March 2020 - Sports

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Sports is a key part of so many genres of books! Let us entertain you with a few of our favorites for March's Year in Reading category. 


Jonathan Eig
Description: The definitive biography of Muhammad Ali, an American icon. a twentieth century radical and compelling figure. Ali went from being one of the most despised men in the country to one of the most beloved. Jonathan Eig breaks new ground and radically reshapes our understanding of the slippery figure who was Muhammad Ali. Eig had access to key people in Ali's life, ithousands of pages of new FBI and Justice Department files, as well as newly discovered audiotaped interviews from the 1960s. This is a story about race, about a brutal sport, and about a fascinating man who shook up the world.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Ali
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 25, 2020
Fredrik Backman, Neil (Neil Andrew) translator Smith
Description: Winning a junior ice hockey championship might not mean a lot to the average person, but it means everything to the residents of Beartown, a community slowly being eaten alive by unemployment and the surrounding wilderness. A victory like this would draw national attention to the ailing town: it could attract government funding and an influx of talented athletes who would choose Beartown over the big nearby cities. A victory like this would certainly mean everything to Amat, a short, scrawny teenager who is treated like an outcast everywhere but on the ice; to Kevin, a star player just on the cusp of securing his golden future in the NHL; and to Peter, their dedicated general manager whose own professional hockey career ended in tragedy. At first, it seems like the team might have a shot at fulfilling the dreams of their entire town. But one night at a drunken celebration following a key win, something happens between Kevin and the general manager's daughter--and the next day everything seems to have changed. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected. With so much riding on the success of the team, the line between loyalty and betrayal becomes difficult to discern. At last, it falls to one young man to find the courage to speak the truth that it seems no one else wants to hear.
Call Number: LP FIC Bac
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Feb 25, 2020
Nancy Churnin, John Joven
Description: "In the 1960s Charlie Sifford became the first African American to break the color barrier in golf and despite discrimation went on to win the PGA tournament"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Chu
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 25, 2020
Harlan Coben, Jonathan Marosz
Call Number: FIC Cob
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Feb 25, 2020
Rich Wallace
Description: When sixth-grader Manny Ramos, one of the fastest runners on the youth football team, joins the new track club, he hopes that his light weight will be a benefit in racing against more experienced guys.
Call Number: J FIC Wal
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 25, 2020
Alexa Martin
Description: "Single-mother Poppy Patterson moved across the country when she was sixteen and pregnant to find a new normal. After years of hard work, she's built a life she loves. It may include a job at a nightclub, weekend soccer games, and more stretch marks than she anticipated, but it's all hers, and nobody can take that away. Well, except for one person. T.K. Moore, the starting wide receiver for the Denver Mustangs, dreamt his entire life about being in the NFL. His world is football, parties, and women. Maybe at one point he thought his future would play out with his high school sweetheart by his side, but Poppy is long gone and he's moved on. When Poppy and TK cross paths in the most unlikely of places, emotions they've suppressed for years come rushing back. But with all the secrets they never told each other lying between them, they'll need more than a dating playbook to help them navigate their relationship"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Mar
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 25, 2020
Elizabeth Flynn
Description: It's the first day of Wimbledon. And a dead body is lying on Court 19. Newly-promoted detective inspector Angela Costello recognizes the dead man as Croatian champion-turned-coach, Petar Belic. A double grand-slam winner, Petar was famous, and much loved. However, Petar had an ex-wife who wanted him back; a girlfriend who wouldn't let him go; a business partner with secrets. Then there was the temperamental leading Brit, Stewart Bickerstaff, whom Petar had been coaching. D.I. Costello deduces that only one person could have committed the crime. Unfortunately she has no way of proving her suspicions.
Call Number: FIC Fly
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 25, 2020
Jason Reynolds
Description: "Ghost, a naturally talented runner and troublemaker, is recruited for an elite middle school track team. He must stay on track, literally and figuratively, to reach his full potential"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: J FIC Rey
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 25, 2020
Tom (Children's fiction writer) Easton
Description: After not being allowed to take a boxing class at her school because she is a girl, Fleur deals with bullying and disapproval in her quest to set things right and ensure equal opportunity for all students.
Call Number: YA FIC Eas
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 25, 2020
Todd Kortemeier
Description: "Learn more about the most exciting and important moments in the history of women's sports. The title also features informative sidebars, a glossary, and further resources."--Publisher's website.
Call Number: J 796 Kor
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 25, 2020
Sarina Bowen
Description: As team captain and enforcer, Patrick O'Doul puts the bruise in the Brooklyn Bruisers. But after years of hard hits, O'Doul is feeling the burn, both physically and mentally. He conceals his pain from his coach and trainers, but when his chronic hip injury becomes too obvious to ignore, they send him for sessions with the team's massage therapist. After breaking up with her long-term boyfriend, Ari Bettini is in need of peace of mind. For now, she's decided to focus on her work: rehabilitating the Bruisers' MVP. O'Doul is easy on the eyes, but his reaction to her touch is ice cold. Ari is determined to help O'Doul heal, but as the tension between them turns red hot, they both learn that a little TLC does the body good.
