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By Raúl Gómez. 2023
«Aventuras extremas, viajes a lugares recónditos, running y paternidad. Leer este libro te hará vivir la vida al más puro…estilo Raúl Gómez, con mucha pasión y un punto de locura. Un libro tierno, divertido e inolvidable».Roberto Leal. «¡Estás loco, Raúl! ¡Eso es una locura!». No sabría decir la de veces que he escuchado esa frase. Desde el día que pisé Kenia presentándome a cámara con aquella perorata de «Soy Maraton Man», que eclipsaría mi nombre de pila para siempre, no he parado de viajar, correr, vivir aventuras y rendir homenaje a esa locura que nos mueve a soñar fuerte y sentirnos vivos. He corrido en soledad, desde la ciudad de Maratón hasta el centro de Atenas, sin puntos de avituallamiento, sin marcas de guía en el suelo y sin público animando. He convivido con los beduinos en mitad del desierto y he aprendido a vivir de la nada como lo hiciera el mismísimo Lawrence de Arabia. He saltado a las aguas gélidas del lago Prestvannet en Tromsø, Noruega, a menos quince grados. He buceado con los bajaus, una comunidad que vive en pueblos flotantes en mar abierto y cuya adaptación genética al buceo ha sido noticia en la comunidad científica. En el Triángulo de Ilemi, un territorio fronterizo disputado por varias tribus de Sudán del Sur, Etiopía y Kenia, he temido por mi vida por primera vez. Y, a pesar de todo, hoy, cuando miro a mis hijas, creo que ser padre es la más top de mis locuras, la Michael Jordan de todas ellas: «Bendita locura».
Field of Dreams: 100 Years of Wembley in 100 Matches
By Nige Tassell. 2023
100 years of Wembley Stadium told through 100 matches. The 1923 FA Cup final – aka the White Horse final…– was the first football match played at the British Empire Exhibition Stadium. Although best-remembered for non-playing reasons – notably its vast, well-beyond-capacity crowd, which had to be marshalled by a policeman atop a white horse – that afternoon marked the historic opening chapter of the stadium&’s long and eventful history, of the stadium soon to be known simply as Wembley. Over the 100 years since that overcrowded day, Wembley has established itself as the home of the beautiful game and, almost certainly, the world&’s most famous football stadium. Wembley occupies a special place in the hearts of players and punters alike. Watching your team at Wembley is the highlight of a fan&’s lifetime of support; playing there the fulfilment of a childhood dream. Its sacred pitch has been the crucible of so many classic matches across the decades. World Cups have been won here, as have European Championships, FA Cups, European Cups, play-off finals, home internationals and more. Nige Tassell chooses 100 matches - from the well known to the unusual - that have shaped Wembley's legacy and tells a lively and original alternative history of the past 100 years of football, and of Britain. We hear a ball boy&’s perspective on the FA Cup Final when Bert Trautmann broke his neck, and from the other commentator of the 1966 World Cup Final.Field of Dreams is the story of how football found its home.
Playing the Long Game: A Memoir
By Christine Sinclair. 2022
NATIONAL BESTSELLERFor the first time in depth and in public, Olympic soccer gold-medalist Christine Sinclair, the top international goal scorer…of all time and one of Canada's greatest athletes, reflects on both her exhilarating successes and her heartbreaking failures. Playing the Long Game is a book of earned wisdom on the value of determination and team spirit, and on leadership that changed the landscape of women's sport.Christine Sinclair is one of the world's most respected and admired athletes. Not only is she the player who has scored the most goals on the international soccer stage, male or female, but more than two decades into her career, she is the heart of any team she plays on, the captain of both Canada's national team and the top-ranked Portland Thorns FC in the National Women's Soccer League. Working with the brilliant and bestselling sportswriter Stephen Brunt, who has followed her career for decades, the intensely private Sinclair will share her reflections on the significant moments and turning points in her life and career, the big wins and losses survived, not only on the pitch. Her extraordinary journey, combined with her candour, commitment and decency, will inspire and empower her fans and admirers, and girls and women everywhere.
