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Giannis: The Improbable Rise of an NBA MVP

Though the narrative is occasionally slowed by an overabundance of detail, the depth of Fader's research and the uniqueness of Antetokounmpo's story make this a compelling read. Basketball fans will love it all, especially with Giannis becoming a star player for the Milwaukee Bucks.

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Racing the Clock: Running Across a Lifetime

A beautiful meditation on the author’s lifelong connections with nature and running, and the inevitable end of those relationships. Readers who enjoyed Heinrich’s other books will find, and welcome, the familiar themes of his extraordinary life.

The Kaepernick Effect: Taking a Knee, Changing the World

An insightful book about the wide-reaching effects of Kaepernick’s protests. This book is highly recommended and is necessary reading for all, especially those who want to make a difference in promoting social justice, equity, and inclusion, and end police brutality.
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The Master: The Brilliant Career of Roger Federer

This comprehensive portrait will thrill tennis fans and will also draw in and capture readers unfamiliar with Federer or professional tennis. An essential addition to sports and biography collections.
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Breathe: A Life in Flow

Fans of Gracie’s fights, practitioners or fans of martial arts, and those interested in the evolution of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu will find excellent insight here.

Tall Men, Short Shorts: The 1969 NBA Finals; Wilt, Russ, Lakers, Celtics, and a Very Young Sports Reporter

Over 50 years after he first covered these games, Montville gives basketball fans a book they won’t want to put down.

Can’t Knock the Hustle: Inside the Season of Protest, Pandemic, and Progress with the Brooklyn Nets’ Superstars of Tomorrow

A must-read for its in-depth look at the mental, economic, and political tribulations of NBA players. A good complement to Ben Golliver’s Bubbleball that will give readers a full understanding of the struggles and dynamics of the 2019–20 NBA season.
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Women on Waves: A Cultural History of Surfing; From Ancient Goddesses and Hawaiian Queens to Malibu Movie Stars and Millennial Champions

As surfing will make its Olympic debut in 2021, this book’s eye-catching cover and well-organized history make it an outstanding choice for sports and surfing aficionados. Recommended for public library sports collections, especially in areas where surfing is popular.

Till the End: A Pitcher’s Life

A wonderful read from start to finish. Fans of Sabathia, and baseball in general, will love this honest memoir.

All In: An Autobiography

An absorbing story, richly told by one of the 20th century’s pioneering sports figures and social activists. An essential memoir that will inspire and stay with readers of all ages.
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The Barcelona Complex: Lionel Messi and the Making—and Unmaking—of the World’s Greatest Soccer Club

FC Barcelona is a way of life for untold millions around the world, and Kuper covers over a century of the beloved team’s history with an insider’s view and a fan’s insights. Followers of “the Beautiful Game” will enjoy this deep dive into one of the world’s most famous and successful franchises.

Steve Kerr: A Life

Despite a rather abrupt conclusion, this engaging biography is a must-read for basketball fans. Howard-Cooper tells the story of a player who, with luck, pluck, and smarts, has evolved into a top-tier coach and political activist.
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Letters to a Young Athlete

Readers seeking a memoir about Bosh’s life may be disappointed. Although the advice here is not revolutionary, this straightforward book will find an audience with high school athletes hoping to improve their game outside of practice.

Bubbleball: Inside the NBA’s Fight to Save a Season

Beyond basketball, this book is an important cultural artifact of the impacts of COVID-19 on American life, as well as the interconnection of social justice and sports. An instant classic.

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Sidecountry: Tales of Death and Life from the Back Roads of Sports

Branch’s essays depict ordinary people doing extraordinary things at the fringes of the sporting world. This collection can be enjoyed by a wide range of readers and sports fans.

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The Optimist: A Case for the Fly Fishing Life

A lovely, ruminative book about a venerable sport; it bears comparison to Adrian Smith’s Monsters of Rivers and Rock. Coggins’s enthusiasm for fly fishing is so infectious that the book will readily hook non-fishers as well.
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Glory Days: The Summer of 1984 and the 90 Days That Changed Sports and Culture Forever

Historians, sports fans, and any readers interested in American culture will find this a fascinating look at three months with lasting implications. A thought-provoking and recommended choice for all public library collections.
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Finish Strong: A Father’s Code and a Son’s Path

This memoir will find readers among fans of insider sports accounts, or anyone fascinated by what it takes to become a pro athlete; it’s also a solid choice for young adults.
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Beyond Baseball’s Color Barrier: The Story of African Americans in Major League Baseball, Past, Present, and Future

A fascinating and important look at baseball history, which will be appreciated by any fan of the sport.
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Baseball Under the Lights: The Rise of the Night Game

This detailed history of night baseball will enlighten even the most knowledgeable fans and will surely appeal to readers interested in sports history more generally.

