RaveBooklistAbramsky...masterfully captures the life of this little-known sportswoman ... In an eloquently written narrative, spiced with vivid descriptions of the Victorian era and the early twentieth century, he shines a light on Dod’s athletic triumphs as well as her family dynamics, her years as a British Red Cross nurse during WWI, and her accomplishments as a singer and pianist ... This fine biography makes a significant contribution to sports history and women’s studies and should go a long way to bringing Dod’s inspirational story to a new audience.
RaveBooklist... eloquent ... A lifelong swimmer, Tsui deftly moves from one topic to another, weaving in her personal experiences ... Fascinating highlights ... This fascinating look at the positive impact swimming has had on our lives throughout history might leave most readers eager to get back in the water as soon as possible.
RaveBooklist... eloquently written ... This is a powerful American coming-of-age story about a Mexican American who seeks to embrace his heritage while forging his own path forward. Certain to make a lasting impression on readers across generations and backgrounds, all of whom will be inspired by the young Álvarez.
Deborah Riley Draper
PositiveBooklistThis is an easy-to-read book, including historical photos, that shines a welcome light on lesser-known Olympians, all of them Black sports heroes who paved the way for future civil-rights gains. Certain to have broad appeal for track-and-field fans as well as readers interested in the history of African Americans in sports.
PositiveBooklist... a must-read exposé that provides an in-depth look into the time line of events and the numerous adults who should have prevented these crimes ... While the Nassar story is difficult to relive, the authors do a masterful job bringing into context the decades-long abuse. This serves as a tribute to the courageous young women who confronted their predator and exposed a corrupt system, and it also provides a stark reminder to believe victims, no matter what the cost.
PositiveBooklistMcDougall’s account of how Sherman defied the odds to compete in the race is both inspiring and humorous, a testament to the depth of the animal-human connection.
RaveBooklistRippon’s personal story is as moving as the account of his success on the ice: he was the first openly gay American man to qualify for the Winter Olympics, and the poise he demonstrated in dealing with his haters—to whom he dedicates this book —will prove inspirational for other young athletes. This is a no-holds-barred, coming-of age sports memoir. Rippon may have started his career as an underdog, but he prevailed, thanks to his resilience, laser-focused work ethic, and acerbic sense of humor.
RaveBooklistEach anecdote will lure readers into the world of East Coast fishing and Martha’s Vineyard culture, making this a must-read for fishers, both hard-core devotees and recreational participants, as well as anyone interested in learning about the sport. An inspirational memoir of one woman’s self-discovery while pursuing the elusive catch.
Jorge Zepeda Patterson, trans by Achy Obejas
PositiveBooklistIt’s a bit of a stretch for a professional racer like Moreau to compete for 23 days covering 2,000 miles at the top level while expending energy on the investigation (and spending nights with his lover, Fiona Crowley, a mechanic and International Cycling Union, but the fast pace and numerous plot twists will keep readers in suspense until the end, when the cyclists cross the finish line at the Champs-Élysées.
PositiveBooklistFutterman does a masterful job ... Readers eager for a compelling underdog sports story are sure to enjoy this account, as many will see themselves in the band of \'misfits\' Futterman profiles, young rebels who formed the infamous San Diego–based running club, the Jamul Toads. Futterman, an experienced marathoner, includes brief excerpts about his own running experiences, further showing his passion for the sport. Keflezighi’s memoir, 26 Marathons (2019), and Kastor’s Let Your Mind Run (2018) make great read-alikes for this reverent tribute to a beloved coach.
RaveBooklistBeautifully written ... The memoir is strongest when Arnold weaves back and forth from her childhood years in Virginia to her visits with her father during his terminal illness, to her home life in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Arnold masterfully captures the vulnerability of wading through grief with each step she takes toward self-discovery. This remarkable memoir will undoubtedly resonate with runners but equally so with children of divorce, new mothers, and those who have suffered the loss of a parent. An eloquent tribute to the complexity and vibrancy of a parent-child relationship.
Rowan Ricardo Phillips
PositiveBooklist\"Written in lyrical prose with occasional references to visual arts... Phillips’ account is refreshingly analytical and observant of various nuances and tactics of the game, which he sees as a contest of “deception and surprise ... Seasoned tennis players and avid fans will enjoy reliving this year in the sport from the perspective of an astute observer.\
RaveBooklistWith exceptional wit and self-deprecating humor, he shares experiences ... Both recreational runners and competitors will undoubtedly identify with his observations and anecdotes about what draws people to the sport. His reflections on dealing with divorce and charting new beginnings will also engage readers in similar situations. Sagal is a compelling writer, and his story may well rouse some to get off the couch, lace up their sneakers, and get running.
RaveBooklistThis is a heart-wrenching, coming-of-age memoir by a talented athlete who is street-smart, lonely, and painfully broken ... A poetically written account by a resilient rebel who skillfully captures what it is like to feel the world through her skin.
RaveBooklistThe narrative thoroughly chronicles her family’s struggles and occasional strokes of luck, her experiences with multiple coaches, and the epic matches that have defined her career, including winning Wimbledon at age 17 against rival Serena Williams. Unstoppable is an inspiring memoir about coming-of-age within the elite tennis community and a tribute to the unconditional support from families and coaches who make success possible. Sure to satisfy longtime fans of women’s tennis.