100 Baseball Legends Who Shaped Sports History (100 Series)
By Russell Roberts. 2022
Learn all about the amazing lives and careers of 100 of the greatest baseball players of all time with this…fact-filled biography collection for kids. Educational and engaging, 100 Baseball Legends Who Shaped Sports History features:Simple, easy-to-read, and freshly updated textIllustrated portraits of each playerFascinating facts and statsA timeline, trivia questions, project ideas and more!From Cy Young to Lou Gherig, Jackie Robinison to Hank Aaron, George Brett to Derek Jeter and many more, readers will be introduced to the lives and feats of the greatest athletes ever to play baseball. Organized chronologically, 100 Baseball Legends Who Shaped Sports History offers a look at the amazing talent and skill of these players and how their accomplishments and careers have influenced the sport from its very beginnings all the way through the present day.
Mastering the Metal: The Story of James Watson and Eddie Bravo
By James Watson, Zack Moore. 2023
Over the last two decades, Eddie Bravo has been at the forefront of revolutions we&’ve seen in the arts of…fighting, comedy, and podcasting. But he wasn&’t alone in his journey.For just over a decade, James Watson and Eddie Bravo were inseparable: musical partners, work colleagues, roommates, and best friends. From metal to rap, our protagonists worked to master the art of music together. Through the story of these past experiences in the pursuit of musical mastery, the reader will get to intimately understand Eddie Bravo and see how those experiences in his youth spent in music made him the man and martial artist he is today. Through the narration of our author, we get the complete picture of the private man behind the Eddie Bravo public persona.
Ringmaster: Vince McMahon and the Unmaking of America
By Abraham Riesman. 2023
&“Riveting, essential reading.&” —Rick Perlstein, author of Reaganland The definitive biography of Vince McMahon, former WWE chairman and CEO, charts…his rise from rural poverty to the throne of one of the world&’s most influential media empires—and features never-before-seen research and exclusive interviews with more than 150 people who witnessed, aided, and suffered from his ascent.Even if you&’ve never watched a minute of professional wrestling, you are living in Vince McMahon&’s world. In his four decades as the defining figure of American pro wrestling, McMahon was the man behind Dwayne &“The Rock&” Johnson, &“Stone Cold&” Steve Austin, John Cena, Dave Bautista, Bret &“The Hitman&” Hart, and Hulk Hogan, to name just a few of the mega-stars who owe him their careers. For more than twenty-five years, he has also been a performer in his own show, acting as the diabolical &“Mr. McMahon&”—a figure who may have more in common with the real Vince than he would care to admit. Just as importantly, McMahon is one of Donald Trump&’s closest friends—and Trump&’s experiences as a performer in McMahon&’s programming were, in many ways, a dress rehearsal for the 45th President&’s campaigns and presidency. McMahon and his wife, Linda, are major Republican donors. Linda was in Trump&’s cabinet. McMahon makes deals with the Saudi government worth hundreds of millions of dollars. And for generations of people who have watched wrestling, he has been a defining cultural force. Accessible to anyone, regardless of wrestling knowledge, Ringmaster is an unauthorized, independent, investigative chronicle of Vince McMahon&’s origins and rise to supreme power. It is built on exclusive interviews with more than 150 people, from McMahon&’s childhood friends to those who accuse him of destroying their lives. Far more than just an athletics or entertainment biography, Ringmaster uses Vince&’s story as a new lens for understanding the contemporary American apocalypse.
A Damn Near Perfect Game: Reclaiming America's Pastime
By Joe Kelly, Rob Bradford - contributor. 1928
Baseball’s most outspoken fireballer brings the high heat—calling out the hacks, cheats, and ridiculous rules that have tarnished the game—and…pitches A-plus stuff on how to make baseball pure, fun, and damn near perfect....
