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Coach K: The Rise and Reign of Mike Krzyzewski

The national spotlight will be on Krzyzewski as the basketball season winds down; all public libraries and sports collections will want to showcase O’Connor’s appealing, candid profile of college basketball’s winningest coach.

The Last Enforcer: Outrageous Stories from the Life and Times of One of the NBA’s Fiercest Competitors

With his uncanny knack for being present at many milestone NBA events throughout the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s, Oakley has a familiar name and career that’ll make this an attractive choice for sports fans and hoops aficionados. Recommended for public library collections with active sports collections.

The Rise: Kobe Bryant and the Pursuit of Immortality

A landmark account of Kobe Bryant’s early life, this is an essential purchase for sports collections in all public libraries. Sielski’s biography will stand as the most objective, definitive record of Bryant’s childhood and youth, and invites a sequel that will similarly cover his professional career and personal story beyond the 1996 NBA draft.


Paradise Found: A High School Football Team’s Rise from the Ashes

Told with clear-eyed honesty, this story of unfaltering purpose will resonate beyond a sports-loving readership. Already optioned for a film treatment, Plaschke’s intense and inspiring account of a town’s loss and will to recover is recommended for all public library collections.

Among the Ruins

Although some of these images have been previously seen, showcased for the first time here are the superbly clear, detailed prints made from the digital scans of all the negatives, with their astonishing immediacy. Includes an in-depth essay about Genthe’s movements through the city and insightful scholarship about the social fabric of San Francisco of that era.


A Season in the Sun: The Inside Story of Bruce Arians, Tom Brady, and the Making of a Champion

Anderson’s animated, comprehensive history of the Buccaneers’ singularly triumphant season is recommended for sports collections in all public libraries.

The Big East: Inside the Most Entertaining and Influential Conference in College Basketball History

This all-inclusive, highly engaging history is as compelling as the Big East Conference itself during those over-the-top years and will delight basketball fans of all ages. Recommended for sports collections in public libraries and for specialty collections.

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.

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.

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