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Seeing Serena

At times, Mazorati’s critical tone takes away from the reading experience. Readers might get a fuller picture of Williams’s career by accompanying this book with the HBO series Being Serena, which is told in her own voice.

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Cheated: The Inside Story of the Astros Scandal and a Colorful History of Sign Stealing

This disturbing tale will satisfy baseball fans, but will also be of great interest to many other sports followers.

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The Reshaping of America’s Game: Major League Baseball After the Players’ Strike

Soderholm-Difatte’s great strength lies in his examination of the steroid era and the damages it wrought, representation of non-white people in baseball management, and new baseball analytics which look for the most productive players through statistical scrutiny. An engaging overview of the sport.

Tony Lazzeri: Yankees Legend and Baseball Pioneer

This book adds much new detail and perspective to the history and development of baseball. It is a must-read for baseball fans, particularly fans of the New York Yankees. It belongs in all public libraries, and libraries with a local connection to the subject.
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Mud, Rocks, Blazes: Letting Go on the Appalachian Trail

Complete with a map of her route, the latest from Anderson will make hikers want to reach for their trekking poles and will satisfy armchair travelers looking for adventure.

Cobra: A Life of Baseball and Brotherhood

Parker has a deep collection of stories and he tells them in a way that puts readers right in the thick of it all, from play-by-plays of the biggest playoff games to the brash and freewheeling banter that was always on tap in the Pirates' clubhouse.  

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Comeback Pitchers: The Remarkable Careers of Howard Ehmke and Jack Quinn

This well-researched study of Ehmke, Quinn, and early 20th-century baseball will appeal to readers who enjoy inspiring sports stories.

Clubbie: A Minor League Baseball Memoir

This well-written, realistic, and necessary addition to current baseball literature belongs on the shelves of school and public libraries especially, as well as smaller college collections.

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Miracles on the Hardwood: The Hope-and-a-Prayer Story of a Winning Tradition in Catholic College Basketball

Both students and fans of basketball will find this a valuable survey of the last eight decades of the sport, even as it concentrates on the fortunes of Catholic teams.

Sidelined

There’s no other current book that captures the challenges women face in sports media, and DiCaro does this masterfully. Bringing a feminist lens to the world of sports, this book sets itself apart with its reporting and relevancy.

Crossing the Line: A Fearless Team of Brothers and the Sport That Changed Their Lives Forever

This unusual memoir deserves wide readership and discussion. A highly recommended purchase for all public libraries and sports collections.

Comeback Season: My Unlikely Story of Friendship with the Greatest Living Negro League Baseball Players

Baseball fans will thoroughly enjoy this captivating look into a side of the sport they might not know about. This heartfelt book, with a foreword by Hank Aaron, is a must-read, and Perron’s personable writing succeeds in giving often overlooked players a voice.
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Our Team: The Epic Story of Four Men and the World Series That Changed Baseball

Epplin has given us an entertaining account of this ball club, and we find ourselves rooting for them in the end. An enjoyable read for all sports fans.
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So Many Ways to Lose: The Amazin’ True Story of the New York Mets—The Best Worst Team in Sports

All sports fans will recognize in Gordon’s promising debut the dedication, disappointment, and pure elation that come with following their special team. A worthy companion to more comprehensive histories of the franchise, recommended for baseball collections in all public and specialty libraries.
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Fighting Visibility: Sports Media and Female Athletes in the UFC

With an extensive bibliography, this well-researched account sheds insight into the various issues that women in sport face, and the costs of their high visibility. Those teaching and studying sport management should consider reading this book and using it in their research. Highly recommended.
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Bracketology: March Madness, College Basketball, and the Creation of a National Obsession

This reads as a self-promotional biography for Lunardi. The historical background is limited and there is no detailed comparative analysis highlighting differences between teams that make the tournament versus those that don’t. Not recommended.
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Fans: How Watching Sports Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Understanding

While there have been other books written about fandom, this is a quick read that even casual fans of sports may enjoy.