Under the Black Hat: My Life in the WWE and Beyond
By Paul O'Brien, Jim Ross. 2020
From legendary wrestling announcer Jim Ross comes a candid, colorful memoir about the inner workings of the WWE and the…personal crises he weathered at the height of his career.If you&’ve caught a televised wrestling match anytime in the past THIRTY years, you&’ve probably heard Jim Ross&’s throaty Oklahoma twang. The beloved longtime announcer of WWE is already an icon to generations of wrestling fans, and he&’s not slowing down, having just signed on as the announcer of the starry new wrestling venture All Elite Wrestling. In this follow-up to his bestselling memoir Slobberknocker, he dishes about not only his long career, which includes nurturing global stars like Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, and John Cena, but also about the challenges of aging and disability, his split from collaborator Vince McMahon, and the sudden death of his beloved wife, Jan. The result is a gruff, endearing, and remarkably human-scale portrait, set against the larger-than-life backdrop of professional wrestling. Ross&’s ascent in WWE mirrors the rise of professional wrestling itself from a DIY sideshow to a billion-dollar business. Under the Black Hat traces all the highs and lows of that wild ride, in which Jim served not only as on-air commentator, but talent manager, payroll master, and even occasional in-ring foil to threats like Paul &“Triple H&” Levesque and Undertaker. While his role brought him riches and exposure Jim never dreamed of growing up in a small town in Oklahoma, he chafed against the strictures of a fickle corporate culture and what he saw as a narrow vision of what makes great wrestlers—and great story lines. When suddenly stricken with Bell&’s palsy, a form of facial paralysis that makes it impossible to smile, he stared down his greatest fear—being cast out of the announcing booth for good. Picking up where Slobberknocker left off and ending on the cusp of a new career in a reimagined industry, Under the Black Hat is the triumphant tale of a country boy who made it to the top, took a few knocks, and stuck around—just where his fans like him.
Tani's New Home: A Refugee Finds Hope and Kindness in America
By Tanitoluwa Adewumi. 2020
Tani Adewumi's moving true story of immigrating to America, developing his talent for chess, and finding a new home will…inspire families looking for stories of hope and kindness. * 2021 ECPA Top Shelf Book Cover Award winnerTani was just six years old when he and his family fled persecution in Nigeria and became refugees in New York City. Tani was amazed, and a little overwhelmed, by all the new things in America. But one new experience turned out to be the most wonderful discovery--chess! With joy and determination, Tani studied hard, practicing chess for hours on the floor of his room in the homeless shelter. Less than a year later, he won the New York State Chess Championship, and through one act of kindness after another, found a new home.This picture book biography for children ages 5 to 10tells the captivating real-life story of a young chess championcelebrates the power of hope and hard workreminds us that we can each make the world a more welcoming placeencourages empathy and compassionincludes beautiful digital illustrations by Courtney Dawsonis perfect for children reading alone; story time for families, classrooms, and libraries; and celebrations of World Refugee DayThis exciting book about chess, family, and community reminds us all that home is a place where you can follow your dreams.
Eye of the Hurricane: My Path from Darkness to Freedom
By Nelson Mandela, Ken Klonsky, Rubin Carter. 1966
A spiritual as well as a factual autobiography, this is a self-portrait of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a 20th-century icon and…controversial victim of the U.S. justice system turned spokesperson for the wrongfully convicted. Exploring Carter's personal philosophy--born of the unimaginable duress of wrongful imprisonment and conceived through his defiance of the brutal institution of prison and a decade of solitary confinement--this work offers hope for those who have none and serves as a call to action for those who abhor injustice. Exposing the inherent flaws in the legal and penal systems, this autobiography also serves as a prison survival manual--be it a brick-and-mortar cell or the metaphorical prison of childhood abuse, racism, and despair.
