The Eastern Stars - Mark Kurlansky

When you watch this year’s Major League All-Star Game, you may not realize that many of the players hail from the same city: San Pedro de Macoris, in the Dominican Republic. Mark Kurlansky’s Eastern Stars (Riverhead, $16) explores this place, where boys dream of playing baseball in America but most grow up to become men working in their home sugarcane fields. Kurlansky delves into both the past and the present of this fascinating region that such a large part of our national

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ISBN: 9781594485053
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 5th, 2011

The Baseball Codes - Jason Turbow

The official rulebook of Major League Baseball is over two hundred pages long and covers almost anything that could happen in the course of a game. Then there are the implicit rules, or codes, that the players keep in mind, and which often have as great an impact on the game as the formal regulations. Jason Turbow and Michael Duca interviewed dozens players for The Baseball Codes (Anchor, $15). The result is a highly entertaining set of anecdotes explaining why batters get knocked down, when it’s ethically correct to steal a base, whether you should mention no one has gotten a hit yet, and what types of cheating are allowable. This book celebrates the fun, tradition, and idiosyncrasies that make baseball different from all other sports.

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen - Christopher McDougall

The Tarahumara Indians in Mexico’s hostile and remote Copper Canyon have a legendary ability to run for days on end. While regaling us with their story, Christopher McDougall introduces nutritionists, personal trainers, barefoot racers, and anthropologists who describe how homo sapiens were Born To Run (Vintage, $15.95). Ultimately, ultrarunners invite Tarahumara to the Colorado Rockies to compete in the Leadville Trail 100 Mile, and then return to Mexico to race on the Tarahumara’s home turf. McDougall’s wide-ranging documentation and the exuberance of the men and women he encounters will fascinate even those who have never hit the trails.

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen By Christopher McDougall Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307279187
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Published: Vintage - March 29th, 2011

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ISBN: 9780307266309
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Published: Knopf - May 5th, 2009

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