Between the Pipes
Some goalies are great. Others are intriguing. But only a handful are both. In Between the Pipes, Randi Druzin profiles a dozen of these legendary netminders, honing in on the personality trait that makes each one unique. She paints vivid portraits of men such as Jacques Plante, who refused to stay at The Royal York Hotel in Toronto, and Dominik Hasek, who earned a university degree and mastered chess before making his NHL debut.
This is a storyteller's book, and as such it is also a reader's book. You don't have to be a goaltender to enjoy it; you just have to be a reader who loves words, loves sports and appreciates the sorts of insights that will never be found in 140 characters or less.
Globe and Mail columnist and award-winning author Roy MacGregor, 2013
The Riverton Rifle
Reggie Leach overcame a childhood marked by poverty and racism to rise through the ranks of the NHL and win the Stanley Cup with the Philadelphia Flyers in 1975. This autobiography looks at his career and his life in subsequent years, when he overcame an alcohol addiction to become a successful entrepreneur, family man and a pillar of the Aboriginal community.
"The Riverton Rifle is an amazing read, the classic tale of a young man reaching the pinnacle despite the odds. It's powerful, straightforward, and full of action. Reggie Leach is not just one of the greatest First Nations athletes Canada has ever produced—he's one of the greatest, period. This is a tale for the ages."
— Joseph Boyden, author of The Orenda, 2015
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Women in Sports
Female athletes have been fighting for legitimacy since Ancient Greece, when girls ran in races wearing knee-length tunics that exposed their right breasts. When women exchanged their corsets for bloomers and took up cycling en masse in the late 1800s, the wheels of progress were set in motion. Today, women are active at every level of competition in dozens of sports. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Women in Sports traces opposition to women in sports throughout the ages and catalogues women's trials and triumphs, sport by sport.
The result is, as promised, a fun-filled look at the history of sportswomen through the ages, filled with fascinating facts and trivia, as well as amazing and inspirational stories about the stars we know and the ones we should know.
Lawrence M. Bernabo, Amazon.com, 2003