Football: Great Writing About the National Sport

Football: Great Writing About the National Sport Description:

b An All Pro line up of writers including Red Smith Frank Deford Jimmy Breslin George Plimpton Richard Price Charles Pierce Michael Lewis and Roy Blount Jr tackle our most popular pastime b Since football s meteoric rise in the mid twentieth century the standout writers on the sport have gone behind and beyond the spectacle to reveal the complexity the contradictions and the deeper humanity at the heart of the game Now in a landmark collection The Library of America brings together the very best of their work gems of deadline reportage incisive longform profiles of football s storied figures and autobiographical accounts by players and others close to the game Celebrating the sport without shying away from its sometimes devastating personal and social costs the forty four pieces gathered here testify to football s boundless capacity to generate outsized characters and memorable tales

Rating: 3.33 out of 5

A Better Goodbye: A Novel

A Better Goodbye: A Novel Description:

i Sports Illustrated i Sports Book of the Year br br PEN ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award Winner br br Nick Pafko knows he can t be a professional boxer forever But he never guessed it would end so quickly and so wrong Broke and unemployed Nick has little choice but to call a number given to him by a friend On the other end Scott a washed up B movie actor who runs a so called massage parlor looking for somebody desperate enough to work security br br Jenny Yee doesn t really mind massage until the day she finds her coworkers robbed and assaulted Fearing for her safety she resolves to never work without security again With mounting expenses she knows massage is the fastest way to get paid When an old massage acquaintance calls Jenny to ask her to work for Scott she agrees and before long she s the top earner br br Scott is an arrogant moron but he s harmless compared to the thug he calls friend Onus Dupree When DuPree decides to rob Scott s massage joint it s the perfect opportunity to beat up Nick and take advantage of Jenny Can Nick stay true to his promise to protect Jenny Can he protect himself

Rating: 3.58 out of 5

Sometimes They Even Shook Your Hand: Portraits of Champions Who Walked Among Us

Sometimes They Even Shook Your Hand: Portraits of Champions Who Walked Among Us Description:

John Schulian a much honored sportswriter for nearly forty years takes us back to a time when our greatest athletes stood before us as human beings not remote gods In this compelling collection Schulian paints prose portraits to remind fans of what today s cloistered stars won t share with them br Here Willie Mays remembers how to smile in dreaded retirement Muhammad Ali muses about a world that was once his For every moment of triumph Joe Montana in the Super Bowl Marvelous Marvin Hagler over Thomas Hearns there is another filled with the heartache that Pete Maravich felt when he hung up his basketball shoes br The result is a book guaranteed to stir memories for the generation that was and to leave subsequent generations wishing they had it so good

Rating: 3.73 out of 5

Twilight of the Long-Ball Gods: Dispatches from the Disappearing Heart of Baseball

Twilight of the Long-Ball Gods: Dispatches from the Disappearing Heart of Baseball Description:

A report from the true heart of baseball this anthology leaves behind the bad boys and big names of the major leagues to take readers to the places where the spirit of America s game resides These are a veteran sportswriter s dispatches from the bush leagues and the sandlot his tributes to the Negro leaguers mining town dreamers and certifiable eccentrics who give baseball its heart and soul laughter and tears John Schulian a long time i Sports Illustrated i contributor and former i Chicago Sun Times i sports columnist puts together a portrait of a disappearing America a place inhabited by star crossed Negro Leagues slugger Josh Gibson by a vagabond player still toiling for the Durham Bulls at thirty six by the coach who created the Eskimo Pie League for kids in a Utah copper mining town When he does venture into the big leagues Schulian gives us the underdogs and the human touches from Bill Veeck peg legging toward retirement as the game s last maverick team owner to musings on Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe at Christmas to Studs Terkel s reflections on baseball In the end though this collection belongs to the kid at a tryout camp the washed out semipro following the game on his car radio the players who were the toasts of outposts from Roswell to Wisconsin Rapids and to the readers who keep the spirit of the game alive

Rating: 3.58 out of 5

Writers' Fighters and Other Sweet Scientists

Writers' Fighters and Other Sweet Scientists Description:

