Born to Run:A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
Christopher McDougall 796.424 MCD
Christopher McDougall, runner, AP war correspondent and contributor to Men’s Health, reveals the secrets of the Tarahumara Indians ( world’s greatest distance runners) as he trains for the race of a lifetime: a fifty-mile race from Mexico’s Copper Canyon to the Leadville Trail in Colorado. In his engaging narrative McDougall reveals our love of running, and pits the “super-athletic Americans” against the Tarahumara with inspiring and ironic twists along the way.
Going Bovine Libba Bray (YA FIC BRAY)
16- year-old Cameron Smith isn’t exactly the most successful high school student until he contracts Creutzfeld-Jakob’s disease (mad cow).While in the hospital, a lovely angel or wild hallucinations encourage him to search for THE CURE to save the world. With stalwart companions Gonzo the dwarf and Balder a Norse god in gnomic disguise, Cameron finds himself on a quixotic journey where he learns about true love (naturally), wormholes and string theory . Using humor, satire and a bit of the surreal, Bray leads readers on THE ROAD TRIP of a lifetime…A great, contemporary story though a bit long.
Let the Great World Spin Colum McCann (FIC MCCANN)
Using Philippe Petit’s 1974 illegal high-wire walk between the Twin Towers and subsequent courtroom trial as backdrops, Colum McCann presents an electrifying, vivid portrait of the beauty and misery of life in South Bronx during the 1970s. Petit’s trial is the catalyst that moves a storyline comprised of ten inter-connected tales beautifully written and poignantly felt by the reader. Don’t miss them!
Sovay Celia Rees (YA FIC REES)
It’s England during the French Revolution, and beautiful, rich, 17 year-old Savoy (disguised as a highwayman) sets out to find her father and brother who have been condemned for supporting the French. Savoy’s mission takes her to dangerous, exciting underworlds of Paris and London. Capturing the romance, political /class struggles and the drama of the 18th century, Rees’s readers will not be disappointed with her richly detailed descriptions of period clothing, architecture and technology, not to mention her fresh take on the “ highwayman.” For Young Adults and up.
Open: An Autobiography Andre Agassi (796.342 AGA)
In this revealing autobiography from one of the world’s greatest athletes, readers learn of the harsh, lonely childhood of Andre Agassi whose father (a former Golden Gloves fighter) forced his son to become a champion, like it or not. Such pressure was not without consequences as Agassi experienced sorrow and failure in both his professional and private life. However, since his marriage to Steffi Graf and his acceptance of the game he once hated, Agassi’s life has taken a more hopeful turn. Read this extremely honest, heartfelt memoir written with J. R. Moehringer as ghostwriter. A cautionary tale for Young Adults and up.
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