Search our catalog: Use one field for a broad search or more than one to narrow your results. Need help? Read the search tips.
SOCIAL SCIENCES  > SOCIOLOGY

SPORTS

80 BOOKS IN THIS CATEGORY
SORT BOOKS BY:
BASEBALL, PITCHING, AND THE ART OF DECEPTION
Written by TERRY MCDERMOTT

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 05/16/2017

Price: $23.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-37942-9

A wonderfully informative, exuberant, and entertaining book that explores the evolution and history of baseball pitching through the story of one “perfect” game.
 
Tracing the evolution of pitching and the pitcher’s art of deception, Terry McDermott tells the fascinating story of baseball’s 150-year hunt for the perfect pitch. Using the framework of a single game (9 chapters, 9 innings, 9 pitches),  he explores the history of every type of pitch, combining the folk wisdom of the players with...

Read More >

A FATHER, A SON, AND A LIFETIME OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Written by STUART STEVENS

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 08/23/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-17250-9

Fathers, sons, and sports are enduring themes of American literature. Here, in this fresh and moving account, a son returns to his native South to spend a special autumn with his ninety-five-year-old dad, sharing the unique joys, disappointments, and life lessons of Saturdays with their beloved Ole Miss Rebels.

After growing up in Jackson, Stuart Stevens built a successful career as a writer and political consultant. But in the fall of 2012, not long after he turned sixty, the presidential...

Read More >

DEAN SMITH, MIKE KRZYZEWSKI, JIM VALVANO, AND AN EPIC COLLEGE BASKETBALL RIVALRY
Written by JOHN FEINSTEIN

Format: Hardcover, 416 pages

Publisher: Doubleday

On Sale: 03/01/2016

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-53941-8

The riveting inside story of college basketball's fiercest rivalry among three coaching legends—University of North Carolina's Dean Smith, Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, and North Carolina State's Jim Valvano—by the king of college basketball writers, #1 New York Times bestseller John Feinstein

On March 18, 1980, the immensely powerful Duke basketball program announced the hiring of its new coach—the man who would resurrect the team, restore glory to Duke, and defeat the legendary Dean Smith, who...

Read More >

DAILY REFLECTIONS ON THE PATH OF YOGA, MINDFULNESS, AND COMPASSION
Written by ROLF GATES

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 12/08/2015

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-87350-2

Yoga has never been more popular. Throughout the United States, people are turning to this ancient practice as a response to the pressures of today’s hectic world.
 
In Meditations on Intention and Being, acclaimed yoga teacher Rolf Gates draws on twenty years of teaching experience to explore and explain how to take the mindfulness of yoga off the mat and integrate it into every aspect of life.
 
Presented in the form of 365 inspirational daily reflections, Gates helps readers—from experienced...

Read More >

Written by JEANNE MARIE LASKAS

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 11/24/2015

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98757-7

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Now a major motion picture starring Will Smith, Concussion is the riveting, unlikely story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the pathologist who made one of the most significant medical discoveries of the twenty-first century, a discovery that challenges the existence of America’s favorite sport and puts Omalu in the crosshairs of football’s most powerful corporation: the NFL.
 
Jeanne Marie Laskas first met the young forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu in 2009, while...

Read More >

Written by DIANA NYAD

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 10/20/2015

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-35361-8

On September 2, 2013, at the age of sixty-four, Diana Nyad emerged onto the sands of Key West after swimming 111 miles, nation to nation, Cuba to Florida, in an epic feat of both endurance and human will, in fifty-three hours. Diana carried three poignant messages on her way across this stretch of shark-infested waters, and she spoke them to the crowd in her moment of final triumph:

1.   Never, ever give up.
2.   You’re never too old to chase your dreams.
3.   It looks like a solitary sport,...

Read More >

ONE FAN'S RELUCTANT MANIFESTO
Written by STEVE ALMOND

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 08/18/2015

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-612-19491-2

A New York Times Best Seller

“Powerful...an important read."Publishers Weekly

New York Times
bestselling author Steve Almond takes on America’s biggest sacred cow: football


In Against Football, Steve Almond details why, after forty years as a fan, he can no longer watch the game he still loves. Using a synthesis of memoir, reportage, and cultural critique, Almond asks a series of provocative questions:

• Does our addiction to football foster a tolerance for violence, greed, racism, and...

Read More >

LIFE IN THE MINOR LEAGUES OF BASEBALL
Written by JOHN FEINSTEIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 03/17/2015

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-94958-5

From the acclaimed #1 bestselling author . . . a riveting journey through the world of minor-league baseball

“No one grows up playing baseball pretending that they’re pitching or hitting in Triple-A.” —Chris Schwinden, Triple-A pitcher

“If you don’t like it here, do a better job.” —Ron Johnson, Triple-A manager

John Feinstein gave readers an unprecedented view of the PGA Tour in A Good Walk Spoiled. He opened the door to an NCAA basketball locker room in his explosive bestseller A Season on the...

Read More >

Written by STEVE BARRER

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 11/04/2014

Price: $22.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80535-7

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 >

A SEMI-MEMOIR
Written by DAN JENKINS

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 10/28/2014

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-47470-4

In His Ownself, Dan Jenkins takes us on a tour of his legendary career as a sportswriter and novelist. Here we see Dan's hone his craft, from his high school paper through to his first job at theFort Worth Press and on to the glory days of Sports Illustrated. Whether in Texas, New York, or anywhere for that matter, Dan was always at the center of it all—hanging out at Elaine's while swapping stories with politicians and movie stars, covering every Masters and U.S. Open and British Open for...

Read More >

THE REVEALING STORY OF REGGIE JACKSON AND THE WORLD CHAMPION NEW YORK YANKEES
Written by REGGIE JACKSON

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 09/23/2014

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-47680-7

A soul-baring, brutally candid, and highly colorful memoir of the two years—1977 and 1978—when Reggie Jackson went from being an outcast to a Yankee legend.

In the spring of 1977 Reggie Jackson should have been on top of the world. The best player on the Oakland A's dynasty teams, he was the first big-money free agent wooed by George Steinbrenner into coming to the New York Yankees. But, as Reggie writes in this vivid and surprising memoir, until his initial experience with the Yankees, "I...

Read More >

THE GLORY AND SCANDAL OF BIG-TIME COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 08/26/2014

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-345-80303-0

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 cost? The players have no share in the oceans of money. And once the lights go down, the glitter doesn't shine so brightly. Filled with mind-blowing details of major NCAA football scandals, with...

Read More >