Sidecountry : tales of death and life from the back roads of sports
|Format:||Print Book 2021|
|Availability:||Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 6 copies|
New York Times reporter John Branch's riveting, humane pieces about ordinary people doing extraordinary things at the edges of the sporting world have won nearly every major journalism prize. Sidecountry gathers the best of Branch's work for the first time, featuring 20 of his favorites from the more than 2,000 pieces he has published in the paper.
Branch is renowned for covering the offbeat in the sporting world, from alligator hunting to wingsuit flying. Sidecountry features such classic Branch pieces, including "Snow Fall," about downhill skiers caught in an avalanche in Washington state, and "Dawn Wall," about rock climbers trying to scale Yosemite's famed El Capitan. In other articles, Branch introduces people whose dedication and decency transcend their sporting lives, including a revered football coach rebuilding his tornado-devastated town in Iowa and a girls' basketball team in Tennessee that plays on despite never winning a game. The book culminates with his moving personal pieces, including "Children of the Cube," about the surprising drama of Rubik's Cube competitions as seen through the eyes of Branch's own sports-hating son, and "The Girl in the No. 8 Jersey," about a mother killed in the 2017 Las Vegas shooting whose daughter happens to play on Branch's daughter's soccer team.
John Branch has been hailed for writing "American portraiture at its best" (Susan Orlean) and for covering sports "the way Lyle Lovett writes country music--a fresh turn on a time-honored pleasure" (Nicholas Dawidoff). Sidecountry is the work of a master reporter at the top of his game.
The Dawn Wall
On league night, a 300 game lives
Perfection in the horseshoe pit
Where drivers and danger meet
Where creativity wags its tail
A last hurrah for Hollywood Park
The Lady Jaguars
Hunting something that can hunt you back
The most perilous prize
The ultimate pursuit
"You're either the hunter or the hunted"
Deliverance from 27,000 feet
Seeing the world beyond the court
A football coach, a tornado and a murder
They heard the helicopter go down. Then they prayed
Children of the cube
The girl in the no. 8 jersey.
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|Publisher|| New York, N.Y. :2021
|Other Titles|| Newspaper columns.
xviii, 350 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm