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We’ve chosen these ten titles as a sampling of our modest Sports section which is a mixture of select new publications, staff favorites, biographies of sports figures, some “how-to” books, histories such as “The Boys in the Boat,” and narratives by participants and observers in a whole range of individual sports from rock climbing, running, swimming, boxing, fishing, to tennis, and of course, the major team sports of baseball, basketball, and football, soccer, and hockey.

Here is a favorite passage from an excellent book about baseball written by a Canadian philosophy professor:

"The thrill of witnessing something without flaw, a perfectly executed double play or leaping outfield catch reminds us of our own earth-bound reality, even as it suggests the heights which we humans are capable of reaching. There is no perfection without defect. I can’t do that, but somebody can."

Mark Kingwell, “Fail Better: Why Baseball Matters”

Overtime: Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines at the Crossroads of College Football Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062886958
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 1st, 2020

Olympic Pride, American Prejudice: The Untold Story of 18 African Americans Who Defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to Compete in the 1936 Berlin Olympics Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501162152
Availability: In Stock at Publisher - Usually Available in 1-5 Days
Published: Atria Books - February 4th, 2020

Escape by Bike: Adventure Cycling, Bikepacking and Touring Off-Road Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780500293508
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Published: Thames & Hudson - April 17th, 2018

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Fail Better: Why Baseball Matters Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781771961530
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Published: Biblioasis - April 18th, 2017

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Haunts Of the Black Masseur: The Swimmer as Hero Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780816635399
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Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - June 13th, 2000

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307389831
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Published: Vintage - August 11th, 2009

Basketball: A Love Story Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781524761790
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Published: Crown - October 15th, 2019

Gather at the River: Twenty-Five Authors on Fishing Cover Image
By David Joy (Editor), Eric Rickstad (Editor)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781938235528
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Published: Hub City Press - May 14th, 2019

Alone on the Wall Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780393356144
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 2nd, 2018

Mind and Matter: A Life in Math and Football Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780735224889
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Published: Penguin Books - May 12th, 2020