In this unvarnished and affecting memoir, Olympian Kara Goucher reveals her experience of living through and speaking out about one…of the biggest scandals in running. <p><p>Kara Goucher grew up with Olympic dreams. She excelled at running from a young age and was offered a Nike sponsorship deal when she graduated from college. Then in 2004, she was invited to join a secretive, lavishly funded new team, dubbed the Nike Oregon Project. <p><p>Coached by distance running legend Alberto Salazar, it seemed like the opportunity of a lifetime. Kara was soon winning a World Championship medal, going to the Olympics, and standing on the podium at the New York and Boston marathons, just like her coach. But behind the scenes, Salazar was hiding dark secrets. He pushed the limits of anti-doping rules, and created what Kara experienced as a culture of abuse, the extent of which she reveals in her book for the first time. Meanwhile, Nike stood by Alberto for years and proved itself capable of shockingly misogynistic corporate practices. <p><p>Told with stunning honesty, The Longest Race is an unforgettable story and a call to action. Kara became a crusader for female athletes and a key witness helping to get Salazar banned from coaching at the Olympic level. Kara’s memoir reveals how she broke through the fear of losing everything, bucked powerful forces to take control of her life and career, and reclaimed her love of running. <p> <b>New York Times Bestseller</b>
Ella persistió - Diana Taurasi / She Persisted: Diana Taurasi (Ella persistió #Volumen)
By Chelsea Clinton. 2022
Inspirado en el bestseller #1 del New York Times Ella persistió / She Persisted de Chelsea Clinton y Alexandra Boiger,…llega ahora esta serie en Chapter Books sobre mujeres que sobresalieron, lucharon y se levantaron contra viento y marea, como Diana Taurasi. Cuando Diana Taurasi era pequeña, el baloncesto femenino profesional no existía en los Estados Unidos. Pero se esforzó mucho para crear oportunidades para sí misma, ganó campeonatos de baloncesto en la universidad, eventualmente jugó para la WNBA con los Phoenix Mercury y también ganó múltiples medallas de oro olímpicas. En este libro biográfico escrito por la galardonada autora Mónica Brown, los lectores aprenderán sobre la increíble vida de Diana Taurasi y cómo ella persistió. ¡El libro incluye una introducción de Chelsea Clinton, ilustraciones en blanco y negro y una lista de maneras en que los lectores pueden seguir los pasos de Diana Taurasi y así marcar la diferencia! ¡Y no te pierdas los demás libros de la serie She Persisted, con muchas más mujeres que persistieron, como Coretta Scott King, Harriet Tubman, Sonia Sotomayor, Malala Yousafzai y otras más!
Mission Possible Young Reader's Edition: Go Create a Life That Counts
By Tim Tebow. 2023
The New York Times bestselling author and athlete challenges young Christians to find their mission and pursue a bold, bright,…fulfilling life.Do you struggle with self-defeating thoughts? I&’m too young. I&’m not good at anything. Remember that dumb mistake I made last week? My life doesn&’t matter.If so, you&’re not alone. The Enemy wants you to believe you&’re here by accident or have nothing to offer. But that&’s a lie. God has a special plan and purpose for your life. Through your interests, talents, and faith, you can make a positive difference in the world right where you are…right now! Part of the fun is discovering your mission-driven superpowers. While you can&’t fix every problem, God can. With His help, you can bring light to a world that has grown dark and cold.Having a clear impression of your unique, God-given significance provides a sense of purpose that turns an ordinary life into an extraordinary one. So let&’s get started! It&’s never too early to step into your mission-possible life.
Boundless (Scholastic Focus)
By Chaunté Lowe. 2023
World champion high jumper Chaunté Lowe writes the captivating story of her journey from an impoverished childhood full of big…dreams and devastating hurdles, to becoming a bronze medal-winning US Olympian.Everything seemed set against Chaunté Lowe. Growing up with a single mother in Paso Robles, California, where she experienced food insecurity, homelessness, and domestic abuse, Chaunté couldn't imagine a future that offered a different sort of life. But then, one day, she turned on the TV and there was Flo Jo, competing in the Olympics and shattering records in track and field. Almost immediately, Chaunté knew what she wanted to do. She started running.With the help of a small community of friends, family, and coaches, Chaunté worked as hard as she could - both in the classroom and out on the sports field - and through her own fierce determination and grit, she overcame every imaginable obstacle, eventually propelling herself to the place she always dreamed about: the Olympic medal podium.Boundless is a story that will move anyone who's ever had a big dream, ever dared to hope for a better future, and ever believed that nothing was impossible. In her own words, Chaunté presents her remarkable and inspiring story of loss and survival, perseverance and hope.
