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Sports from the 2016 Summer Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2016 Summer Newsletter.


Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan

Half the thrill of Barbarian Days lies in the pure adventure of youth, monster waves, hidden beaches, drugs in Indonesia; the other half is long-time New Yorker staff writer Finnegan’s exquisite, intelligent writing that unravels with depth and artistry. From his Hawaiian childhood to chasing waves on every continent, Finnegan recalls his climb into adulthood, journalism, and cultural awareness. A memoir even for non-memoir readers; a surfer’s tale even for the landlocked. Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.  —Julia


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ISBN: 9780143109396
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Published: Penguin Books - April 26th, 2016

God Is Round by Juan Villoro

I’m excited to read Villoro’s God Is Round, not only because it’s about the sport I love but because it examines soccer comprehensively, looking at the sport’s potential to unite cultures and also including entertaining information about the game. God Is Round is directed at soccer aficionados as well as novices, and seems perfect for anyone who wants to take a deeper look at the effects soccer can have on the world.  —Sairsha


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By Juan Villoro, Thomas Bunstead (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781632060587
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Published: Restless Books - April 19th, 2016

Lanterne Rouge by Max Leonard

A conversational microhistory of last-place cyclists, this treatise on the Tour de France worked for me even with my rusty-spoked lack of knowledge about the race. Charting the Tour from its 1903 inception (when it was launched to save a dying newspaper), through the world wars, and all the way on to its recent doping scandals, Leonard ultimately focuses on human determination. He explores each race compellingly by focusing on its “loser,” and generously shares his own relationship to cycling so that we feel the grace it offers.  —a.c.


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ISBN: 9781681771366
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Published: Pegasus Books - June 14th, 2016

The Joy of Swimming by Lisa Congdon

Artist Lisa Congdon brings her personal passion as a lifelong swimmer to this beautiful and thoughtful celebration of getting in the water. Compact and colorful, it captures the joy of swimming through Congdon’s awesome paintings (of strokes, swim caps, and more), profiles of everyday swimmers, and inspirational quotes. Whether you love to swim or just love watching it during the Olympics, The Joy of Swimming will bring a smile to your face.  —S.B.


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By Lisa Congdon, Lynne Cox (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781452144139
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books - April 19th, 2016

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