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.
Sports and recreation
- Author:Braverman, BlairSummary:
- 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: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.
- Rapture : fifteen teams, four countries, one NBA championship, and how to find a way to win--damn near anywhereAuthor:Sokolove, Michael Y., Nurse, NickSummary:
Nick Nurse distills the wisdom, insight, and experiences that helped him lead the Toronto Raptors to the NBA championship in his first year as head coach. Given unprecedented access inside the Raptors' locker room, listeners get an intimate study of not only the team culture he has built, but also of a rookie coach's unique dynamic with the star players, such as Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry, and Pascal Siakam, who helped trailblaze the 2019 championship run.
- Author:Davis, WadeSummary:
A captivating new book from Wade Davis—award-winning, best-selling author and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence for more than a decade—that brings vividly to life the story of the great Río Magdalena, illuminating Colombia's complex past, present, and future Travelers often become enchanted with the first country that captures their hearts and gives them license to be free. For Wade Davis, it was Colombia. Now in a masterly new book, Davis tells of his travels on the mighty Magdalena, the river that made possible the nation. Along the way, he finds a people who have overcome years of conflict precisely because of their character, informed by an enduring spirit of place, and a deep love of a land that is home to the greatest ecological and geographical diversity on the planet. As Gabriel García Márquez once wrote during his own pilgrimage on the river: "The only reason I would like to be young again would be the chance to travel again on a freighter going up the Magdalena." Only in Colombia can a traveler wash ashore in a coastal desert, follow waterways through wetlands as wide as the sky, ascend narrow tracks through dense tropical forests, and reach verdant Andean valleys rising to soaring ice-clad summits. This rugged and impossible geography finds its perfect coefficient in the topography of the Colombian spirit: restive, potent, at times placid and calm, in moments explosive and wild. Both a corridor of commerce and a fountain of culture, the wellspring of Colombian music, literature, poetry, and prayer, the Magdalena has served in dark times as the graveyard of the nation. And yet, always, it returns as a river of life. At once an absorbing adventure and an inspiring tale of hope and redemption, Magdalena gives us a rare, kaleidoscopic picture of a nation on the verge of a new period of peace. Braiding together memoir, history, and journalism, Wade Davis tells the story of the country's most magnificent river, and in doing so, tells the epic story of Colombia.
- Author:Windhorst, BrianSummary:
With eight straight trips to the NBA Finals, LeBron James has proven himself one of the greatest basketball players of all time. And like Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan, LeBron has also become a global brand and businessman who has altered the way professional athletes think about their value, maximize their leverage, and use their voice. Brian Windhorst tells the story of James' journey down the path to becoming a billionaire sports icon--his successes, failures, and the lessons both have taught him along the way.
- Author:Christopher, MattSummary:
This biography gives listeners a courtside view of one of basketball's greatest legends as it traces Kobe's life from childhood to his five NBA championships to his successful career outside of the game to his tragic death.
- Author:Mann, Barney ScoutSummary:
Thru hiker Barney Scout Mann spins a tale of six hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2007 as they walk from Mexico to Canada, forming relationships and revealing deep secrets.
- Author:Northcroft, JonathanSummary:
How one small town club took on, triumphed over, and utterly confounded the financial behemoths of English soccer: this is Leicester City.
- Author:Coburn, BroughtonSummary:
A team of climbers and filmmakers set out to make photographic history and come face-to-face with disaster.
- Author:Finn, JonathanSummary:
In the 1880s photographers and sports enthusiasts confidently declared the end of dead heats in sporting competition. Reflecting a broader social belief in technology, proponents of the camera stressed that the device could provide definitive proof of who won and who lost. Yet despite this remedy for the inadequate human eye, competitive races between horses, boats, and bicycles ended too close to call a sole champion. More than a century later, when cameras can subdivide the second into ten-thousandths and beyond, athletes continue to cross the finish line in ties. In this fascinating journey through the history of the photo-finish in sports, Jonathan Finn shows how innovation was animated by a drive for ever more precise tools and a quest for perfect measurement. As he traces the technological developments inspired by this crusade - from the evolution of the still camera to movie cameras, ultimately leading to complex contemporary photo-finish systems - Finn uncovers the social implications of adopting and contesting the photograph as evidence in sport. At every turn empirical obsession intersects with the unpredictability of sports, creating a paradox wherein the precision offered by photo-finish technology far exceeds the realities of human performance and its measurement. Separating athletes by the hundredth, thousandth, or ten-thousandth of a second is often a fiction that comes with significant material and cultural implications. A lively biography of a critical technology, Beyond the Finish Line illuminates the cultural role of the photo-finish in win-at-all-costs culture and warn that in our pursuit for precision we may threaten the human element of sport that galvanizes mere spectators into fans.
- Author:Roberts, David, Honnold, AlexSummary:
A thirty-year-old climbing phenomenon, Alex Honnold pushes the limits of free soloing beyond anything previously attempted. If he falls, he dies. Honnold recounts the seven most astonishing achievements thus far in his meteoric career.
- Author:Berkman, SethSummary:
Two weeks before the 2018 Winter Olympics, South Korea's women's hockey team was forced into a predicament that no president, ambassador, or general had been able to resolve. Against all odds, the group of young women were able to bring North and South Korea closer than ever before. In this book, Seth Berkman goes behind the scenes to tell the story of these young women.