Thursday, August 2, 2012

Olympics and Beyond

Olympic fever has turned the thoughts of the Ravenous Readers reviewers to our favorite books and films that spotlight the "sporting life."  Enjoy them all year long.

As Good As Gold: 1 woman, 9 sports, 10 countries, and a 2-year quest to make the summer Olympics by Kathryn Bertine.  This hilarious account documents an elite triathlete's attempts to qualify for the 2008 Olympics. 

Born to Run: a hidden tribe, superathletes, and the greatest race the world has never seen by Christopher McDougall.  Secrets of the world's greatest distance runners--the Tarahumara Indians of Copper Canyon, Mexico and a fifty mile race. 

The Sportswriter by Richard Ford.  A fictional account of a man who chooses to be a sportswriter instead of a novelist.  



  1. My 22 yr. old son read this over a year ago, began running, joined a few running groups in the SD area, became an ultralight runner-ran the Grand Canyon, several marathons at 45-50 mi. a day. It CHANGED his life. He hopes to be able to run forever. He took everything in this book to heart-tells me I should start running; "the best runners are in their 60's" he says.

  2. Nope. Best runners are in their seventies. Just sayin'. ;)


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