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Three Strides Before the Wire

Three Strides Before the Wire

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Elizabeth Mitchell

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Now in paperback, reporter Elizabeth Mitchell introduces her readers to the mysterious, mercurial world of horse racing in a book that’s as fast-paced and colorful as a day at the track. Focusing on the 1999 Derby winner Charismatic, Mitchell traces this horse’s amazing and ultimately tragic story, from the birth of a foal through its surprising rise to fame. Mitchell also follows the major players in Charismatic’s life, including the family who bred him, the trainer, the owners, and the famed jockey Chris Antley, whose own story is more tragic than that of his horse. Through these interlocking stories a sense of familiarity with the key players in the industry evolves, as well as a greater understanding of the heart and soul of a sport that has fascinated human beings for centuries.
Mountain Men

Mountain Men

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Mick Conefrey, Tim Jordan

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Imagine a world without IMAX or Gore-tex, before North Face, a world without mobile phones or high-altitude Internet links, super-light hiking boots and polyamide fleece. Imagine a time when the Alps were as remote as the Himalayas and the Himalayas as remote as the moon. Traversing a century of climbing that began with the Victorian enthusiasts and ended with the conquest of the great Himalayan peaks, Mick Conefrey and Tim Jordan take us back to that (not-so-distant) world to tell the stories of the extraordinary men who were the first to climb the world’s best-known mountains — the Matterhorn, McKinley, Everest, and K2. Their quests provide welcome historical context and very modern thrills for readers of adventure narratives. Accompanied by unique archival materials, detailed maps, and photographs, Mountain Men invites us to follow in the footsteps of these fearless explorers, and tells us the stories with all their romance and stupidity, bravado and suffering, courage and miscalculation, intact. Meet the Mountain Men: Albert Smith was an impresario who climbed Mont Blanc with the help of 16 guides, 18 porters, and 90 bottles of spirits; his Piccadilly shows turned mountaineering from a folly into a sport. Edward Whymper, perhaps the greatest of the Victorian climbers, was the first to summit the Matterhorn, but not an hour later he lost four members of his party in a horrible accident that would shadow him for the rest of his life. The Duke of Abruzzi, heir to the Italian throne, reached the intimidating slopes of K2 in 1909 but concluded that no one could climb it in his lifetime — he was right. Mount McKinley was claimed by not one but several climbers, including America’s great explorer — and, it turned out, fraudster — Dr. Frederick Cook, who had his porters take pictures of him on a look-alike crevasse many miles away from the actual mountain. The eccentric Maurice Wilson, convinced that he enjoyed God’s protection, decided to climb Everest alone — just as soon as he taught himself to fly and got himself smuggled into Nepal. He got further than anyone could have dreamed, but his body was discovered frozen a hundred feet from a food cache left by an earlier party.
Writing To Inform And Engage

Writing To Inform And Engage

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Conrad C. Fink

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Designed with the beginning journalism student in mind, this undergraduate textbook for fledgling reporters is a reference guide and an instructive text full of real-world examples and writing exercises. Conrad C. Fink, a longtime reporter and bureau chief with the Associated Press, leads intro journalism students through the basics of news writing, followed by analytical, interpretive, and opinion writing, including specialty coverage—sports, science, business, technology, and profiles. This text makes use of a wide range of real-world examples and uses a direct, minimalist writing style developed by the author in 45 years of experience in journalism and teaching. Chapters include exercises that introduce students to a writing opportunity or problem, reproduce a real-life example of how a seasoned journalist handled it, then discuss the point made. In this wise and highly usable text, Fink will ease the path toward becoming a better writer—giving students the tools they need to communicate clearly and effectively in an ever-changing world.
Driver #8

