Sports and Leisure

Recent movers and shakers in sports and leisure.

Updated June 10, 2024
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Why We Love Baseball: A History in 50 Moments
Joe Posnanski
THE BASEBALL 100 was about the top 100 baseball players. Joe Posnanski's next book is about the top 50 moments. Willie Mays's catch. Babe Ruth's called shot. Kirk Gibson's limping home run. BUT - each moment will be told from a unique perspective. That of a real fan who witnessed it, or the pitcher...
When the Game Was War: The NBA's Greatest Season
Rich Cohen
The gritty, no-holds-barred account of the 1987 NBA season, a thrilling year of fierce battles and off-the-court drama between Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Isiah Thomas, and Michael Jordan--from New York Times bestselling author Rich Cohen. "Cohen brings new life to these...
The Tao of the Backup Catcher: Playing Baseball for the Love of the Game
Tim Brown
"This isn't just a story about baseball. It's about life and the beauty of knowing and accepting who you are." --Jeff Passan, ESPN baseball columnist This fascinating book chronicles the unsung men of baseball who serve the job, the hardships they face,...
62: Aaron Judge, the New York Yankees, and the Pursuit of Greatness
Bryan Hoch
An inside look at Yankees slugger Aaron Judge's incredible, unparalleled run to break Roger Maris's home run record and the franchise both men called home. Babe Ruth. Roger Maris. Aaron Judge. Three historic figures across generations of...
Althea: The Life of Tennis Champion Althea Gibson
Sally H. Jacobs
In 1950, three years after Jackie Robinson first walked onto the diamond at Ebbets Field, the lily white, upper-crust National Lawn Tennis Association opened its door just a crack to receive the powerhouse player who would integrate "the game of kings": Althea Gibson. A street-savvy young woman from...
The Wingmen: The Unlikely, Unusual, Unbreakable Friendship Between John Glenn and Ted Williams
Adam Lazarus
CASEY Award Finalist for Best Baseball Book of the Year The untold story of the unique fifty-year friendship between two American icons: John Glenn, the unassailable pioneer of space exploration and Ted Williams, indisputably the greatest hitter in baseball history. ...
The Race to Be Myself: A Memoir
Caster Semenya
Olympian and World Champion Caster Semenya is finally ready to share the vivid and heartbreaking story of how the world came to know her name. Thrust into the spotlight at just eighteen years old after winning the Berlin World Championships in 2009, Semenya's win was quickly overshadowed by...
A History of Basketball in Fifteen Sneakers
Russ Bengtson
A celebration of the iconic shoes and superstars who have defined the sport for decades, A History of Basketball in Fifteen Sneakers tells the story of hoops as only shoes can. The ultimate book for both hoops fans and sneaker obsessives, A History of...
Fair Play: How Sports Shape the Gender Debates
Katie Barnes
"[An] electrifying debut...Through in-depth and compassionate reporting, Barnes breaks down the misunderstood science surrounding sex and gender that has been used to keep cisgender women out of sports and has fueled debate over trans athletes participation in women's sports."--Shannon Carlin,...
Lexington: The Extraordinary Life and Turbulent Times of America's Legendary Racehorse
Kim Wickens
NATIONAL BESTSELLER . "A vivid portrait of America's greatest stallion,the larger-than-life men who raced and bred him, and the dramatic times in which they lived."-Geraldine Brooks,author of Horse The powerful true story of the champion Thoroughbred racehorse who gained...
No Crying in Baseball: The Inside Story of A League of Their Own: Big Stars, Dugout Drama, and a Home Run for Hollywood
Erin Carlson
National Bestseller The inside story of how A League of Their Own--one of the most beloved baseball movies of all time--developed from an unheralded piece of American history into a perennial cinematic favorite. Featuring exclusive interviews and behind the...
My Home Team: A Sportswriter's Life and the Redemptive Power of Small-Town Girls' Basketball
Dave Kindred
In this poignant memoir, a legendary sports journalist writes about the team that changed his life: the Morton High School Lady Potters basketball team. Dave Kindred has covered dozens of Super Bowls and written about stars like Muhammad Ali, Tiger Woods, and...
