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Book It, Dano

Posted By Alex Belth On December 13, 2011 @ 9:35 am In 1: Featured,Arts and Culture,Book Review,Bookish | Comments Disabled

Here’s ten sports books from 2011 to keep in mind as you tackle that holiday shopping list:

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1. “The Whore of Akron” [2]

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.

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2. “At the Fights” [4]

The wonderful boxing compilation [5] edited by George Kimball and John Schulian [6].

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3. “21: The Story of Roberto Clemente” [8]

A fine graphic novel portrait of the great Clemente [9].

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4. “Fenway 1912″ [11]

Glenn Stout’s definitive history [12] of the making of Fenway Park. Not just for Red Sox Nation.

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5. “Evel: The High-Flying Life of Evel Knievel” [14]

Leigh Montville+ Eve [15]l=and a good time had by all.

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6. “Sometimes They Even Shook Your Hand” [17]

A terrific collection of our man Schulian’s best sports writing [18]. A must-have.

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7. “The Extra 2%” [20]

Jonah Keri astute take on how the Tampa Bay Rays compete against the monsters of the American League East.

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8. “Flip Flop Fly Ball” [22]

The picture book of the year from the one and only Craig Robinson [23].

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9. “Sweetness” [25]

Jeff Pearlman’s best book yet [26].

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10. “The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training” [28]

Josh Wilker goes deeper into movies [29].


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[2] “The Whore of Akron”: http://www.amazon.com/Whore-Akron-Search-LeBron-James/dp/0062066366/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1323784375&sr=1-1

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[4] “At the Fights”: http://www.amazon.com/At-Fights-American-Writers-Boxing/dp/1598530925/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1323784359&sr=1-1

[5] The wonderful boxing compilation: http://www.loa.org/images/pdf/LOA_Kimball_Schulian_interview_Boxing.pdf

[6] George Kimball and John Schulian: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2011/06/06/pugilistic-linguistics-2/

[7] Image: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/21.jpg

[8] “21: The Story of Roberto Clemente”: http://www.amazon.com/21-Roberto-Clemente-Wilfred-Santiago/dp/1560978929

[9] graphic novel portrait of the great Clemente: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2011/04/14/the-power-and-the-glory-2/

[10] Image: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Stout_FENWAY_cvr1-677x1024.jpg

[11] “Fenway 1912″: http://www.amazon.com/Fenway-1912-Ballpark-Championship-Remarkable/dp/0547195621/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1323784323&sr=1-1

[12] Glenn Stout’s definitive history: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2011/10/12/bronx-banter-interview-glenn-stout-2/

[13] Image: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/EVELjacket-673x1024.jpg

[14] “Evel: The High-Flying Life of Evel Knievel”: http://www.amazon.com/Evel-High-Flying-Knievel-American-Daredevil/dp/0385527454

[15] Leigh Montville+ Eve: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2011/05/04/the-man-who-fell-to-earth/

[16] Image: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/sometimes..._NEW-740x1024.jpg

[17] “Sometimes They Even Shook Your Hand”: http://www.amazon.com/Sometimes-They-Even-Shook-Your/dp/0803237766/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1323784494&sr=1-1

[18] terrific collection of our man Schulian’s best sports writing: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2011/10/11/bronx-banter-interview-john-schulian/

[19] Image: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/extra-2-percent-rev-comp-3-1.jpg

[20] “The Extra 2%”: http://www.amazon.com/Extra-2-Street-Strategies-Baseball/dp/0345517652

[21] Image: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/centaurs-in-baseball.jpg

[22] “Flip Flop Fly Ball”: http://www.amazon.com/Flip-Flop-Fly-Ball-Infographic/dp/1608192695/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1323785622&sr=1-1-spell

[23] one and only Craig Robinson: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2011/07/25/bronx-banter-interview-craig-robinson/

[24] Image: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/sweetness-cover-goes-with-pearlman-interview.jpg

[25] “Sweetness”: http://www.amazon.com/Sweetness-Enigmatic-Life-Walter-Payton/dp/159240653X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323786234&sr=8-1

[26] Jeff Pearlman’s best book yet: http://www.gelfmagazine.com/archives/a_bittersweet_walter_payton_biography.php

[27] Image: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/breaking-training-cover-725x1024.jpg

[28] “The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training”: http://www.amazon.com/News-Bears-Breaking-Training-Focus/dp/1593764189/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1323786388&sr=1-3

[29] Josh Wilker goes deeper into movies: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2011/06/20/bronx-banter-interview-josh-bad-news-wilker/

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