Sports

Ballpark : baseball in the American city book cover

Ballpark : baseball in the American city

Paul Goldberger

796.35709 /Goldberger
Nonfiction, History, Sports

"An exhilarating, splendidly illustrated, entirely new look at the history of baseball: told through the stories of the vibrant and ever-changing ballparks where the game was and is staged, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning architectural critic. From the earliest corrals of the mid-1800s (Union Grounds in Brooklyn was a 'saloon in the open air'), to the much mourned parks of the early 1900s (Detroit's Tiger Stadium, Cincinnati's Palace of the Fans), to the stadiums we fill today, Paul Goldberger makes clear the inextricable bond between the American city and America's favorite pastime. In the changing locations and architecture of our ballparks, Goldberger reveals the manifestations of a changing society: the earliest ballparks evoked the Victorian age in their accommodations--bleachers for the riffraff, grandstands for the middle-class; the 'concrete donuts' of the 1950s and 60s made plain television's grip on the public's attention; and more recent ballparks, like Baltimore's Camden Yards, signal a new way forward for stadium design and for baseball's role in urban development. Throughout, Goldberger shows us the way in which baseball's history is concurrent with our cultural history: the rise of urban parks and public transportation; the development of new building materials and engineering and design skills. And how the site details and the requirements of the game--the diamond, the outfields, the walls, the grandstands--shaped our most beloved ballparks. A fascinating, exuberant ode to the Edens at the heart of our cities--where dreams are as limitless as the outfields"--

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This is more of an architectural history book than a sports book. Goldberger focuses on the relationship between the major league ballpark and the city it serves, discussing the different trends of stadium architectural history. This is more than just for baseball fans. If you are interested in urban development and renewal, I highly recommend it. -Anne M

Let your mind run : a memoir of thinking my way to victory book cover

Let your mind run : a memoir of thinking my way to victory

Deena Kastor

796.42092 /Kastor
Memoir, Sports, Health

"From an Olympic medalist runner and the record-holder in the women's marathon and half-marathon, a vividly inspirational memoir on using positive psychology and brain science to achieve unparalleled athletic success"--

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Deena Kastor is a phenomenal runner with numerous medals and records, but it hasn't always been easy. Her book is engaging and inspirational, and shows how some of the more turbulent times in her life and career have made her the head-strong, committed person she is today. -Candice

Run fast, eat slow : nourishing recipes for athletes book cover

Run fast, eat slow : nourishing recipes for athletes

Shalane Flanagan

641.563 /Flanagan
Cookbooks, Sports, Health

Candice's picture

If you want to run, you have to eat. Flanagan and Kopecky present a tasty way to get all the necessary calories and nutrients in. -Candice

What I talk about when I talk about running : a memoir book cover

What I talk about when I talk about running : a memoir

Haruki Murakami

796.4252 /Murakami
Biographies, Sports

In 1982, having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing, Murakami began running to keep fit. A year later, he'd completed a solo course from Athens to Marathon, and now, after dozens of such races, not to mention triathlons and a dozen critically acclaimed books, he reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life and-- even more important-- on his writing.--From publisher description.

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A paean to running and its relation to, and effects on, health, life, and creativity. -Candice

Born to run : a hidden tribe, superathletes, and the greatest race the world has never seen book cover

Born to run : a hidden tribe, superathletes, and the greatest race the world has never seen

Christopher McDougall

796.424 /McDougall
Sports

McDougall reveals the secrets of the world's greatest distance runners-- the Tarahumara Indians of Copper Canyon, Mexico-- and how he trained for the challenge of a lifetime: a fifty-mile race through the heart of Tarahumara country pitting the tribe against an odd band of super-athletic Americans.

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McDougall's look at the Tarahumara--the almost superhuman long-distance runners of Mexico--is an exciting feat of literary journalism. -Candice

Running is my therapy : relieve stress and anxiety, fight depression, ditch bad habits, and live happier book cover

Running is my therapy : relieve stress and anxiety, fight depression, ditch bad habits, and live happier

Scott Douglas

796.42 /Douglas
Sports, Health, Science

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Running has many benefits, some not as obvious as others. Many people find that it helps to relieve many mood disorders, acts as an antidepressant, and eases anxiety. Douglas' book explains some of the science behind what goes on in your brain as well as your body when you lace up and step out the door. -Candice

Runner's world train smart, run forever : how to be a fit and healthy lifelong runner following the innovative 7-hour workout week book cover

Runner's world train smart, run forever : how to be a fit and healthy lifelong runner following the innovative 7-hour workout week

William James Pierce

796.42 /Pierce
Sports, Health

Candice's picture

Experts from Runner's World help you to set up a workout routine to improve your running as well as your health. -Candice

How to lose a marathon : a starter's guide to finishing in 26.2 chapters book cover

How to lose a marathon : a starter's guide to finishing in 26.2 chapters

Joel H Cohen

796.4252 /Cohen
Sports

A humorous guide to marathon training discusses the challenges of preparing for a distance race, debunks the myth of the runner's high, and conveys the misery of goal-setting.

Candice's picture

If you're ready to tackle your first full marathon, a little humor might help you in the long run. -Candice

Your best stride : how to optimize your natural running form to run easier, farther, and faster -- with fewer injuries book cover

Your best stride : how to optimize your natural running form to run easier, farther, and faster -- with fewer injuries

Jonathan Beverly

796.42 /Beverly
Sports

Candice's picture

Fix your form! Yes, running can be easy in that you can just throw on some gear and head out the door. While there may not be 'correct' way to do it, there is often a better one. -Candice

Run forever : your complete guide to healthy lifetime running book cover

Run forever : your complete guide to healthy lifetime running

Amby Burfoot

796.42 /Burfoot
Sports, Health

Everyone knows how to run-- it's naturally wired into your body. But trendy gadgets and obsessive dogmas have overwhelmed this simple, intuitive activity. Burfoot shares practical advice on how to run with greater joy and health for an entire lifetime. He shares tips on how to motivate yourself, avoid injuries, increase speed and endurance, and reach your goals.

Candice's picture

Stay running, stay healthy. Burfoot is a legend in the running world, so you know he'll have some good insight. -Candice