SPORTS & RECREATION

Fear Is a Choice: Tackling Life’s Challenges with Dignity, Faith, and Determination

Harper. Jun. 2020. 224p. ISBN 9780062938435. $27.99. SPORTS
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In his second season in the NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner put himself in the national spotlight with his powerful running style and ability to find the end zone. His debut shares every step of the journey that led Conner to the National Football League. He also describes living with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which became a national story while he was still in college at the University of Pittsburgh, being named the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Player of the year. Expectations were high for Conner heading into the 2015 season, but he tore his MCL during the first game of the season, which led him to sit out the rest of the year. A few months later he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and decided to become an advocate for the disease. This fast-paced book is accessible to both teen and adult readers. Even those who are already familiar with Conner’s story will learn more about the details of his life, and the people who helped him along the way.
VERDICT This memoir will find a home among not just sports fans, but those who enjoy motivational memoirs.

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