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Wherever I Wind Up

Wherever I Wind Up

My Quest for Truth, Authenticity, and the Perfect Knuckleball

by R. A. Dickey and Wayne Coffey

Hardcover, 340 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published March 29 2012 | purchase
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  • Wherever I Wind Up
  • My Quest for Truth, Authenticity, and the Perfect Knuckleball
  • R. A. Dickey and Wayne Coffey

Relates the author's unlikely journey to the big leagues after his athletic dream was nearly destroyed and how he was sustained by his Christian faith and the love of his family before emerging as one of the National League's premier pitchers.

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The Longest Fight

The Longest Fight

In the Ring With Joe Gans, Boxing's First African American Champion

by William Gildea

Hardcover, 245 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $26, published June 19 2012 | purchase
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  • The Longest Fight
  • In the Ring With Joe Gans, Boxing's First African American Champion
  • William Gildea

An account of the lesser-known story of early sports hero Jon Gans centers on his epic 1906 boxing match against Oscar "Battling" Nelson, discussing how the competition reflected period racial tensions and the realities endured by African-American athletes.

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The Big Fight

The Big Fight

My Life in and Out of the Ring

by Sugar Ray Leonard and Michael Arkush

Paperback, 303 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published May 29 2012 | purchase
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  • The Big Fight
  • My Life in and Out of the Ring
  • Sugar Ray Leonard and Michael Arkush

The International Boxing Hall of Fame icon shares the story of how he rose from impoverished origins to become a national Golden Gloves champion, Olympic gold medalist and top-rate pro, offering insight into such topics as his professional relationships, exposure to sport corruption and struggles with addiction. 75,000 first printing.

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In The Long Run

In the Long Run

A Father, a Son, and Unintentional Lessons in Happiness

by Jim Axelrod

Paperback, 290 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $15, published May 8 2012 | purchase
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  • In the Long Run
  • A Father, a Son, and Unintentional Lessons in Happiness
  • Jim Axelrod

A former chief White House correspondent reveals how during a crossroads in his personal and professional life he learned about his late father's marathon achievements and resolved to run the 2009 New York Marathon himself.

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Soccernomics

Soccernomics

Why England Loses, Why 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

by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski

Paperback, 438 pages, Perseus Books Group, $16.99, published May 1 2012 | purchase
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  • Soccernomics
  • Why England Loses, Why 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
  • Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski

Using insights and analogies from economics, statistics, psychology, and business to cast a new and entertaining light on how the game of soccer works, "Soccernomics" reveals the often surprisingly counterintuitive truths about the world's most popular game. An essential guide for the 2010 World Cup.

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Just Ride

Just Ride

A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike

by Grant Petersen and Retsu Takahashi

Paperback, 212 pages, Workman Pub Co, $13.95, published May 8 2012 | purchase
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  • A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike
  • Grant Petersen and Retsu Takahashi
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Over Time

Over Time

My Life As a Sportswriter

by Frank Deford

Hardcover, 354 pages, Pgw, $25, published May 1 2012 | purchase
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  • Over Time
  • My Life As a Sportswriter
  • Frank Deford

The eminent sportswriter traces his career from his early years at "Sports Illustrated" in the 1960s to the present, interweaving a narrative of the history of American sportswriting with his own personal story.

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Ball Four

Ball Four

by Jim Bouton

Paperback, 472 pages, John Wiley & Sons Inc, $15.95, published July 26 1990 | purchase
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  • Jim Bouton

The diary of a major league baseball player during one season reveals the game's venal and foolish aspects

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Cuban Star

Cuban Star

How One Negro-League Owner Changed the Face of Baseball

by Adrian Burgos Jr.

Paperback, 302 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $16, published April 24 2012 | purchase
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  • Cuban Star
  • How One Negro-League Owner Changed the Face of Baseball
  • Adrian Burgos Jr.

Shares the story of Negro League team owner Alex Pompez's founding of a notorious Harlem numbers racket as part of his efforts to finance the New York Cubans, describing his role in retaining the team throughout integration, transitioning players to the majors, and achieving a Negro League World Series Championship.

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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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Damn Yankees

Damn Yankees

Twenty-Four Major League Writers on the World's Most Loved (And Hated) Team

by Rob Fleder

Hardcover, 290 pages, HarperCollins, $27.99, published April 3 2012 | purchase
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  • Damn Yankees
  • Twenty-Four Major League Writers on the World's Most Loved (And Hated) Team
  • Rob Fleder

Celebrating the New York Yankees, who have been an American institution for nearly a century, this exciting collection of original essays from renowned contemporary writers covers a broad range of subjects.

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Driving Mr. Yogi

Driving Mr. Yogi

Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, And Baseball's Greatest Gift

by Harvey Araton

Hardcover, 224 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26, published April 3 2012 | purchase
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  • Driving Mr. Yogi
  • Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, And Baseball's Greatest Gift
  • Harvey Araton

A narrative account of the friendship shared between the Hall of Fame catcher and the Yankees pitcher describes their annual reunions in Florida during spring training, offering insight into Berra's role in mentoring younger players.

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Illegal Procedure

Illegal Procedure

A Sports Agent Comes Clean on the Dirty Business of College Football

by James Dale and Josh Luchs

Hardcover, 240 pages, St Martins Pr, $25, published March 27 2012 | purchase
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  • Illegal Procedure
  • A Sports Agent Comes Clean on the Dirty Business of College Football
  • James Dale and Josh Luchs

A suspended NFL sports agent reveals ubiquitous practices of corruption in collegiate sports, frankly discussing his own illegal deals with various college athletes before he was ousted for a violation he did not commit, in a full-length account based on his 2010 Sports Illustrated confessional that discusses his subsequent dedication to whistle-blowing and college football reformation. 50,000 first printing.

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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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