Call Number: FIC Bow
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 25, 2020
John Feinstein
Description: After winning a basketball reporting contest, eighth graders Stevie and Susan Carol are sent to cover the Final Four tournament, where they discover that a talented player is being blackmailed into throwing the final game.
Call Number: J FIC Fei
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Feb 25, 2020
Sue Henry
Description: Determined to track down the vicious killer of Iditarod dog-sled race contestants, a state trooper finds himself in the heart of the Alaskan wilderness--where merciless nature can kill as fast as any bullet . . . and only the Arctic night can hear one's final screams.
Call Number: FIC Hen
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 25, 2020
John Grisham
Description: A former American football star joins the Parma Panthers to play football in a small town in Italy.
Call Number: FIC Gri
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 25, 2020
Dick Francis
Description: Young wine merchant Tony Beach's exposure of a liquor scam sparks a brutal murder and forces the corruption in the liquor industry to spread into the realm of thoroughbred horse racing.
Call Number: FIC Fra
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 25, 2020
Katie (Runner) Arnold
Description: "A deeply moving and inspiring memoir about fathers and daughters, grief and renewal, adventure and obsession, and the power of running to change your life." -- From book jacket.
Call Number: 796.42 Arn
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 25, 2020
Mark Kram
Description: History will remember the rivalry of Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali as one for the ages. A trilogy of extraordinary fights transcended the world of sports and crossed into a sociocultural drama that divided the country. Joe Frazier was a much more complex figure than just his rivalry with Ali would suggest. Mark Kram, Jr. unlinks Frazier from Ali and gives a full-bodied accounting of Frazier's life. A journey that began as the youngest of thirteen children packed in small farmhouse, encountering the bigotry and oppression of the Jim Crow South, and continued with his voyage north at age fifteen to develop as a fighter in Philadelphia.
Call Number: 796.83 Kra
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 25, 2020
Katie Hnida
Call Number: B Hni
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 25, 2020
Tami Hoag
Description: Elena was once a child of wealth and privilege in Palm Beach until she was betrayed and disillusioned by those closest to her. She became an undercover cop until a tragic mistake ended her career, now she trains horses for a living. After finding the body of a friend she is determined to find the truth, a truth that will shock Palm Beach society to its core, and could very well get her killed.
Call Number: LP FIC Hoa
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Feb 25, 2020
Kate Moretti
Description: In a quiet Pennsylvania town, a thousand dead starlings fall onto a high school baseball field, unleashing a horrifying and unexpected chain of events that will rock the close-knit community. Beloved baseball coach and teacher Nate Winters and his wife, Alicia, are well respected throughout town. That is, until one of the many reporters investigating the bizarre bird phenomenon catches Nate embracing a wayward student, Lucia Hamm, in front of a sleazy motel. Lucia soon buoys the scandal by claiming that she and Nate are engaged in an affair, throwing the town into an uproar...and leaving Alicia to wonder if her husband has a second life. And when Lucia suddenly disappears, the police only have one suspect: Nate. Nate's coworker and sole supporter, Bridget Harris, Lucia's creative writing teacher, is determined to prove his innocence. She has Lucia's class journal, and while some of the entries appear particularly damning to Nate's case, others just don't add up. Bridget knows the key to Nate's exoneration and the truth of Lucia's disappearance lie within the walls of the school and in the pages of that journal.
Call Number: FIC Mor
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 25, 2020
Richard Moore
Description: Beijing 2008: Usain Bolt slows down as he approaches the finish line of the 100-meter finals, well ahead of his nearest rival. It is one of the greatest moments in sports history--and it is just the beginning. Of the ten fastest 100-meter times in history, eight belong to Jamaicans. This small Caribbean island has come to almost totally dominate the men's and women's sprint events. This is a world where sprinting permeates daily conversations and interactions; where the high school championships are watched by 35,000 screaming fans; where identity, success and status are forged on the track, and where "making it" is a pass to a world of adoration and lucrative contracts. Richard Moore travels the length of this country, speaking to scientists and skeptics as well as to coaches, gurus, superstars, and the young guns desperate to become the next big thing. Peeling back the layers, Moore reveals the secrets of the phenomenal Usain Bolt and the Jamaican sprint factory.
