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The Black Fives: The Epic Story of Basketball’s Forgotten Era

Highly readable, this work should not be missed. Essential and highly recommended for all libraries.
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Sho-Time: The Inside Story of Shohei Ohtani and the Greatest Baseball Season Ever Played

Fans of Ohtani and anyone intrigued by the baseball phenom will enjoy this fascinating story.

Surf and Rescue: George Freeth and the Birth of California Beach Culture

A valuable and absorbing biography, starring a forgotten founder of California beach culture.
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Swing and a Hit: Nine Innings of What Baseball Taught Me

This is a book for baseball fans, many of whom will enjoy O’Neill’s unique insights on some of the greatest hitters of all time.
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Swerve or Die: Life at My Speed in the First Family of NASCAR Racing

A fast-paced read about one of the most famous families in auto racing; even casual fans will want to ride along.
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The Road to J.O.Y.: Leading with Faith, Playing with Purpose, Leaving a Legacy

While Drew’s story will certainly appeal to Christian readers, basketball aficionados will enjoy the story of a basketball team redeemed.
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1972: The Series That Changed Hockey Forever

An entertaining read that will appeal to hockey fans and readers interested in the intersection of sports and politics.
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Essential Tennis: Improve Faster, Play Smarter, and Win More Matches

This trove of advice on improving one’s tennis game is highly recommended for beginning, intermediate, and experienced players.

Sweating Together

Highly recommended for Peloton bikers, fans of entrepreneurial success stories, and business school students and faculty.

True: The Four Seasons of Jackie Robinson

A fantastic, well-written biography; fans of baseball and of Robinson's career (on or off the field) must read this captivating book.
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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.
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The Great Nowitzki: Basketball and the Meaning of Life

Nowitzki’s army of fans will devour this well-crafted account of a great player and a decent human being, and other hoops lovers will come away happy to have better made his acquaintance.
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Major League Rebels: Baseball Battles Over Workers’ Rights and American Empire

Elias and Drier have exceptional insight on behind-the-scenes labor fights in the MLB; a fine depiction of capitalist avarice. A must for baseball fans.
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Rise: My Story

A thoughtful and entertaining examination of a top skier’s life and career. Those who enjoy memoirs and sports biographies will want to add this title to their reading list.

Whispers of the Gods: Tales from Baseball’s Golden Age, Told by the Men Who Played It

Anyone who has love for the game of baseball will enjoy this remarkable book. A must-read for all baseball fans, casuals and diehards alike.

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The Saga of Sudden Sam: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of Sam McDowell

A personal account that is especially recommended for readers who want to understand the consequences of addiction and how to overcome it. McDowell’s story will find an audience beyond baseball fans.
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Dwyane

Fans of Wade and the NBA will be thrilled by this collection and can spend hours browsing the pictures. This coffee table–style book is especially recommended for school and public libraries where basketball is popular.
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Unguarded

Basketball fans might disagree with Pippen’s aggrieved tone but will want to give reading time to this story of a small-town hero and a big-time team.

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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.

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Powder Days: Ski Bums, Ski Towns and the Future of Chasing Snow

Even for non-skiers, this is an entertaining and eye-opening look at the history and economics of skiing and ski resorts in the United States.
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Hail Mary: The Rise and Fall of the National Women’s Football League

This is a noteworthy study of a nearly forgotten football league; especially recommended for football fans and those interested in women’s studies.
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Wish It Lasted Forever: Life with the Larry Bird Celtics

All basketball fans should enjoy this romp with one of the NBA’s all-time great teams.
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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.
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We Want ’Bama: A Season of Hope and the Making of Nick Saban’s Ultimate Team

Confounding, overblown rhetoric dooms this intended salute to the most recent college football national champion.
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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.
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Where Tomorrows Aren’t Promised: A Memoir of Survival and Hope

This is not a standard sports biography of a rise to fame. Instead, Anthony brings honesty and humility to a reflective account that is well worth the read.
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The Forgotten First: Kenny Washington, Woody Strode, Marion Motley, Bill Willis, and the Breaking of the NFL Color Barrier

This account brings much-needed attention to the pioneers who integrated football; a must-read for any football fan interested in digging into the sport’s past.
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It’s Better To Be Feared: The New England Patriots Dynasty and the Pursuit of Greatness

A skilled journalist analyzes the success of the NFL’s premier team over the last two decades, in both its laudable and unsavory aspects; will be of interest to all sports fans.
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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.
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Dabo’s World: The Life and Career of Coach Swinney and the Rise of Clemson Football

This book is engagingly written but it mostly updates a story that has been told in volumes by local journalists in recent years. Still, it will be of interest to Clemson fans.
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Imaginary Peaks: The Riesenstein Hoax and Other Mountain Dreams

For readers of exploration or literary adventure and those seeking the lost art of getting lost.
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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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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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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.

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.

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.
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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.
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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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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.

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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