Read your way off the sidelines and on the gridiron with these books about football:
THE LEGEND OF JESSE SMOKE by Robert Bausch
A Booklist Best Sports Fiction of 2016 pick! In this provocative and timely novel, Jesse Smoke is signed on as the first female quarterback of the Washington Redskins; yet her success is challenged by the clamors of the press, the violence of her teammates, and the institutional resistance that seeks to keep football in the hands of men. “Those unfamiliar with football will be heartened to learn that the game’s moves, strategy, and terminology are explained well enough that they’ll be able to appreciate just how thoroughly la femme here kicks male derrière.”
— Kirkus Reviews
BIG BLUE WRECKING CREW: Smashmouth Football, a Little Bit of Crazy, and the ’86 Super Bowl Champion New York Giants by Jerry Barca
The first in-depth look at the team that rebuilt the New York Giants franchise, a revealing look at football in the 1980s, and how a larger than life cast of characters built something from nothing. “An entertaining look back at a popular team from three decades ago. Any football fan will enjoy this book.” — Library Journal
LOST CHAMPIONS: Four Men, Two Teams, and the Breaking of Pro Football’s Color Line by Gretchen Atwood
Atwood’s book blends American sports and cultural history to tell the story of the integration of football (in a year before Jackie Robinson did the same for baseball) and how it culminating in the dramatic 1950 NFL championship game that pitted black stars against each other. “There is enough powerful material here to recommend this title to all football fans…” — Library Journal
EAT MY SCHWARTZ: Our Story of NFL Football, Food, Family, and Faith by Geoff Schwartz & Mitch Schwartz
The first Jewish brothers in the NFL since 1923 take readers inside their lives and into the locker rooms in a revealing book on football, food, family, and faith.
HOW TO SPEAK FOOTBALL: From Ankle Breaker to Zebra—an Illustrated Guide to Gridiron Gab by Sally Cook, illustrated by Ross MacDonald
This illustrated dictionary includes over 125 football terms paired with amusing illustrations that decode the words and phrases that fly around the field. The “Sidelines” sections sprinkled throughout the book include fun trivia about the history of the sport, the stories behind football players’ nicknames, the most famous touchdown celebrations, and more.