Call Number: 796.422 Moo
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 25, 2020
Wright Thompson
Description: "Whether it be Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods or Pat Riley or Urban Meyer, Wright Thompson strips the away the self-serving myths and fantasies to reveal his characters in full. There are fascinating common denominators: it may not be the case that every single great performer or coach had a complex relationship with his father, but it can sure seem that way. And there is much marvelous local knowledge: about specific sports, and times and places, and people. Ludicrously entertaining and often powerfully moving, The Cost of These Dreams is an ode to the reporter's art, and a celebration of true greatness and the high price that it exacts"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 796.0922 Tho
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 25, 2020
Jaci Burton
Description: "Nathan Riley is ready to follow in the footsteps of his famous football player father. He's been drafted as quarterback for his dad's former team, and his future is bright. When his friend Mia Cassidy moves to the same city, their years-long friendship suddenly sparks hot, reminding him of the one night they had together in college that he can never forget. Like Nathan, Mia is from a sports dynasty family and embarking on an incredible new career--as founder of her own sports management company. Her friendship with Nathan means everything to her, and tossing sex into the mix again could jeopardize it. But the chemistry between them has always sizzled, and it isn't long before Mia realizes she wants more with Nathan than just late-night talks and pizza. Passion has a funny way of changing the rules, and soon Nathan and Mia discover that to win it all, they'll have to make an unexpected play for love."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Bur
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 25, 2020
Karole Cozzo
Description: Eve is used to being the odd woman out. As the only girl on her school's baseball team, she knows exactly how to put sweaty, macho baseball players in their place, and she's learned to focus on one thing and one thing only--being the best pitcher she can be. But when a freak accident forces her school to be absorbed by the neighboring town, Eve has to contend with a new group of guys who aren't used to having a woman on their team. And the new team's star pitcher, Jamie, has no interest in being ousted from his throne. He can't afford to give up his starting slot to a new pitcher--especially to a girl. As the competition between Jamie and Eve starts to heat up, so does their attraction to each other. Can they keep their heads in the game, or will they end up getting played? -- netgalley.
Call Number: YA FIC Coz
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 25, 2020
Daisuke Higuchi, Marv Wolfman, Naomi Kokubo
Description: Shão Kazamatsuri is the leader of the Josui Junior High soccer team and he does everything he can to keep his team together and to be the best. Banned from his school's soccer team for being too short, Sh Kazamatsuri decides there is only one thing left to do: switch schools. But even a change in scenery doesn't help the David Beckham wannabe. On campus, he is mistakenly introduced to everyone as a hotshot soccer player. When the truth is revealed, Sh drops out of school in total disgrace. Now on his own, the spunky teenager must work twice as hard to make his dreams come true.
Call Number: J FIC Hig
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 25, 2020
Ma Isabel (María Isabel) Sánchez Vegara, Amelia Flower
Description: "Wilma was born into a family with 22 brothers and sisters, in the segregated South. She contracted polio in her early years and her doctors said she would never walk again. But Wilma persisted with treatment, and she recovered her strength by the age of 12. At school, Wilma showed a talent for basketball and sprinting, earning the nickname "Skeeter" (mosquito) as she ran so fast. Wilma was in college when she went to the 1960 Olympics. She not only won gold in sprint events, but also broke world records with her sprinting skill. She had beaten polio to become an Olympic champion. She is a huge inspiration to many women in sports around the world. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the athlete's life"--Amazon.
Call Number: E San
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 25, 2020
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Ali : A Life
Jonathan Eig
B Ali
Playing For Pizza
John Grisham
FIC Gri
Beartown [Large Print]
Fredrik Backman, Neil (Neil Andrew) translator Smith
LP FIC Bac
Proof
Dick Francis
FIC Fra
Charlie Takes His Shot : How Charlie Sifford Broke The Color Barrier In Golf
Nancy Churnin, John Joven
E Chu
Running Home : A Memoir
Katie (Runner) Arnold
796.42 Arn
Darkest Fear [Audiobook]/ By Harlan Coben.
Harlan Coben, Jonathan Marosz
FIC Cob
Smokin' Joe : The Life Of Joe Frazier
Mark Kram
796.83 Kra
Fast Company
Rich Wallace
J FIC Wal
Still Kicking : My Journey As The First Woman To Play Division I College Football
Katie Hnida
B Hni
Fumbled
Alexa Martin
FIC Mar
The Alibi Man [Large Print]
Tami Hoag
LP FIC Hoa
Game, Set, And Murder : A Mystery For D.i. Costello
Elizabeth Flynn
FIC Fly
The Blackbird Season : A Novel
Kate Moretti
FIC Mor
Ghost
Jason Reynolds
J FIC Rey
The Bolt Supremacy : Inside Jamaica's Sprint Factory
Richard Moore
796.422 Moo
Girls Can't Hit
Tom (Children's fiction writer) Easton
YA FIC Eas
The Cost Of These Dreams : Sports Stories And Other Serious Business
Wright Thompson
796.0922 Tho
Greatest Moments In Women's Sports
Todd Kortemeier
J 796 Kor
The Final Score
Jaci Burton
FIC Bur
Hard Hitter
Sarina Bowen
FIC Bow
The Game Can't Love You Back
Karole Cozzo
YA FIC Coz
Last Shot [Audiobook] : [A Final Four Mystery]
John Feinstein
J FIC Fei
Whistle! 01, Break Through
Daisuke Higuchi, Marv Wolfman, Naomi Kokubo
J FIC Hig
Murder On The Iditarod Trail
Sue Henry
FIC Hen
Wilma Rudolph
Ma Isabel (María Isabel) Sánchez Vegara, Amelia Flower
E San