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The Best American Sports Writing 2011: The Best American Series [Kindle Edition]

Jane Leavy , Glenn Stout
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The Best American Series®

First, Best, and Best-Selling

The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume’s series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected—and most popular—of its kind.

The Best American Sports Writing 2011 includes

Paul Solotaroff, Sally Jenkins, Wells Tower, John McPhee, David Dobbs, Wright Thompson,
P. J. O’Rourke, Selena Roberts, and others



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"Each of these selections transcends its athletic subject...A hit with both sports fans and those who are simply fans of good nonfiction." (Library Journal )

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The Best American Series®

First, Best, and Best-Selling

The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume’s series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected—and most popular—of its kind.

The Best American Sports Writing 2011 includes

Paul Solotaroff, Sally Jenkins, Wells Tower, John McPhee, David Dobbs, Wright Thompson,
P. J. O’Rourke, Selena Roberts, and others

[insert author photo] Jane Leavy is an award-winning former sportswriter and feature writer for the Washington Post. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood and Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy, and of the comic novel Squeeze Play, called "the best novel ever written about baseball" by Entertainment Weekly.

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THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING



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  • File Size: 603 KB
  • Print Length: 387 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; 1 edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LVR6AK
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of an odd assortment January 6, 2012
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Some strange choices here. The year's editor noted that she chose to eliminate a whole set of articles dealing with matters of Tiger Woods' infidelity and other topics because they made no real contribution to the genre, then she chose to include other journalistically insignificant pieces because they gave us a good sense of the happenings of the year in sports--articles, for instance, about voyeuristic swim coaches. What this really means, of course, is that no one really knows where to draw the line anymore between what is sports and what it is not. It's a tough assignment, right down to the last piece (about sportswriter Mike Penner) which had virtually nothing to do with sports, however politically necessary Ms. Leavy deemed its inclusion.

What is good is that the collection, as it does each year, includes some fabulous pieces, deeply telling stories that need depth to be good. "The Surfing Savant," "Danny Way and the Gift of Fear," "The Courage of Jill Costello"--here is where we see beauty in a genre that seems required these days to write about less and less beautiful circumstances.

*Thanks to the publisher, by the way, for bringing this year's edition to the Kindle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I'm a big fan of the series but.... March 15, 2012
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this is by far, in my opinion, the worst since the first one in 1991 (and I have them all). This is one of my annual reading treats, but most of the stories in this are downbeat, dull and have characters with whom it is not easy to empathise, mainly because we don't get a chance to get to know them. Many of the stories barely qualify as sports, and I hope that there will be an improvement in the 2012 edition!! I never thought I'd say this about one of this series, but i definitely would not recommend it.
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25 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Best american sports writing 2011 December 16, 2011
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Do not buy this year's Best American Sports Writing book (2011) The Best American Sports Writing 2011 for anyone you like. I look forward to this book each year for the uplifting and vivid stories about great sports moments and great people. This year's book is not like that at all. Each story is drearier than the last. The stories include: swim coaches peeping and abusing young teen swimmers; football and rugby players raping and mistreating fans and female players; death at the Olympics luge track; and a cheerleader told to cheer for her abuser to name a few. This is not designed as a book for sports lovers. Buy the 2010 edition The Best American Sports Writing 2010 (The Best American Series (R)) instead. It was much more fun to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some very good, but mostly not-so-good... March 25, 2012
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I have a love-hate relationship with sports and athletics. As a parent and a teacher, I am dismayed and outraged at the sense of entitlement and the acceptance within our society of the abuses and excesses that permeates sports at all levels ... and yet as a former athlete and coach, I have first hand experience of the benefits and joy that can also permeate sports at all levels ... thus reading the following anthology was, at times, difficult.

The Best American Sports Writing 2011 ed. Jane Leavy; I almost set this book aside at about halfway through, as it seemed that is was mistitled... The Best American Sports Writing about the Worst in American Sports seemed more appropriate. Stories about hockey schools teaching kids how to fight, multiple stories about entitled male athletes, coaches, and schools mistreating women, athletes in trouble with the law, etc. interspersed with stores about extreme(ly crazy, IMO) sports... and several stories that I wouldn't necessarily even consider being about sports.

But then I read another story that I liked a lot (even though, again, I'm not sure it's actually about 'sports'); Gentling Cheatgrass by Sterry Butcher. That story convinced me to keep reading, and I'm so glad I did! Several inspiring, tear-inducing stories fill the second half of this collection. Old College Try tells the story of Darryl Dawkins and where he is now; Life Goes On is an inspiring story about the death of boxer Paco Rodriguez, and the good that came out of his death; and finally, perhaps the most inspiring of all The Courage of Jill Costello describes Jill Costello's refusal to succumb to the ravages of lung cancer.

Read this collection if you love sports and sports-writing, and if you don't mind alternating between being extremely pissed off at one story and unabashedly crying about the next...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If you are a fan - DON"T BUY April 17, 2012
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I'm a huge fan of the series - been reading for years and have always heartily recommended it to friends.

But this year's collection took a seriously wrong turn.

This is not an edition about sports. It's an edition about women's politics in sports. Not women's sports, which would be great, but women's politics. It's clear that the editor's political preferences dominated her choices.

We read sports stories to get away from politics, to get away from the gender issues and all of that crap. And yeah you can start talking about how gender issues and sports and politics are intertwined and... I stopped listening. It's boring. We don't want to talk about that we want to watch a stupid baseball game.

If you liked 2010 or even better 2009 you will NOT like this collection. Skip it.
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More About the Author

Glenn Stout is the author, editor or ghostwriter of nearly eighty books, including the groundbreaking Boston Globe bestseller Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway's Remarkable First Year, bestsellers Red Sox Century and Yankees Century, and the critically acclaimed Nine Months at Ground Zero, The Best American Sports Writing, and Young Woman and The Sea: How Trudy Ederle Conquered the English Channel and Inspired the Worldand his own award winning juvenile sports biography series - "Good Sports." Glenn is available to make author visits, deliver lectures on the history of Fenway Park and on all aspects of writing. He also serves as Editor of SB Nation Longform, producing high quality longform sports journalism.

Born in Ohio and a graduate of Bard College, Glenn is dual citizen of the United States and Canada and lives in Vermont with his family, two cats, two dogs and one rabbit on Lake Champlain. Before becoming a writer Glenn did construction work, served as a security guard, a painter, and worked in libraries. Glenn invites his readers to his blog, to join his facebook page for The Best American Sports Writing, or to visit his website, glennstout.net. Anyone interested in arranging an "author visit" should query Glenn directly at basweditor@yahoo.com. Follow Glenn @GlennStout

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