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Deep Play

Written by Diane Ackerman


Format: Trade Paperback, 258 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 8, 2000
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77135-7 (0-679-77135-2)

With A Natural History of the Senses, Diane Ackerman let her free-ranging intellect loose on the natural world.  Now in Deep Play she tackles the realm of creativity, by exploring one of the most essential aspects of our characters: the abitlity to play.

"Deep play" is that more intensified form of play that... Read more >
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An Autobiography
Written by Andre Agassi


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 10, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38840-7 (0-307-38840-9)

Far more than a superb memoir about the highest levels of professional tennis, Open is the engrossing story of a remarkable life.

Andre Agassi had his life mapped out for him before he left the crib. Groomed to be a tennis champion by his moody and demanding father, by the age of... Read more >

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An Autobiography
Written by Andre Agassi


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 9, 2009
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26819-8 (0-307-26819-5)

From Andre Agassi, one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court, a beautiful, haunting autobiography.

Agassi’s incredibly rigorous training begins when he is just a child. By the age of thirteen, he is banished to a Florida tennis... Read more >

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Tuesdays with Morrie
An Old Man, A Young Man and Life's Greatest Lesson
Written by Mitch Albom


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: August 18, 1997
Price: $23.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-48451-0 (0-385-48451-8)

After seeing his former professor Morrie Schwartz being interviewed on television, and there learning of his terminal illness, Mitch Albom flew to Brandeis University and returned every Tuesday to visit his mentor after a long silence. Tuesdays with Morrie is Albom's chronicle of these visits, and of conversations in which he... Read more >

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Munson
The Life and Death of a Yankee Captain
Written by Marty Appel


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2755-0 (0-7679-2755-9)

Thurman Munson is remembered by fans as the fiercely competitive, tough, and—most of all—inspiring Yankee captain and champion from the wild Bronx Zoo years. He is also remembered for his tragic death, at age thirty-two, when the private plane he was piloting crashed in Canton, Ohio, on August 2, 1979.

Munson is... Read more >
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Days of Grace

Written by Arthur Ashe and Arnold Rampersad


Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 1, 1994
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-38681-6 (0-345-38681-7)

Days of Grace is an inspiring memoir of a remarkable man who was the true embodiment of courage, elegance, and the spirit to fight: Arthur Ashe--tennis champion, social activist, and person with AIDS. Read more >
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Men In Sports

Written by Brandt Aymar


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: April 25, 1995
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-517-88395-2 (0-517-88395-3)

"The sporting life in all its myriad glories can be found in this exhilarating, one-of-a-kind collection. Mr. Aymar has covered the field of challenge and competition as no one has ever done before." —Donald Honig, author of Baseball: The Illustrated History of America's Game

A monumental anthology covering the literature of sports... Read more >

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A Fine Place to Daydream
Racehorses, Romance, and the Irish
Written by Bill Barich


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 13, 2007
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7809-7 (1-4000-7809-1)

Twenty-five years after Laughing in the Hills, his racetrack classic, Bill Barich tells the story of how he fell in love and found a new life in Dublin, where he was soon caught up in the Irish obsession with horses and luck. Barich travels his adopted country and meets the leading... Read more >

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I May Be Wrong but I Doubt It

Written by Charles Barkley
Introduction by Michael Wilbon


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6628-2 (0-8129-6628-7)

"Barkley does an artful job of discussing his interpretation and influence on apartheid, while at the same time talking about the details of the NBA that make him a quasi-expert on the current and future state of professional basketball. Some obscenities scattered throughout the book but do not detract from its... Read more >
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Exercise Will Hurt You

Written by Dr. Steve Barrer


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 4, 2014
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-535-7 (1-60980-535-6)

When was it decided that exercise could only be good for you? Leading neurosurgeon Dr. Steve Barrer argues—based on his extensive career treating exercise-related injuries, a cornucopia of his own personal injuries from exercise over the years, and ample scientific data—that we ought to change the way we think about exercise... Read more >
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The System
The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football
Written by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 26, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80303-0 (0-345-80303-5)

A Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year 

NCAA football is big business. Every Saturday millions of people file into massive stadiums or tune in on television as "athlete-students" give everything they've got to make their team a success. Billions of dollars now flow into the game. But what is the true... Read more >

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The System
The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football
Written by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian


Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53661-5 (0-385-53661-5)

An explosive and revelatory portrait reported from deep behind the scenes of big-time NCAA football: the passion, the thrilling action—and the shocking realities that lie beneath this colossal, multibillion-dollar business

College football has never been more popular, or more chaotic. Millions fill 100,000-seat stadiums every Saturday; tens of millions more watch every... Read more >

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Who's on Worst?
The Lousiest Players, Biggest Cheaters, Saddest Goats and Other Antiheroes in Baseball History
Written by Filip Bondy


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 25, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-95041-3 (0-307-95041-7)

Who were the best ballplayers of all time? It's an endless question, but here's something much more fun: Who was the worst of all time? Who was the lousiest pitcher? The biggest goat? The most despicable owner? The most over-paid bum?
 
