If you like basketball, then look for our March Madness display. Not only do we have books about college basketball and the final four, but also about the pro teams and individual biographies. There’s a new Rick Pitino title that should prove popular, Rebound Rules: The Art of Success 2.0, but I also found a few other gems hidden in the stacks.
I’d never envisioned the author of Prince of Tides and Beach Music as being particularly athletic, but My Losing Season by Pat Conroy is his rendition of what happened on the court during his senior year of college at the Citadel. It reads more like a novel than a basketball book, and if you’ve liked his other works, you’ll like this, too. One unexpected tidbit is a reference to his father playing basketball at St. Ambrose, right here in Davenport, Iowa!
Counting Coup: A True Story of Honor and Basketball on the Little Big Horn, by Larry Colton, also reads like fiction. This story is a journalist’s peek into the profound effect of girls’ basketball on an impoverished Crow Indian Reservation in Montana. Though he focuses on one especially talented player, Sharon LaForge, he also brings the reader along into the struggles of her family and her teammates as well.