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What I love about Murakami’s running book is that he does not pretend that all life’s problems can be solved by running a faster marathon. Murakami is frank not only about the human limitations of running but about his very own, openly acknowledging that he cannot run a faster marathon anymore. To him, running is not a means to a qualifying race time--and no, it’s not a “way of life,” either: it’s an exercise for the mind and the body. You should only run if it makes you happy, and I was happy to learn that I’m not alone in this sentiment.

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307389831
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Published: Vintage - August 11th, 2009

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Babe Ruth takes Manhattan, and the rest of the country, by storm in Jane Leavy's biography, The Big Fella (Harper, $32.50). Using the lens of a twenty-one-day baseball exhibition cash-grab, Leavy reveals Ruth as a man who lived hard and, though he never wanted to be a role model, helped create the ubiquitous celebrity/pitchperson that dominates modern culture today. Forced from a dysfunctional home by an unfit set of parents, Ruth both bucked authority over his actions and looked for acceptance in the grandstands where his every at-bat was cared about and remembered. Ruth changed America's game through the power of his home runs, and changed American culture through the power of his boyish charm, outsized lifestyle, and pure love of the spotlight.

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ISBN: 9780062380227
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Published: Harper - October 16th, 2018

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resilience. In Tigerland (Knopf, $27.95), Wil Haygood, author of Showdown, The Butler, and biographies of Sugar Ray Robinson and Sammy Davis Jr., tells the story of a poor, segregated high school in Columbus, Ohio, that in the 1968-’69 academic year fielded championship teams in both basketball and baseball. Defeating richer, bigger, and whiter teams across the state, the Tigers became not only hometown heroes, but inspiration for the rising generation of young African Americans. In this deeply compelling work, Haygood profiles a number of the athletes and shows how they overcame myriad social and personal challenges. He also introduces coaches, principals, and local fans, and puts the Tigers’ achievements in the wider national context.

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ISBN: 9781524731861
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Published: Knopf - September 18th, 2018