“Total Olympics: Every Obscure, Hilarious, Dramatic and Inspiring Tale Worth Knowing” by Jeremy Fuchs, 2020, Workman, 322 pages, $22.95
“Home Ec for Everyone” and “Shop Class for Everyone,” both by Sharon and David Bowers, illustrated by Sophia Nicolay, 2021, Workman Publishing, $14.95 each
“Chasing the Thrill: Obsession, Death, and Glory in America’s Most Extraordinary Treasure Hunt” by Daniel Barbarisi, 2021, Knopf, 349 pages, $28
This is the kind of book that, once you start it, makes the hours disappear. It's an emotional one that'll make you skip dinner and lock the door so you can just read.
Be prepared to be turned every which way with this book. Be set to let "The Son of Mr. Suleman" eat up your weekend. Just be ready because missing it would be a sin.
Before you get to an introspection-level, though, "Jackpot" is so darn entertaining, filled with stories of folks who unintentionally struck it rich in ways they never expected. Reading their stories feels almost like a workbook for potential winners: Do you do this or that? Buy a plane or change careers? Build another house? Where? Who cares?
“We Are Each Other’s Harvest: Celebrating African American Farmers, Land, and Legacy” by Natalie Baszile, 2021, Amistad, 368 pages, $29.99
“Comeback Season: My Unlikely Story of Friendship with the Greatest Living Negro League Baseball Players” by Cam Perron with Nick Chiles, foreword by Hank Aaron, 2021, Gallery Books, 272 pages, $27
“The Black Civil War Soldier: A Visual History of Conflict and Citizenship” by Deborah Willis, 2021, New York University Press, 256 pages, $35
“Raceless: In Search of Family, Identity, and the Truth About Where I Belong” by Georgina Lawton, 2021, Harper Perennial, 304 pages, $17.99; and