Double Plays and Double Crosses: The Black Sox and Baseball in 1920

One hundred years after the notorious Black Sox scandal, baseball scholars and historians will find this an essential study of a previously unexplored chapter of the game’s history. An important addition to baseball collections, especially for academic and specialty libraries.
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Sparring with Smokin’ Joe: Joe Frazier’s Epic Battles and Rivalry with Ali

Fans of Ali might not be pleased, but Lewis portrays Frazier as a fighter for the ages in this admiring book.
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America’s Game in the Wild-Card Era: From Strike to Pandemic

Baseball fans actively following the sport in the 1990s and 2000s will greatly appreciate this fantastic book and its detailed insight.
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I Came as a Shadow: An Autobiography

Thompson was the first Black coach to win a NCAA championship, and left an indelible mark on college basketball. His autobiography is an important American life story, highly recommended for all public libraries and sports collections.
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Own the Arena: Getting Ahead, Making a Difference, and Succeeding as the Only One

Recommended for tennis fans and readers interested in women in leadership positions in sports.
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Friday Night Lives: Photos from the Town, the Team, and After

An impactful collection on the enduring popularity of Friday Night Lights, that will appeal to fans of the book, movie, or TV series.
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Pee Wees: Confessions of a Hockey Parent

A fascinating look at hockey culture that also offers insight into the competitiveness of youth sports.

Tom Seaver: A Terrific Life

This definitive biography of Seaver’s life and times is well written and highly recommended. A must-read for all Mets fans.
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Bravey: Chasing Dreams, Befriending Pain, and Other Big Ideas

Pappas is a talented writer and brilliant storyteller and her story is one worth telling. Highly recommended for all readers, especially high school and collegiate running coaches as well as those interested in learning more about distance running.
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Undrafted: Hockey, Family, and What It Takes To Be a Pro

This is a well-written and highly enjoyable insider look at the professional hockey world that will appeal not only to hockey fans but also to those interested in sports media topics and those who appreciate a really good memoir.
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The Big Three: Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and the Rebirth of the Boston Celtics

A can’t-miss with Celtics die-hards and enjoyable reading for other fans of the game.

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One Life

Essential for all readers. Rapinoe shares much wisdom throughout, and her words are a call for action to continue to fight societal inequalities.
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From Hang Time to Prime Time: Business, Entertainment, and the Birth of the Modern-Day NBA

A well-researched work for readers interested in sports business and NBA history. Casual basketball fans should seek out Jackie MacMullan’s Basketball: A Love Story.
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The Cap: How Larry Fleisher and David Stern Built the Modern NBA

Basketball and sports fans interested in what goes on behind their favorite team’s closed doors will find this an important and accessible account of the NBA’s salary cap and how it has affected professional sports, for better or worse. A unique history, recommended for all public library collections.
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Hockey’s Hot Stove: The Untold Stories of the Original Insiders

A fun and entertaining read with a multitude of insider stories. Will appeal to hockey fans and sports media enthusiasts.
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Young Bucks: Killing the Business from Backyards to the Big Leagues

Those not familiar with professional wrestling may initially get lost in a sea of names, places, and events that often seem to blur together. However, this intriguing, personal, family-centered telling of the Jacksons’ story will draw in and inspire many readers. Recommended for public libraries, and some academic business collections.

This Boxing Game: A Study in Beautiful Brutality

For both boxing fans and those casually interested in the sport, this is a knockout.

The Captain: A Memoir

Wright’s fascinating career comes to life in this wonderfully written and insightful sports memoir.
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Loving Sports When They Don’t Love You Back: Dilemmas of the Modern Fan

This is the book that sports fans didn’t know they needed. Highly recommended for any reader who has felt conflicted about being a sports fan.
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Havin’ a Ball

An appealing account that blends Adubato’s own memories with basketball’s growth over five decades. Recommended for all sports collections.

Our Last Season: A Writer, a Fan, a Friendship

A wonderful and engaging book, not only for basketball and Knicks fans, but also a meaningful look about the importance of friendship.
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My Brother, Muhammad Ali

The only sibling of Ali brings us into the boxer's inner circle with warmth and ease. This engaging biography of a complicated, charismatic, and larger-than-life figure is recommended for all public library collections.

