"Garden of Dreams" and
Other Special Reads
Frommer on Sports
George Kalinsky is one of the most honored and
celebrated sports photographers ever. His newest effort "Garden of
Dreams" (Abrams, $35.00,224 pages has many spectacular images of
Madison Square Garden history and icons Kalinsky has shot and known like
Ali, Sinatra, Garland, Gretzky.
A highly interesting complement to the terrific photos is a bevy of
commentaries from more than two dozen legendary types who have either
witnessed or been participants to "Garden life". These include Billy
Crystal, Bill Bradley, Woody Allen, Peggy Fleming, Spike Lee, etc.
Another Dodger book? Yes, but a special one. "The Dodgers 120 Years of
Dodgers Baseball" by Glenn Stout (Houghton Mifflin, $35.00, 480 pages,
is a massive tome of all things relevant about the team in words and
pictures carefully chosen. The book is a worthy work to underscore the
120th anniversary of the franchise. One of the special aspects of the
work is that it covers both the Los Angeles Dodgers and Brooklyn Dodgers
all in one sweeping story.
For holiday gift giving, for browsing, for that special place on your
coffee table - pick up "Lance Armstrong: Images of a Champion" with
250 full color photographs by Graham Watson (Rodale Books, $35.00,
$49.95). The book showcases Armstrong competing, relaxing, in his
universe of friends, family, coaches, and the cycling fraternity.
For those who can't get enough football reading there are many new books
out there aimed at all tastes, all eras. "Patriot Reign" by former
Boston Globe columnist - Michael Holley(Morrow $23.95, 240 pages) gives
insights and anecdotes galore into the NFL's newest dynasty and gets
into National Football League culture in a big way. "The Heisman" by
Bill Pennington (Regan Books/HarperCollins, $25.95, 347 pages) profiles
an interesting collection of trophy winners ranging from Glenn Davis, a
1945 star for Army through Jim Plunkett who made his mark with Stanford
in 1970 to Ricky Williams who grabbed the headlines at the University of
Texas in 1998.
Brand new paperbacks include the entertaining memoir "Do You Love
Football?!" by John Gruden (Perennial/HarperCollins ($13.95, 246 pages)
and "Blood Sundays" by Mike Freeman (Perennial/HarperCollins, $13.95,
302 pages), a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at NFL life.
From Taylor Trade Publishers comes two winning tomes. There is "Natural
Enemies" by John Kryk ($26.95, 318 pages) which gets inside the fierce
and historic rivalry between Notre Dame and Michigan. There is "Bart
Starr" by David Claerbaut ($24.95, 224 pages). The book is a bio of the
former Green Bay great and also a very inspirational story of what grit
and drive can accomplish. Nice guys, in this case, do finish first.
"The Game of the Century" by Michael Corcoran (Simon and Schuster,
$22.95, 191 pages) is a slim but fascinating take on Nebraska against
Oklahoma on November 25, 1971. The author interviewed players, coaches,
reporters and witnesses to the game and serves up a re-imagination and
re-creation of that epic contest.
Golf book readers should seek out "In Search of Tiger" by Ian Stafford
(Lyons Press, $19.95, 295 pages) and "The Grand Slam" by Mark Frost
(Hyperion, $30.00, 512 pages). The Stafford book is a whirlwind ride
through the universe of golf - funny, insightful, for all those consumed
by the sport. The Frost narrative is compelling, very well researched,
a social history that paints a vivid portrait of golfing great Bobby
Jones and his times.
Easy and enjoyable reading is "Baseball's Good Guys" by Marshall J. Cook
and Jack Walsh (SportsPublishing, $24.95, 261 pages). Narratives focus
on such as Joe Torre, Derek Jeter, Vin Scully, Tommy John, etc.
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