Driver #8

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Dale Earnhardt, Jade Gurss

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Powered by a high-octane mix of bravado and humility, Dale Jr. shares the victory and joy, tragedy and heartbreak in his first Winston Cup season. Here are the crowds, the endless travel, and the behind-the-scenes action while Dale Jr. tries to carve out his own identity and win the respect of his peers. He shows you how races are won or lost, the bonds between a driver and his team-and the weight of racing against a man who is not only your father but also your boss, your toughest competitor, and a NASCAR legend. From the crush of the media to split-second, life-and-death decisions behind the wheel, Driver #8 is one helluva ride.
On the Ice with...Mario Lemieux

On the Ice with...Mario Lemieux

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Matt Christopher

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Hockey has been a part of Mario Lemieux’s life since his childhood. At the age of six he was holding his own against boys four years older; by the time he was sixteen, he had captured the attention of the National Hockey league, and soon after signed on with NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins. At the 2002 Olympic Winter Games he captained the Canadian hockey team, leading them in their gold medal winning performance.
Cosbyology

Cosbyology

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Bill Cosby

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Now in paperback, the national bestseller from the funniest man in America, who looks back at his life . . . bit by bit.

With more than 200,000 hardcover copies in print, Bill Cosby’s Cosbyology has landed on bestseller lists nationwide, including the New York Times and USA Today.

In this wonderfully funny collection of stand-up material that touches on everything from childhood and marriage to school, sports, and work, Bill Cosby returns to his early days of comedy to give us a look at the funny side of life. Fusing his classic jazzy timing and edgy humor with the intelligence and perception that have made him a huge star, Cosby writes about his first experiences skiing, lying to his mother as a child, and fretting about ingrown hairs in midlife. Fans young and old will be eager to add this paperback edition to their collection, while new fans everywhere will delight in this sampling of great comic genius.

Bill Cosby is one of America’s most beloved and well-known performers. He entered show business as a stand-up comedian in 1962 and has appeared in such television hits as I Spy, the animated Fat Albert, The Cosby Show, and Cosby. He has also starred in several movies and has written the bestselling books Childhood, Fatherhood, and Congratulations! Now What?, as well as the Little Bill children’s series.
The Gladiator

The Gladiator

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Alan Baker

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Condemned and yet feared by emperors, almost certain to be slaughtered and yet adored by the masses, the gladiator was the superstar of his day. His existence was invariably short and violent, improved only faintly by the prospect of honor, wealth, and public attention. Yet men gave up their freedom to become gladiators, noblewomen gave up their positions to elope with them, and Emperors risked death to fight them. This thrilling popular history of ancient Rome’s gladiators charts the evolution of the games; introduces us to the legendary fighters, trainers, and emperors who participated in the violent sport; and re-creates in gripping detail a day at the bloody games. Alan Baker reveals the techniques of the training school, then sets us ringside to witness the torturous battles between bulls, lions, jaguars, and battle-hardened human beings. With each breathtaking scene, the complex culture of world that created and adored these bloody games between man and beast comes into clear focus. A work of history that reads like fiction, The Gladiator brings to life Spartacus, Commodus, Caligula, and all of the other memorable players of the nearly thousand-year-long gladiatorial era.
Expressive Movement

Expressive Movement

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Alexandra Pierce, PhD, Roger Pierce, PhD

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An instructive work that shows how posture has a great effect on our psychological and physical well-being, with a complete program on how to put the body back in natural alignment, increase energy, reduce muscle strain, and prevent repetitive strain injuries.
When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!

When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!

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Yogi Berra, Dave Kaplan

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An exciting new collection of sublimely simple wisdom from a bestselling author, celebrated athlete, and a true American hero.

