Tonight is the NCAA men’s basketball championship game. After talking up a few baseball reads yesterday, it seems as though today I should discuss a few books about my favorite sport, basketball. (Even though my Jayhawks did not make the Final Four and basketball is kinda-sorta dead to me right now. I’ll get over it by the time practice starts in October. I always do.)
John Feinstein is the go-to author for books about basketball, but I’m going to skip him and list some less-familiar choices:
One On One, by Tabitha King: This novel about high-school basketball and romance set in a small Maine town has a terrific heroine, Deanie. You can’t help rooting for her. My sister and I discovered this book independently of each other and both loved it, which I always think is cool.
My Life On A Napkin, by Rick Majerus with Gene Wojciechowski: Majerus, former coach at Utah and St. Louis University, died this season of a heart ailment. No score-settling in this sports bio, just lots of great stories.
In These Girls, Hope Is A Muscle, by Madeleine Blais: A great read about a girls high school team in the 1990s.
Do you have a favorite basketball book? Let me know in the comments.