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Rating: 3.47 out of 5

A Better Goodbye: A Novel

A Better Goodbye: A Novel Description:

i Sports Illustrated i Sports Book of the Year br br PEN ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award Winner br br Nick Pafko knows he can t be a professional boxer forever But he never guessed it would end so quickly and so wrong Broke and unemployed Nick has little choice but to call a number given to him by a friend On the other end Scott a washed up B movie actor who runs a so called massage parlor looking for somebody desperate enough to work security br br Jenny Yee doesn t really mind massage until the day she finds her coworkers robbed and assaulted Fearing for her safety she resolves to never work without security again With mounting expenses she knows massage is the fastest way to get paid When an old massage acquaintance calls Jenny to ask her to work for Scott she agrees and before long she s the top earner br br Scott is an arrogant moron but he s harmless compared to the thug he calls friend Onus Dupree When DuPree decides to rob Scott s massage joint it s the perfect opportunity to beat up Nick and take advantage of Jenny Can Nick stay true to his promise to protect Jenny Can he protect himself

Rating: 3.46 out of 5

Twilight of the Long-ball Gods: Dispatches from the Disappearing Heart of Baseball

Twilight of the Long-ball Gods: Dispatches from the Disappearing Heart of Baseball Description:

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Rating: 3.45 out of 5

Sometimes They Even Shook Your Hand: Portraits of Champions Who Walked Among Us

Sometimes They Even Shook Your Hand: Portraits of Champions Who Walked Among Us Description:

John Schulian a much honored sportswriter for nearly forty years takes us back to a time when our greatest athletes stood before us as human beings not remote gods In this compelling collection Schulian paints prose portraits to remind fans of what today s cloistered stars won t share with them br br br br Here Willie Mays remembers how to smile in dreaded retirement Muhammad Ali muses about a world that was once his For every moment of triumph Joe Montana in the Super Bowl Marvelous Marvin Hagler over Thomas Hearns there is another filled with the heartache that Pete Maravich felt when he hung up his basketball shoes br br br br The result is a book guaranteed to stir memories for the generation that was and to leave subsequent generations wishing they had it so good

Rating: 3.69 out of 5

At the Fights: American Writers on Boxing

At the Fights: American Writers on Boxing Description:

American writers have always been fascinated by the ring by the primal contest inside the ropes and the crazy carnival world outside them From back alley gyms and smoke filled arenas to star studded casinos and exotic locales they have chronicled unforgettable stories about determination and dissipation great champions and punch drunk has beens colorful entourages and outrageous promoters and inevitably along the way have written incisively about race class and spectacle in America Like baseball boxing has a vivid culture and language all its own one that has proven irresistible to career sportswriters and literary essayists alike br br This gritty and glittering anthology gathers a century of the very best writing about the fights Here are Jack London on the immortal Jack Johnson H L Mencken and Irvin S Cobb on Jack Dempsey vs Georges Carpentier the first Fight of the Century that captivated the world in the s Richard Wright on Joe Louis s historic first round knockout of Max Schmeling A J Liebling s brilliantly comic portrait of a manager who really identifies with his fighter Jimmy Cannon on Archie Moore the greatest fighter of the s James Baldwin and Gay Talese on Floyd Patterson s epic tilt with Sonny Liston George Plimpton on Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X Norman Mailer on the Rumble in the Jungle Mark Kram on the Thrilla in Manila Pete Hamill on legendary trainer and manager Cus D Amato Mark Kriegel on Oscar De la Hoya and David Remnick and Joyce Carol Oates on Mike Tyson National Book Award winning novelist Colum McCann Let the Great World Spin offers a foreword

Rating: 3.54 out of 5

At the Fights: American Writers on Boxing

At the Fights: American Writers on Boxing Description:

Named a best book of by the San Francisco Chronicle At the Fights is a gritty and glittering anthology of the very best writing about boxing Here are Jack London on the immortal Jack Johnson Richard Wright on Joe Louis s historic victory over Max Schmeling A J Liebling s brilliantly comic portrait of a manager who really identifies with his fighter Jimmy Cannon on Archie Moore the greatest fighter of the s James Baldwin and Gay Talese on Floyd Patterson s epic fight with Sonny Liston George Plimpton on Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X Norman Mailer on the Rumble in the Jungle Mark Kram on the Thrilla in Manila Pete Hamill on legendary trainer and manager Cus D Amato Mark Kriegel on Oscar De La Hoya and David Remnick and Joyce Carol Oates on Mike Tyson National Book Award winning novelist Colum McCann Let the Great World Spin offers a foreword and in a new preface John Schulian pays tribute to his co editor George Kimball who lost his battle with cancer in

Rating: 3.42 out of 5