Trail of the Lost: The Relentless Search to Bring Home the Missing Hikers of the Pacific Crest Trail
Andrea Lankford
** THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ** ** CRIMECON'S "BOOK OF THE YEAR" (2024) ** ** AN AMAZON "BEST BOOKS OF THE MONTH" FOR AUGUST 2023 (Biographies & Memoirs) ** From an award-winning...
Draft Day: How Hockey Teams Pick Winners or Get Left Behind
Doug MacLean
Doug MacLean, former NHL coach, general manager, team president, and one of the game's biggest personalities, reveals how teams build for greatness--or fail to--on hockey's most anticipated day. A Moneyball for hockey. The NHL draft is a critical time for teams, when the...
Cage Kings: How an Unlikely Group of Moguls, Champions & Hustlers Transformed the UFC into a $10 Billion Industry
Michael Thomsen
A "propulsive and wildly engrossing" (Brad Stone, author of The Everything Store) account of how the UFC turned mixed martial arts into a multibillion-dollar business and global pop culture phenomenon. Decried as "human cockfighting" by Senator John McCain and dismissed by...
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
Ethan Scheiner
A classic David & Goliath tale, complete with colorful heroes, cold-hearted villains, and nail-biting games--with the hockey rink serving as an arena for a nation's resistance. During the height of the Cold War, a group of small-town young men would lead their underdog hockey...
Take the Lead: Hanging On, Letting Go, and Conquering Life's Hardest Climbs
Sasha DiGiulian
World champion climber Sasha DiGiulian tells her story--from coming of age under the scrutiny of social media, navigating a male-dominated sport, and tackling her most heart-stopping climbs--and shares the power of perseverance and positivity.At age six, Sasha DiGiulian stepped into a climbing gym...
Coffee First, Then the World: One Woman's Record-Breaking Pedal Around the Planet
Jenny Graham
SELECTED FOR THE BBC AND READING AGENCY'S BIG SPORTING READ 2024 SHORTLISTED FOR THE SPORTS BOOK AWARDS 2024 - CYCLING BOOK OF THE YEAR A WATERSTONES BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR 2023 - SPORT 'An amazing adventure... I was left in total awe' - Lorraine...
When Your Back's Against the Wall: Fame, Football, and Lessons Learned through a Lifetime of Adversity
Michael Oher
The NFL champion whose life inspired the hit movie The Blind Side is back with an inspiring and motivating book on overcoming any obstacle, no matter how tough the odds Millions of people became part of Michael Oher's story when they watched a version of him on the big...
Kings of Their Own Ocean: A Tale of Tuna, Human Obsession, and the Future of Our Seas
Karen Pinchin
**THE INSTANT INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER** This is a tale of human obsession, one intrepid tuna, the dedicated fisherman who caught and set her free, the promises and limits of ocean science, and the big truth of how our insatiable appetite for bluefin transformed a cottage industry...
Living the Vanlife: On the Road Toward Sustainability, Community, and Joy
Noami Grevemberg
Discover what it's really like to live and work on the road in a camper van full time from eco-vanlifer and founder of the Diversify Vanlife movement, Noami Grevemberg. Feeling dissatisfied with her office job and her "stationary home," in 2016 Noami Grevemberg took a bold step....
Completely Mad: Tom McClean, John Fairfax, and the Epic of the Race to Row Solo Across the Atlantic
James R. Hansen
From the New York Times bestselling author of First Man comes a sweeping saga involving two extraordinary--and extraordinarily different--adventurers who have only one thing in common: the ambition to cross the Atlantic in a rowboat . . . alone. In this bracing...
Becoming a Sustainable Runner: A Guide to Running for Life, Community, and Planet
Tina Muir
Becoming a Sustainable Runner is not just another running guide on developing the physical attributes to run faster or longer. What it will help you achieve is a newfound purpose that merges your passion for running with your concern for your health, your community, and the environment. It...
Stay Sane in an Insane World: How to Control the Controllables and Thrive
Greg Harden
"What I learned from Greg is still a part of who I am today."--Tom Brady, 7-time Super Bowl champion Greg Harden changes lives. This is why hundreds of world-class athletes, doctors, lawyers, teachers, business leaders, college...

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