Last On His Feet: Jack Johnson And The Battle Of The Century
By Adrian Matejka, Youssef Daoudi. 2023
A groundbreaking graphic portrait of boxing legend Jack Johnson, Last On His Feet offers a front-row seat to the Battle…of the Century. On the morning of July 4, 1910, thousands of boxing fans stormed a newly built stadium in Reno, Nevada, to witness an epic showdown. Jack Johnson, the world’s first Black heavyweight champion—and most infamous athlete in the world because of his race—was paired against Jim Jeffries, a former heavyweight champion then heralded as the “great white hope.” It was the height of the Jim Crow era, and spectators were eager for Jeffries to restore the racial hierarchy that Johnson had pummeled with his quick fists. Transporting readers directly into the ring, artist Youssef Daoudi and poet Adrian Matejka intersperse dramatic boxing action with vivid flashbacks to reveal how Johnson, the self-educated son of formerly enslaved parents, reached the pinnacle of sport—all while facing down a racist justice system. Through a combination of breathtaking illustrations and striking verse, Last on His Feet honors a contentious civil rights figure who has for more than a century been denied his proper due.
All Roads Home: A Life On and Off the Ice
By Stephen Brunt, Bryan Trottier. 2022
NATIONAL BESTSELLERA poignant and inspiring memoir of the people and challenges that shaped the life and career of Canada's most…decorated Indigenous athlete.Over the course of his incredible career, Bryan Trottier set a new standard of hockey excellence. A seven-time Stanley Cup champion (four with the New York Islanders, two with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and one as an assistant coach with the Colorado Avalanche), Trottier won countless awards and is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. In 2017, he was named one of the NHL's Top 100 Players of All Time.Trottier grew up in Val Marie, Saskatchewan, the son of a Cree/Chippewa/Metis father and an Irish-Canadian mother. All Roads Home offers a poignant, funny, wise, and inspiring look at his coming of age, both on and off the ice. It is a unique memoir in which Trottier shares stories about family, friends, teammates, and coaches, the lessons that he has learned from them, and the profound impact they have had in shaping the person he has become.Some of the incredible characters featured in the book include Trottier's father Buzz; legendary Islanders coach Al Arbour; teammates Clark Gillies and Mike Bossy; and the Penguins' Mario Lemieux, to name but a few. He'll also talk about the high school English teacher and guidance counsellor who helped him develop self-confidence and encouraged him as a writer: Governor General's Award–winning poet, Lorna Crozier.All Roads Home will also include a Foreword from bestselling author Jesse Thistle (From the Ashes) and two very special Afterwords: one from Trottier's daughter, Lindsy Ruthven, and the other from his life-long friend, beloved hockey great Dave "Tiger" Williams.
Jay Glazer—a top NFL insider on Fox NFL Sunday, an MMA coach, actor, and a veteran advocate and founder of MVP (Merging Vets…and Players)—offers honest, in your face advice and insights gleaned from his fight through depression and anxiety, his successful careers in NFL journalism and business, as well as his work with military vets struggling with PTSD; the result is a relentless, unapologetic, and no-nonsense approach to overcoming your self-doubts, fears, and excuses… with the goal of becoming Unbreakable.In Unbreakable, Jay Glazer talks directly to you, his teammates, and shares his truth. All the success from his screeching-and-swerving joy ride through professional football, the media, the MMA fighting world, Hollywood, the military-warrior community, comes with a side of relentless depression and anxiety. Living in the gray, as Jay calls it, is just a constant for him. And, in order to work through and work better, Jay knows he has to keep going, to be of service, to believe in himself when no one else will, and be stronger, tougher, and more dedicated than anyone. Unbreakable is his story of how he has done this in all of his many endeavors—a relentless insider who won’t quit talking or take his foot off the gas, whether detailing how he got his big break inside the NFL (it involves a friendship with Michael Strahan that seems too unlikely even for Hollywood) or helping veterans fight for their lives in gyms around the country or playing himself on the hit show Ballers, Jay’s ability to laugh at himself and take on his mental struggles has given him a clarity, toughness, and openness that few people can rival.Throughout Unbreakable, Jay will use his stories—featuring some of the biggest, baddest, and most fascinating characters in the public eye today—to tackle the toughest subjects by making you laugh. He will also use them as motivation to outline a prescriptive plan for you to get to the top of your game, whatever your game is, and to stop making excuses. He will show you how to use your insecurities, your own battles with mental health, to get where you need to go, scars and all. Especially scars and all.
