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The American Motorcycle Girls: 1900 to 1950

A book of firsts by Cristine Sommer Simmons Parker House, $50, 240 pages The subtitle of Cris Sommer Simmons’ book The American Motorcycle Girls: 1900 to 1950 describes it as “A Photographic History of Early Women Motorcyclists.” Although it’s a beautifully bound book that would look lovely gracing your coffee table, it is so much more than that. It’s a ...

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BIKERS are ANIMALS A Children’s Book on Motorcycling

Teach your children well by Paul Jamiol Dog Ear Publishing, $14.95, 37 pages www.bikersareanimals.com The subtitle of Paul Jamiol’s book is, “A Children’s Book on Motorcycling.” But it’s a lot more than that. A book intended to teach, expose, or demonstrate simple motorcycling to kids wouldn’t have the quantity and depth of between-the-lines commentary about the entire lifestyle as BIKERS ...

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The Old Man and the Harley

A last ride through our fathers’ america By John J. Newkirk Thomas Nelson, Inc., $24.99, 382 pages 1939 was an important year in American history. The United States was coming out of the Great Depression that had begun 10 years before. The economy was picking up and Hollywood produced some classics, including Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of ...

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Motorcycle Dream Garages

Stables for Steel Horses by Lee Klancher Motorbooks International $35 (hardcover), 192 pages Every motorcyclist has a dream garage, with a list of favorite bikes and a special space in which to park them that doesn’t take second place to family or four-wheel transportation. The dream garage might have every tool needed to repair, restore or custom build any motorcycle ...

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Today’s Top Custom Bike Builders

50 years, 50 bikes by Howard Kelly with photography by Michael Lichter Motorbooks International $40 (hardcover), 224 pages, 225 color photos This impressive coffee-table book was financed by S&S Cycle to celebrate their 50th anniversary, but such creative marketing surely merits recognition. Broken into six sections, each representing a type of engine sold by S&S Cycle (P-, SB-, SH-, V-, ...

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Zen and Now: On the Trail of Robert Pirsig and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Pilgrim’s progress by Mark Richardson Knopf Canada Publishers, $25 (hardcover), 288 pages Available in hardcover, paperback or Kindle from Amazon.com or most online booksellers One of the most celebrated books in the motorcycle canon is Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Published in 1974, Zen and the Art has never gone out of print. It’s sold five ...

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Outside—& Inside—the MCs

Befriend and Betray: Infiltrating the Hells Angels, Bandidos and other Criminal Brotherhood Alex Caine Thomas Dunne Books, $25.95, 293 pp. www.thomasdunnebooks.com No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of The Hells Angels Jay Dobyns and Nils Johnson-Shelton Crown Publishers, $25.95, 328 pp. www.crownpublishing.com Angels of Death: Inside the Biker Gangs’ Crime Empire Julian Sher and William Marsden ...

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Adventure! Finding Adventure in One’s Own Home State

Intriguing people, unusual places by Dan Dolack Authorhouse, $19.99, 100 pages www.authorhouse.com 888.280.7715 This author is my kinda guy—and your kinda guy, too, if you love adventure and the way the world unfolds as you ride through it on a Harley with a sidecar. Dan Dolack, now age 84, has seen a lot of the world. He saw it from ...

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Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do

A deeper look at driving written by Tom Vanderbilt Knopf, $24.95, 416 pages A few years ago, I was riding somewhere in the Midwest when I saw a work-zone sign that read, “Construction Ahead. Merge Right.” The right lane was filled with cars that jumped into that lane when they saw the sign, but the left lane, in which I ...

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Learning life’s lessons

We’ll See the World from My Harley: Motorcycle Adventures and Human Relations Dennis Miner Outskirts Press, Inc., $12.95, 153 pp. www.outskirtspress.com www.theworldfrommyharley.com “So what are the most important of life’s lessons that I have definitely learned so far? Somewhere along the way I was told these things but I had to experience them for myself to really learn them.” —Dennis ...

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