Three-time MVP and Hall of Famer Yogi Berra hit home runs twice in a row with his two previous books, The Yogi Book and It Ain’t Over. Now, his winning streak will continue with this latest work — a collection of appealing, funny, and surprisingly moving essays on life, happiness, and getting through the slumps. Filled with another delightful helping of Yogi’s inimitable and unwittingly wise aphorisms, these reflections focus on the valuable lessons he’s learned on and off the field. From his early years as an immigrant’s son who dropped out of the eighth grade through his triumphant career as a player and manager who played in a record seventy-five World Series games, Yogi illustrates his homespun philosophies with apt analogies to his trove of baseball stories. He expounds on such topics as Patience (Waiting for your pitch); Sacrifice (Laying down a bunt); Trusting Others (Taking direction); and Staying Focused (Keeping your eye on the ball), to show how the rules of life and baseball are uncannily similar. And, in the tradition of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and All I Really Need to I Know I Learned in Kindergarten, he explains his recipe for fulfillment and happiness with life lessons that are profoundly simple, simply profound–and classic Yogi to the core. Following on the heels of two New York Times bestselling books and filled with memorable photos, this new collection of Yogi wisdom will undoubtedly expand his growing legion of fans. When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It! is a wise, humble, touching book that’s a guaranteed winner. In short, it’s Déjà vu all over again. A baseball legend reflects on the following lessons…
  • “A nickel ain’t worth a dime any more.”
  • “It ain’t over til it’s over.”
  • “You can’t think and hit at the same time.”
  • “I didn’t really say everything I said.”
  • “The future ain’t what it used to be.”
. . . and many more.
The Rookie

The Rookie

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Jim Morris, Joel Engel

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He Played A Boy’s Game. He Lived A Man’s Life. As a lonely child, Jim Morris took one thing with him wherever his family moved-his ability to hit and throw a baseball. For Jim, the passion of becoming a major-league ballplayer was his anchor and inspiration…until injuries and life got in the way.

A decade after Jim walked away from the minors and began a life of fatherhood and mortgage payments, he made a promise to the hardscrabble high-school team he coached: If they could win their local championship, he would try out again for the big leagues. They did-and he did. Now, in this wondrous, heart-tugging book, Jim Morris tells the story of his remarkable life and his amazing journey to the Big Show at the age of thirty-five . . . and how he finally fulfilled his childhood dream.
Feeding the Rat

Feeding the Rat

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A. Alvarez, Clint Willis

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Feeding the Rat is the story of an extraordinary man: climbing legend Mo Anthoine, who found his greatest joy in adventures that tested the limits of human endurance. That passion for “feeding the rat” made him the unsung hero of dozens of horrifying epics in the mountains, including the famous Ogre expedition that almost killed Doug Scott and Sir Chris Bonington. The book is also the story of the extraordinary friendship between Mo Anthoine and A. Alvarez — the distinguished poet, journalist, and critic — whose deeply moving portrait of his longtime climbing partner is a classic of adventure literature.
On the Court with ... Kobe Bryant

On the Court with ... Kobe Bryant

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Matt Christopher

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The #1 sports series for kids takes readers on the court and behind the scenes with beloved NBA icon Kobe Bryant in this inspiring biography.

The son of Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, a former NBA player and star of various European teams, Kobe spent his childhood watching professional basketball. From the moment he could pick up a ball, he was learning to dribble and shoot. His basketball education was unique–a combination of lessons on basic fundamentals, one-on-one games against his dad, and observation and analysis of the world’s best players.

At age eighteen, Kobe was given the chance to prove his skills when he was drafted into the NBA. Fresh out of high school, Kobe showed that he had the talent and heart to make it in the pros.

This biography traces Kobe’s life from childhood to his part in the Lakers’ 2000 NBA championship, giving readers a courtside seat to the greatest achievements of one of basketball’s legends.
Counting Coup

Counting Coup

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Larry Colton

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In this extraordinary work of journalism, bestselling and award-winning author Larry Colton journeys into the world of Montana's Crow Indians and follows the struggles of a talented, moody, charismatic young woman named Sharon LaForge, a gifted basketball player and a descendant of one of George Armstrong Custer's Indian scouts.

In Native American tradition, a warrior gained honor and glory by "counting coup" — touching his enemy in battle and living to tell the tale. Counting Coup tells the story of a modern hero from within this tradition, but it is far more than just a sports story or a portrait of youth. It is a sobering exposé of a part of our society long since cut out of the American dream.

