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  Cover Art: When the Garden Was Eden Araton, Harvey
When the Garden Was Eden
The late 1960s and early 1970s, in New York City and America at large, were years marked by political tumult, social unrest—and the best professional basketball ever played. Paradise, for better or worse, was a hardwood court in Midtown Manhattan. When the Garden Was Eden is the definitive account of how the New York Knickerbockers won their first and only championships, and in the process provided the nation no small escape from the Vietnam War, the tragedy at Kent State, and the last vestiges of Jim Crow. The Knicks were more than a team; they were a symbol of harmony, the sublimation of individual personalities for the greater collective good.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Longest Race Ayres, Ed
The Longest Race
"Among endurance runners, there are those who have run very long distances, and then there are those who have run very long distances for a very long time. Ed Ayres exemplifies the latter; having run in over 600 races across fifty-five years, he is arguably the most experienced American distance runner still competing today. 'The Longest Race' begins at the starting line of the 2001 JFK 50 Mile--the nation's oldest and largest ultramarathon and, like other such races, an epic test of human limits and aspiration. At age sixty, his sights set on breaking the age-division record, Ayres embarks on a course over the rocky ridge of the Appalachian Trail, along the headwind-buffeted towpath of the Potomac River, and past momentous Civil War sites such as Harpers Ferry and Antietam.
2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Beckham: Both Feet On the Ground Beckham, David
Beckham: Both Feet On the Ground
Describes the famous soccer star's disadvantaged East End London childhood, placement at Manchester United at the age of fourteen, record-breaking successes in his first ten years of professional soccer, work as the captain of England, marriage to the former Posh Spice, and his roles as a celebrity and father.
2003
Adult Nonfiction Book (Biography)
  Cover Art: When the Game Was Ours Bird, Larry
When the Game Was Ours
Two NBA legends offer a definitive account of their decades-long rivalry and friendship, exploring Bird's struggles with chronic pain and Johnson's discovery that he had contracted HIV.From the moment these two players took the court on opposing sides, they engaged in a fierce physical and psychological battle.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: In These Girls, Hope is a Muscle Blais, Madeleine
In These Girls, Hope is a Muscle
A look at the trials and triumphs of high school girls' basketball chronicles one season of the Lady Hurricanes of Amherst, Massachusetts, as they learn loyalty and self-confidence on their way to a championship game.
1995
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Boys in the Boat Brown, Daniel
The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans.
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: A Tradition of Purple: An Inside Look at the Minnesota Vikings Bruton, James
A Tradition of Purple: An Inside Look at the Minnesota Vikings
A heartwarming , inspirational look at the Minnesota Vikings football club and what this organization has meant to both fans and the community over the past four decades.
2007
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation Carlin, John
Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation
Documents the anti-apartheid peace advocate's (Nelson Mandela) campaign to unite his country, tracing a ten-year effort during which he worked with the region's fiercest proponents of apartheid from his jail cell, won the presidency, and helped South Africa's national rugby team host the World Cup as part of a unifying campaign.
2008
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Wave : In Pursuit of the Rogues Freaks and Giants of the Ocean Casey, Susan
The Wave : In Pursuit of the Rogues Freaks and Giants of the Ocean
...extreme surfers who fly around the world trying to ride the ocean’s most destructive monsters. The pioneer of extreme surfing is the legendary Laird Hamilton, who, with a group of friends in Hawaii, figured out how to board suicidally large waves of 70 and 80 feet. Casey follows this unique tribe of peo­ple as they seek to conquer the holy grail of their sport, a 100­ foot wave.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Boys of Winter Coffey, Wayne R.
The Boys of Winter
Looks back at one of the greatest moments of twentieth-century sports history, the victory of the U.S. hockey team over the Soviet Union, assessing the meaning of the triumph and the paths of the players and coaches on both sides since 1980.
