RaveLibrary Journal... exclusive input, meticulous research, and a smooth narrative style ... Basketball and sports fans, cultural historians, and readers interested in how a shy boy turned into a global phenomenon will enjoy this fast-paced, captivating biography and gain new appreciation for one of the most admired athletes of his generation ... A landmark account of Kobe Bryant’s early life, this is an essential purchase for sports collections in all public libraries. Sielski’s biography will stand as the most objective, definitive record of Bryant’s childhood and youth, and invites a sequel that will similarly cover his professional career and personal story beyond the 1996 NBA draft.
PositiveLibrary JournalO’Connor’s is a deeply researched account of Krzyzewski’s childhood in gritty Polish neighborhoods in Chicago, his four years as a West Point cadet, and the way he turned Duke into a basketball dynasty ... Using new insights from friends and family, O’Connor isn’t afraid to show sides of the famous coach that most haven’t experienced firsthand, and delves heartily into the leadership tools that still drive Krzyzewski. This timely book is the most comprehensive biography of the legendary \'Coach K\' to date ... The national spotlight will be on Krzyzewski as the basketball season winds down; all public libraries and sports collections will want to showcase O’Connor’s appealing, candid profile of college basketball’s winningest coach.
PositiveLibrary JournalPlaschke’s familiar, conversational writing style accommodates both tragedy and renewal, strongly conveying the gritty determination of the so-called \'hillbilly\' little town that lost nearly everything. For its coverage of the unexpected horror of a natural disaster that took almost 100 lives, and of a season that helped to redefine Paradise, Plaschke’s account will stand as the foremost record of a team’s and a town’s unvanquished spirit ... Told with clear-eyed honesty, this story of unfaltering purpose will resonate beyond a sports-loving readership. Already optioned for a film treatment, Plaschke’s intense and inspiring account of a town’s loss and will to recover is recommended for all public library collections.
PositiveLibrary JournalKuper’s unique access to the inner workings of the organization and his accompanying descriptions of the Catalonia region’s history and culture combine to create an all-inclusive, highly significant history of FC Barcelona. Kuper’s eye for a good story, thorough and unique research, and fan-friendly writing style will make this book an essential read for serious soccer fans and historians ... FC Barcelona is a way of life for untold millions around the world, and Kuper covers over a century of the beloved team’s history with an insider’s view and a fan’s insights. Followers of \'the Beautiful Game\' will enjoy this deep dive into one of the world’s most famous and successful franchises.
PositiveLibrary JournalReaders looking for an offbeat, uplifting account, and those with an interest in surfing or outdoor challenges, should find this engaging. An ideal selection for book groups and recommended for all public library collections.
Willie Mays and John Shea
PositiveLibrary JournalThe athlete\'s upbeat personality shines even when discussing difficult topics such as the racism he faced on and off the field throughout his career playing for the New York-turned- San Francisco Giants and later the New York Mets. Readers seeking a comprehensive, more objective biography might prefer James S. Hirsch\'s Willie Mays, but this work offers a unique opportunity to hear Mays in his own words as he shares his enthusiasm for helping others to build a better world ... Baseball fans of all ages and anyone seeking inspiration will enjoy memories and motivation shared in a warm, joyous manner by the irrepressible Say Hey Kid.
Ethan Sherwood Strauss
PositiveThe Library JournalSports dynasties tend to inspire the extremes of love and hate, and more than ever in this era of constant connection. For basketball fans interested in the lesser-known business side of the sport.
PositiveLibrary Journal... the most comprehensive account of the scandal to date, including a biographical portrait of Nassar and an in-depth investigation of the safety nets that failed to protect the young gymnasts in his care. Several survivors have released deeply affecting memoirs; theirs and others’ stories are included along with thorough research that reveals exactly how a dangerous predator went undetected for so long. From the first accusations by frightened victims to the moment of vindication in a Michigan courtroom, this is the definitive history of the case ... The authors’ exhaustive research and relentless pursuit of the truth create an unsettling and stark record of the abuse scandal that sent shockwaves across America and which continues to resonate deeply.
RaveLibrary Journal... straightforward and deeply honest about the betrayal [Denhollander] endured yet hopeful for growing awareness and healing. Drawing on her law background and faith-based strength, the former gymnast advocates for positive action against abuse, with her own experiences as the inspirational framework ... Essential for sports fans and all readers concerned with the ongoing, widespread challenges of abuse and accountability. Denhollander’s story of empowerment deserves wide readership.
RaveLibrary JournalAs the season unfolds, Feinstein deconstructs the inexact science of the annual NFL draft, chronicles injuries and health concerns, and takes readers from one breathtaking finish to another ... With a critical eye and unsurpassed sense of sports history and culture, Feinstein examines qualities of leadership, the politics and drama within locker rooms and league offices, and the unrelenting pressure that can either crush a quarterback or turn him into a legend. Stellar research and storytelling that make this an essential read for NFL fans and sports enthusiasts.