More March Madness
After Tuesday's article about the dearth of good basketball books, several people sent in their favorite titles. Aaron Talwar likes Inside Moves by Todd Walton, the story of a friendship between a Vietnam vet and a basketball player with a bum leg. It's out-of-print, so check your library. Two people--Doris Baker and John Van Haalen--touted My Losing Season by Pat Conroy, the memoir of his senior year as captain of the Citadel Bulldogs, and how, despite a losing season, a team came together in love and friendship. My additional choice (how could I have forgotten it?) is the novel Blind Your Ponies by Stanley Gordon West. Set in a small, dying town on Montana, it's the story of a losing (0-93) team, a reluctant coach and a very tall, bewildered exchange student; it's also a story of hope and bravery.
The City Game, the classic by Pete Axthelm, was mentioned by Kathy Johnson. Axthelm parallels the 1969-70 Madison Square Garden world of the New York Knicks with the asphalt playgrounds of Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant. Eliza Rosenberry from Blue Rider Press e-mailed about their recent title, The Last Great Game: Duke vs. Kentucky and the 2.1 Seconds That Changed Basketball by Gene Wojciechowski. That 1992 game is considered by many to be the best NCAA game in history. It's good sportswriting and starts: "The truth? The truth is Mike Krzyzewski liked the shape of her legs." And if you can't get enough of Duke, try The Krzyzewskiville Tales by Aaron Dinin--demented sports fans à la The Canterbury Tales.
Monday night my husband was filling out his brackets in bed out loud while I was trying to sleep. In retaliation, I told him I'd already completed mine. I used Blindfold Brackets. Fun and easy, but if your favorite animal is a honeybee, you are doomed. So let the games and the reading commence. --Marilyn Dahl, book review editor, Shelf Awareness