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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 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

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.