Tennis

Literary power serves.

 


 

The Rivals: Chris Evert vs. Martina Navratilova
Their Epic Duels and Extraordinary Friendship

By Johnette Howard

 

Sixty times these two women met in one championship or another over the course of 16 years. Through extensive interviews with Evert and Navratilova, Johnette Howard unveils the emotion and intensity—on and off the court—at the core of one of sports' greatest rivalries and friendships.

 

 

 

 


 

Levels of the Game

By John McPhee

 

Pulitzer Prize winner and longtime New Yorker writer McPhee obsessively follows an epic 1968 match between Arthur Ashe and Clark Graebner, stroke by emotional stroke. The result brings historical and cultural context to every swing of the racket, and serves up a devastating analysis of the competitive mind at work.

 

 

 


 

A Terrible Splendor: Three Extraordinary Men, a World Poised for War, and the Greatest Tennis Match...

By Marshall Jon Fisher

 

Sports and politics collided when American Don Budge and German Gottfried von Cramm faced off at Wimbledon in 1937. Von Cramm disdained the ruling Nazi Party—and therefore his own survival depended on winning match after match. A Terrible Splendor unfolds the dire consequences that followed when the ace finally stumbled on the court.

 

 

 


 

Open: An Autobiography

By Andre Agassi

 

Agassi hates playing tennis—and always has. You would, too, if you had the maniacal dad Agassi writes about. But Agassi learned that he didn't need to love playing to do his job. Along the way, he tried meth, divorced Brooke Shields, wore a hairpiece, and became one of the defining players of his era.

 

 

 

 


 

Strokes of Genius: Federer, Nadal,
and the Greatest Match Ever Played
 

By L. Jon Wertheim

 

In the 2008 Wimbledon men's finals, five-time winner Roger Federer stepped onto the court against Spain's Rafael Nadal and played what some consider to be one of the finest tennis matches of all time. Sports Illustrated senior writer Wertheim gives readers the point-by-point account in all of its surprising dimensions.

 

 

April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangledeshi mathematician and the haunting crime he's committed barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and ravaged Afghanistan with vinegar-steeped prose recalling the best of George Orwell and Joseph Conrad.

The People's Platform

Why is the Internet - once touted as the democratizer of the future - ruled by a few corporate giants, while countless aspirants work for free? Astra Taylor diagnoses why the web has failed to be a utopian playing field, and offers compelling ways we can diversify the marketplace and give voice to the marginalized.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.