Finally, Filip Bondy answers these questions, wielding his own brand of... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Life on the Run

Written by Bill Bradley


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 2, 1995
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76208-9 (0-679-76208-6)

Almost two decades after its original publication and more than fifteen years after its author retired from the New York Knicks to become a United States senator, Bill Bradley's account of twenty days in a pro basketball season remains a classic in the literature of sports, unparalleled in its candor and... Read more >

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The Last Hero
A Life of Henry Aaron
Written by Howard Bryant


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 3, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27992-7 (0-307-27992-8)

In the thirty-four years since his retirement, Henry (Hank) Aaron’s reputation has only grown in magnitude. But his influence extends beyond statistics, and at long last here is the first definitive biography of one of baseball’s immortal figures.

Based on meticulous research and extensive interviews The Last Hero reveals how Aaron navigated... Read more >

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Among the Thugs

Written by Bill Buford


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 1, 1993
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74535-8 (0-679-74535-1)

They have names like Barmy Bernie, Daft Donald, and Steamin' Sammy. They like lager (in huge quantities), the Queen, football clubs (especially Manchester United), and themselves. Their dislike encompasses the rest of the known universe, and England's soccer thugs express it in ways that range from mere vandalism to riots that... Read more >
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Room for Improvement
A Life in Sport
Written by John Casey


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74452-4 (0-307-74452-3)

PEN/ESPN Award Finalist

Spanning more than fifty years of ambitious and wild endeavors, Room for Improvement chronicles John Casey's most peculiar addiction, that of an adrenaline junky. Here we see Casey taking part in an Outward Bound course in Maine during the dead of winter; being pinned by a two-hundred-pound judo instructor... Read more >
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Barney Ross
The Life of a Jewish Fighter
Written by Douglas Century


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: August 11, 2009
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1173-3 (0-8052-1173-X)

Born Dov-Ber Rasofsky to Eastern European immigrant parents, Barney Ross grew up in a tough Chicago neighborhood and witnessed his father’s murder, his mother’s nervous breakdown, and the dispatching of his three younger siblings to an orphanage, all before he turned fourteen. To make enough money to reunite the family, Ross... Read more >
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By the Sword
A History of Gladiators, Musketeers, Samurai, Swashbucklers, and Olympic Champions; 10th anniversary edition
Written by Richard Cohen


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 5, 2003
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6966-5 (0-8129-6966-9)

Napoleon fenced. So did Shakespeare, Karl Marx, Grace Kelly, and President Truman, who would cross swords with Bess after school. Lincoln was a canny dueler. Ignatius Loyola challenged a man to a duel for denying Christ’s divinity (and won). Less successful, but no less enthusiastic, was Mussolini, who would tell his... Read more >
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Venus to the Hoop
A Gold Medal Year in Women's Basketball
Written by Sara Corbett


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 15, 1998
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49352-9 (0-385-49352-5)

In the spring of 1995, twelve extraordinary basketball players were chosen to represent the United States in the year-long march to the 1996 Olympics. For Rebecca Lobo, Sheryl Swoopes, Lisa Leslie, and their teammates, winning the gold medal was only one of many goals. Around them swirled the dreams of the... Read more >
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Open Water Swimming Manual
An Expert's Survival Guide for Triathletes and Open Water Swimmers
Written by Lynne Cox


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 30, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80609-3 (0-345-80609-3)

Lynne Cox has set open water swimming records across the world, and now she has focused her decades-long experience and expertise into this definitive guide to swimming. Cox methodically addresses what is needed to succeed at and enjoy open water swimming, including choosing the right bathing suit and sunscreen; surviving in... Read more >
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The Complete Game
Reflections on Baseball and the Art of Pitching
Written by Ron Darling


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 9, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39058-5 (0-307-39058-6)

World Series champion, former All-Star, and award-winning television analyst Ron Darling gives readers a inside look at one of the most demanding and strategic positions in all of sports: the pitcher. Drawing on vivid situations from his playing days for the New York Mets and the Oakland Athletics, and from moments... Read more >
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The Greatest Game
The Montreal Canadiens, the Red Army, and the Night That Saved Hockey
Written by Todd Denault


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-7710-2635-5 (0-7710-2635-8)

This game wasn’t about money, points, or trophies. Instead it was played for pride, both personal and national. It was a confrontation twenty years in the making and it marked a turning point in the history of hockey.

On December 31, 1975, the Montreal Canadiens, the most successful franchise in the NHL... Read more >
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American Triumvirate
Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, and the Modern Age of Golf
Written by James Dodson


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 26, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47355-4 (0-307-47355-4)

With compelling detail and pure passion, James Dodson recounts the singular brilliance of three golf titans and how they saved the professional tour and created the game as we know it today.

During the Depression golf was in crisis. As a spectator sport it was on the verge of extinction. This was... Read more >
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The Frailty Myth
Redefining the Physical Potential of Women and Girls
Written by Colette Dowling


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 11, 2001
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75815-7 (0-375-75815-1)

The myth of female frailty, with its roots in nineteenth-century medicine and misogyny, has had a damaging effect on women's health, social status, and physical safety. It is Dowling's controversial thesis that women succumb to societal pressures to appear weak in order to seem more "feminine."

The Frailty Myth presents new evidence... Read more >
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