One of the great things about being a librarian is seeing a box of newly ordered books make it to your desk! It's like having Christmas every month or so, but when the bill arrives, you just turn it in to the finance department and let them write the check!
Since I get asked regularly what I have ordered for the library, I am going to put out a post whenever I get an order in, letting you know the sports titles I purchased with an added annotated bibliography for quick reference. I may get more in depth with some of the books later, but I at least want to get some ideas out there for those ordering or looking for a quick read.
The latest order came a couple of weeks ago, and usually is a little heavier in size as it includes some titles that came out during the summer months--you know, the time when nobody in education works! Luckily, Jockbrarian never breaks from looking for good sports titles! Enjoy!
Five to Fly: Five new books that won't last long on the shelves!
Ravin, Idan. The hoops whisperer : on the court and inside the heads of basketball's best players. New York, N.Y. : Gotham Books, .
"Basketball's training guru offers an inside look at his career, his methods, and the all-star players whose games he's helped transform"--Provided by publisher.
First Impressions: Just gave this one to our D-1 hoops recruit out of the box! He happened to need a book to read for class. Score! Sometimes timing is everything!
Ladouceur, Bob, 1954-. Chasing perfection : the leadership principles behind winning football the De La Salle way. Chicago, Ill. : Triumph Books, .
Bob Ladouceur, the head coach at De La Salle High School in Concord, California from 1979 through 2013 with a record of 399-25-3, shares techniques, philosophies, and team-building exercises applicable beyond the playing field.
First impressions: Books about successful high school football teams are always money in a school library. We have 200 kids in the football program here--this book will make the rounds.
Lucas, Ed, 1939-. Seeing home : the Ed Lucas story : a blind broadcaster's story of overcoming life's greatest obstacles. 1st Gallery Bks. hardcover ed. April 2015. New York : Gallery Books, Jeter Pub., .
Emmy-winning broadcaster Ed Lucas, chronicles his life and career in baseball while overcoming growing up in poverty and blindness.
First Impressions: This is the first book I will read from the order! When you combine sports with human disability and overcoming odds, you capture the hearts of any reader.
Favor Hamilton, Suzy. Fast girl : a life spent running from madness. 1st ed. New York, NY : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow Publishers, .
Suzy Favor Hamilton discusses her life, time as a runner, and her struggles with depression.
First Impressions: Clearly a Wisconsin tie here, but she has a great story about dealing with mental illness, which many can relate to. The book may be a little racy for high school, and I'm not talking running!
Mone, Gregory. The boys in the boat : the true story of an American team's epic journey to win gold at the 1936 Olympics. New York, N.Y. : Viking, 2015.
"Out of the depths of the Great Depression comes the astonishing tale of nine working-class boys from the American West who at the 1936 Olympics showed the world what true grit really meant. With rowers who were the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington's eight-oar crew was never expected to defeat the elite East Coast teams, yet they did, going on to shock the world by challenging the German boat rowing for Adolf Hitler"--Amazon.com.
First Impression: Will probably have a successful run like Unbroken did with readers. I remember Unbroken sat on my shelves for awhile before it got noticed and caught fire. There is an adult and young adult version of the book.