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Sports from the 2012 Summer Newsletter

<img src="http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/files/santacruz/2012_Summer_Newsletter_... width="100" height="130" align="right">These recommendations were published in our <a href="http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/2012-summer-newsletter">2012 Summer Newsletter</a>.

Baseball in the Garden of Eden by John Thorn

This is an excellent examination of the overlooked true history of our national pastime. The classic

baseball creation myth is just that, and Thorn

uncovers the more complex and expansive roots of the game. I would never have claimed to know much about the history of baseball, so I was delighted to delve into a funny, affectionate, and meticulously researched account of the rich history of my favorite sport.

Reviewed by: 
Flannery
Baseball in the Garden of Eden: The Secret History of the Early Game Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780743294041
Availability: Backordered
Published: Simon & Schuster - March 20th, 2012

Eat and Run by Scott Jurek with Steve Friedman

For nearly two decades, Scott Jurek has been a dominant force in the grueling and growing sport of ultrarunning. Jurek’s accomplishments are nothing short of extraordinary—seven-time winner of the Western States Endurance Run, record holder of the 24-Hour Run, the only North American winner of Greece’s Spartathalon—and all achieved on a plant-based diet. In Eat and Run, Jurek opens up about his life and career—as an elite athlete and a vegan—and inspires runners at every level.
Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780547569659
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - June 5th, 2012

Just Ride by Grant Petersen

Love biking but hate spandex? Peterson has put together a useful guide for both the experienced and the uninitiated, casual rider. Full of tips for anyone who loathes, laughs at, or is baffled by fancy frames, expensive accessories, and too many gears. Advice ranges from the tongue-in-cheek “your blinky light can kill you” to wisdom on crank length, chains, and—wait for it—rigging a bike stand from a tree.
Reviewed by: 
Bucket
Just Ride: A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780761155584
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Workman Publishing Company - May 8th, 2012

Soccernomics, 2nd Edition by Simon Kuper & Stefan Szymanski

A revised and expanded edition of the international bestseller, Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Spain, Germany, and Brazil Win, and Why the U.S., Japan, Australia, Turkey—and Even Iraq—Are Destined to Become the Kings of the World’s Most Popular Sport, uses empirical analysis and witty, incisive commentary to change how we think about soccer. This new edition contains chapters on Spain’s 2010 World Cup win and the new era of financial fair-play rules.
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