Subject Guides Books Reading Lists Sports Fever 2010

Fiction and nonfiction about sports, selected by Jennifer Adams. Summaries from ContentCafe. December 2010.


  • Third and Long: a novel
    by Bob Katz
    A dying midwest factory town is uplifted when a former Notre Dame football star is hired as the local plant manager. Soon, he is offered not just the job of saving Made Right clothing, but the far more daunting task of saving the town. As it turns out, this may be the one challenge for which his checkered career has prepared him.
  • Unseen Academicals: a novel of Discworld
    by Terry Pratchett
    The wizards of Unseen University in the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else. As the match approaches, four lives are entangled and changed forever.
  • Rough & Tumble
    by Mark Bavaro
    Follows the story of football player Dominic Fucillo, a deeply religious athlete who struggles with rage, a complicated love life, and devastating injuries that give way to scandal when he is nearly beaten to death for his unethical nightlife activities.
  • Blockade Billy
    by Stephen King
    A retired coach recounts the story of "Blockade Billy" Blakely, known for his skills as a catcher and also as a formidable batter, the only player to have his record erased from baseball history, and his time with the New Jersey Titans.
  • The End of Baseball: a novel
    by Peter Schilling, Jr.
    After returning from Gaudalcanal in 1944 with a missing leg and no money, Bill Veeck manages to hustle his way into buying the Philadelphia Athletics and recruites players from the Negro Leagues to create the greatest team in baseball history.
  • Just Too Good to Be True
    by E. Lynn Harris
    A senior in college, Brady Bledsoe, a talented football player with his eye on a professional career and a contender for the Heisman trophy, becomes the target of sports agents and a beautiful cheerleader out to gain a piece of his lucrative future.
  • The Foursome
    by Troon McAllister
    Tired of hustling for money, golf pro Eddie Caminetti targets the souls of four successful businessmen and golf junkies who have been lured to Swithen Bairn, a secret golf course in which arrogant sinners soon find their cherished dreams transformed into a nightmare.
  • Red Zone
    by Mike Lupica
    A sequel to Bump and Run finds New York Hawks co-owner Jack Molloy taking a break abroad after his notorious brothers sell their half of the team to a fractious businessman, who quickly alienates everyone affiliated with the team and causes the departure of the general manager before Molloy enlists outside help.


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