Our favorite Sports books!
Under the Lights and in the Dark: Untold Stories of Women's Soccer takes an unprecedented look inside the lives of professional soccer players around the world - from precarious positions in underfunded teams and leagues, to sold-out stadiums and bright lights.
Most Golden State Warriors fans have attended a game at Oracle Arena, marveled at Stephen Curry's effortless shots, and remember where they were when the team won the 2015 NBA championship. But only real fans watched all 73 wins in the 2015-16 season, know where the Warriors played when they first moved to California, or can name whom the Warriors swept in the 1975 Finals.
“As lively, thorough, and engaging as the team it chronicles” (Nathaniel Friedman), Betaball is a compelling look at how the Golden State Warriors embraced savvy business practices, next generation science, and Silicon Valley’s technocentric culture not only to produce one of the greatest basketball teams in history but also to revolutionize the NBA—perfect
Taking seriously the idea that baseball is a study in failure--a very successful batter manages a base hit in just three of every ten attempts--Mark Kingwell argues that there is no better tutor of human failure's enduring significance than this strange, crooked game of base, where geometry becomes poetry.
On June 3rd, 2017, Alex Honnold became the first person to free solo Yosemite's El Capitan--to scale the wall without rope, a partner, or any protective gear--completing what was described as "the greatest feat of pure rock climbing in the history of the sport" (National Geographic) and "one of the great athletic feats of any kind, ever" (New York Times).
Winner of the 2018 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing
Winner of The Times Sports Biography of the Year
“As Muhammad Ali’s life was an epic of a life so Ali: A Life is an epic of a biography . . .$16.99ISBN: 9781607749783Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Call store for up-to-the-minute availability.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!$17.00ISBN: 9780399562716Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Call store for up-to-the-minute availability.Published: Penguin Books - May 15th, 2018
A New York Times Bestseller
A dramatic, inspiring memoir by legendary rock climber Tommy Caldwell, the first person to free climb the Dawn Wall of Yosemite’s El Capitan$18.99ISBN: 9780399578946Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Call store for up-to-the-minute availability.Published: Ten Speed Press - May 8th, 2018
A graphic novel-style history of baseball, providing an illustrated look at the major games, players, and rule changes that shaped the sport.$19.99ISBN: 9781419726477Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Call store for up-to-the-minute availability.Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 10th, 2017$19.95ISBN: 9780803285736Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Call store for up-to-the-minute availability.Published: University of Nebraska Press - June 1st, 2018
While Jackie Robinson’s 1947 season with the Brooklyn Dodgers made him the first African American to play in the Major Leagues in the modern era, the rest of Major League Baseball was slow to integrate while its Minor League affiliates moved faster. The Pacific Coast League (PCL), a Minor League with its own social customs, practices, and racial history, and the only legitimate$19.95ISBN: 9781496206008Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Call store for up-to-the-minute availability.Published: University of Nebraska Press - May 1st, 2018
Waterman is the first comprehensive biography of Duke Kahanamoku (1890–1968): swimmer, surfer, Olympic gold medalist, Hawaiian icon, waterman.
Long before Michael Phelps and Mark Spitz made their splashes in the pool, Kahanamoku emerged from the backwaters of Waikiki to become America’s first superstar Olympic swimmer.$24.95ISBN: 9780803269606Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Call store for up-to-the-minute availability.Published: University of Nebraska Press - July 1st, 2016In the spring of 1959, eighteen-year-old Bruce Lee returned to San Francisco, the city of his birth, and quickly inserted himself into the West Coast’s fledgling martial arts culture.$24.99ISBN: 9781683582496Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Call store for up-to-the-minute availability.Published: Sports Publishing - September 4th, 2018
In 1979, San Francisco was in turmoil attempting to recover from the assassination of two of its leaders: Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk. The troubled city was in need of an emotional boost to restore their pride.$26.95ISBN: 9781945572814Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Call store for up-to-the-minute availability.Published: Rare Bird Books, a Vireo Book - June 12th, 2018
From the author of Welcome to Paradise, Now Go To Hell, a finalist for the PEN Center USA Award for Nonfiction$26.95ISBN: 9780807026991Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Call store for up-to-the-minute availability.Published: Beacon Press - May 8th, 2018
Following in the footsteps of Robeson, Ali, Robinson and others, today’s Black athletes re-engage with social issues and the meaning of American patriotism
Named a best book of 2018 by Library Journal$27.99ISBN: 9780062853615Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Call store for up-to-the-minute availability.Published: Harper - October 9th, 2018
The former ESPN columnist and analytics pioneer dramatically recreates an action-packed 2017 game between the Oakland A’s and eventual World Series Champion Houston Astros to reveal the myriad ways in which Major League Baseball has changed over the last few decades.$37.50ISBN: 9781439189047Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Call store for up-to-the-minute availability.Published: Simon & Schuster - August 21st, 2018
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK
The first comprehensive, authoritative biography of American icon Arthur Ashe—the Jackie Robinson of men’s tennis—a pioneering athlete who, after breaking the color barrier, went on to become an influential civil rights activist and public intellectual.
Born in Richmond, Virginia, in 1943, by the age of eleven, Art