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Booklist’s Best Sports Books of 2016

Booklist recently unveiled their Top 10 Sports reading lists of 2016*, including these six Macmillan titles:
Top 10 Sports Nonfiction (full list)

HOPE: A School, a Team, a Dream by Bill Reynolds
In spending a season following the Hope High School basketball team in Providence, Rhode Island, Reynolds not only digs deeply into the lives of the players and their coach but also offers a candid look at the problems of inner-city schools.

PITCH BY PITCH by Bob Gibson and Lonnie Wheeler
Outspoken Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson recounts every pitch of the landmark first game of the 1968 World Series, when he struck out a record 17 hitters. A wonderful slice of baseball history.

Top 10 Sports Fiction (full list)

BUCKY F*CKING DENT by David Duchovny
Actor Duchovny’s debut novel is a charming, fable-like tale, set in 1978, about a peanut vendor at Yankee Stadium and his dying father, a passionate Red Sox fan. An appealing mix of baseball, humor, and lovable losers.

CHICAGO by Brian Doyle
A young college graduate moves to Chicago and explores the city, bonding with others in his neighborhood over the White Sox as they drive toward a pennant. An entertaining coming-of-age tale wrapped in a love letter to Chicago.

THE LEGEND OF JESSE SMOKE by Robert Bausch
A female quarterback in the NFL? Around this surprising premise, Bausch spins a tale probing the way America’s most popular and most violent sport defines—but could dramatically change—gender attitudes.

THE SPORT OF KINGS by C. E. Morgan
Don’t give this sprawling, multigenerational Faulknerian epic about a Kentucky horse-racing family to just any punter—it’s long and dense, but it’s also audacious, intelligent, and undeniably powerful.

*Titles included were reviewed between September 1, 2015, and August 2016.

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