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The Dynasty

A well-written look of the Patriot dynasty that should be in demand by football fans, though it would not preclude a more gridiron-focused take on how the dynasty was constructed and maintained.
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The Role I Played: Canada’s Greatest Olympic Hockey Team

Small’s drive to be part of the competition—preferably on the winning side
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Sooner: The Making of a Football Coach—Lincoln Riley’s Rise from West Texas to the University of Oklahoma

As one of the only books about Lincoln Riley, this is a must-have for football collections.
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One To Remember: Stories from 39 Members of the NHL’s One Goal Club

Hockey fans and those who enjoy strong sports writing will appreciate.

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Too Sweet: Inside the Indie Wrestling Revolution

So much is presented here that it’s sometimes dizzying, but professional wrestling fans and historians will be gratified.

Buzzie and the Bull: A GM, a Clubhouse Favorite, and the Dodgers’ 1965 Championship Season

A wonderful exploration of a single baseball season told with great verve and exceptional research augmented by hours of interviews with Ferrara himself and numerous other baseball luminaries.

The Q Factor: The Elusive Search for the Next Great NFL Quarterback

While some readers may find it interesting to go back and read about predraft analysis of the 2018 NFL draft class, for more intense NFL fans, information may be repetitive as nothing revolutionary is described in the book.

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Macho Time: The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of Hector Camacho

Giudice riffs on an old story here, but boxing fans who remember the ascendant days of lighter-weight fighters such as Roberto Durán, Sugar Ray Leonard, Julio César Chávez, and Oscar De La Hoya will want to read.

Three-Ring Circus: Kobe, Shaq, Phil, and the Crazy Years of the Lakers Dynasty

A must-read for all basketball fans, especially considering Bryant’s tragic death in January 2020. For a biography of Bryant’s life, Roland Lazenby’s Showboat will interest readers.
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Growing Up on the Gridiron: Football, Friendship, and the Tragic Life of Owen Thomas

Highly recommended for those wanting to learn more about CTE, especially how it can impact young athletes. This memorable story will stay with readers long after finishing the last pages.
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Rapture: Fifteen Teams, Four Countries, One NBA Championship, and How to Find a Way to Win—Damn Near Anywhere

An engaging account for fans of the Toronto Raptors or for readers who also enjoyed Phil Jackson’s Eleven Rings.
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Eddie Cicotte: The Life and Career of the Banned Black Sox Pitcher

This highly readable work, loaded with numbers and statistics, is a must read for any baseball fan, and belongs in most public libraries. It also will find a place in academic collections that support the study of early 20th-century American culture., Delhi
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Elway: A Relentless Life

With exclusive recollections of Elway’s college football years, Cole delves into the forces that shaped the quarterback and gave him the resiliency to overcome challenges both on and off the field. Recommended for all public library collections, and especially for readers interested in the evolution of sports in the late 20th century.
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Love, Zac: Small-Town Football and the Life and Death of an American Boy

A tragic, moving story that will linger with readers of sports and biographies in general.
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Losers: Dispatches from the Other Side of the Scoreboard

A fascinating look at another side of sports, emphasizing those who lost games, matches, and tournaments, along with the pressures they faced and the ramifications of their losses. A wonderful choice for sports enthusiasts.

Cy Young: The Baseball Life and Career

Fans of baseball history and those interested in learning more about one of the most celebrated pitchers in baseball history will thoroughly enjoy.
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Fear Is a Choice: Tackling Life’s Challenges with Dignity, Faith, and Determination

This memoir will find a home among not just sports fans, but those who enjoy motivational memoirs.

The Divine Miss Marble: A Life of Tennis, Fame, and Mystery

An intriguing book about a fascinating woman, and an inspirational story of her overcoming various odds to become a tennis legend. Highly recommended.

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The Inside Game: Bad Calls, Strange Moves, and What Baseball Behavior Teaches Us About Ourselves

Highly recommended for serious followers of baseball and readers interested in how statistical analysis and trends can be applied in any sport.

Bouton: The Life of a Baseball Original

Baseball fans will laugh alongside and, ultimately, feel touched by this look at an iconoclastic, often quixotic man who, despite the charges that his landmark book had hurt the game, loved baseball to the very end.
 

