College Football

Running backs, rivalries, and the royalty of the storied gridiron.



End Zone

By Don DeLillo


West Texas is a hotbed of tough-guy football, and National Book Award-winning author DeLillo's second novel captures every overly-loud grunt of it --  while hilariously commenting on the muddled metaphorical line between war and football games. And what other writer would give us the tale through the eyes of a nuclear war-obsessesed, anxiety-riddled running back?




Rites of Autumn: The Story of College Football

By Richard Whittingham


This oversize companion book to a 10-episode ESPN series of the same name from 2001 holds up mightily on its own. Stuffed with lists, anecdotes, charts, photos, and factoids, it offers a comprehensive overview of decades college football and the mythic figures who have coached and battled on the field.





50 Years of College Football: A Modern History of America's Most Colorful Sport

By Bob Boyles


The encyclopedic Modern History catalogs every detail of college football from 1955 through the 2007 NFL Draft, including a slew of starting lineups, career statistics, AP Polls, award winners, and key game recaps (more than 6,500, in fact). Rounding it out are a hundred-plus profiles of the game's most significant figures from that era.





Gridiron Glory

By Barry Wilner


As the officers-to-be of West Point and the Naval Academy prepare themselves to defend our country, their training includes a ritual immersion in one of America’s biggest college-football rivalries, the Army-Navy Game. Barry Wilner opens the door on this century-old rivalry’s pageantry, tradition, and greatest moments and players.






The 100-Yard War : Inside the 100-Year-Old Michigan-Ohio State Football Rivalry

By Greg Emmanuel


These two schools first went at each other on the football field in 1897 and have since developed a rivalry so severe that two whole states get involved. Emmanuel not only chronicles the many clashes between these two squads, but shares insight into the meaning and passion of these annual events.

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.