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Amazon Book Review: HamiltonA look at a few of our selections for the Best Books of the Year So Far in Humor & Entertainment.

Maybe you've heard of Hamilton, the groundbreaking, overwhelmingly successful musical that even people who don't like musicals want to see. You might not be able to get a ticket, but there's always Hamilton: The Revolution. Lin-Manuel Miranda's companion book packs it in: go behind the scenes with on- and backstage photographs, dozens of interviews, the full libretto (with footnotes from Miranda), reproductions of notebook pages and emails tracing the origins of the show, and sumptuous, deckle-edge pages. And it's in stock!

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Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me: What Pop Music Rivalries Reveal About the Meaning of Life by Steven Hyden
Always an entertaining and insightful commenter, Hyden (Grantland, A.V. Club, Slate, etc.) tackles the greatest arguments of our age: Beatles or Stones, Michael or Prince, Biggie or Tupac, and more. Who you pick might say something about you, but who we pick says much more about us. Is this important? Not at all. Also, definitely important.
 
 

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The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture by Glen Weldon
We live in the Age of Gadgets. iPhones, Fitbits, Kindles, GoPros, Garmins, and Echoes. And Batman is the greatest gadget-lover of them all, the ur-geek whose enduring--even escalating--popularity makes him an ideal lens through which to examine the rise of the Nerds and their Nerd toys. We are all Nerds.
 
 

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Men With Cats: Intimate Portraits of Feline Friendship by David Williams
As it happens, I know two of the men in this book, though I haven't met their cats. I'm more curious about what that says about me than anything else. Otherwise, here is a book men living with cats. Is it funny or melancholy? I don't know, but it's definitely compelling.
 

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Draplin Design Co.: Pretty Much Everything by Aaron James Draplin
We usually don't do a mid-year round-up for Art & Photography (generally these are back-loaded at the end of the year for retail purposes), so that's why this falls here. Pretty Much Everything pretty much describes this collection of Draplin's retro-fied designs, ranging from posters to record covers to patches to trucker hats, for clients including Sub Pop Records, Bernie Sanders, and Nike. A true, original weirdo.
 

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Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements by Bob Mehr
Bob Mehr's certainly definitive biography of the legendary Minneapolis rock band that burned out before achieving the success that they deserved--but obviously weren't built for. Is this a book for hardcore Replacements fans? Absolutely, and it's hard to believe a book this comprehensive could have, would have, been written by a neutral observer. Ambitious, passionate, and obsessive.
 

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