Sports Books We Recommend

The Resisters: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525657217
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Published: Knopf - February 4th, 2020

"The Resisters is palpably loving, smart, funny, and desperately unsettling. The novel should be required reading for the country both as a cautionary tale and because it is a stone-cold masterpiece. This is Gish Jen's moment. She has pitched a perfect game." --Ann Patchett


The Cactus League: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374117948
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 4th, 2020

A Los Angeles Times Bestseller

"In The Cactus League [Emily Nemens] provides her readers with what amounts to a miniature, self-enclosed world that is funny and poignant and lovingly observed." --Charles McGrath, The New York Times Book Review


We Ride Upon Sticks: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781524748098
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Published: Pantheon - March 3rd, 2020

**Named one of TIME's "Must Read Books of 2020"**

"We Ride Upon Sticks . . . is for the kind of adults who watch Stranger Things and still have, somewhere, an athletic award inscribed on a paper plate." —NPR


The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781439159866
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Published: Scribner - July 1st, 2014

From one of Outside magazine’s “Literary All-Stars” comes the thrilling true tale of the fastest boat ride ever, down the entire length of the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon, during the legendary flood of 1983.

In the spring of 1983, massive flooding along the length of the Colorado River confronted a team of engineers at the Glen Canyon Dam with an unp


The Great American Sports Page: A Century of Classic Columns from Ring Lardner  to Sally Jenkins: A Library of America Special Publication Cover Image
By John Schulian (Editor), Charles P. Pierce (Foreword by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781598536126
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Published: Library of America - April 30th, 2019

A first-of-its-kind celebration of the newspaper scribes who made sportswriting a glorious popular art, and immortalized America's greatest games and athletes


Spirit Run: A 6,000-Mile Marathon Through North America's Stolen Land Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781948226462
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Published: Catapult - March 3rd, 2020

The son of working-class Mexican immigrants flees a life of labor in fruit-packing plants to run in a Native American marathon from Canada to Guatemala in this "stunning memoir that moves to the rhythm of feet, labor, and the many landscapes of the Americas" (Catriona Menzies-Pike, author of The Long Run).


Marathon, Revised and Updated 5th Edition: The Ultimate Training Guide: Advice, Plans, and Programs for Half and Full Marathons Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593137734
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Published: Rodale Books - March 3rd, 2020

Now completely updated and revised--a new edition of the long-running marathon training guide that has helped more than half a million people reach their goals.

Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide is among the bestselling running books of all time for many reasons, but above all others is this one: It works.


Yoga Basics: The Basic Poses and Routines You Need to Be Healthy and Relaxed (Tuttle Health & Fitness Basic) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780804845861
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Published: Tuttle Publishing - March 27th, 2018

With this yoga guide, you can delve into a sport as good for your mind as it is for your body--and become a part of the vast (and continually growing) yoga community in the US and beyond.


Tai Chi: Learn the Ancient Chinese Martial Art of Tai Chi Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781782747499
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Published: Amber Books - August 6th, 2019

Made using traditional Chinese bookbinding techniques, this stunning guide is perfect for both newcomers and beginners to tai chi.


A Walking Life: Reclaiming Our Health and Our Freedom One Step at a Time Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780738220161
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Published: Da Capo Lifelong Books - May 7th, 2019

For readers of On Trails, this is an incisive, utterly engaging exploration of walking: how it is fundamental to our being human, how we've designed it out of our lives, and how it is essential that we reembrace it.


The Age of Football: Soccer and the 21st Century Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780393635119
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 18th, 2020

A monumental exploration of soccer and society in our time—by its preeminent historian.


Dragon Hoops Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781626720794
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Published: First Second - March 17th, 2020

In his latest graphic novel, Dragon Hoops, New York Times bestselling author Gene Luen Yang turns the spotlight on his life, his family, and the high school where he teaches.

Gene understands stories—comic book stories, in particular. Big action. Bigger thrills. And the hero always wins.


Check, Please! Book 1: # Hockey Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250177964
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Published: First Second - September 18th, 2018

Eric Bittle may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur pâtissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. It is nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! First of all?


We Are the Wildcats Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534439900
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 31st, 2020

A toxic coach finds himself outplayed by the high school girls on his team in this deeply suspenseful novel, which unspools over twenty-four hours through six diverse perspectives.

Tomorrow, the Wildcat varsity field hockey squad will play the first game of their new season.


Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250294470
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Published: Square Fish - January 15th, 2019

A great American sport and Native American history come together in this true story for middle grade readers about how Jim Thorpe and Pop Warner created the legendary Carlisle Indians football team, from New York Times bestselling author and Newbery Award recipient Steve Sheinkin.


Backfield Boys: A Football Mystery in Black and White Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781250180643
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Published: Square Fish - August 28th, 2018

“The best writer of sports books in America today” (The Boston Globe) tells a thrilling story of friendship, football, and a fight for justice.


