Here’s ten sports books from 2011 to keep in mind as you tackle that holiday shopping list:
Scott Raab’s hugely entertaining memoir. I didn’t know what to expect, I thought it could just be a gonzo stunt. Then, after enjoying the first thirty pages, I wondered if Raab would be able to sustain the goodness for an entire book. Would he bang away on one note the whole time? Would the joke wear thin? Hardly. The book gets deeper as it goes along, without losing it’s light touch. A deeply moral, funny, and often moving work.
Glenn Stout’s definitive history of the making of Fenway Park. Not just for Red Sox Nation.
Leigh Montville+ Evel=and a good time had by all.
A terrific collection of our man Schulian’s best sports writing. A must-have.
Jonah Keri astute take on how the Tampa Bay Rays compete against the monsters of the American League East.
The picture book of the year from the one and only Craig Robinson.