Come Along with Us To Korea! (our next theme for RTFEBC)

RTFEBC KoreaLooking ahead (so you’ve got time to reserve or buy the books), in March and April we’ll be reading about Korea for our family book club.

The picture book will be The Firekeeper’s SonThe Firekeeper's Son by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Julie Downing. I’ll be back soon with a list of alternative picture book titles you can try, if you can’t easily locate this one.

The early elementary book (to be discussed in March) will be The Kite FightersThe Kite Fighters by Linda Sue Park. This was a new-to-me book I was excited to read!

The middle grade/teen book (to be discussed in April) will be When My Name Was KeokoWhen My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park. And while April’s books are aimed at somewhat older kids, this is a fantastic title that’s well worth reading even if you are an adult with no kids, or kids too young to appreciate it. It discusses Korea right before and during World War II, when Korea was occupied by Japan. Despite the topic, it’s handled gently, and may still be something you feel comfortable reading to upper elementary age children. If you want some specifics as you wonder about it’s appropriateness for your children, let me know – I reread it last month in preparation for this.

All of these picks for the Korea theme are by the same author – Linda Sue Park. She is an amazing author, to be sure, but that really wasn’t intentional. 😉

I hope you’ll join us over in the Facebook group, where this month we’ll be discussing Julie of the Wolves with Carrie of The Lion is a Bookworm as we finish our Arctic theme, and then get ready to move on to Korea along with that theme’s co-host, Moira of Hearth and Homefront.

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Previously on The Deliberate Reader

One year ago: Book Review: Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
Two years ago: Book Review: Fit to Burst by Rachel Jankovic
Three years ago: Literary Confessions

Arctic-Themed Picture Books

Interested in joining in with us for the Reading Together: A Family Exploration Book Club I shared about yesterday, but have children too young to appreciate the chapter books we’ll be reading?

Arctic Picture Books

Here are twenty picture book possibilities, that fit the January/February theme of The Arctic:

Thinking that perhaps you want to give the other readalouds a try? In January we’ll be reading The Year of Miss AgnesThe Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill and in February we’ll read Julie of the WolvesJulie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George .

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60 Great Kid Lit Titles for Your Grown-Up Book Club

The heart of a great book club is great discussion books. Not sure about including children’s and young adult books in your book club selections? Give it a try – they can provide a lot of depth, and are generally quicker reads, which may help balance your yearly reading calendar.

If you’re looking for a juvenile title for your book club that will provide plenty of material for discussion, here are 60 possibilities. And if you need still more ideas, many of the authors mentioned below have additional titles that would make fantastic discussion books. Don’t forget to see what else they’ve written!

Be aware however, that simply because these are considered “juvenile” titles doesn’t mean they are all aimed at children. Many of the ones listed below are young adult books, with challenging themes and mature content, so keep that in mind when you are deciding if they’re an appropriate fit for your book club.

A heads-up! I haven’t read all of these, but I’ve compiled the list based on my own reading, and thanks to recommendations from trusted resources, particularly Amy from Stack Worthy. Titles I’ve read are marked with an (*)

Booked {Reading Together} | 60 Kid Lit Books for Your Grown-Up Book Club

Contemporary* Novels

  1. * Tangerine by Edward Bloor
  2. Evolution, Me, and Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande
  3. Wonder by R. J. Palacio
  4. The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by E.L. Konigsburg
  5. Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass
  6. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  7. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
  8. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  9. A Corner of the Universe by Ann M. Martin
  10. Schooled by Gordon Korman
  11. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  12. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Historical Novels

  1. * Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
  2. * Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  3. * Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
  4. * Penny from Heaven by Jennifer Holm
  5. * Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
  6. * After the Dancing Days by Margaret Rostkowski
  7. * The Land by Mildred D. Taylor
  8. * Never Fall Down: A Novel by Patricia McCormick
  9. Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
  10. The King’s Fifth by Scott O’Dell
  11. Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
  12. Jim the Boy by Tony Earley

Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Dystopian

  1. * The Giver by Lois Lowry
  2. * Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
  3. * The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
  4. * Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  5. * Enchantress from the Stars by Sylvia Engdahl
  6. Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper
  7. The Magic Circle by Donna Jo Napoli
  8. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  9. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
  10. Sabriel by Garth Nix
  11. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  12. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit

Classics, Modern Classics, and Future Classics

  1. * The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
  2. * The Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  3. * The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  4. * Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  5. * Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
  6. * When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
  7. * The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
  8. * Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer
  9. * Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
  10. * A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck
  11. * Hatchet by Gary Paulson
  12. Watership Down by Richard Adams

Nonfiction – Memoirs, Biographies, and Narrative History

  1. * Homesick: My Own Story by Jean Fritz
  2. * Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution by Ji-li Jiang
  3. * The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia by Esther Hautzig
  4. * The Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy
  5. Shipwrecked!: The True Adventures of a Japanese Boy by Rhoda Blumberg
  6. Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose
  7. Three Little Words: A Memoir by Ashley Rhodes-Courter
  8. Bad Boy: A Memoir by Walter Dean Myers
  9. Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah
  10. I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives by Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda with Liz Welch
  11. Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson
  12. The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming

Booked | Reading Together | A Series All about Book ClubsBooked: Reading Together

This is part of the Booked: Reading Together series. Throughout October, I’m writing all about book clubs.

Check out the archives in case you missed a post.


Previously on The Deliberate Reader

One year ago: What the Kids are Reading (in October 2014)
Two years ago: 31 Days of More Great Nonfiction: Maman’s Homesick Pie
Three years ago: 31 Days of Great Nonfiction: Me, Myself, and Bob

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72 Great Nonfiction Titles for Book Clubs

The heart of a great book club is great discussion books, but a great book isn’t necessarily the same thing as a great book club book. Not sure about including nonfiction in your book club selections? Give it a try – narrative nonfiction and memoirs make great choice to promote conversation, because of their emphasis on a story.

If you’re looking for a nonfiction title for your book club that will provide plenty of material for discussion, here are 72 possibilities. And if you need still more ideas, many of the authors mentioned below have additional titles that would make fantastic discussion books. Don’t forget to see what else they’ve written!

A heads-up! I haven’t read all of these, but I’ve compiled the list based on my own reading, and recommendations from trusted friends and resources. Titles I’ve read are marked with an (*)

People are Fascinating

Booked {Reading Together} |72 Great Nonfiction Titles for Book Clubs

  1. * A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
  2. * A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland Indiana by Haven Kimmel
  3. * Chasing Daylight: How My Forthcoming Death Transformed My Life by Eugene O’Kelly and Corinne O’Kelly
  4. * A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband ‘Master’ by Rachel Held Evans
  5. * The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less by Terry Ryan
  6. *A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg
  7. * Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes by Shauna Niequist
  8. * Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl
  9. Ava’s Man by Rick Bragg
  10. The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
  11. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver
  12. Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott

People are Fascinating, part 2 (non-United States settings)

  1. * The Flamboya Tree: Memories of a Mother’s Wartime Courage by Clara Kelly
  2. * The Road from Coorain by Jill Ker Conway
  3. * Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller
  4. * Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth
  5. * Casting with a Fragile Thread: A Story of Sisters and Africa by Wendy Kann
  6. * An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography by Paul Rusesabagina with Tom Zoellner
  7. Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China by Jung Chang
  8. Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life by C. S. Lewis
  9. The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss
  10. A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story by Qais Akbar Omar
  11. Mulberry Child: A Memoir of China by Jian Ping
  12. A Backpack, A Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka by Lev Golinkin