2005
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: When March Went Mad : the Game That Transformed Basketball Davis, Seth
When March Went Mad : the Game That Transformed Basketball
Thirty years ago,college basketball was not the sport we know today. Few games were televised nationally and the NCAA tournament had just expanded from thirty-two to forty teams. Into this world came two exceptional players: Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Larry Bird. Though they played each other only once on March 26, 1979 in the NCAA finals, that meeting launched an epic rivalry, transformed the NCAA tournament into the multibillion-dollar event it is today, and laid the groundwork for the resurgence of the NBA.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: That First Season Eisenberg, John
That First Season
Chronicles Vince Lombardi's remarkable first year as head coach with the franchise he would reinvent and etch forever in football history. In a single year, as the young new head coach who took no bull, he would transform a team of sad sack losers that, in fact, included 6 future Hall of Famers, setting them on a certain path to glory and reigniting a city known for its passion for its sport.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Pete Maravich : the Authorized Biography of Pistol Pete Federman, Wayne
Pete Maravich : the Authorized Biography of Pistol Pete
The late Pete Maravich is a basketball legend. He averaged more than 44 points a game in his career at Louisiana State University before the advent of the three-point shot and 24 during his NBA career. But more than his scoring was his passing. He was inarguably the most spectacular, creative passer in the history of the game.Success on the basketball court did not translate to happiness. It was only after his career was over that he found contentment in Evangelical Christianity and working with kids.
2008
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Race of the Century Fenster, J. M.
Race of the Century
Provides an account of a 1908 New York to Paris auto race that took the competitors westward across the United States, aboard a boat to the Far East, across Japan to a trek across Siberia, Asia, and Eastern Europe to Paris.
2005
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: A Terrible Splendor Fisher, Marshall
A Terrible Splendor
Looks at the prominent figures and events surrounding the 1937 Davis Cup Tournament, specifically the match between Don Budge of the United States and Gottfried von Cramm of Germany.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Coolest Race On Earth Hanc, John
The Coolest Race On Earth
What would induce hundreds of people from all over the world to spend thousands of dollars each and two weeks of their lives just to run a marathon in Antarctica? Especially one with a reputation as the toughest marathon on Earth? John Hanc may have the answer.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Sweet Thunder : The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson Haygood, Wil
Sweet Thunder : The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson
Documents the rise of the iconic boxer against a backdrop of the mid-twentieth century, describing his Harlem youth and emergence as a symbol of black America while offering insight into his athletic talents and his relationships with such figures as Langston Hughes, Lena Horne, and Miles Davis.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Seabiscuit: An American Legend Hillenbrand, Laura
Seabiscuit: An American Legend
Author Laura Hillenbrand brilliantly re-creates a universal underdog story, one that proves life is a horse race. Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail.
2001
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Hoop Dreams: A True Story of Hardship and Triumph Joravsky, Ben
Hoop Dreams: A True Story of Hardship and Triumph
Adapted from the award-winning film, the true story of two boys from inner-city Chicago with a gift for basketball follows their struggle to turn high school stardom into college scholarships and pro careers and to escape the ghetto.
1995
Adult Nonfiction Book (Biography)
  Cover Art: The Good Son : the Life of Ray Kriegel, Mark
The Good Son : the Life of Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini
Kriegel's smoothly written biography tells the story of a rust belt hero whose boxing career was marred by tragedy in the ring. Raised in gritty Youngstown, Ohio, Ray grew up obsessed with the boxing legacy of his father, Lenny "Boom Boom" Mancini. The older Mancini had been a lightweight contender, but injuries suffered in WWII denied him his title shot. Ray dedicated his life to winning the championship that had eluded his father, and at age 21, succeeded.
2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
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AUTHORS
• Angell, Roger
baseball
• Armstrong, Lance
cycling
• Barich, Bill
boxing, horse racing
• Barra, Allen
baseball
• Bissinger, H.G.
• Bouton, Jim
baseball
• Burfoot, Amby
running
• Dawidoff, Nicholas
baseball
• Deford, Frank
• Dodson, James
• Dungy, Tony
• Eisenberg, John
• Feinstein, John
• Gierach, John
fishing
• Golenbock, Peter
• Greenlaw, Linda
fishing
• Haig-Brown, Roderick Langmere
fishing
• Halberstam, David
• Jenkins, Sally
• Kahn, Roger
baseball
• Kramer, Jerry
football
• Krauss, Erich
martial arts
• Kriegel, Mark
• Krzyzewski, Mike
basketball
• Leeson, Ted
fishing
• Lewis, Michael M.
• Lyons, Nick
fishing
• Maraniss, David
• Montville, Leigh
• Owen, David, 1955-
• Penick, Harvey
golf
• Prosek, James
fishing
• Reilly, Rick
• Schulian, John
boxing, baseball
• Sey, Jennifer
gymnastics
• Smith, Red
baseball
• Stanton, Tom, 1960-
baseball
• Telander, Rick
college ball
• Wertheim, L. Jon
• Williams, Ted, 1918-2002
baseball
• Wooden, John, 1910-2010

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