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Swimming Pretty: The Untold Story of Women in Water

A timely tribute to the glamour and athleticism of the pioneering women of synchronized swimming and their efforts to legitimize it as a sport. For readers who enjoy sports history and popular culture and for fans of Jordan Whitney-Wei’s Katharine Whitney Curtis: Mother of Synchronized Swimming.
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The Striker and the Clock: On Being in the Game

A thoughtful and engaging exploration of life on and off the soccer field. It will resonate with readers interested in the human side of professional sports and fans of When Nobody Was Watching by Carli Lloyd with Wayne Coffey, Abby Wambach’s Forward, and Raised a Warrior by Susie Petruccelli.
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Charlie Hustle: The Rise and Fall of Pete Rose, and the Last Glory Days of Baseball

A fascinating but ultimately tragic account of the rise and fall of an athlete who could not abandon his self-destructive habits or take responsibility for his actions. Those who followed Pete Rose back in the day will want to check this out.
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The Darkest White: A Mountain Legend and the Avalanche That Took Him

A riveting story, laying bare the brutality of nature and the perseverance and passion of a gifted athlete.
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To the Linksland (30th Anniversary Edition)

Although much detail and jargon will be lost on non-golfers, Bamberger’s rich descriptions and sincere, straight-ahead account of striving and self-mastery hold plenty to interest all readers.

Perfect Eloquence: An Appreciation of Vin Scully

A wonderful and long-overdue tribute to a man whom many consider the best sports broadcaster who ever lived.

Survival Is Not Assured: The Life of Climber Jim Donini

This presentation of the climbing world’s intricacies makes the particulars of the sport comprehensible to a general audience. Donini’s story is told with literary verve and vivid sensory details. A must for sports collections.
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In the Spell of the Barkley: Unravelling the Mystery of the World’s Toughest Ultramarathon

For fans of extreme sports and books about why some people push themselves physically and mentally to compete in them.
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A Whole New Game: Economics, Politics, and the Transformation of the Business of Hockey in Canada

A solid and thorough look at the social and economic aspects of ice hockey and its history. It will appeal to diehard hockey fans and to readers interested in the business of sports.
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The Boston Marathon Handbook: An Insider’s Guide to Training for and Succeeding in the Ultimate Road Race

For runners who aspire to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Readers interested in the history of the race and its luminaries will also enjoy this title.

Under Jackie’s Shadow: Voices of Black Minor Leaguers Baseball Left Behind

This is a powerful work that shouldn’t be missed. While it focuses mostly on lesser-known aspects of the culture of Minor League Baseball, it could become a referendum on the state of racism in the United States today. Highly recommended.
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Shadows of Glory: Memorable and Offbeat World Series Stories

A baseball fan’s delight that will add insight and meaning to readers’ knowledge of the game. This engaging book may even bring the thrill of baseball to casual fans.
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There’s Always This Year: On Basketball and Ascension

Beautifully written. Fans of Abdurraqib and basketball will enjoy the book.

Baseball Heaven: Up Close and Personal, What It Was Really Like in the Major Leagues

A wonderfully distinctive and intriguing baseball history with something of a New York bent. With its personal feel and near-mystical quality, this highly recommended work will mesmerize baseball lovers and casual fans.
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Baseball’s Great Expectations: Candid Stories of Ballplayers Who Didn’t Live Up to the Hype

A fascinating exploration of the unfulfilled dreams of pro baseball players. Will appeal to fans of the sport.

