Motorcycles

Good reading for easy riders.

 


 

Sturgis Stories: Celebrating the People of the World's Largest Motorcycle Rally

By Thomas G. Endres

 

Sturgis, South Dakota, has about 7,000 residents, but tens of thousands of bikers show up at the start of each August. Endres captures who they are -- Christian bikers, white-collar execs, grandparents, gang members, etc. -- and why they come in a series of incredible photographs and fascinating biographical sketches.

 


 

Hell's Angel : The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club

By Sonny Barger with Keith Zimmerman

 

Barger, the septuagenarian founder of the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club, gives an insider's view into the secretive world of motorcycle gangs; how he started his world-famous organization in Oakland, California; it's surprisingly sweeping cultural impact; and how the Angels have helped change the Harley-Davidson brand.

 


 

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values 

By Robert Pirsig

 

This 1974 bestseller follows a father and son on a summer motorcycling trip that takes them on a philosophical and physical journey. Their relationship with each other and with themselves changes dramatically throughout the journey, and motorcycle maintenance becomes a way to combine the mystery of religion and science.

 


 

The Perfect Vehicle: What It IS About Motorcycles

By Melissa Holbrook Pierson

 

Riding a motorcycle may be the closest thing you come to death, but that doesn't stop around seven million Americans from riding them. Pierson's musings-- about the fellowship of female riders, pre-ride rituals, rides in the rain, etc. -- convey just why devotees of the machine keep themselves dialed in to the riding life.

 


 

Harley Davidson Ride Atlas of North America

By Rand McNally

 

This saddlebag-sized atlas comes packed with motorcycle-friendly maps (with special on-map notations of Harley dealers) and lists of resources for riders out on the open road as well as different motorcycle laws for each state. The atlas also includes highly detailed trip plans for 25 scenic rides across North America.

 

April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.