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A Memoir

by Ellis Henican and Dwight Gooden

Hardcover, 285 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27, published June 4 2013 | purchase
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  • A Memoir
  • Ellis Henican and Dwight Gooden

One of the bad boys of the 1986 World Series-winning New York Mets discusses his life, from his Atlanta childhood with his alcoholic, womanizing father, through his baseball career, self-destructive drug binges, and experience on "Celebrity Rehab."

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Eleven Rings

Eleven Rings

The Soul of Success

by Phil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty

Hardcover, 356 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published May 21 2013 | purchase
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  • The Soul of Success
  • Phil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty

The head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers traces the life experiences and philosophies that inspired his championship-winning techniques. He cites his relationships with such players as Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman and Kobe Bryant, while describing how he forged successful teams by combining talents and promoting trust.NPR Bestseller

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Class A

Class A

Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere

by Lucas Mann

Hardcover, 315 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published May 7 2013 | purchase
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  • Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere
  • Lucas Mann

Iowa's Clinton LumberKings minor-league baseball team had a remarkable 2010 season, chronicled here through the experiences of its players and dedicated fans. The year's stories included challenges facing a once-thriving lumber town, achievements in a Depression-era stadium and the contributions of a former major league backup catcher-turned-minor league manager.

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The Summer of Beer and Whiskey

The Summer of Beer and Whiskey

How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and a Wild Pennant Fight Made Baseball America's Game

by Edward Achorn

Hardcover, 318 pages, Perseus Books Group, $26.99, published April 30 2013 | purchase
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  • How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and a Wild Pennant Fight Made Baseball America's Game
  • Edward Achorn

German-born biergarten owner Chris Von der Ahe bought the St. Louis Browns baseball team in order to sell more beer, but the purchase became a turning point in American baseball history.

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This Love Is Not for Cowards

This Love Is Not For Cowards

Salvation and Soccer in Ciudad Juarez

by Robert Andrew Powell

Paperback, 368 pages, St Martins Pr, $17, published April 9 2013 | purchase
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  • Salvation and Soccer in Ciudad Juarez
  • Robert Andrew Powell

As Mexico descends into a feudal narco-state — one where cartels, death squads, the army and local police all fight over billions of dollars in profits from drug and human trafficking — the border city of Juarez has been hit hardest of all. Yet more than a million people still live there. They even love their impoverished city, proudly repeating its mantra: "Amor por Juarez," or "Love for Juarez." And nothing exemplifies the spirit and hope of Juarenses more than the Indios, the city's beloved but hard-luck soccer team.

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Game Over by Dave Zirin
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Game Over

How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down

by Dave Zirin

Paperback, 225 pages, Perseus Distribution Services, $18.95, published January 29 2013 | purchase
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  • How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down
  • Dave Zirin

Dave Zirin reveals how the most important debates about class, race, religion, sex and the quest for political power are played out both on and off the field. Game Over looks at the shady side of the NCAA, 2011's explosive MLB All-Star Game and why the Dodgers crashed and burned.

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Wild

Wild

From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

by Cheryl Strayed

Paperback, 315 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published March 26 2013 | purchase
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  • From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
  • Cheryl Strayed

At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington state — and she would do it alone.NPR Bestseller

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Color Blind

Color Blind

The Forgotten Team That Broke Baseball's Color Line

by Tom Dunkel

Hardcover, 345 pages, Pgw, $25, published April 2 2013 | purchase
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  • The Forgotten Team That Broke Baseball's Color Line
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Taking readers back in time to the mid-1930s, Tom Dunkel chronicles an integrated baseball team in Bismarck, N.D., that rose above a segregated society to become champions, delving into the history of the players, the town and baseball itself.

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Long Shot

Long Shot

by Mike Piazza and Lonnie Wheeler

Paperback, 374 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16.95, published February 18 2014 | purchase
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  • Mike Piazza and Lonnie Wheeler

The 12-time All-Star catcher describes the inspiration he gleaned from his self-made father, his early career with the Los Angeles Dodgers, his memorable 2000 World Series with the New York Mets and the controversies that have marked his career.

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Sum It Up

Sum It Up

1,098 Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective

by Pat Summitt and Sally Jenkins

Hardcover, 407 pages, Random House Inc, $28, published March 5 2013 | purchase
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  • 1,098 Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective
  • Pat Summitt and Sally Jenkins

The former head coach of the Tennessee Vols women's basketball team describes how her upbringing helped her to develop a balanced coaching style and recounts her battle with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.NPR Bestseller

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The Power of Negative Thinking by Bob Knight
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The Power of Negative Thinking by Bob Knight

The Power of Negative Thinking

An Unconventional Approach to Achieving Positive Results

by Bob Knight

Hardcover, 223 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25, published March 5 2013 | purchase
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  • An Unconventional Approach to Achieving Positive Results
  • Bob Knight

Using examples from his long career, a legendary basketball coach outlines the benefits of negative thinking, which helps build a realistic strategy that takes all potential obstacles into account.

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Top Dog

Top Dog

The Science of Winning and Losing

by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

Hardcover, 498 pages, Grand Central Pub, $29.99, published February 19 2013 | purchase
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  • The Science of Winning and Losing
  • Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

The co-authors of the New York Times best-selling NurtureShock turn their attentions to the cutting edge science behind life's triumphs and failures and offer insight from politics, finance, science, sports and economics to tip the odds in your favor. (business & economics). Simultaneous.

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The Disaster Diaries

The Disaster Diaries

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Apocalypse

by Sam Sheridan

Hardcover, 324 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published January 24 2013 | purchase
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  • How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Apocalypse
  • Sam Sheridan

Plagued by insomnia and nightmares about a zombie apocalypse, Harvard grad turned boxer, cowboy, sailor and Wilderness EMT Sam Sheridan sets out to acquire the skills necessary to survive any doomsday scenario — from earthquakes and floods to invasion by alien monsters.

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Francona

Francona

The Red Sox Years

by Terry Francona and Dan Shaughnessy

Hardcover, 352 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28, published January 22 2013 | purchase
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  • The Red Sox Years
  • Terry Francona and Dan Shaughnessy

The former Red Sox manager reflects on his tenure with the team, chronicling the challenges of managing difficult players, satisfying multiple owners, and dealing with both championship and losing seasons.NPR Bestseller

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