Lucky 7 for March: Be a Sport

March Madness, spring training, and the soon-to-bloom azaleas at Augusta National beckon us this time of year. It’s the sporting season, and we have just the e-books to get you in the swing. Buy any of these e-books for just $1.99 throughout March, and go inside the games to the stories that stir us and the people who inspire us.



Blind Your Ponies by Stanley Gordon West

Hope is hard to come by in the hard-luck town of Willow Creek, Montana. Sam Pickett and five young men are about to change that. As the coach of the hapless high school basketball team (zero wins, ninety-three losses), Sam can’t help but be moved by the bravery he witnesses in everyday life—and in the lives of his own young players—and he finally begins to see a future worth living in.

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Hard Work: A Life On and Off the Court by Roy Williams

One of the most respected basketball coaches in the nation, Williams has traveled an unlikely path­—from his turbulent childhood through a successful coaching career. Williams recounts how he recruits, teaches, and motivates his players and how he has shepherded teams through some of the most nail-biting games at both Kansas and the University of North Carolina.

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Balls by Nanci Kincaid

Twice a head coach’s wife, Kincaid writes a novel about the side of college football most of us never see. This is the inside story, the story of the sexy, dirty, painful, empowering, and corrupt game. This is the story of Mac Gibbs, the star quarterback who fell from fame as a player and then rose to infamy as a coach. And this is a story of love, as told by fifteen women and one little girl.

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A Son of the Game by James Dodson

Dealing with a midlife crisis, Dodson goes back to the world of golf and Pinehurst, North Carolina, the place where his father introduced him to the game that shaped his life and career. Dodson weaves golf’s history and anecdotes about players—like Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Payne Stewart, Sam Snead, and Tiger Woods—into this tale of one man’s quest to recover his lost passion and to share that passion with his son.

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Golfing with God: A Novel of Heaven and Earth by Roland Merullo

Herman “Hank” Fins-Winston was a pro golfer destined for greatness. Now he lives in a condominium on the thirteenth fairway of one of heaven’s glorious courses. One morning, he’s summoned to play a round with the Almighty. God is having some trouble with His game, but what begins as a golf lesson turns into a spiritual journey.

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When the Giants Were Giants by Peter Williams

This is the story of a forgotten Giant—the man Baseball Magazine called in 1930 “baseball’s greatest first baseman,” the last National League .400 hitter, Bill Terry. It’s also the story of a time when America looked to baseball for hope and heroes. Williams looks at the end of one era and the beginning of another through the lens of a Hall-of-Fame player and New York Giants manager whose career embraced it all.

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Cobb: A Biography by Al Stump

Stump redefined America’s perception of one of its most famous sports heroes with this gripping look at a man who walked the line between greatness and psychosis. This award-winning account of Cobb’s life and times reveals both the darkness and the brilliance of the “Georgia Peach” and served as the basis for the Hollywood movie Cobb.

You can buy Cobb: A Biography  at AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE, KOBO, and APPLE.

One Comment On This Post:

March 4, 2013
6:44 pm
Suzanne Deal-Fitzgerald says...

I’m not a baseball fan, like some are, but you know I love a good story. Al Stump’s biography of Cobb is one of the finest books I’ve ever read. Thanks for bringing it here.

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