Pumping Granite: And Other Portraits of People at Play

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From rock climbing to rodeo, sumo wrestling to slow-pitch softball, boomerangs to bowling, this collection of articles by one of America’s leading journalists probes the recreational lives of people of all ages. From arctic Alaska to an island in the Bahamas, these pieces crawl into the more remote nooks and crannies of our culture, showing what our sporting passions and obsessions say about us as individuals and as a society. Funky, fascinating, heroic, and compassionate, Pumping Granite is a one-of-a-kind book ...

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Overview

From rock climbing to rodeo, sumo wrestling to slow-pitch softball, boomerangs to bowling, this collection of articles by one of America’s leading journalists probes the recreational lives of people of all ages. From arctic Alaska to an island in the Bahamas, these pieces crawl into the more remote nooks and crannies of our culture, showing what our sporting passions and obsessions say about us as individuals and as a society. Funky, fascinating, heroic, and compassionate, Pumping Granite is a one-of-a-kind book about men, women, and children and the unusual games they play.

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Accounts of some 40 athletes & why they endure their sports. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780896727786
  • Publisher: Texas Tech University Press
  • Publication date: 3/4/2013
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike D’Orso’s award-winning works span subject politics to professional football, racial conflict to environmental destruction, inner-city public education to social justice to spinal cord injury, in settings from Arctic Alaska to the Galapagos Islands to the swamps of rural Florida. He is the author of newspaper and magazine features, as well as sixteen books of narrative nonfiction.

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