Feeling adrift after finishing Daniel James Brown’s fabulous book The Boys in the Boat, and not sure what to read next? Here are 12 ideas. (Disclaimer: I haven’t read any of these titles; I’ve just been eyeing them all.)
Classic book by an accomplished author which follows rowers competing in the 1984 Olympics.
Red Rose Crew: A True Story Of Women, Winning, And The Water by Daniel J. Boyne
Follows the US Women’s crew as they prepare to compete in the 1975 World Championships.
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Exciting adventure tale recounting a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Uplifting depression-era tale of the undersized teams that became some of the best in the state.
Cheerful chronicle of small-town high school sports glory, told by a reporter who relocated from New York to Kansas to follow the team for a year as they attempted to win the state title for a fifth consecutive year.
Entertaining look back at their baseball careers (and the game as a whole) by players who were in their prime in the first quarter of the twentieth century.
Inspirational story of an improbable high school coach and his 1971 team who played for the state championship. (I love the fact that the coach was an English teacher with no coaching experience, and want to read the book based on that alone.)
Engrossing account of a minor-league game that lasted for eight hours, and the individuals involved in it, including two players who went on to achieve notable major league success: Cal Ripken and Wade Boggs.
Underdog tale of the “Miracle on Ice” team which was involved in what’s often called the greatest sports moment of the 20th century. Personal stories of players and the coach are interwoven with details on the match between the US and Soviet Union.
Inspirational biography of legendary high school coach Bob Hurley follows his team one season (and what a season!)
Story of the dramatic race to break the four-minute mile barrier in 1954, interwoven with the story of the three men who were all poised to do it first: Englishman Roger Bannister, American Wes Santee, and Australian John Landy.
Fast-paced mix of horse racing and history provides a peek at the United States in the early 1800s.
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