MARION JONES and Other Sensational Reads
Frommer on Sports
Marion Jones is a name in the news. The fastest
woman on earth has had to field charges and counter-charges as regards
her involvement with drugs and there is also the issue of the BALCO
steroid investigation. A lightning rod, it seems, on and off the
athletic field, Marion Jones cannot shun the spotlight. Now we have what
is called her "Illustrated Autobiography."
Marion Jones: Life in the Fast Lane - by Marion Jones, Kate Sekules,
Dante Ambrosio (Editor) (Time Warner, $24.95, 224 pages) goes to the
high ground in words and captivating photographs.
There are insights into this very exciting athlete's life -how she has
struggled all her life with the issue of her father's abandonment, her
thoughts on how and why there has been such an explosion in women's
athletics during the past ten years or so, all kinds of track issues,
serious athletic commitment. The first woman to collect five track and
field medals in one Olympics,
For fans of Marion, for fans of track and field, for all those
interested in complex self portraits - Marion Jones: Life in the Fast
Lane - is for you.
"Bringing Yoga to Life" by Donna Farhi (Harper San Francisco, $21.95,
250 pages) is a true guide book for using yoga to shape your life. A
respected teacher with a couple of decades of experience, Farhi in clear
prose explains the role of yoga in everyday life.
"Wry Stories on the Road Hole" by Sidney L Matthew (Sleeping Bear Press,
$22.00, 141 pages) is a winning but high priced look at the 17th hole at
With the NCAA hoops hoopla now well behind all of us for the moment,
there's an interesting book out there that almost functions as an
exclamation point. "Heroes" by David Shields (University of Nebraska
Press, $16.95, 335 pages) is an absorbing novel about college
basketball. And from the same publisher - there is "They Cleared the
Lane by Ron Thomas ($14.95, 276 pages, paper) - focused on the first NBA
black players like Bill Russell, Maurice Stokes, etc. There is a very
useful chronology and a nice chapter on the trail blazing legacy of
"Caddy For Life - The Bruce Edwards Story" by John Feinstein
(Little Brown, $25.95, 300 pages 400 pages) is a very moving,
bittersweet and unusual book about Tom Watson's lifelong (30 or so
"Pipe Dreams" by Kelly Slater with Jason Borte ($24.95, 338 pages)
Reagan Books/HarperCollins is a book for dreamers and especially those
interested in the wide world of pro surfing. Six time world champion
Kelly Slater (from Florida no less) takes us front stage and back stage
in the wet and wild World Tour of Surfing. The result is an enchanting
tale of a kid who came from Cocoa Beach to become king of the hill on
thundering walls of water all over the surfing map.
"Bud Sweat and Tears" by Alan Shipnuck (Simon and Schuster, $24.00, 288
pages) is an irreverent look or as its sub-tile proclaims: "a walk on
the wild side of the PGA Tour."
"Thoroughbred Racing's Greatest Day" by Perry Lefko (Taylor, $34.95, 375
pages) is a book that was originally published in 1996. Now in this
update the sportswriter for the Toronto Star covers all the bases in
this brisk and interesting race. Up close and personal look at superstar
trainers jockeys, owners and other personalities form just one layer of
this book that will appeal to fans of thoroughbreds. "All the Sundays
Yet to Come" is one of the more intriguing book titles in quite a while.
It is appropriate for Kathryn Bertine's (Little Brown, $23.95, 304
pages) memoir about the razzle and dazzle of professional ice skating.
Her account of her trek through the back roads of Argentina and Chile in
a broken down bus with the cast of "Hollywood on Ice" is alone worth the
price of the book. For fans of ice skating, for those who love a
compelling tale - "All the Sundays Yet to Come" is highly recommended.
David Thompson was one of the more interesting basketball players of his
time - he was named to the NCAA's All Decade Team of the 1970s. He was
the first pick of the NBA Draft and ABA Draft in 1975. In 1978, he
inked the biggest contract in NBA history. His athleticism, his ability
to seemingly hang suspended in air, earned him the nick-name
"Skywalker." "David Thompson: Skywalker" by its subject along with Sean
Stormes and Marshall Terrill (Sports Publishing, $22.95, 279 pages)
chronicles Thompson's ups and also his downs - alcohol and cocaine
"The Second Mark" by Joy Goodwin (Simon and Schuster, $25.00, 333 pages)
is a look inside the most publicized scandal in Olympic history. This is
an important book that provides many new insights into the need for
reforms in the world of Olympic sports. On the night of February 11,
2002, the Russians edged out the Canadians for the pairs' gold in figure
skating - -on the vote of a single judge. Later that French judge
confessed to voting under pressure. This triggered much debate and
controversy and led to the Canadians being rewarded with a duplicate
gold medal. This is the first book for Joy Goodwin, who has covered
figure skating for ABC Sports since 1999. It is a most successful,
"NBA'S GREATEST" (DK Publishing, $30.00, 160 pages) is one of those
coffee table books one actually wants to keep on the coffee table. Black
and white, archival and full color photos adorn the book's pages which
are short on text. But if NBA hoops is your thing - so is "NBA'S
GREATEST" which covers a lot of ground in sections on greatest players,
duels, teams and coaches and moments.
Now in paperback, "Sex, Lies and Headlocks," by Shaun Asand Mike
Mooneham (Three Rivers Press, $12.95, 266 pages) is all about Vince
McMahon and the rise of the sports of wrestling to its status as billion
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STADIUM was published in 2008 and his REMEMBERING FENWAY PARK: AN ORAL
AND NARRATIVE HISTORY OF THE HOME OF RED SOX NATION was published to
acclaim in 2011. The prolific Frommer is at work on When It Was
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