A Self Isolation Reading List: 5 New Sports Books You Should Check Out

Self isolated? Looks like it’s time to pick up a new book off the shelf. Whether you’re ordering it online through websites like Amazon or Indigo, or you’re reading an e-book through the Chatham-Kent Public Library, here are 5 new sports books you should check out.

1. The Hot Hand: The Mystery and Science of Streaks By Ben Cohen (Released March 10, 2020) – Do streaks really exist in sports? Is it random, is it predictable, is it luck? Can an athlete really have the “hot hand?” These are the questions that statisticians, gamblers, coaches, fans, and scientists have tried to answer for decades. Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Cohen takes an interesting deep dive investigation into these questions and more.

2. Brave Enough By Jesse Diggins and Todd Smith (Released March 10, 2020) – Embark on a storytelling journey with Olympic gold medalist Jessie Diggins. A skier, Diggins shows the bravery it takes to be an athlete, and to live with the struggles of an eating disorder, going through therapy, and a plethora of challenges that she faced on this remarkably honest journey.

3. The Incredible Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League By Anika Orrock (Released March 10, 2020) According to Amazon.ca, “This book chronicles the history of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League and the stories of the first women to play professional baseball in a league of their own.” It’s an incredible illustrated history, perfect for inspiring young female athletes, and educating us all.

4. Scotty: A Hockey Life Like No Other – By Ken Dryden (Released October 29, 2019) – Ken Dryden, a hockey legend himself, tells the story of Scotty Bowman, one of the greatest, if not the greatest coach in NHL history. A perfect book for any hockey lover, or any sports fan who wants a more intimate look into the workings of one of hockey’s greatest minds, written by one of hockey’s greatest goaltenders.

5. This Team Is Ruining My Life (But I Love Them): How I Became a Professional Hockey Fan By Steve “Dangle” Glynn (Released March 19, 2019) – Glynn is a modern sportscasting story in himself, turning online rants and YouTube videos into a sports career. Most famously, his rant about loving, and hating the Toronto Maple Leafs. In this book, Glynn retells his sports journey from online fanatic, to sports media mogul.

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