Aug 5, 2013 — Do big league hitters have naturally faster reflexes? Are African-Americans predisposed to be better athletes? In his new book, Sports Illustrated's David Epstein says science now has answers — or at least insights — to all these questions.
Aug 5, 2013 — Earlier this summer, NPR's Backseat Book Club — our book club for young readers — asked you to weigh in on your favorite books for kids age 9-14. We heard from more than 2,000 of you, and our expert panel has whittled your hundreds and hundreds of nominations down to a list of 100 great reads.
Mar 28, 2013 — Athletes used to lead the charge for social change all the time, but as sports figures started making more in endorsement deals, their politics sometimes took a backseat to their pocketbooks. Sportswriter Dave Zirin's new book is about the uneasy confluence of sports and politics over the years.
Jul 21, 2012 — From the ultimate Olympic reference book to an account of the last London Games, bibliophile cabbie Will Grozier recommends books that put both the 2012 Games and their host city in context.
Jan 18, 2012 — Fiction master E.L. Doctorow returns with short stories, while novelist Cristina Garcia finds intrigue among "lady matadors," and Teju Cole looks afresh at post-Sept. 11 New York. In nonfiction, a mother learns self-acceptance through yoga and an economist explodes conventional wisdom about sports.
Dec 1, 2011 — Award-winning sports journalist John Feinstein explains how he's gotten some of the most talented and temperamental athletes and coaches in the world to talk to him. His book One on One details his conversations with people like Bobby Knight, Tiger Woods and John McEnroe.
Nov 3, 2011 — From the death of a Georgian luger at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics to the mechanics of hockey fights, the best sportswriting can inspire a range of human emotion. Jane Leavy, editor of The Best American Sports Writing 2011 anthology, joins NPR's Neal Conan to share some of her favorite sports stories.
Oct 8, 2011 — The Onion is best-known for its straightforward news coverage, but it also has a thriving sports division that has a new book out.
Jul 20, 2011 — The best sports writing drags readers out of their armchairs and onto the field. Here are five books that do just that — with a few detours into the locker room along the way.
Jan 28, 2011 — Punting the ball on fourth down seems like tried-and-true football wisdom. But the authors of Scorecasting argue that like many sports cliches, this one is based more on perceptions than on hard evidence.