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101 Sports Not to Try
by Adam Russ
A humorous guide to the wackiest sports in the world, including camel wrestling and dwarf-tossing, as well as some conventional sports that are actually quite strange when you think about them. The book lists the likelihood of death or injury for each sport as well as its history, cost, potential rewards, and requisite clothing and equipment.
A People's History of Sports in the United States: 250 Years of Politics, Protest, People and Play
by Dave Zirin
Journalist Zirin describes the close relationship between athletes and the city functionaries, mayors, governors, legislators and presidents who courted them. He shows that how sport has been played in America and by whom (and watched by whom) are not-so-subtle inside looks into the heart of America.
Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team and a Dream
by H. G. Bissinger
Odessa, Texas, was going through hard times. Socially and racially divided, its fragile economy followed the up-and-down path of the oil business. But every Friday night from September to December, when the Permian High School Panthers played football, this West Texas town came together and became a place where dreams could come true.
Mike and Mike's Rules for Sports and Life
by Mike Greenberg
Every morning more than three million listeners tune in to Mike and Mike in the Morning on ESPN Radio -- mostly to hear the Mikes' (Golic and Greenberg) riotous back-and-forth on everything from why baseball managers should dress like real people to how to lose a fight with the wife with dignity. In "Mike and Mike's Rules for Sports and Life," the beloved mic jockeys put their unique stamp on, well, the rules for sports and life.
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
by Michael Lewis
Lewis searches for the secret of success in baseball. He focuses on the Oakland As' analytical approach to winning on a small budget.
Real NASCAR: White Lightning, Red Clay and Big Bill France
by Daniel S. Pierce
In this history of the stock car racing circuit known as NASCAR, Daniel Pierce offers a revealing new look at the sport from its postwar beginnings on Daytona Beach and Piedmont dirt tracks through the early 1970s when the sport spread beyond its southern roots and gained national recognition.
Rose Bowl Dreams: A Memoir of Faith, Family and Football
by Adam Jones
In a powerful story that transcends sports, Jones relates his remarkable journey of becoming a college football fan through the best teacher around -- his mother -- and how sports, God and family intersect in his life.
Standing Tall: A Memoir of Tragedy and Triumph
by C. Vivian Stringer
C. Vivian Stringer, head coach of the Rutgers University Scarlet Knights, tells her story of facing punishing odds yet managing to carry her burdens with grace and lead her basketball team twice to the national championship.
The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game
by Michael Lewis
Michael Oher was one of 13 children of a mother addicted to crack. He did not know his real name, his father, his birthday, or how to read or write. Then he started playing football after a rich white family plucked him from the streets, and he went on to eventually play in the NFL. Along the way, two great forces altered Oher: the family's love and the evolution of professional football itself into a game in which the quarterback must be protected at any cost. (Film title: The Blind Side)
The Worst Call Ever: The Most Infamous Calls Ever Blown by Referees, Umpires and Other Blind Officials
by Kyle Garlett
If you love to scream at the officials when you watch sports, this book is for you. After years of watching athletes and teams have wins and championships stolen from them and their fans because of incompetent officials, Garlett set out to document these awful moments.
Three Nights in August : Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy Inside the Mind of a Manager
by  Buzz Bissinger
A Pulitzer Prize-winning author captures baseball's strategic and emotional essences through a point-blank account of one three-game series viewed through the keen eyes of legendary manager Tony La Russa. We watch from the dugout as the St. Louis Cardinals battle their archrival Chicago Cubs for first place.
Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner
by Dean Karnazes
Karnazes has run 226.2 miles nonstop and completed the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon across Death Valley National Park in 130-degree weather. He is an ultramarathoner: a member of a small, elite, hard-core group of extreme athletes who race 50 miles, 100 miles, and longer. He reveals how he merges the solitary, manic, self-absorbed life of hard-core ultrarunning with a full-time job, a wife, and two children, and how running has made him who he is today.
Vindicated: Big Names, Big Liars and the Battle to Save Baseball
by Jose Canseco
In 2005, Jose Canseco blew the lid off Major League Baseball's steroid scandal -- and no one believed him. His first memoir, "Juiced," created criticism and outrage from the media, coaches, clubs, and players. In "Vindicated," Canseco picks up where "Juiced" left off, revealing details even more shocking than in his controversial first book.
Updated 01/17/2012
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