The Education of Kendrick Perkins: A Memoir
By Kendrick Perkins. 2023
The Education of Kendrick Perkins is an intimate memoir about race, fatherhood, and basketball, from former NBA player and outspoken…cultural critic, Kendrick "Perk" Perkins. At age eighteen, Kendrick Perkins left his grandparents' run-down yellow house in Beaumont, Texas for the last time. Sure, he'd traveled the country for camps and tournaments. He'd banged and bruised with the biggest and most skilled players the amateur basketball world had to offer. But he'd always come back home. In this powerful and intimate memoir, readers follow Perkins on his journey from small-town Texas athlete to the NBA.Both on and off the court, Perk gained a reputation for his candor and conviction--his unabiding sense of right and wrong. Now he tells all, offering the sports insights for which he has become a stellar ESPN commentator, and for the first time ever, sharing frank opinions about racial justice, political consciousness, and fatherhood. Years spent playing against and alongside giants like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James helped shape Perk's athleticism, but this is a story all his own, the story of an education.
Round Zero: Inside the NFL Draft
By Andy Phillips. 2023
The must-read comprehensive inside look into the NFL Draft, football's most fascinating and integral piece of its puzzle.Millions of people…watching globally, hundreds of hopeful athletes and their families on pins and needles waiting, and billion-dollar football franchises making strategic decisions--the NFL Draft is a BIG deal. Round Zero is a close look at one of sport's most thrilling procedure. As a player for the Green Bay Packers and writer for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Andy Phillips fills Round Zero with revealing anecdotes and unexpected insights from coaches, general managers, agents, players, and more leading up to and during the Draft itself.This behind-the-scenes look aims to capture the big event beyond its grand pageantry and multi-million-dollar deals.
Straight Shooter: A Memoir of Second Chances and First Takes
By Stephen A. Smith. 2023
America’s most popular sports media figure tells it like it is in this surprisingly personal book, not only dishing out…his signature, uninhibited opinions but also revealing the challenges he overcame in childhood as well as at ESPN, and who he really is when the cameras are off. <p><p>Stephen A. Smith has never been handed anything, nor was he an overnight success. Growing up poor in Queens, the son of Caribbean immigrants and the youngest of six children, he was a sports-obsessed kid who faced a number of struggles, from undiagnosed dyslexia to getting enough cereal to fill his bowl. As a basketball player at Winston-Salem State University, he got a glimmer of his true calling when he wrote a newspaper column arguing for the retirement of his own Hall of Fame coach, Clarence Gaines. Smith hustled and rose up from a high school reporter at Daily News (New York) to a general sports columnist at The Philadelphia Inquirer in the 1990s, before getting his own show at ESPN in 2005. After he was unceremoniously fired from the network in 2009, he became even more determined to fight for success. He got himself rehired two years later and, with his razor-sharp intelligence and fearless debate style, found his role on the show he was destined to star in: First Take, the network’s flagship morning program. <p><p>In Straight Shooter, Smith writes about the greatest highs and deepest lows of his life and career. He gives his thoughts on Skip Bayless, Ray Rice, Colin Kaepernick, the New York Knicks, the Dallas Cowboys, and former President Donald Trump. But he also pulls back the curtain and talks about life beyond the set, sharing authentic stories about his negligent father, his loving mother, being a father himself, his battle with life-threatening COVID-19, and what he really thinks about politics and social issues. He does it all with the same intelligence, humor, and charm that has made him a household name. Provocative, moving, and eye-opening, this book is the perfect gift for lovers of sports, television, and anyone who likes their stories delivered straight to the heart. <p> <b>New York Times Bestseller</b>