Along the banks of the Little Big Horn, Indians and whites live in age-old conflict and young Indians grow up without role models or dreams. Here Sharon carries the hopes and frustrations of her people on her shoulders as she battles her opponents on and off the court. Colton delves into Sharon's life and shows us the realities of the reservation, the shattered families, the bitter tribal politics, and a people's struggle against a belief that all their children — even the most intelligent and talented — are destined for heartbreak. Against this backdrop stands Sharon, a fiery, undaunted competitor with the skill to dominate a high school game and earn a college scholarship. Yet getting to college seems beyond Sharon's vision, obscured by the daily challenge of getting through the season — physically and psychologically.
On the Halfpipe with...Tony Hawk

On the Halfpipe with...Tony Hawk

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Matt Christopher

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Delving into the life of skateboarding sensation Tony Hawk, this biography examines how he began skateboarding at age nine and his performance at the 1999 ESPN X Games, where he astonished viewers by performing a trick thought impossible to do. Illustrations.
Keeping Your Old Horse Feeling Young

Keeping Your Old Horse Feeling Young

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Jessica Jahiel

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A Good Life for a Horse’s Golden Years.

The aging of horses in your care is inevitable and, in fact, you may prefer to work with older horses to take advantage of their experience and patience in teaching young riders. But what can your expect of an older horse? Does he have special needs? Is he capable of carrying a workload, or should he be allowed to retire?  How do you keep him healthy and happy?

Jessica Jahiel answers these questions and more, covering such vital topics as proper feeding, general care, and the importance of regular exercise and companionship, all of which result in an excellent quality-of-life for your older horse.  With her practical, expert advise, your aging horse will remain your trusty, trusting steed for years to come. 
Superior Saddle Fitting: A Step-by-Step Guide

Superior Saddle Fitting: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Editors of Storey Publishing

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Since 1973, Storey’s Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.
Home and Away

Home and Away

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Scott Simon

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The #1 Los Angeles Times bestseller from the host of NPR’s Weekend Edition–“absolutely spectacular–wise and intimate, often funny, always touching” (Scott Turow)–now in paperback, In a beautifully written narrative that runs from childhood to adulthood through times of war and peace, Scott Simon movingly traces his life as a fan–of sports, theater, politics, and the people and things he holds dear.Sports Illustrated columnist Ron Fimrite says of Home and Away, “Rarely do you find in books of this genre a clearer look into mysteries and confusions of childhood . . . moving and often amusing portraits . . . insights into the complex and often corrupt world of Chicago politics, the city being this book’s true protagonist. There are compelling scenes from Simon’s years as a war correspondent, roving reporter, and political operative . . . There is also an emotional account of Michael Jordan’s last championship season with the Bulls that is a book within a book . . . “The writing is uniformly superb. This is, in fact, a memoir of such breadth and reach it compares favorably with another book that is allegedly about the nature of sports allegiance, Frederick Exley’s A Fan’s Notes. And that, believe me, is saying something.”
On the Track with...Jeff Gordon

On the Track with...Jeff Gordon

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Matt Christopher

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Matt Christopher delves into the life of Jeff Gordon, the racing sensation, and recreates his memorable moments with exciting turn-by-turn action. This fast-paced biography includes photos, Gordon’s stats, and a list of his NASCAR career highlights.
Sports Guy

Sports Guy

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Charles Pierce

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Here, at last, is Charles Pierce’s best writing on sports, collected for the first time in one volume. All of these pieces, first published in GQ, the National, and Esquire, showcase Pierce’s trademark humor. Some are spot-on profiles of famous sports personalities such as Tiger Woods, Magic Johnson, and Peyton Manning, while others are portraits of lesser-known figures such as Nebraska basketball coach Danny Nee, a former Vietnam vet who openly opposed the Gulf War, Cool Papa Bell, a ballplayer from the Negro Leagues who is ripped off by memorabilia hounds, and Mike Donald, an obscure golfer on the PGA tour who played the best golf in his life only to lose a tournament by one stroke. Pierce also takes us on unforgettable journeys into the wide world of sports, from a snake-charming pole-vaulter to life on the Hooters Golf Tour, from the fashion accessories of the modern ballplayer to how a small community — Warroad, Minnesota — bonds over ice hockey. Sports Guy will delight Pierce’s devoted readers and is certain to win him many, many more.
On the Field with...Derek Jeter