The Burden of Sports: How and Why Athletes Struggle with Mental Health

It would be hard to find a current work in this area more thorough and complete than Parry’s. Timely and important, this title has the potential to change the sports industry worldwide. Highly recommended for libraries that have a sports emphasis.
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Jockey Queen: Lillian Jenkinson Holder, Horse Racing’s Fearless Lady

An amazing story of a woman jockey’s unwavering passion and talent, coupled with a refusal to be limited by societal constraints. Will appeal to readers interested in horse racing, women’s history, and stories of perseverance in the face of adversity.
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Tomlin: The Soul of a Football Coach

This recommended book will appeal to many kinds of sports fans, especially readers who have fought for the greater inclusion of people of color in coaching and management positions.
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Religion of Sports: Navigating the Trials of Life Through the Games We Love

Fans of most sports and readers of varied interests and levels of spirituality will find humor, insight, and wisdom in Chopra and Levin’s book. It’s very readable and highly recommended.
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Behind the Mask: A Revealing Look at Twelve of the Greatest Goalies in Hockey History

With information and interviews culled from magazine articles and other works, this book does a nice job of capturing the character of each player and divulging what enticed them to become hockey goalies in the first place. An insightful exploration of the psyches of 12 accomplished goalies.
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The Game That Saved the NHL: The Broad Street Bullies, the Soviet Red Machine, and Super Series ’76

An engagingly written account of a significant moment in hockey history. Will appeal to fans of the game and to readers interested in the interplay of sports and geopolitics in the turbulent era of the Cold War.
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The Basketball Book of Why (and Who, What, When, Where, and How): The Answers to Questions You’ve Always Wondered About Hoops

Basketball fans who just want to brush up on their basketball knowledge or trivia will find this a fun read, but note that it’s neither a ready reference nor a historical overview of the sport.
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The Big Time: How the 1970s Transformed Sports in America

A valid and solid work on a decade of significant changes in the world of sports.

The Race To Be Myself: A Memoir

A gripping, provocative book that will engage readers of titles about track, international sports, gender politics, and acceptance.
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Trailblazers: The Unmatched Story of Women’s Tennis

An elegantly presented book, told with much verve, about the rise and obstacles of women tennis players.
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Lady Ref: Making Calls in a Man’s World

This recommended story is one that needs to be told. It will inspire many people, especially girls and women, to overcome obstacles to their success.

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Fly: The Big Book of Basketball Fashion

A recommended purchase with crossover appeal for fans of basketball and contemporary fashion.
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Black Ball: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Spencer Haywood, and the Generation That Saved the Soul of the NBA

Sports writing at its finest. A winner for fans or anyone interested in basketball’s complex history.
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Choosing To Run: A Memoir

Fans of books such as Christopher McDougall’s Born To Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen and Haruki Murakami’s memoir What I Talk About When I Talk About Running will sprint through the story of this amazing athlete.
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Lexington: The Extraordinary Life and Turbulent Times of America’s Legendary Racehorse

Readers do not have to be horse lovers to get swept into this captivating look at an unmatched horse and people of the 1850s.

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The Hockey Book of Why (and Who, What, When, Where, and How): The Answers to Questions You’ve Always Wondered About the Fastest Game on Ice

A quick read that seamlessly blends informative content with an engaging narrative style. Will magnetize hardcore hockey fans looking to enhance their knowledge, as well as readers wanting to learn about the sport.

Why We Love Baseball: A History in 50 Moments

This work will likely enlighten even the most knowledgeable and die-hard baseball fans. An essential purchase for all libraries.
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Rocket Men: The Black Quarterbacks Who Revolutionized Pro Football

An insightful behind-the-scenes peek at the NFL and its continuing prejudices that negate the concept that the best quarterback should play, regardless of race. Rich with commentary from interviews, this expansive narrative is ideal for football lovers and readers interested in developments in U.S. race relations and the compelling stories behind some athletes’ paths and experiences.
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Famous for a Time: Forgotten Giants of Canadian Sport

An engaging book that looks at the link between sports, race, class, and nation building.
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Tod Is God: The Authorized Story of How I Created Extreme Championship Wrestling

Wild stories about sex, lots of drugs, and wrestling are all part of this book, which will primarily attract fans of ECW.
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Queen of the Court: The Many Lives of Tennis Legend Alice Marble

