It’s a fast-paced reflection from the man who many consider the gold standard of conduct in his sport, with plenty of life lessons about how to remain humble and gracious while achieving superstardom.
The balance between romance and action misses the mark slightly, but ultimately, readers will be glad they strapped on their boots and went along for the ride.
The natural world pictured here is richly various, though Oliver seems most drawn to waterways...The message of her book for its readers is a simple and profound one: open your eyes.
The author's access to this troubled basketball player - the two even lived in the same house at one point - gives this an authentic feel. Addiction stories are never fun, but this certainly shows what Marvin Barnes went through over the years.
It's a comprehensive look back at the New England Patriots during the Belichick and Brady Era. Plenty of information is included, but it doesn't flow well in spots and "Deflate-gate" still is difficult to piece together.
This look at a former steel town outside of Pittsburgh is about football, and a lot more. The sport has always served as a rallying point for Aliquippa, but it's also reflected the issues faced by the community. A wonderful job by the talented S.L. Price; it might be the sports book of the year
A list of “my 65 favorite get-strong exercises” rounds out the book, most requiring no more than free weights or a yoga ball. Vonn has created an inspiring narrative, along with a seductive means of getting healthy and fit.
The slick photography lends the book a coffee table feel and the asides on Wiggins’s heroes who also attempted the hour (Merckx, Coppi, Boardman) are not only heartfelt but emphasise his need for the record. Fascinating.
This is an inside look at teams at the three major levels of football in Texas. Author Nick Eatman does a good job of getting access to the principals, but wasn't lucky with the seasons he got to cover.
The Goal will definitely be a re-read for me as soon as my fall TBR list looks a little less imposing. Sabrina and Tucker make magic together, and I can’t wait to fall under their spell once again.
Some of the re-created dialogue is a bit wooden, and Lloyd includes a few too many motivational emails from Galanis, but this book is a remarkable portrait of the relentless drive and sacrifice required to truly be the best.
Barton is a serial adopter of the fresh start; over the years, he has repeatedly declared himself a new man, wiser, more mature, in control of the destructive impulses that assail him...his book bustles with the frequently overblown verbal tics of self-development.
After getting to know this lovable team of underdogs (Crowley also provides some outrageously awful antagonists), readers will be all in for the crescendo of the final showdown.
Thoreau and Aldo Leopold loom large, and the author is familiar with principles of Zen. Dombrowski's language is often metaphorical and impressionistic. And most important to the author, fishing demands attention, patience, wonder and balance. It is praying.
He hopes the day will come “when the language of trees will eventually be deciphered.” Until then, Wohllenben’s book offers readers a vivid glimpse into their secret world.
...Wambach credits a well-publicized DUI arrest in Portland, Oregon, this past April as a turning point, and readers will be rooting for this complicated, forthright woman. A cut above the standard sports memoir.
Serviceable writing sometimes veers into cheesy or repetitive territory but is strongest in its depiction of Tommy’s emotional tunnel-vision and—of course—in the football itself...
Yet as the acclaimed memoirist and travel writer knows well, the quest is what counts and here the focus is on the passionate conservationists he meets as he traces the birds’ migratory passage through southern Europe and the Balkans.
This might have a limited audience because of the numbers and analysis involved, but they seem to know what they are talking about when it comes to analytics.
Veteran sports announcer Tim Ryan tells his life story in bite-sized segments - there are 73 chapters in all. He has some good stories to tell, although it is a little easy to become tired of restaurants and "great" or "close" friends.