Whether you love the Olympics or adventures off the beaten path, you’ll find a great sports book to try in this collection recently picked by Booklist.
By Ginny Gilder
The author describes her rise in the sport of rowing, which came in the wake of Title IX, describing both her personal and professional challenges and accomplishments on her way to the 1984 Olympic Games.
By Nathaniel Vinton
A behind-the-scenes portrait of the world of alpine ski racing and the achievements of today’s American ski athletes documents the story of the 2014 Olympics team while assessing the contributions of key stars, including Bode Miller and Lindsey Vonn.
By Tim Moore
A chronicle of the 1914 Giro d’Italia, believed by many to be history’s most difficult bike race, details how only eight of the original eighty-one riders finished and how the author sought to retrace the competition using period equipment.
By Kathleen Cremonesi
Describes how the author fled a conventional life by joining the circus as an animal tamer, revealing how her days of traveling and working with dangerous exotic creatures brought peace and love into her life.
By Mary Pilon
Tracing back to Abraham Lincoln, the Quakers, and a forgotten feminist named Lizzie Magie, and presenting a remarkable social history of corporate greed, the inside story of the world’s most famous board game reveals how Monopoly came into existence.
By Lily Brooks-Dalton
A young woman searching for purpose and meaning immerses herself in the world of motorcycles, and learns focus, patience, strength, and how to confront and live with personal limitations on the open road of life.
By Steve Sieberson
The Naked Mountaineer recounts a series of solo journeys to some of the world’s most exotic peaks in places such as Switzerland, Japan, and Borneo. However, it is far from the typical heroic mountain-expedition book. Although Steve Sieberson did reach many summits, in most cases his travels were more memorable for what he encountered along the way than for the actual climbing.
By Charley Rosen
During the 1972–73 season, the Philadelphia 76ers’ were not just a bad team; they were fantastically awful. Doomed from the start after losing their leading scorer and rebounder, Billy Cunningham, as well as head coach Jack Ramsay, they lost twenty-one of their first twenty-three games. A Philadelphia newspaper began calling them the Seventy Sickers, and they duly lost their last thirteen games on their way to a not-yet-broken record of nine wins and seventy-three losses. Charley Rosen recaptures the futility of that season through the firsthand accounts of players, participants, and observers.
Pin Action: Small-Time Gangsters, High-Stakes Gambling, and the Teenage Hustler Who Became a Bowling Champion
By Gianmarc Manzione
Traces the improbable rise of con artist-turned-bowling-champion Ernie Schlegel against a backdrop of gritty 1960s and 1970s New York, profiling the sport of action bowling and the contributors who shaped his achievements.
By Leon McCarron
Terrified of the prospect of a life spent behind a desk, without challenge or excitement, Leon takes off to cross America on an overloaded bicycle packed with everything but common sense. Over five months and 6,000 miles, he cycled from New York to Seattle and then on to the Mexican border, facing tornados, swollen river crossings, wild roaming buffalo and one hungry black bear along the way. But he also met kind strangers, who offered their food, wisdom, hospitality and even the occasional local history lesson, and learned what happens when you take a chance and follow the scent of adventure.