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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Are you a weekend athlete?

Posted by Staff
Stuck inside during the dreary months, but pining for warmer weather and the athletic activities they bring?  Here are Booklist's selections (and descriptions) of the best sports books from the past year.   Request one or two and let them tide you over till the weather warms. 

21: The Story of Roberto Clemente written and illustrated by Wildrid Santiago.  A graphic-novel style biography of the Puerto Rican ballplayer.

All In by Jerry Yang.  The Laotian immigrant had never played a game of cards in his live when he decided to give poker a try.  The story of his march to victory in the 2007 World Series of Poker is amazing.

Cardboard Gods by Josh Wilker.  An engaging memoir about coming of age through baseball cards.

Crazy Basketball: A Life In and Out of Bounds by Charley Rosen.  The author spent a year coaching in the minor-league Continental Baseball Assoc., and here recounts that wacky experience.

In the Blink of An Eye by M. Waltrip and E. Henican.  Written by the driver who won the race the day Dale Earnhardt died, this is a tribute to one of racing's greatest athletes.

The Last Boy by Jane Leavy.  The author approaches the life of baseball icon Mickey Mantle from the mixed perspectives of fan, journalist, and personal acquaintance.

No Shortage of Good Days by John Gierach.  When a fishing writer quotes Jamaica Kincaid to justify buying a bamboo fly rod, you know you're in for something different; wit and insight in abundance.

The Perfection Point by John Brenkus.  In this fascinating exploration of human athletic ability, Brenkus shows us when we will reach our absolute limit of performance and what it will be.

River House by Sarahlee Lawrence.  This arrestingly written memoir describes the author's life as a world-traveling river guide both on the water and at home.

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