There are also just too many setting changes. We have Texas, Minnesota, California, Washington D.C., and Florida and none of them place the hero and heroine in the same state. Despite these quibbles, the book works.
Readers may feel overwhelmed at Epstein’s avalanche of genetic and physiological studies, but few will put down this deliciously contrarian exploration of great athletic feats.
Matthew Berry, ESPN's senior fantasy sports analyst, would seem well-positioned to deliver on the promise of his subtitle...Yet "Fantasy Life" contains no insight into what might, say, cause someone to spend every Labor Day holiday—to his wife's consternation—in a dive bar in Keene, N.H., drafting a fantasy football team.
Alternating with his prodigious research, the author chronicles his passionate watching and playing of the game...
...an often inspiring feat of narrative non-fiction, though it could never be as thrilling as the victory of those nine boys from Washington state on a windy day in Berlin once upon a very dark time.
Throughout the book, Mr. Connors is honest to the point of bluntness, which not all readers will enjoy.
Anyone who...has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis...will be as startled as I was to read these pages. Pollan's prophetic track record makes it possible that you will be hearing a lot more about this soon.
Singer’s rendering of the labored speech of an aging Joe in the later portion of the book may seem heavy-handed in some respects...
By the end, Alzheimer’s is taking its grinding toll, but Summitt can still say of her own best seller, “What better way to kick a memory-wasting disease in the teeth?”
Mike Piazza isn't gay and didn't use steroids...to have revealed either of them would have certainly made his memoir, "Long Shot," more interesting.
If you’re looking for an intriguing book for an NFL fan, check out the recently released “Coaching Confidential”.
...Macfarlane has given us a gorgeous book about physical movement and the movement of memory, one that resounds with stories told to “the beat of the placed and lifted foot.”
A vapid, hulking doorstopper of a self-tribute.
...a remarkably uncompromising book, one that deserves a place on a short shelf with other minor-classic baseball memoirs
A mordant humour sometimes frames the shooting up and downbeat cheating.
The most interesting thing about "Paterno" may be that, even leaving the scandal aside, the coach comes across as a self-mythologizing monster, consumed by his legacy of winning on the football field.
Basketball and Olympics fans will welcome this nostalgic trip through the recent past.
...it is abundantly clear that Swimming Studies an intimate and beautiful meditation on human fallibility and the embarrassing, often unstated anxiety of success.
Novels, like racing, depend on careful pacing, and Cleave calibrates his performance with the skill of a real pro, carefully ratcheting up the intensity as he finesses curves and heads into his final laps.
...I can only say that Can’t Buy Me Love is the rare kind of book that both challenges the genre’s limits and reaffirms its most fundamental appeal. A-