Bringing History to Life

  1. * The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
  2. * In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer by Irene Gut Opdyke
  3. * The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan
  4. * The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester
  5. * Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen by Bob Greene
  6. * Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson
  7. * The Assassin’s Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln by Kate Clifford Larson
  8. Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston
  9. Dancing to the Precipice: Lucie Dillon, Marquise de la Tour du Pin and the French Revolution by Caroline Moorehead
  10. The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
  11. Speed Kings: The 1932 Winter Olympics and the Fastest Men in the World by Andy Bull
  12. The Remedy: Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Quest to Cure Tuberculosis by Thomas Goetz

Adventure/Survival

  1. * Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
  2. * Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
  3. * The Cruelest Miles: The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race Against an Epidemic by Gay Salisbury and Laney Salisbury
  4. * The Ice Master: The Doomed 1913 Voyage of the Karluk by Jennifer Niven
  5. * In Harm’s Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors by Doug Stanton
  6. * The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition by Caroline Alexander
  7. * Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2’s Deadliest Day by Peter Zuckerman and Amanda Padoan
  8. Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff
  9. The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann
  10. Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II by Robert Kurson
  11. In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides
  12. Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident by Donnie Eichar

Other Nonfiction

These titles that weren’t easily grouped elsewhere, but are so worth discussing I couldn’t leave them out.

  1. * Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  2. * Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
  3. * The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A. J. Jacobs
  4. Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  5. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
  6. Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink
  7. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  8. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown
  9. The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr
  10. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo
  11. How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson
  12. The Republic of Imagination: A Life in Books by Azar Nafisi

For the Right Kind of Book Club…

These titles won’t fit all book clubs, whether due to language, subject matter, or length, but if your book club is a good match for them they’d provide a wealth of discussion material…

  1. * Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  2. * Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
  3. * 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam
  4. * The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin
  5. * Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
  6. * Nickel and Dimed: On (not) Getting By In America by Barbara Ehrenreich
  7. * Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America by David Hackett Fischer
  8. * 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker
  9. * The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible by Scot McKnight
  10. * Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond
  11. The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
  12. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Looking for more discussion books for your book club?

Try 72 Great Novels for Book Clubs

Booked | Reading Together | A Series All about Book ClubsBooked: Reading Together

This is part of the Booked: Reading Together series. Throughout October, I’m writing all about book clubs.

Check out the archives in case you missed a post.


Previously on The Deliberate Reader

One year ago: The Mislaid Magician
Two years ago: 31 Days of More Great Nonfiction: Devil in the White City
Three years ago: 31 Days of Great Nonfiction Reads: Team of Rivals

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72 Great Novels for Book Clubs

The heart of a great book club is great discussion books, but a great book isn’t necessarily the same thing as a great book club book (More on this later). If you’re looking for a fiction title for your book club that will provide plenty of material for discussion, here are 72 possibilities. And if you need still more ideas, many of the authors mentioned below have additional titles that would make fantastic discussion books. Don’t forget to see what else they’ve written!

A heads-up! I haven’t read all of these, but I’ve compiled the list based on my own reading, and recommendations from trusted friends and resources. Titles I’ve read are marked with an (*)

Thought-Provoking Fiction Titles for Great Book Club Discussions

72 Great Book Club Novels

Classic Novels

  1. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  2. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
  3. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  4. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  5. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
  6. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
  7. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  8. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  9. The Odyssey by Homer
  10. * Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  11. * The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  12. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Diversify Your Reading

  1. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  2. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  3. Of Love and Shadows by Isabel Allende
  4. Silence by Shusaku Endo
  5. The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan
  6. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  7. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  8. The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich
  9. * A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea by Dina Nayeri
  10. The Tiger’s Wife by TĂ©a Obreht
  11. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  12. Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique

Modern Classics

  1. * A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  2. * Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
  3. * Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  4. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
  5. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
  7. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  8. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  9. * Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  10. * To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  11. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  12. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Experience Another Era

  1. * Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
  2. The Heaven Tree by Edith Pargeter
  3. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  4. The Chosen by Chaim Potok
  5. The Story of Land and Sea by Katy Simpson Smith
  6. The Long Ships by Frans G. Bengtsson
  7. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  9. * Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  10. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  11. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  12. In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

