Staff Picks: 'The Strangest Tribe' and Iron Hill Brewery’s FE 15

PLUS: George Anastasia and Glen Macnow’s The Ultimate Book of Gangster Movies.

The Strangest Tribe: How a Group of Seattle Rock Bands Invented Grunge

By Stephen Tow
Sasquatch Books, 272 pages

Grunge celebrated its 20th anniversary this past fall. Never heard of grunge? Then this book probably isn’t for you. But if you’re like me, and you believe Seattle bands like Mudhoney, Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden were the source of some truly inspired rock moments, then Delaware Valley College professor Stephen Tow’s well-researched examination of the scene that spawned them is a must-read—one that’s written with the impassioned perspective of a historian in love with his subject. —Hobart Rowland
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The Ultimate Book of Gangster Movies

By George Anastasia and Glen Macnow
Running Press, 352 pages

With its ranking of the top 100 mobster flicks, plus interviews with informants, a foreword by Joe Pistone (aka Donnie Brasco) and more, this is one offer you can’t refuse. Decorated Philly journalist George Anastasia teams up with WIP radio personality and St. Joseph’s University professor Glen Macnow to tease out all the best lines, the most accurate body counts and the juiciest factoids for each of their picks. —Emily Riley
 

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Iron Hill Brewery’s FE 15

In celebration of Iron Hill Brewery’s 15th anniversary, raise a pint of FE 15. Brewed by founding owners Kevin Finn, Mark Edelson and Kevin Davis, this Imperial American Tripel is perfect for anyone who enjoys a strong, hoppy brew. The $40 gift pack includes a bottle and two etched commemorative glasses. Get it while you can. Visit ironhillbrewery.com. —Tara Behan

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