Sport literature is never just about sport. The genre's potential to explore the human condition, including aspects of violence, gender, and the body, has sparked the interest of writers, readers, and scholars. Over the last decade, a proliferation of sport literature courses across the continent is evidence of the sophisticated and evolving body of work developing in this area. Writing the Body in Motion offers introductory essays on the most commonly taught Canadian sport literature texts. The contributions sketch the state of current scholarship, highlight recurring themes and patterns, and offer close readings of key works. Organized chronologically by source text, ranging from Shoeless Joe (1982) to Indian Horse (2012), the essays offer a variety of ways to read, consider, teach, and write about sport literature.
Sports and recreation
- Author:Abdou, Angie, 1969-, Dopp, Jamie, 1957-Summary:
- Author:Robinson, RogerSummary:
Robinson takes readers on a globe-trotting tour that combines a historian's insight with vivid personal memories going back to just after World War II. From experiencing the 1948 "Austerity Olympics" in London as a young spectator to working as a journalist in the Boston Marathon media center at the moment of the 2013 bombings, Robinson offers a fascinating first-person account of the tragic and triumphant moments that impacted the world and shaped the modern sport. He chronicles the beginnings of the American running boom, the emergence of women's running, the end of the old amateur rules, and the redefinition of aging for athletes and amateurs. With an intimate perspective and insightful reporting, Robinson captures major historical events through the lens of running. He recounts running in Berlin at the time of German reunification in 1990, organizing a replacement track meet in New Zealand after the disastrous 2011 earthquake, and the triumph of Ethiopian athlete Abebe Bikila in the 1960 Olympics in Rome. As an avid runner, journalist, and fan, Robinson brings these global events to life and reveals the intimate and powerful ways in which running has intersected with recent history.
- Author:Braverman, BlairSummary:
By the time Blair Braverman was eighteen, she had left her home in California, moved to arctic Norway to learn to drive sled dogs, and found work as a tour guide on a glacier in Alaska. Determined to carve out a life as a "tough girl"--a young woman who confronts danger without apology--she slowly developed the strength and resilience the landscape demanded of her.
- Author:Hanstock, BillSummary:
Sports journalist Bill Hanstock pulls back the curtain to give a smart fan's account of WWE and Vince McMahon's journey to the top. Untangling the truth behind the official WWE storyline, Hanstock does a deep dive into key moments of the company's history, from the behind-the-scenes drama at the Montreal Screwjob, to the company's handling of the Jimmy Snuka scandal, to the real story of the Monday Night Wars.
- Author:Tomlinson, Sarah, Glazer, JaySummary:
Jay Glazer shares insights gleaned from his fight through depression and anxiety, providing a relentless, unapologetic, and no-nonsense approach to overcoming your self-doubts, fears, and excuses.
- Author:Christie, JackSummary:
This concise, thorough, and easy-to-use guide gives readers all the information they need to enjoy the Whistler area’s incredible range of year-round recreational opportunities. It features detailed descriptions of camping, hiking, paddling, and other summer activities, along with winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. Detailed trail maps are provided for each location. Destination highlights, informative sidebars, and author Jack Christie’s insider tips on his favorite spots are provided throughout.
- Author:Leach, ReggieSummary:
“It all comes down to making the right life choices,” says the NHL’s legendary Reggie Leach, and this intimate biography lays bare the decisions that led him to become one of the best snipers in hockey history. Nicknamed the Riverton Rifle for his thrilling speed and deadly shooting skills, Leach overcame a childhood marked by poverty and racism to rise through the NHL, playing for the Stanley Cup-winning 1975 Philadelphia Flyers. Through Leach’s own recollections, The Riverton Rifle traces his trajectory from humble beginnings to NHL stardom, and follows the dramatic fall caused by his drinking problem and his subsequent rebirth as a successful businessman, family man, and pillar of the Aboriginal community.
- Author:Brown, TimSummary:
Tim Brown won the Heisman Trophy at Notre Dame and starred in the NFL for seventeen seasons. He left the game as a Los Angeles and Oakland Raiders legend and one of the most respected men in sports, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015. Now "Mr. Raider" shares his amazing journey-the triumphs, the heartbreaks, the struggles with women, Al Davis, and God-as well as the principles and priorities that made him the man he is today. Much more than a sports memoir, The Making of a Man reveals how faith, family, honor, and integrity have everything to do with true manhood and a life well-lived. Whether you are a rabid fan or have little interest in football, a young boy or already facing the fourth quarter of your life, these pages will both challenge and inspire you to become the man you've always known you could be.
- Author:Sheridan, SamSummary:
Sam Sheridan has an impressive, diverse set of skills, but when he had his son, he was beset with nightmares about being unable to protect him. Sam decided to face his fears head-on, embarking on a quest to gain as many skills as possible in preparation for the apocalypse.
- Author:Downey, AllanSummary:
Lacrosse has been a central element of Indigenous cultures for centuries, but once non-Indigenous players entered the sport, it became a site of appropriation--then reclamation--of Indigenous identities. The Creator's Game focuses on the history of lacrosse in Indigenous communities from the 1860s to the 1990s, exploring Indigenous-non-Indigenous relations and Indigenous identity formation. While the game was being appropriated in the process of constructing a new identity for the nation-state of Canada, it was also being used by Indigenous peoples to resist residential school experiences, initiate pan-Indigenous political mobilization, and articulate Indigenous sovereignty. This engaging and innovative book provides a unique view of Indigenous self-determination and nationhood in the face of settler-colonialism.
- Author:Zinsser, NathanielSummary:
The Director of West Point's Performance Psychology Program shares the secrets of mental toughness and self-belief in this new definitive guide to building and mastering confidence.
- Author:Becker, HelaineSummary:
This comprehensive compendium of fun activities and games will help kids stay active and enjoy all that the outdoors have to offer. It is full of handy how-tos for fun things to make and do for every kind of kid. Whether at the local park or on a camping trip, around the town or in the country, or even inside on a rainy day, kids won't need a lot of special materials or too much planning to be able to enjoy these engaging activities. Grades 3-6.
- Author:Kotler, StevenSummary:
Steven Kotler decodes the secrets of those elite performers--athletes, artists, scientists, CEOs and more--who have changed our definition of the possible, teaching us how we too can stretch far beyond our capabilities, making impossible dreams much more attainable for all of us.
- Author:Gray, JimSummary:
Jim Gray explores his career in sports broadcasting and the inside stories and memorable moments of the famous legends he has covered.
- Author:Vlessides, Michael, Stroud, LesSummary:
From the sun-scorched sands of the Kalahari to the snake-infested jungles of the Amazon, Les Stroud has made a life of surviving in the harshest, and most remote, regions on Earth. Whether seasoned in the outdoor arts or new to adventuring, everyone will learn something from this book.
- Author:Shea, GerrySummary:
Located in south-central British Columbia and situated between the Cascade and Columbia mountain ranges, the Southern Okanagan Valley extends from Kelowna to Osoyoos. Popular Day Hikes: South-Central Okanagan describes 35 accessible treks around Kelowna, West Kelowna and Westside Road as well as Penticton, Naramata, Oliver, Osoyoos, Summerland, Peachland and Keremeos. Featuring robust vineyards, fruit orchards, desert-like grasslands, rich marshes, ponderosa pine forests, towering cliffs, large lakes, salmon streams, modest peaks and a tremendous diversity of animal and plant life, this stunning and diverse area is rich with dozens of unique hiking routes. Some of the trips included are: Angel Springs, Cedar Mountains, Knox Mountain Park, Black Knight Mountain, Canyon Falls, Lost Lake Trail, McDougall Rim Viewpoints, Rose Valley Regional Park, Skaha Bluffs, Rock Ovens Park, Ellis Ridge Trail, Keremeos Columns. Each hike includes: detailed directions to trailheads colour maps and photographs seasonal information round-trip distances trail commentary difficulty ratings.
- Author:Gordon, DevinSummary:
Journalist and editor Devin Gordon takes a humorous, clear-headed look at the New York Mets to see how one team above all others has perfected the art of losing, yet remains beloved by millions. He tells the story of the franchise's history through the prism of the Mets' singular gift. Featuring exclusive interviews with beloved Mets, including Mike Piazza, Ron Darling, and Mackey Sasser, longtime Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen, and long-suffering Mets fans like Jimmy Kimmel, Gordon offers fresh insight into winning, losing, and what it means to be a sports fan.
- Author:Robertson, SheilaSummary:
On December 27, 1979, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, a distant land unknown to most Canadians. A crucial fall-out was the American-led boycott of the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow, which Canada eventually joined, forcing 212 Canadian athletes to shelve their Olympic dreams, some temporarily, many forever. For the athletes, there was and is sadness at a missed opportunity to excel on the Olympic stage and disappointment that their sacrifice was but a token response, still largely unacknowledged. As well, Canadian youth were robbed of a generation of role models, with important implications on Canada’s international performances for many years. Shattered Hopes is an oral history of key players, including 8 decision makers, 5 national team coaches, 2 senior administrators, 2 Canadian team personnel, and 24 of Canada’s best Olympic athletes.
- Author:Buckley, JamesSummary:
Features info about all of the top athletes, championships, and legends from major and secondary sports, including favorite stars in baseball, basketball, football, and more.
- Author:Manson, AinslieSummary:
As Rick Hansen wheels around the globe on his incredible Man in Motion World Tour, the children he meets are encouraged to dream their own dreams and work to make them come true. Readers also discover little-known facts about the great journey. They learn that Rick wheeled the equivalent of three marathons a day and went through 94 pairs of gloves. And they learn about the gift of a song that Rick and his team sang or hummed mile after mile. The lively text and enchanting illustrations combine to bring to life Rick's amazing feat and the impact it has had on children everywhere. Roll On is an inspirational story for any child who has had to overcome a disability, has a friend or sibling who lives with a disability, or who has big dreams for life.