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Defining Genre


Sports and leisure activities present in much of the fiction written. Particularly in American high schools, sporting events, such as the big homecoming game, a part of the high school experience. So what makes a book sports fiction?  Simply ask yourself, "Is sports main feature of the book?"  

7 Modern Classics

  1. The Great American Novel by Philip Roth
  2. The Blind Side by Michael Lewis
  3. Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger
  4. The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn
  5. Summerland by Michael Chaban (YA by a Pulitzer Prize winning author!)
  6. Bang the Drum Slowly by Mark Harris
  7. Heaven is a Playground by Rick Telander ("The best basketball book I ever read." ~Barack Obama)

Four People Who Don't Love Sports  

  • The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
  • Beartown by Fredrik Backman
  • Bleachers by John Grisham
  • Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand

Olympic Glory

  • Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens
  • The Boys of Winter by Wayne Coffey
  • The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
  • Fierce by Aly Raisman

The Lone Athlete

  • The Wave by Susan Casey (Surfing)
  • What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami (Running)
  • The Greatest by Muhammad Ali (Boxing)
  • String Theory by David Foster Wallace (Tennis)
  • Thrown by Kerry Howley (mixed martial arts)

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