An informative and intriguing story of the life of a formidable woman. An essential read for anyone who loves learning about the women whom history threatens to forget or erase.
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Yoga Inversions: Your Guide to Going Upside Down

The easy-to-understand sequences, helpful photographs, and welcoming process to execute inverted yoga poses make this a great addition to any collection.
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The Zen of Climbing

An inspiring book aimed at rock climbers and other athletes that’s ideal for both spirituality and sports psychology sections. Its emphasis on the virtues of cultivating mind-body awareness will also appeal to readers interested in New Age wisdom.
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The First Kentucky Derby: Thirteen Black Jockeys, One Shady Owner, and the Little Red Horse That Wasn’t Supposed To Win

Eye-opening reading for horse racing fans. Will also likely appeal to readers interested in sports history in post–Civil War America.
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Freedom To Win: A Cold War Story of the Courageous Hockey Team That Fought the Soviets for the Soul of Its People—and Olympic Gold

Much more than a book about hockey. Will appeal to hockey fans and readers interested in the relationship between sports and patriotism.
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Althea: The Life of Tennis Champion Althea Gibson

Recommended for tennis fans and readers interested in race.

The Tao of the Backup Catcher: Playing Baseball for the Love of the Game

Baseball and sports lovers will likely forever revere and quote this book. It belongs in all general and many academic libraries.

Welcome to the Circus of Baseball: A Story of the Perfect Summer at the Perfect Ballpark at the Perfect Time

This audiobook is an easy score worth the ticket price and a special treat for those yearning for bygone-era baseball or 1990s nostalgia.
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LeBron

James’s fans will flock to this book and will enjoy it. A necessary purchase for every public library and most academic ones.
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Welcome to the Circus of Baseball: A Story of the Perfect Summer at the Perfect Ballpark at the Perfect Time

Will likely appeal to and attract many sports fans and general readers. Highly recommended for public libraries and collections with a sports emphasis.
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Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe

As a narrator, Maraniss’s delivery is serviceable but somewhat dry and uninflected. Listeners will likely be absorbed by Thorpe’s remarkable and recommended story, but some might wish for a more engaging guide.

Black Ball: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Spencer Haywood, and the Generation That Saved the Soul of the NBA

This is an intriguing and insightful look at pro basketball’s critical historical moments and players during the 1970s. It is highly recommended for all collections and should be considered a top purchase.
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Hidden Mountains: Survival and Reckoning After a Climb Gone Wrong

Wejchert’s personal relationship with the climbers, especially Emmett, make for a compelling, page-turning story. This title is recommended for fans of adventure stories.
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When Women Stood: The Untold History of Females Who Changed Sports and the World

A fascinating and thorough history of the fight for women’s rights told through the lens of sports. Will likely appeal to readers interested in sports history and gender studies.

Serving Herself: The Life and Times of Althea Gibson

A highly recommended, inspirational title.
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Barkley: A Biography

As it’s been two decades since the last biography of Barkley, this new narrative is a useful update.
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America’s Classic Ballparks: Celebrating Parks Past and Present

While Buckley’s breezy tone may not be to every reader’s liking, the inclusion of countless unusual facts means even diehard baseball fans will learn something new. An entertaining but optional purchase for most libraries.
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Never Ask “Why”: Football Players’ Fight for Freedom in the NFL

This is a very important and easy-to-read work that will shed light on the many previously misrepresented accounts given by the owners and commissioner-controlled public communication. It has the potential to change the business world.
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Barkley: A Biography

This book will take its place as the definitive account of Barkley’s life so far. Essential reading for all basketball fans.

