Saturday, December 21, 2013

Seven top books for sports fans

Claire Zulkey is a writer who lives in Chicago.  Her books include the novel An Off Year. She also edits the aptly named website,

At The Barnes & Noble Book Blog Zulkey tagged seven books for sports fans, including:
Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile, by Nate Jackson

Football took a major hit this year (get it?) with the Frontline investigation on the tragic results that can come from too many tackle-related concussions, and the NFL’s Big Tobacco–like denial of any knowledge of such problems. On the other hand, this story was a bit like a pebble thrown at Goliath, considering the recent NPR story discussing the fact that Monday Night Football is such a huge ratings event, even a game between the two worst players in the league would out-earn viewers on any other show. While Jackson may not go down in the record books as a player, he’s received praise for this plainspoken look at the grind of life in professional football.
Read about another book on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue