16 Books Every Sports Lover Should ReadSummer reading is here! Keep reading for some sports-related book recommendations and check back in next time to read about our favorite sports films. The high-stakes of athleticism serves as a great foundation for compelling fictional and nonfictional stories. These stories can even come from the unlikeliest of sources. For example, I was surprised to see that John Grisham—usually known as a master of legal thrillers—has a repertoire of sports novels, including Bleachers football , Calico Joe baseball , and Playing for Pizza football. A recent standout in this genre was The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach, which was one of the most lauded books of
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Playing sports — almost as fun as reading about them. The book is not nearly as much of a tearjerker as the movie is, but that makes it a tiny bit better. Perhaps the definitive examination of the machine that produces tiny girls who achieve remarkable feats of athleticism both on the ice and on a balance beam, the San Francisco Chronicle sports writer looks at the inner workings of what it takes to make a champion in the physically trying and emotionally crippling worlds of gymnastics and figure skating. Drawing upon interviews with sports psychologists and hundreds of former gymnasts and figure skaters, Ryan paints a picture of a training practice that robs children of their childhood, and stunts development, both physically and mentally. If you find yourself in wonder every year at the year-old on your television set performing feats of mental and physical wonder, then this is a must-read.
There are many books out there that can decode the intricacies of sports, creating enlightening profiles of athletes and coaches, or turning the complex strategies of gameplay into something riveting on the page. We bring you ten books for sports fans: game on. Marcellus Wiley brings a fascinating perspective to his examination of football: his background includes extensive study of sociology at Columbia University coupled with a decade of playing football in the NFL. This disparate set of experiences gives him a unique perspective on the current state of the game, which he explores in Never Shut Up. In this oral history of the sport, Jackie MacMullan, Rafe Bartholomew, and Dan Klores explore all facets of it, from larger-than-life personalities to how the sport has reflected social change over the years. Michael Lombardi has had a storied career in football, having worked for a host of championship teams most recently the New England Patriots and earning acclaim for his knowledge from figures inside and outside the league. In his new book, he focuses on five NFL quarterbacks, exploring what their experiences can teach the reader about the nature of the sport and its effect on those who play it.
The thrill of victory. The agony of defeat. The playing field has long been a vehicle for writers to explore the human experience. From lyrical odes to the glory of the game to explorations of how athletics have intersected with history to insights that have changed sports forever, here are the 20 greatest sports books ever written. With its unblinking look at the side of locker room culture most of us will never see up close, it was critically lauded at the time and has become a non-fiction classic—even though it cost him friends on the diamond. Memoirs by former athletes are almost always dull, self-glorifying, and cliche. But tennis great Andre Agassi threw out the formula for his memoir, in which the Punisher peels back the curtain to show readers the price he paid for his success on the court—an unhappy childhood in which he was groomed for tennis greatness at an early age that gave way to a stressful adulthood which found him unfulfilled by his accomplishments.
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Sean Tirman. Category: Entertainment. Everybody loves a good sports story. It probably says a lot that sports are ubiquitous across all forms of media. The raw unadulterated details of all the things not shown on screen can still be found in books. Which means there is a multitude of really excellent published works on everything from golf, to boxing, to the Olympics, and so much more. But how does one distinguish the good ones from the bad?
A decent junior player himself, Foster Wallace writes about the sport with the insight of a seasoned athlete and the fervor of a dedicated fan, bringing his literary talent to the game he loved so dearly. Foster Wallace devotees and tennis fanatics alike will appreciate this beautiful collection. Major League pitcher Jim Bouton chronicles the season, which he spent with the short-lived Seattle Pilots and then the Houston Astros, in this game-changing diary. Crossing lines no one had previously dared to, Bouton shares stories from inside the locker room, revealing the petty jealousies, raucous carousing, and routine drug use that were part of life as a ball player. Commissioner Bowie Kuhn even tried to get Bouton to declare the book untrue! While some of the revelations may seem tame today, this funny, insightful, beautifully-observed book stands the test of time. This charming memoir is a must-read for anyone who has been a lifelong devotee of one particular team.