoulder, to a spacecraft at Cape Canaveral blasting off. This book is an ode to America then and now, from sea to shining sea.


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Campustown by Anthony Capps

For more than one hundred years, Campustown has served the students and community of Iowa State University. The originally residential neighborhood west of Ames was born in the early 1900s, when the school compelled students to seek residence off campus. However, local government overlooked the neighborhood, and it fell behind the achievements of Big Ames. After the boom of the previous decade, community leaders organized a secession movement in 1916. It took nearly a quarter century, but the neighborhood finally connected to the grid of public utilities. Author Anthony Capps takes readers on a journey from Campustown’s roots, through its vibrant years in the 1960s to current projects breathing new life into the district.


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Constitution of the United States

The landmark legal document of the United States, the U.S. Constitution comprises the primary law of the Federal Government. Signed by the members of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787, the Constitution outlines the powers and responsibilities of the three chief branches of the Federal Government, as well as the basic rights of the citizens of the United States. This beautiful gift edition contains the complete text of the United States Constitution, as well as all of its amendments. It is a treasure for Americans of all ages.


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Farm Estate & Business Planning by Neil E. Harl

Farm Estate & Business Planning by Neil E. Harl (Paperback)

Written with minimum legal jargon and numerous examples, this book is suitable for all levels of people associated with farms and ranches, from farm and ranch families to lenders and farm managers. Some lawyers and accountants circulate the book to clients as an early step in the planning process. We invite you to begin your farm and ranch estate and business planning with this book and help save your hard-earned assets for your children.


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Fill-In-The-Blank What I Love About Mom Gift Book

This little book contains fill-in-the-blank lines to describe why your moms the best. Just complete each line and voilà: you have a uniquely personal gift Mother will read again and again. Make it as hilarious, honest, or heartfelt as you choose! Great as a Mother's day gift from kids of all ages.

Hardcover with removable clear plastic jacket; 4.5 x 3.25 inches; 112 pages.

Knock Knock is an award-winning purveyor of witty books and paper products based in Venice, CA


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Football's Fallen Hero by Steven L. Jones

Football's Fallen Hero by Steven L. Jones (Paperback)

The Jack Trice Story

Jack Trice was working to earn a degree and go south to help fellow African Americans when tragedy struck.


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Good Night Farm by Adam Gamble, Cooper Kelly

Good Night Farm highlights corn, wheat, cotton, apples, peaches, pumpkin farms, and animals such as horses, cows, goats, sheep, geese, ducks, and chickens. Tractors, barns, and sheep shearing are also featured. Within the pages of this educational board book, children will spend a day on the farm while they learn about how a farm works. Don't forget your overalls!


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Good Night Iowa

Many of North America’s most beloved regions are artfully celebrated in these board books designed to soothe children before bedtime while instilling an early appreciation for the continent’s natural and cultural wonders. Each book stars a multicultural group of people visiting the featured area's attractions and rhythmic language guides children through the passage of both a single day and the four seasons while saluting the iconic aspects of each place. This book of all things relating to the Hawkeye State spans from the farmlands to walleye fishing grounds in the Iowa Great Lakes. It highlights sights from Des Moines—the state capitol building, the Iowa State Fair, Adventureland, Blank Park Zoo, and the Des Moines Art Center—to Iowa City and the University of Iowa. Children can say goodnight to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum as well as Dubuque-area sites, including the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium and Effigy Mounds National Monument.


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Goodnight, Cyclones

Goodnight, Cyclones children's book.

Written by Amy DeLashmutt and Illustrated by Sarah Heinz.

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Hancher vs. Hilton: Iowa's Rival University Presidents

Hancher vs. Hilton: Iowa's Rival University Presidents by Matt Kuhns

In the late 1950s presidents of rival schools the University of Iowa, and Iowa State, began a several-year feud which redefined both institutions. While President of Iowa State, James Hilton worked to transform the "state college" into a broader university. But Virgil Hancher was deeply suspicious of the prospects for two, competing state universities after years of struggle to obtain funds for the University of Iowa, and fought hard for an alternate vision. The result was a contest over educational philosophy, petty administrative details and bottom-line financial advantage. The rival presidents fought in public forums, and behind the scenes in remarkably pointed memos and meetings. The product of more than two years’ archival research, "Hancher vs. Hilton" reintroduces the largely forgotten individuals behind two iconic names, whose full stories have gone untold for more than 50 years.


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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts 1 & 2

(Special Rehearsal Edition Script): The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.


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