Adult Book Lists: Basketball

[Printable book list]

Alejandro Danois / 796.323 DANOIS
The Boys of Dunbar: a Story of Love, Hope, and Basketball
In 1980s Baltimore the crack epidemic swept across the city and the streets were riddled with crime. Basketball was an opportunity to pursue a college education, and for four young men from Dunbar High School, it was the doorway to the NBA.

Michael D'Orso / 796.323 DORSO
Eagle Blue: a Team, a Tribe, and a High School Basketball Season in Arctic Alaska
Eight miles above the Arctic Circle sits the village of Fort Yukon. The traditions and cultural identity of the Athabascan Gwich'in Native American tribe are threatened by the modernized world, but the boys' high school basketball team - the Fort Yukon Eagles - is a constant source of pride. Follow the boys through the 28-game season as they endure the fifty-below-zero Arctic winter in pursuit of their basketball dreams.

Ben Jaravsky / 796.323 JORAV
Hoop Dreams: a True Story of Hardship and Triump
As early as middle school, Arthur Agee and William Gates demonstrated the potential to make their NBA dreams a reality. Journalist Ben Joravsky chronicles Arthur and William's battle to achieve basketball glory in the midst of pressure to perform both on the court and in the class room.
(Also available in DVD)

Seth Davis / 796.323092 DAVIS
Wooden: a Coach's Life
John Wooden's UCLA team dominated college basketball during the 1960s and '70s. His team achieved NCAA championships in twelve seasons, records that still stand today. This biography traces Wooden's All-American days at Purdue, and his early years as a high school and college coach before reaching his glory days at UCLA and some of the conflicts he encountered during that period as well.

Seth Davis / 796.32363 DAVIS
When March Went Mad: the Game That Transformed Basketball
In 1979, Earvin "Magic" Johnson played for the Michigan State Spartans and Larry Bird played for the Indiana State Sycamores, both players burst on the scene in an NCAA championship that forever changed college basketball. Both teams overcame great doubts to compete at the highest level, giving way to the multibillion-dollar televised competition college basketball produces today.

Jonathan P. D. Abrams / 796.32364 ABRAMS
Boys Among Men: How the Prep-to-Pro Generation Redefined the NBA and Sparked a Basketball Revolution
Kevin Garnett surprised the sports world when he announced he would head straight to the NBA from high school in 1995, blazing a trail for a generation of young pros, including Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Tracy McGrady. This is the story of their era of basketball.

Brittney Griner / 796.323092 GRINER
In My Skin: My Life On and Off the Basketball Court
Deemed a "once-in-a-generation" player, Brittney Griner was the Number 1 pick in the 2013 WNBA draft. Griner is 6'8" tall with an 88-inch wingspan and highly regarded for her level of athleti-cism. But the Phoenix Mercury star athlete is no stranger to taunting. Her memoir re-flects on painful episodes in her life and aims to inspire readers to aspire to be their true selves.

Lisa Leslie / 796.323094 GRINER
Don't Let the Lipstick Fool You
Lisa Leslie's metamor-phosis from awkward teen to world-famous athlete was not easy. Leslie grew up in South Central Los Angeles never knowing her father and was shuffled between relatives while her mother drove an 18-wheeler full-time. Despite instabil-ity, Leslie pursued her basketball dreams and excelled. Now known for her skills and poise on the court, she shares her story.