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Video Book Talk: Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby

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Get Into the Game! Recommended reads about the “beautiful game”

Soccer Rules ExplainedSoccer Rules Explained by Stanley Lover

Much more than a rules reference book, Soccer Rules Explained is an entertaining and enlightening in-depth appreciation of the world’s most popular sport. Internationally recognized soccer authority Stanley Lover expertly covers each of the rules with analysis, historical notes, anecdotes, tips on play, and commentary, while stripping away the dry-as-dust legal language to reveal the energy and beauty of the game. Approximately one hundred photos and illustrations help illuminate all the rules. The result is an engaging, essential primer that can be enjoyed by newcomers and seasoned players alike, and is a must for anyone who wants to better understand the game of soccer.”

Outcasts United: A Refugee Team, An American Town by Warren St. John

“The extraordinary tale of a refugee youth soccer team and the transformation of a small American town. Set against the backdrop of an American town that without its consent had become a vast social experiment, OuOutcasts Unitedtcasts United follows a pivotal season in the life of the Fugees and their charismatic coach. Warren St. John documents the lives of a diverse group of young people as they miraculously coalesce into a band of brothers, while also drawing a fascinating portrait of a fading American town struggling to accommodate its new arrivals. At the center of the story is fiery Coach Luma, who relentlessly drives her players to success on the soccer field while holding together their lives—and the lives of their families—in the face of a series of daunting challenges.”

Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby

“Nick Hornby has beFever Pitchen a soccer fan since the moment he was conceived. Fever Pitch is his tribute to a lifelong obsession. Part autobiography, part comedy, part incisive analysis of insanity, Hornby’s award-winning memoir captures the fever pitch of fandom;its agony and ecstasy, its community, its defining role in thousands of young men’s coming of age stories. Fever Pitch is one for the home team. But above all, it is one for everyone who knows what it really means to have a losing season.”


The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team: An American Success Story by Clemente A. Lisi U.S. Women's Soccer Team

“Beginning with the start of the U.S. program in 1985, Lisi recounts the development of the team, highlighting their two first-place finishes in the Women’s World Cups (1991 and 1999) and three Olympic gold medals (1996, 2004, and 2008). In addition to chronicling the history of the team as a whole, The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team: An American Success Story offers mini profiles and photographs of some of the best players over the years, including Julie Foudy, Amy Rodriguez, Hope Solo, and Mia Hamm.”

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The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care, by T. R. Reid

Other countries have health care systems which cover more people, at less cost, and usually with better results than the American system.  Journalist T. R. Reid traveled the world to examine how they do it: what works, what doesn’t, and what we can learn.  Despite the weighty topic, it’s both a quick read and humorous, with a lot of timely food for thought.

If you prefer the video version, the PBS FRONTLINE documentary which which preceded the book, Sick Around the World, is available online.

And for another discussion of how the experiences of other countries can be helpful, see local author Atul Gawande‘s article earlier this year in the New Yorker, “Getting There from Here.”

Rating:  **** Very, very good
Reviewed by:  stc

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The FDR books Obama reads

What’s on President-elect Obama’s nightstand?  When he mentioned reading a new book about Franklin Roosevelt in a recent “60 Minutes” interview, everyone wondered what he meant.  The New York Times has the full investigative results here.  

For the record, the library owns all the books mentioned in the Times article, sometimes also in large print, paperback, and/or audio.

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