Author: John Branch
Source: from publisher for review
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Summary: Other than wanting more, I loved everything about this collection of stories about offbeat sports! It really appealed to the part of me that loves learning about unusual jobs.
With the recent exception of some motorsports, I’ve not ever been much of a sports fan. However, I am as susceptible as anyone to a heart-warming sports story. I also love the quirky and the offbeat. This collection of journalist John Branch’s favorite pieces promised to include plenty of both. Sports and competitions that are covered include everything from dog grooming to figure eight racing, horseshoes to rock climbing. Some of the sports I’d never even heard of. Others, I simply knew very little about. Many of the stories, especially the longer ones, were also really moving stories about people. There are a lot of emotions tied up in sports and the author captured this through detailed characterizations of the people involved. Read more »