Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Are your eyes blurry from all the fast-moving images of Olympic athletes? Mine are. Thank goodness the London event is over and the addicted ones can now catch up with our work and sleep. For those who have not had quite enough and are still under the spell of the lingering glow of those gold medals, the library can offer you a less exhausting option.
It's Not About the Bra: Play Hard, Play Fair, and Put the Fun Back Into Competitive Sports by Brandi Chastain
Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference by Warren St. John
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
This may be the closest you will get to ultra-marathoners and Tarahumara runners in Copper Canyon, Mexico. One of the central characters in the book, Caballo Blanco’s death was recently in the news.
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
He writes, he runs and he also talks about writing and running in a Spiegel interview.
In the Long Run: A Father, a Son, and Unintentional Lessons in Happiness by Jim Axelrod
Endorsed by a former gold medalist, Bernard Lagat, who wrote, “An inspiration to runners and non-runners alike—and a reminder that the love of a family has no finish line.”
No Limits: The Will to Succeed by Michael Phelps and Alan Abrahamson
Even without a 6 foot 7 inches wingspan, if we have the will, perhaps…
Gold in the Water: The True Story of Ordinary Men and Their Extraordinary Dream of Olympic Glory by P. H. Mullen
On what takes to become an Olympic athlete.
Order on the Court: Pro Beach Volleyball a Rally for Respect & Recognition by Tom Burke
Why did this sport become such a popular Olympic sport? Sun, sand, sweat, and skimpy clothes…why not?
Bonus: Car Racing (This is not an Olympic sport)
The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel by Garth Stein
Just a good book about a philosopher dog, his companion human, and car racing, I had to sneak it into this list somehow.