On the Field with...Derek Jeter

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Matt Christopher

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The number one sports writer for kids discusses the personal life and baseball career of Derek Jeter, the young man from Michigan who achieved his dream to play shortstop for the New York Yankees. Includes career highlights and player’s stats. Illustrations.
Let's Go to the Videotape

Let's Go to the Videotape

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Warner Wolf, Larry Weisman

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Anyone who follows sports knows that Warner Wolf has revolutionized that world with his famous catch phrases and irrepressible spirit. Now, in “Let’s Go to the Videotape!” he shares over three decades worth of humorous and unusual anecdotes from a fascinating career, including: — opinions on sports rules — game strategies that make no sense — run-ins with the stars of sports and Hollywood — including Shaquille O’Neal, Joe DiMaggio, Robert Redford, and Robert Duvall — adventures and misadventures in the sports broadcasting game — and much more.
Wild

Wild

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Clint Willis

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Wild brings together the best writing about men and women fighting for their lives in the wilderness, from Jon Krakauer’s article on which he based his bestseller Into the Wild, to Carl R. Raswan’s account of surviving raids, droughts, and sandstorms in the desert with the Bedouins, to Joe Kane’s description of terrifying adventures on the Amazon. Other accounts include: Philipe Descola telling of life with an isolated tribe of headhunters; Bill Bryson describing his life-threatening but hilarious adventures along the Appalachian Trail; and Eric Newby finding himself lost in some of the world’s most daunting terrain, the unmapped Hindu Kush.
At the Plate with...Sammy Sosa

At the Plate with...Sammy Sosa

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Matt Christopher

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Throughout the 1998 baseball season, two names made the headlines more than any others: Mark McGwire, the eventual home run king, and Sammy Sosa, the runner-up in a race that won the hearts of baseball fans worldwide. Yet at the end of the day, it was Sosa who walked away with the National League’s MVP award, not McGwire. Why? Because Sosa had dug the dismal 1997 Chicago Cubs out of the cellar not just with his home runs, but also with his spectacular all-around play. Yet Sosa’s contributions off the field, both in the States and in his native land, the Dominican Republic, are even more impressive. In this powerful biography of one of the most admired sluggers in baseball, Matt Christopher, the number one sports series for kids, traces Sosa’s life from his poverty-stricken childhood-when shining shoes put food on the table-to his professional career. For more information on the Matt Christopher Sports Bio Bookshelf, please see the last pages of this book.
Lightning Song

Lightning Song

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Lewis Nordan

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Leroy Dearman is twelve, and he lives on a llama farm in Mississippi. Life is perfect. It’s true that his grandfather just died in the attic and that wild dogs kill a baby llama now and then, and it’s true that one little sister curses him and the other one wets her pants. But up to the day Uncle Harris moves in, life looks like it’s right out of a Walt Disney movie. No wonder the llamas greet each morning with a song. Uncle Harris arrives in a sports car, full of funny stories and new ideas. He manages to persuade Leroy’s straitlaced parents to join him for cocktails in the evening. He sets up a pretty grand bachelor pad in the Dearman attic, with a telephone, a TV set, and a stack of Playboy magazines. He is, you might say, Romance itself. Once Uncle Harris moves in, life on the llama farm takes on an entirely different flavor. Leroy discovers those magazines. Electricity fills the Dearman house. Equilibrium tilts, conversation trails off, the atmospheric pressure twists–and lightning strikes. Leroy starts seeing things he’s never seen before, like the very gifted baton-twirling teacher, and his world changes forever. Not since PORTNOY’S COMPLAINT has a novel looked so directly, hilariously, and bittersweetly at the heartbreak of puberty.
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