Contemporary

  1. * Velma Still Cooks in Leeway by Vinita Hampton Wright
  2. The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
  3. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  4. The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson
  5. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  6. * The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
  7. * What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
  8. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  9. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  10. A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
  11. Plainsong by Kent Haruf
  12. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Try a New Genre

  1. * The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  2. * The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  3. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
  4. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  5. Shane by Jack Schaefer
  6. * Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
  7. A Judgement in Stone by Ruth Rendell
  8. A Taste for Death by P. D. James
  9. * Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  10. * The Martian by Andy Weir
  11. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  12. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Booked | Reading Together | A Series All about Book ClubsBooked: Reading Together

This is part of the Booked: Reading Together series. Throughout October, I’m writing all about book clubs.

Check out the archives in case you missed a post.


Previously on The Deliberate Reader

One year ago: Recent Readaloud: Dinosaurs Before Dark
Two years ago: 31 Days of More Great Nonfiction: The Grand Tour
Three years ago: My One Tip for How to Read More and 31 Days of Great Nonfiction: Heat

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12 Sports Books to Read if You Liked “The Boys in the Boat”

12 Sports Books to Read if You Liked The Boys in the BoatFeeling adrift after finishing Daniel James Brown’s fabulous book The Boys in the BoatThe Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown, 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.)

The AmateursThe Amateurs: The Story of Four Young Men and Their Quest for an Olympic Gold MedalThe Amateurs: The Story of Four Young Men and Their Quest for an Olympic Gold Medal by David Halberstam by David Halberstam

Classic book by an accomplished author which follows rowers competing in the 1984 Olympics.

Buy the book: Print | Kindle

The Red Rose CrewRed Rose Crew: A True Story Of Women, Winning, And The WaterRed Rose Crew: A True Story Of Women, Winning, And The Water by Daniel J. Boyne by Daniel J. Boyne

Follows the US Women’s crew as they prepare to compete in the 1975 World Championships.

Buy the book: Print

The Emerald MileThe Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand CanyonThe Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon by Kevin Fedarko by Kevin Fedarko

Exciting adventure tale recounting a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Buy the book: Print | Kindle | Audible

Twelve Mighty OrphansTwelve Mighty Orphans: The Inspiring True Story of the Mighty Mites Who Ruled Texas FootballTwelve Mighty Orphans: The Inspiring True Story of the Mighty Mites Who Ruled Texas Football by Jim Dent by Jim Dent

Uplifting depression-era tale of the undersized teams that became some of the best in the state.

Buy the book: Print | Kindle

Our BoysOur Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center RedmenOur Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen by Joe Drape by Joe Drape

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.

Buy the book: Print | Kindle

The Glory of Their TimesThe Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played ItThe Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) by Lawrence S. Ritter by Lawrence S. Ritter

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.

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One Shot at ForeverOne Shot at Forever: A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season  by Chris Ballard by Chris Ballard

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.)

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The Bottom of the 33rdBottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball’s Longest Game by Dan Barry

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.

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The Boys of WinterThe Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey TeamThe Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team by Wayne Coffey by Wayne Coffey

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.

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The Miracle of St. AnthonyThe Miracle of St. Anthony: A Season with Coach Bob Hurley and Basketball’s Most Improbable DynastyThe Miracle of St. Anthony: A Season with Coach Bob Hurley and Basketball's Most Improbable Dynasty by Adrian Wojnarowski by Adrian Wojnarowski

Inspirational biography of legendary high school coach Bob Hurley follows his team one season (and what a season!)

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The Perfect MileThe Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve ItThe Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It by Neal Bascomb by Neal Bascomb

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.

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The Great Match RaceThe Great Match Race: When North Met South in America’s First Sports SpectacleThe Great Match Race: When North Met South in America's First Sports Spectacle by John Eisenberg by John Eisenberg

Fast-paced mix of horse racing and history provides a peek at the United States in the early 1800s.

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