Intangibles: Unlocking the Science and Soul of Team Chemistry

Recommended for readers interested in sports psychology, as well fan of the San Francisco Giants and the women’s basketball.
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Doc: The Life of Roy Halladay

Well written and thoroughly researched, this book celebrates Halladay’s career while telling the story of a Hall of Famer who’s legacy continues to be felt on the sport.

24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid

The iconic uniform number 24 is the inspiration for the life story of Mays, told in his own words. Baseball fans of all ages and anyone seeking inspiration will enjoy memories and motivation shared in a warm, joyous manner by the irrepressible Say Hey Kid.
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Little Wonder: The Fabulous Story of Lottie Dod, the World’s First Female Sports Superstar

Abramsky has done a masterly job researching Dod’s story and calling attention to the achievements of this pioneer who should be recognized by all interested in sports.
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Toe Blake: Winning Is Everything

Logothetis presents Blake’s story ably and thoroughly, though a lack of bibliography may be problematic for some. The appeal will be to hockey fans as well as filling a gap of coverage of one of the NHL’s top coaches and players.
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Running the Dream: One Summer Living, Training, and Racing with a Team of World-Class Runners Half My Age

Readers interested in running, the dynamics of pursuing high goals, and the life of a professional runner will find this book worthwhile.
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The Second Life of Tiger Woods

Readers who enjoyed Roaring Back as well as Tiger Woods (2019) by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian will appreciate the insight here.
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Young Guns: Obsession, Overwatch, and the Future of Gaming

Complete with details of conversations with those involved from Overwatch, this fast-paced, highly recommended book will appeal to readers interested in learning more about eSports and their growing popularity.
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Rockaway: Surfing Headlong into a New Life

Readers looking for an offbeat, uplifting account, and those with an interest in surfing or outdoor challenges, should find this engaging. An ideal selection for book groups and recommended for all public library collections.
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The Brown Bullet: Rajo Jack’s Drive To Integrate Auto Racing

Poehler has done a fine job of researching the life of Rajo Jack, relating his determination and poise in the face of discrimination.
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Sleeping Bags to S’mores: Camping Basics

Whether readers are setting out on their first day hike or considering an extended road trip, they will find useful guidance on what to take, where to go, and how to make the most of their outdoor adventure.

Issei Baseball: The Story of the First Japanese American Ballplayers

A detailed look at an important subject which provides a snapshot of the Issei experience, how integral baseball was in American culture, and how the sport served as a crucible for new immigrants.
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Golf’s Holy War: The Battle for the Soul of a Game in an Age of Science

Cyrgalis does a credible job of covering the current state of golf in what is a passable overview of the sport for casual readers.

The Age of Football: Soccer and the 21st Century

Goldblatt’s talent for storytelling and clear organization of a vast amount of information makes this an important cornerstone addition for sports collections in both public and academic libraries, and readers with an interest in international socioeconomics.
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The Victory Machine: The Making and Unmaking of the Warriors Dynasty

Sports dynasties tend to inspire the extremes of love and hate, and more than ever in this era of constant connection. For basketball fans interested in the lesser-known business side of the sport.

Edge of the Map: The Mountain Life of Christine Boskoff

An absorbing, unputdownable book about an intrepid climber and pioneer in high-altitude mountaineering. By including accounts from those who accompanied Boskoff on various climbing expeditions, this work serves as a wonderful tribute to her life and enduring legacy.
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The World Beneath Their Feet: Mountaineering, Madness, and the Deadly Race To Summit the Himalayas

An excellent overview of mountaineering and exploration in the Himalayas and Karakoram, set against the backdrop of 20th-century history, that will appeal to mountaineers and armchair adventurers.
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Yogi: A Life Behind the Mask

A thorough, engaging read for Berra fans and Yankee admirers.

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Tanking to the Top: The Philadelphia 76ers and the Most Audacious Process in the History of Professional Sports

Readers interested in the business of basketball, and how it affects teams and players above all, will find this a must-read.
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High Drama: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of American Competition Climbing

Leaving no stone unturned, this exhaustive history will find an audience with climbing enthusiasts.

Buzz Saw: The Improbable Story of How the Washington Nationals Won the World Series.

As an insider’s view of a remarkable run, this should be ­enjoyed by all baseball fans.

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