Janet Davis

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Start by Believing: Larry Nassar’s Crimes, the Institutions That Enabled Him, and the Brave Women Who Stopped a Monster

The authors’ exhaustive research and relentless pursuit of the truth create an unsettling and stark record of the abuse scandal that sent shockwaves across America and which continues to resonate deeply.

The Athlete as National Symbol: Critical Essays on Sports in the International Arena

The scholarly nature of these essays limits the appeal to an academic readership, but general sports fans looking to research beyond recent incidents will find this a rich resource. Ideal for college and postgraduate students interested in the history and overall scope of nationalism as reflected through athletes and the various sports they play.

What Is a Girl Worth? My Story of Breaking the Silence and Exposing the Truth About Larry Nassar and USA Gymnastics

Essential for sports fans and all readers concerned with the ongoing, widespread challenges of abuse and accountability. Denhollander’s story of empowerment deserves wide readership.

You Throw Like a Girl: The Blind Spot of Masculinity

From success as a football player to his mission as a feminist and educator, McPherson has spent decades sharing his story and advocating for a new definition of manhood. This timely and coherent study of gender roles is highly recommended for all public library collections.

Pioneer Coaches of the NFL: Shaping the Game in the Days of Leather Helmets and 60-Minute Men

An important study of coaches who helped to change professional football into the thriving game that would eventually surpass all other American sports in popularity. Recommended for sports fans, historians, scholars, and all library collections.


My Life on the Line: How the NFL Damn Near Killed Me, and Ended Up Saving My Life

This no-holds-barred account reveals O’Callaghan’s long journey to recovery and self-acceptance, and provides hope for anyone, not only professional athletes, living life in the shadows. Recommended for all sports fans and readers interested in social, cultural, and LGBTQ history.

Just Show Up: And Other Enduring Values from Baseball’s Iron Man

A thoughtful and uplifting selection for readers of all ages. This is an ideal choice for students and new graduates as well as anyone seeking inspiration, written by a beloved baseball legend.


Here's the Catch: A Memoir of the Miracle Mets and More

Baseball and sports fans of all ages will delight in the memories of an everyday player who became an immortal when the 1969 Mets won one of the most astonishing championships in sports history. Recommended for all public library collections.

Abused: Surviving Sexual Assault and a Toxic Gymnastics Culture

Now retired after a successful gymnastics career, Haines reveals not only her experiences as an elite young athlete but also the devastating effects of the serial abuse that she suffered in plain sight. Transcending sports, this is an introspective and motivating account is highly recommended for all public library collections.

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