Recommended Books

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The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

“Kwame Alexander’s ‘The Crossover’ is a fast-moving, poignant, rhythmic ride that will leave readers breathless and in tears.”—Common Sense Media


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The Breaks of the Game by David Halberstam

“Few subjects come to mind that can provide a better overall view of America in the 1960s and 1970s than pro basketball does. That’s why it has attracted as restless an intelligence as David Halberstam’s. And that’s why ‘The Breaks of the Game’ is at the very least one of the best books I’ve ever read about American sports.”—New York Times


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The Book of Basketball by Bill Simmons

“… The Book of Basketball offers every hardwood fan a courtside seat beside the game’s finest, funniest, and fiercest chronicler.”—Goodreads


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The Last Shot by Darcy Frey

“Incisively and compassionately written, ‘The Last Shot’ introduces us to unforgettable characters and takes us into their world with an intimacy seldom seen in contemporary journalism. The result is a startling and poignant expose of inner-city life and the big business of college basketball.”—Goodreads


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Loose Balls by Terry Pluto

“ABA veterans say ‘you had to be there,’ and now, thanks to this book, we are.”—The Sporting News


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Salt in His Shoes by Deloris Jordan with Roslyn M. Jordan

“It’s a tale about faith and hope and how any family working together can help a child make his or her dreams come true.”—Goodreads


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When the Game was Ours by Larry Bird & Magic Johnson with Jackie MacMullan

“Unprecedented insight and commentary from the stars themselves on their unique relationship, a compelling mixture of bitter rivalry and mutual admiration… Offers a captivating look at the NBA’s greatest era.”—Kirkus Reviews


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The Jordan Rules by Sam Smith

“An engaging, sometimes cruelly funny behind-the-scenes look at the Bulls’ tantrum-and doubt-filled but finally triumphant journey to the NBA title.”—New York Newsday


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Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich by Mark Kriegel

“‘Pistol’ is an unforgettable biography. By telling one family’s history, Kriegel has traced the history of the game and a large slice of the American narrative.”—Goodreads


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The Final Four by Paul Volponi

“Volponi’s latest combines in-the-moment action, basketball history and the points of view of four college ballplayers with very different lives …. No story or character is simple.”—Kirkus Reviews


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The Assist: Hoops, Hope, And The Game Of Their Lives

The Assist will prove indispensable to anyone interested in the art of coaching at any level or in any sport. And by distracting us from the sordid, steroid-fueled headlines, Swidey reminds us why we enjoy watching sports in the first place.”—Washington Post Book World