A High Five for Glenn Burke Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780374312732
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - February 25th, 2020

A heartfelt and relatable novel from Phil Bildner, weaving the real history of Los Angeles Dodger and Oakland Athletic Glenn Burke--the first professional baseball player to come out as gay--into the story of a middle-school kid learning to be himself.


Who Got Game?: Baseball: Amazing but True Stories! Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781523505531
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - March 17th, 2020

Celebrate the unheralded people and stories that helped shape the game of baseball!

Meet unsung pioneers,
like John “Bud” Fowler, William Edward White, and brothers Moses Fleetwood Walker and Weld Walker, four African Americans who integrated white teams decades before Jackie Robinson.

Discover unforgettable moments, like the time a 17-year old girl


Roller Girl Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780803740167
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Published: Dial Books - March 10th, 2015

The Newbery Honor Award Winner and New York Times bestseller Roller Girl is a heartwarming graphic novel about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby—perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier's Smile


Nikki on the Line Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780316521895
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 3rd, 2020

Nikki wants to be a basketball star . . . but between school stress, friend drama, and babysitting woes, will she be able to make it on her new team? Judy Blume meets Mike Lupica in this pitch-perfect, action-packed, and funny novel.


The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780823445738
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Published: Margaret Ferguson Books - April 7th, 2020

Selected for the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

A determined 12-year-old girl bikes across the country to meet her idol. She's ready for an adventure-- but she can't imagine all the surprises in store.


Proud (Young Readers Edition): Living My American Dream Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316477000
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 24th, 2018

The inspiring and critically acclaimed all-American story of faith, family, hard work, and perseverance by Olympic fencer, activist, New York Times bestselling author, and Time "100 Most Influential People" honoree Ibtihaj Muhammad


Jason Reynolds's Track Series Paperback Collection: Ghost; Patina; Sunny; Lu Cover Image
$31.99
ISBN: 9781534462434
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 22nd, 2019

Race through Jason Reynolds’s New York Times bestselling Track series, now in a complete boxed set.

Ghost. Patina. Sunny. Lu. A fast but fiery group of kids from wildly different backgrounds, chosen to compete on an elite track team. They all have a lot to lose, but they also have a lot to prove, not only to each other, but to themselves.


Ghost (Track #1) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481450164
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 29th, 2017

A National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature.
Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.


Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school track team, but his past is slowing him down in this first electrifying novel of the acclaimed Track series from Coretta Scott Ki


Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win (Women in Science) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781607749783
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Published: Ten Speed Press - July 18th, 2017

Illustrated profiles of fifty pioneering female athletes, from the author of the New York Times bestseller Women in Science

Women for the win!


Kid Athletes: True Tales of Childhood from Sports Legends (Kid Legends #2) Cover Image
By David Stabler, Doogie Horner (Illustrator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781594748028
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Published: Quirk Books - November 17th, 2015

Hilarious childhood biographies and full-color illustrations show how Tiger Woods, Gabby Douglas, Bruce Lee, Billie Jean King, and other budding sports champions faced kid-sized challenges growing up.
 


The Book of Wildly Spectacular Sports Science: 54 All-Star Experiments (Irresponsible Science) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780761189282
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - November 29th, 2016

Why does a knuckleball flutter? Why do belly flops hurt so much? Why would a quarterback prefer a deflated football?

Here are 54 all-star experiments that demonstrate the scientific principles powering a wide variety of sports and activities—and offer insights that can help you improve your own athletic skills.


Ali: An American Champion Cover Image
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - July 18th, 2017

The impressive life story of Muhammad Ali is interwoven with vital moments in American history in this visually stunning, full-color biography.

The story of famed boxing champion Muhammad Ali is more appealing and accessible than ever before when told as though it’s happening in real time, through photographs and ephemera such as report cards and training regimens, and through newspap


Girl Running Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781101996683
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - February 6th, 2018

* "A bright salutation of a story, with one determined woman at its center."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

The inspiring story of the first female to run the Boston Marathon comes to life in stunningly vivid collage illustrations.


Who Are Venus and Serena Williams? (Who Was?) Cover Image
By James Buckley, Who HQ, Andrew Thomson (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780515158038
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Published: Penguin Workshop - August 8th, 2017

The dynamic story of the Williams sisters, both top-ranked professional tennis players.


Who Is Michael Jordan? (Who Was?) Cover Image
By Kirsten Anderson, Who HQ, Dede Putra (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780451532459
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Published: Penguin Workshop - February 5th, 2019

Grab your Js and hit the court with this Who Was? biography about NBA superstar Michael Jordan.


Basketball: A Love Story Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524761790
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Published: Crown - October 15th, 2019

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Inspired by a major ESPN film series, this is an extraordinary oral history of basketball—its eye-opening untold history, its profound deeper meaning, its transformative influence on the world—as told through an unprecedented series of candid conversations with the game’s ultimate icons.
 


Basketball (and Other Things): A Collection of Questions Asked, Answered, Illustrated Cover Image
By Shea Serrano, Arturo Torres (Illustrator), Reggie Miller (Foreword by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781419726477
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 10th, 2017