Thursday, June 30, 2016

Tournament Reads

This has been a big soccer summer - last month saw the Copa America, and the European Championship (Euros) is still ongoing. There will also be soccer at the upcoming Summer Olympics. One of our favorite irreverent soccer blogs, Dirty Tackle, posted a video from the England soccer team's hotel and training base which featured a look at the team's well-stocked bookshelf in the "leisure room". If only the video featured shots of the players reading!

What is considered a tempting read for the average soccer player? Well, Dirty Tackle compiled a list of the seemingly "hand-picked" titles on display. Here is a list of books from the team's training base which are in our library catalog:

Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho

Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs

Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom

George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones

Do you think many of these got read by the players? Would you be interested in reading a book endorsed by your favorite athlete? Since our Summer Reading theme (going strong until July 16th!) is Get in the Game: Read, we've compiled a list of other recent titles from the library catalog sports fans might enjoy:

Why Soccer Matters by Pelé

Soccer Men: Profiles of the Rogues, Geniuses, and Neurotics Who Dominate the World's Most Popular Sport by Simon Kuper

Gareth Bale: The Biography by Frank Worrall [eBook]

More Than a Team: A Father, a Son, and Barça by Vicenç Villatoro [eBook]

Bloody Confused!: A Clueless American Sportswriter Seeks Solace in English Soccer by Chuck Culpepper [eBook]

Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town by Warren St. John [eBook]

This Love is Not For Cowards: Salvation and Soccer in Ciudad Juárez by Robert Andrew Powell [eBook] 

Futebol Nation: The Story of Brazil Through Soccer by David Goldblatt [eBook]

Find a Way by Diana Nyad

A Different Kind of Daughter: The Girl Who Hid From the Taliban in Plain Sight by Maria Toorpakai with Katharine Holstein

Speed Kings: The 1932 Winter Olympics and the Fastest Men in the World by Andy Bull

Badger: The Life of Bernard Hinault and the Legacy of French Cycling by William Fotheringham

Das Reboot: How German Soccer Reinvented Itself and Conquered the World by Raphael Honigstein

Great Men Die Twice: The Selected Works of Mark Kram edited by Mark Kram, Jr

The Jewish Olympics: The History of the Maccabiah Games by Ron Kaplan

The Three Year Swim Club: The Untold Story of Maui's Sugar Ditch Kids and Their Quest for Olympic Glory by Julie Checkoway

This is Your Brain on Sports: The Science of Underdogs, the Value of Rivalry, and What We Can Learn From the T-shirt Cannon by L. Jon Wertheim and Sam Sommers

Dancing with the Devil in the City of God: Rio de Janeiro On the Brink by Juliana Barbassa

Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship of Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X by Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith

Earnhardt Nation: The Full-Throttle Saga of NASCAR's First Family by Jay Busbee

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