This little bit of bedtime foolery feels a little incomplete, but it should strike a chord—and it’s far wittier than the similarly themed Go the Fuck to Sleep.
Tavares’s luminous paintings pair with accessible prose arranged into verselike passages to create a vivid portrait of two contemporary athletes.
This is a look back at a baseball pennant-winner that came out of nowhere, had a great season, and disappeared just as quickly. This features a fan's enthusiasm for the subject by the author, but also carries a few biases in that direction that don't quite pass the smell test. However, Phillies fans will enjoy it.
Heartbreak is a constant companion in the sports world, the notion of just-missed opportunity. Cox captures that sense, even as the men themselves acknowledge that this is how it goes sometimes in the game that they love.
Lovers of the game will love the opportunity to glimpse bits and pieces of baseball’s regional uniqueness; it’s a chance to get an idea of the sport’s aesthetics as seen from another fan’s seat. And with baseball season fast approaching, many of those seats are soon to be taken.
This is an accurate and professional look at the American Hockey League, the sport's top minor league. The catch is that the story is told in a rather dry manner, and may not hold the interest of more casual fans. But it accomplishes its goal, and people in AHL cities might like it.
Some may take issue with Tebow's simplistic affirmations of faith (including seeing God in coincidence); others will see them as the book's greatest strength. All readers will be won over by Tebow's dedication and perseverance, and admire him for staying true to service-oriented Christianity through a quite unconventional life.
Though not without its flaws, Pearlman’s book is a complete, satisfying biography of a gunslinger who, for both better and worse, was far more complex than most fans have understood.
A mostly photographic look back at the hockey career of Darryl Sittler, one of the greatest Toronto Maple Leafs ever. Big fans certainly will enjoy the photos, although I would guess some of the ground in the text already has been covered in his previous memoirs.
It’s fun to have “the Great One” narrate some of hockey’s key moments, but the book feels hastily assembled, and for hardcore NHL fans, much of the history will be familiar. The book also lacks any real insights or revelations from Gretzky’s own playing days.
The story of Wayne Gretzky's chase of an NHL scoring record (50 goals in 50 games) gets a game-by-game review here. The authors try hard, but there's a little too much dry material about games from more than 30 years ago - which ultimately have nothing to do with the thrust of the story - to make this an interesting read at this point.
McKnight gives an exemplary history of hockey itself and adds excellent chapters on related subjects such as how changes in hockey arenas have affected how the sport is broadcast, and appends a survey of significant announcers from the past whose influence lives on today.
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.
Hold “Upstream” in your hands, and you hold a miracle of ravishing imagery and startling revelation.
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.
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.
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
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.