The Best American Sports Writing 2011 [NOOK Book]

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The Best American Sports Writing 2011

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Overview

The Best American Series®

First, Best, and Best-Selling

The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume’s series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected—and most popular—of its kind.

The Best American Sports Writing 2011 includes

Paul Solotaroff, Sally Jenkins, Wells Tower, John McPhee, David Dobbs, Wright Thompson, P. J. O’Rourke, Selena Roberts, and others

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"Sports journalism is in the middle of an identity crisis," writes Leavy (The Last Boy) in the 21st edition of this leading sports anthology. That explains the diverse range of material here, which includes stories about a Canadian hockey school that teaches young players how to fight, the evolution of the Madden NFL video game, as well as reporting about USA Swimming's sex scandal, and a posthumous profile of transgendered Los Angeles Times sports reporter Mike Penner/Christine Daniels. These 29 selections represent the changing face of sports journalism in an era when the Internet instantly delivers scores and highlights, and requires writers to dig deeper for relevant stories. "Long-form sports stories are flourishing in new soil," according to Leavy, who has chosen lengthy pieces from the ESPN and Deadspin web sites. Some stories are only peripherally related to sports, such as Sterry Butcher's "Gentling Cheatgrass" about the art of taming a mustang, Wright Thompson's masterful intertwining of Franklin Lobos's dual life as an aging Chilean soccer star and one of 33 trapped miners in "Above and Beyond," and "Fetch Daddy a Drink," P.J. O'Rourke's ode to hunting dogs. Despite some duds, sports writing is alive and well. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547678474
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/4/2011
  • Series: Best American Sports Writing Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 703,152
  • File size: 475 KB

Meet the Author

JANE LEAVY is an award-winning former sportswriter and feature writer for the Washington Post. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy and The Last Boy: Micky Mantle and the End of America's Childhood.

GLENN STOUT is the author of Young Woman and the Sea and Fenway 1912.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    Some duds? Try about three or four. Worst edition ever!

    Some duds? Try about three or four. Worst edition ever!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2011

    The Best American Sports Writing

    This was a gift...Do not know how it reads, but it looked interesting.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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