Good Reads - Fiction
Abrahams, Peter - The
Fan - 1995, 338p.
Gil Renard, an unsuccessful
knife salesman, is "the
fan." When his life begins to fall apart, he sees
baseball as his salvation, and player Bobby Rayburn as
his savior. What happens when a fan becomes so fixated
with a sport that he becomes friends with his idol and
then tries to live his life? The Fan is a frightening story
of obsession and compulsion.
Baseball's Best Short Stories - 1995, 387p.
of twenty-eight short stories from writing greats such
as Ring Lardner and Damon Runyon to Garrison
Keillor and T. Coraghessan Boyle. Many of the stories are
about the game of baseball, while others use baseball as
a setting for lessons about life. Some great storytelling
awaits the reader.
Bickham, Jack M. - The
Davis Cup Conspiracy - 1994, 384p.
pro tennis player and part time CIA agent Brad Smith
is back, this time as the U.S. Davis Cup team captain.
Besides managing a seemingly dysfunctional team, he is
requested to spy on the Venezuelans who are sponsoring
the matches. The highlight of the trip, though, is Smith's
former girlfriend Linda who becomes his ally in attempting
to thwart a military coup. Great tennis and a spy thriller,
Daniel, Mark - Unbridled - 1989, 223p.
Georgie Blaine has had a fairly successful career while
being known to take a dive once in awhile.
His expensive lifestyle—a wife and family plus plenty
of partying with other women—makes him an approachable
target for throwing a race and so begins a maze of corruption
Elkins, Charlotte and Aaron J. - A
Wicked Slice - 1989,
Lee Ofsted is in her first year as a golf pro, attempting
to place in the top one hundred at the Pacific-Western
Women's Pro-Am while surviving on free meals at the
tournament, breakfast at the local Dunkin' Donuts
and staying at the Motel 6. Things go from bad to worse
though when she discovers the dead body of fellow pro Kate
O'Brian while searching in a pond for balls. Just
how competitive is the women's golf tour?
Gent, Peter - The
Conquering Heroes - 1994,
Gent's newest sports novel chronicles thirty years
in the life of Pat Lee, once a key player on a Michigan
State champion high school team. Now he is recruiting coach
for a big NCAA school and finds himself caught up in a
system that does nothing to punish a player for a brutal
crime except to cover up, lie and cheat so the athlete
can continue to play. A story that sounds all too familiar—just
like reading today's newspaper.
Henry, Sue - Murder
on the Iditarod Trail - 1991, 278p.
Iditarod, the Alaskan dog sled race, is grueling and
physically punishing, but never before has murder been
a threat. When an experienced dogsled racer dies after
smashing into a tree, state trooper Alex Jensen begins
a homicide investigation. Soon there are more murders and
fear for the remaining competitors. Not only a mystery,
but wonderful details of the race.
Kesey, Ken with Ken Babbs - Last
Go Round - 1994, 238p.
a true story told to him by his father as the basis for
this historical western, Kesey recreates a time in
American history by telling the fictionalized account of
three men and the first Pendleton Round-Up, a world champion
rodeo competition. A coming-of-age novel about white Tennessee
teenager Jonathan E. Lee Spain who is befriended by local
black cowboy George Fletcher, and Nez Perce Indian Jackson
Sundown who become friends while pursuing a championship
title in 1911.
Kinsolving, William - Bred
to Win - 1990,
Annie Grebauer moves from poverty in rural Kentucky
to the glamorous life of thoroughbred horse racing in
novel of romance, family fortunes and the sport of kings.
Taking the reader from stud farms to racetracks across
America and Europe, Kinsolving has woven an engrossing
story with lots of details about horse racing, past and
Llewellyn, Sam - Deadeye - 1991, 282p.
On holiday sailing
his new 45-foot racer, divorce lawyer Harry Frazer is
rammed by another vessel off the coast
of Scotland. While having his boat repaired in a small
Scottish fishing village, Frazer becomes involved in an
ecological investigation that takes him to Geneva, Rotterdam
and Antwerp, and culminates in a physical confrontation
back in Scotland. A seaworthy thriller.
Links, Bo - Follow
the Wind - 1995, 251p.
After a young
golfer sneaks onto a golf course he chases after a ball
he hit into the woods and finds himself in
golf heaven. Here he encounters golf legends such Scot
Tom Morris and Bing Crosby. He also runs into Ben Hogan
who wants to replay the 1955 U.S. Open that he lost, but
is convinced would have a different ending this time. Join
some of the golf greats as they tee off and learn some
golf history at the same time.
Patterson, James and Peter deJonge - Miracle
on the 17th Green - 1996, 149p.
Avid golfer Travis McKinley
goes out to play a golf match on Christmas day and does
so well that he forgets to go
home to dinner. So much for his marriage—but hey,
who needs a wife and family when you're suddenly
such a good golfer that you can play in the PGA against
your heroes, Jack Nicklaus and Raymond Floyd. After a while
though, reality sets in and Travis decides that he does,
indeed, need his wife and family but maybe it's too
Sirota, Mike - Bicycling
through Space and Time - 1991,
Lots of bikers buy new mountain bikes—but
not like Jack Miller's. His new 21-speed bike is
really special. It's the only bike whose extra
gear can propel him onto the Ultimate Bike Path. Travel
with Jack through worlds
past, present, and future. Douglas Adams fans will especially
enjoy the trip.
Soos, Troy - Murder
at Wrigley Field - 1996,
Remember the days when baseball players earned less
than $5,000 a season—and no athletic shoe endorsements?
Then you'll want to read this mystery starring infielder
Mickey Rawlings. It's 1918 and patriotism is at an
all time high with everything German, including composers,
outlawed. Rawlings may find himself out of a job unless
he can uncover who is sabotaging the team. Even worse,
who killed his friend rookie Willie Kaiser on July 4 at
Stone, Robert - Outerbridge
Reach - 1992,
Annapolis graduate and Vietnam vet Owen Browne has
left the navy life to become a yacht salesman. When Browne
to risk everything he has to enter a single-handed sailing
race, his life will be altered in more ways than he can
imagine. The race becomes an obsession that affects his
relationship with his wife and threatens his very life.
Tevis, Walter - The
Queen's Gambit - 1983,
As a child, Beth Harmon is orphaned by the age of
eight. While living in an orphanage she one day happens
janitor playing chess. She watches him until she learns
the game and is thus transported to another world. As her
talent becomes apparent, her life and that of the world
of chess change forever.
Sports - 1995, 333p.
A collection of original short
stories by some of today's
best young adult authors including Chris Crutcher and Tessa
Duder. Using both male and female characters, they tell
about sports today and what may possibly be sports of the
future. Sports may be the obvious theme here, but it's
also about life and how to live it.
Walker, Walter - The
Appearance of Impropriety - 1993,
San Francisco's professional basketball team,
the GoldenGaters, has had a fairly bad season on and
court. Not only are they in fifth place, but recent articles
by a leading sports columnist poses questions with possibly
incriminating answers about those connected with the team.
Is one of the players throwing games? Are there basketball
groupies offering drugs and good times? A realistic and
humorous look at professional basketball.
Prepared by Lynn McCullagh, May 1997