10 books you must read: Subject Sports

1. It’s Not About the Bike by Lance Armstrong and Sally Jenkins. At twenty-four years old, now-famed cyclist Lance Armstrong was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Armstrong was ranked number one in the world of professional cycling at the time and the cancer had already spread to his lungs and brain. He was given a 20% chance of survival. This book transcends the world of cycling and is a book for all about hope, survival and transformation.

2. The Blind Side by Michael Lewis. The nonfiction heartwarming tale of Michael Oher, a homeless teenager in Memphis who was welcomed into the extremely wealthy Tuohy family home. An inspiring book for any football lover, it also touches upon race, poverty and other social problems that America is facing.

3. Open: An Autobiography by Andre Agassi. In this book, the reader will quickly be amazed by the honesty exhibited by tennis great Andre Agassi. The book chronologies Agassi’s rise to fame and some very shocking experiences of his life. This book is a must read for anyone who loves the game of tennis.

4. The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn. As many American’s claim, summer is about ice cream, sunscreen and baseball. Roger Kahn’s book has been referred to as the best American book on sports and the greatest baseball book ever written. This piece of literature follows a mid 1920s Brooklyn Dodgers team. The book introduces a familiarity to the lives and experiences of men such as Jackie Robinson and Duke Snider, American baseball heroes.

5. Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner by Dean Karnazes. The hidden world of ultramarathon running is novel, shocking and simply an amazing sport. Follow Karnazes as he explains why he became an ultramarathon runner and the insane things he does to his body, marriage and career to follow this dream. It goes to show anything is possible if you put your mind and heart into it.

6. In These Girls, Hope is Muscle by Madeline Blais. Follow the season of an Amherst High girl’s basketball team from beginning to end. By learning perseverance, the girl’s complete a near perfect season and experience respect and mob-like fans that are typically only reserved for male sports teams.

7. Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger. This nonfiction books brings to light the world of Texas high school football through the investigative reporting of Bissinger. The book chronicles the 1992-93 season of Permian High, five time state high school football champions. Bissinger does an excellent job exposing the at times obsessive nature of high football in Texas.

8. Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich. Follow the non-fiction story of a group of MIT card counters who hit it big in Las Vegas while their personal lives begin to crumble. A great read for anyone who has ever dreamed of beating the gambling system of Las Vegas.

9. Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand. This horseracing story is one of triumph over adversity. A nonfiction story, Seabiscuit is set in America following the Great Depression. It tells the inspirational story of a down and out horse, a half blind jockey and a country desperate for a hero to pull them out of their slump.

10. Inside Edge by Christine Brennan. The mysterious sport of ice skating is reveled through the lives of skaters during a season on the skating circuit. The book includes personal stories of many famed ice skaters and the challenges, drama and hard work that goes into being a professional ice skater.

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