Janet Davis

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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.


All the Way: My Life in Four Quarters

From the football field to Hollywood and beyond, Namath claims his trademark flair and singular place in history with an autobiography that will be popular with several generations of readers.

The Truth About Aaron: My Journey To Understand My Brother

Hernandez reveals the brother he grew up with, including long-kept secrets about Aaron's family and personal struggles in this cathartic, brutally forthright memoir. More than a football story, this is a statement of unconditional love for his lost brother and a challenge to address the price often paid for success.

Never Shut Up: The Life, Opinions, and Unexpected Adventures of an NFL Outlier

A candid, thoroughly appealing autobiography from an NFL player-turned-television personality who has crossed boundaries and achieved success at every level. Wiley's engaging voice makes this a solid choice for public library sports collections.—Janet Davis, Darien P.L., CT

Quarterback: Inside the Most Important Position in the National Football League

With a critical eye and unsurpassed sense of sports history and culture, Feinstein examines qualities of leadership, the politics and drama within locker rooms and league offices, and the unrelenting pressure that can either crush a quarterback or turn him into a legend. Stellar research and storytelling that make this an essential read for NFL fans and sports enthusiasts.

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