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Subject: Highlight a book with a sports theme
Date Posted: 4/15/2008 2:06 PM ET
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Hang Time- Days and Dreams with Michael Jordan

Drawn from inside Michael Jordan's daily life, rich with the sound of Jordan's own voice, Hang Time is a startlingly candid and intimate story of time spent with a champion, and of the growing friendship between two men.

Date Posted: 4/15/2008 3:30 PM ET
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I never thought this one would hang around as long as it has.....

The Babe Signed My Shoe (Honoring a Detroit Legend)
Ernie Harwell


Spanning from the time he talked Babe Ruth into signing his tennis shoe at the age of 12 to his last Tiger broadcast more than 60 years later, this book is a personal scrapbook of Hall-of-Famer Ernie Harwell's life-long love of baseball.

Date Posted: 4/15/2008 4:25 PM ET
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I've got A Home on the Field: How One Championship Team Inspires Hope for the Revival of Small Town America by Paul Cuadros.

It's the story of a soccer team of mostly immigrant players in Siler City, NC who overcame prejudice in their hometown and went on to win the state championship.

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Date Posted: 4/15/2008 4:31 PM ET
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I'm married to a former coach...so I have more than one...but let's start with:

My Losing Season by Pat Conroy.

A quick blurb: "In My Losing Season Pat Conroy has written an American classic about young men and the bonds they form, about losing and the lessons it imparts, about finding one’s voice and one’s self in the midst of defeat. And in his trademark language, we see the young Conroy walk from his life as an athlete to the writer the world knows him to be."

I also have John Grisham's Bleachers

"High school all-American Neely Crenshaw was probably the best quarterback ever to play for the legendary Messina Spartans. Fifteen years have gone by since those glory days, and Neely has come home to Messina to bury Coach Eddie Rake, the man who molded the Spartans into an unbeatable football dynasty."

Be sure to check out my unpostables list...losts of sports related stuff there!

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Date Posted: 4/15/2008 4:42 PM ET
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ok, it's a stretch, but it's all i've got.  :)

In The Groove (NASCAR Series) :: Pamela Britton

She wouldn't know a NASCAR star if he hit her with his car...and he just did. Sarah was a kindergarten teacher until a sleazy ex-boyfriend got her fired. Now the only job she can find is driving the motor coach for racing star Lance Cooper. She doesn't know a thing about NASCAR - and she's off to a rocky start when she doesn't recognize her ultra-famous boss. Lance can't help but notice Sarah's sweet smile - and how seriously unimpressed she is with his fame. Her reaction piques his interest - and he's convinced she's a good-luck charm. But Sarah has no interest in Lance's jet-setting life; she'd rather deal with spitballs than one supersexy race car driver. Too bad whenever he comes near her she turns hot as race fuel. Soon things begin to heat up on the track, and Sarah begins to wonder if she might be able to teach one famous race car driver a few lessons about love.

Date Posted: 4/15/2008 4:49 PM ET
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The Quotable ESPN

Subject: Hardcover Wrestling Biographies
Date Posted: 4/15/2008 8:26 PM ET
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The Rock Says... :: The Rock, Joe Layden

Have a Nice Day : A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks :: Mick Foley, Mankind

Date Posted: 4/15/2008 8:51 PM ET
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I've got this great book on my bookshelf..

Hoopla-Harry Stein

When eight members of the Chicago White Sox were accused of throwing the 1919 World Series, the team became known as the "Black Sox." Hoopla blends the narrative of team member George Weaver with the view of Luther Pond, who exposed the scandal. Filled with cameo portraits of prominent sports legends of the early twentieth century, this novel brings to life an era when America was passionate, even patriotic, about baseball; and when one reporter's words had the power to rock a nation.

Date Posted: 4/15/2008 9:08 PM ET
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How to Rock Climb by John Long 0934641641

Women Ski: Everything You Need to Know to Really Enjoy Skiing by Claudia Carbone 0915009323

Date Posted: 4/15/2008 9:57 PM ET
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The Artful Dodger (autobiography of Tommy Lasorda)--Manager of the Dodgers

Five O'clock Comes Early (autobiography of Bob Welch)--Welch's autobiography covers his bout with alcoholism and how he almost lost his baseball career because of it.

Date Posted: 4/16/2008 11:35 AM ET
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Just for Kicks Just for Kicks :: Paul C. Baczewski
Date Posted: 4/16/2008 1:23 PM ET
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by Janet Dailey:

That Indy Man

Date Posted: 4/16/2008 4:48 PM ET
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The Whole Ten Yards :: Frank Gifford

Date Posted: 4/16/2008 6:31 PM ET
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Sportswit :: Lee Green
Posted: 10/13/2007 1:38 PM ET

The Artful Dodger :: Tommy Lasorda, David Fisher
Posted: 10/5/2007 4:33 PM ET

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Date Posted: 4/20/2008 4:58 PM ET
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Two Mel's (me and MsMarsh) have the Tommy Lasorda book! LOL

Subject: For Love of the Game
Date Posted: 4/20/2008 8:34 PM ET
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I copied this from the audio thread:

I'm nuts, a few of you might think...but I am a true believer in one man's trash is another's treasure.

And so I highlight the biggest disappointment in audio on my shelf.  Brand new, yet!  I ripped that wrapper off and shoved the first tape into the player...even made my husband listen as we both like the author, Michael Shaara (author of Killer Angels), and like Kevin Costner, and he made a fun movie out of this book.

So, we hated it, and couldn't even finish it.  Blah blah blah, was our opinion.  Never got to the story.  At least not the story that Kevin Costner told in the movie.  There was a wonderful, very interesting intro by the author's son, Jeff Shaara.

Here's the deal, if you want to take a chance on this audio, 5 3/4 hours UNabridged, you can take any other audio off my shelf for free.  Just PM me what you want extra.  Of course, if you prefer a free book instead, that would work, but you'd make out better with a free audio.