MeatEater’s Campfire Stories: Narrow Escapes & More Close Calls

Expect this binge-listen to be an instant hit. Share with podcast fans and listeners who appreciate bighearted stories of outdoor life.
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Hockey’s Hidden Gods: The Untold Story of a Paralympic Miracle on Ice

Megale provides a richly detailed account of the U.S. men’s sled hockey program and its obstacles and trials (including some self-inflicted ones); it’s sure to appeal to fans of triumphant sports stories.
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Messi vs. Ronaldo: One Rivalry, Two GOATs, and the Era That Remade the World’s Game

This work is a unique, simple, entertaining piece of writing. It belongs on the shelves of all libraries that serve sports fans.
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New Kids in the World Cup: The Totally Late ’80s and Early ’90s Tale of the Team That Changed American Soccer Forever

Specialists in sports history might lament the book’s lack of citations and sources, but Elder’s insider look at the players and FIFA officials who put the U.S. men’s soccer team on the map will likely still appeal to fans of the game.

The Last Folk Hero: The Life and Myth of Bo Jackson

An excellent, well-researched biography with insights, firsthand accounts, and an extensive bibliography section. Highly recommended for all interested in sports.
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Evolve or Die: Hard-Won Lessons from a Hockey Life

A disarmingly honest view of a storied career in Canadian sports broadcasting. Will likely appeal to hockey fans, particularly those who share Shannon’s feelings for Hockey Night in Canada.
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Pickleball Is Life: The Complete Guide to Feeding Your Obsession

An eye-catching book that’s both easy to read and informative. Will appeal to anyone curious about pickleball and to those who already love it.
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Lost in the Game: A Book About Basketball

An engrossing chronicle of a love affair with basketball. A must-read for all NBA fans.
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Follow the Buzzards: Pro Wrestling in the Age of COVID-19

A timely, often humorous account, well-written in the jargon of the pro wrestling industry. A must for wrestling fans and historians, and recommended for all libraries that serve either population.
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Game: An Autobiography

For basketball fans and those who bleed Duke blue, but Hill’s autobiography is also a worthy addition to any library’s sports collection as Hill, once a role model on the court, is one off it as well.

Rise of the Black Quarterback: What It Means for America

A highly recommended and important study, ideal for sports fans and those wanting another view of Black history in the United States.
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Conflicted Scars: An Average Player’s Journey to the NHL

Recommended for libraries serving youth athletes and their parents and coaches.

Ice War Diplomat: Hockey Meets Cold War Politics at the 1972 Summit Series

Readers, especially history and hockey fans, will be mesmerized by this account and will come away with a clearer understanding of the numerous intricate details that are involved in successful diplomacy and how they affect historical events. Highly recommended.
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Teaching Body Positive Yoga: A Guide to Inclusivity, Language and Props

Helpful for users and providers of yoga classes and other wellness activities.
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Sports Market Place

A convenient, thorough, and well-organized source of information about the business side of sports.
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Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe

Maraniss’s book is the most comprehensive Thorpe biography to date (being nearly 200 well-cited pages longer than Kate Buford’s 2010 biography Native American Son). Beyond bringing Thorpe to life, Maraniss also delves heavily into issues of race and culture.
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Walking Alone: The Untold Journey of Football Pioneer Kenny Washington

A long-overdue thorough treatment of a largely forgotten giant in sports history; it should be widely read.
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Running Wild: Inspirational Trails from Around the World

A perfect fit for public libraries with large travel sections or lots of interest in adventure travel.
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Rickey: The Life and Legend of an American Original

Bryant brings a historian’s perspective to the life of Rickey Henderson, with great success.
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If Gold Is Our Destiny: How a Team of Mavericks Came Together for Olympic Glory

A very intriguing and exciting book about the road to an Olympic win and how crucial developing teamwork is to a winning team. Highly recommended.

It Was Always a Choice: Picking Up the Baton of Athlete Activism

Highly recommended for all readers of all ages. Steele’s work shares new insights on activism in American athletics and particularly keys in on the consequences of athletes’ protests.
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Seven Games: A Human History

This melancholy yet intriguing assessment of parlor games’ role in shaping our past and AI’s future is an optional audio purchase.

Hail Mary: The Rise and Fall of the National Women’s Football League

This engaging account of an extremely important era in women’s sports history should be enjoyed by enthusiasts of social history and sports fans.

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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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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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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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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