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Championship-worthy t-shirt, a Gilmore Girl writes and Big Freedia celebration

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APPAREL | Earlier this month, the Seattle Sounders won the 2016 MLS Cup, capping an unexpected run through the Major League Soccer playoffs. That means you need a SEATTLE SOUNDERS MLS CHAMPIONS T-SHIRT (mlsstore.com) to commemorate the win — just like you needed 10 shirts when the Seahawks won the Super Bowl. So while our men's national team continues to flounder in its quest to simply qualify for the next World Cup, at least you can feel cozy in your Adidas Sounders tee, celebrating a team that surprisingly won it all.

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BOOK | After finally finishing those four Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life episodes on Netflix, it's time to jump into Lauren Graham's recent New York Times best-selling memoir TALKING AS FAST AS I CAN: FROM GILMORE GIRLS TO GILMORE GIRLS (AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN). Here the actress, most famous for playing Lorelai Gilmore, gets into what it's truly like to memorize all of those words for one show (challenging), her childhood and breaking into Hollywood. In the same vein as other funny women who've recently written books (Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Amy Schumer), Graham's experiences are told in witty if simple prose, old photos and even diary entries.

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MUSIC | Big Freedia's most recent release, A VERY BIG FREEDIA CHRISTMAZZ, is here to bring you a much-needed dose of holiday cheer. Things get feisty from the get-go in "Rudy, The Big Booty Reindeer" when Santa says to Rudy: "I need a break from all this work / Won't you teach me how to twerk?" Too often artists go for sickly-sweet schmaltz on their Christmas records, but simply by utilizing New Orleans-style bounce hip-hop, with its booty-bumpin' beats and ridiculous lyrics, Freedia's new EP exists mostly to make folks dance. ♦

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