December 1, 2014

Andrew Maraniss spoke about his book, Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South, at Politics & Prose on Monday December 1, 2014.

Based on more than eighty interviews, this fast-paced, richly detailed biography of Perry Wallace, the first African American basketball player in the SEC, digs deep beneath the surface to reveal a more complicated and profound story of sports pioneering than we've come to expect from the genre. Perry Wallace's unusually insightful and honest introspection reveals his inner thoughts throughout his journey. Wallace entered kindergarten the year that "Brown v. Board of Education" upended "separate but equal." As a 12-year-old, he sneaked downtown to watch the sit-ins at Nashville's lunch counters. A week after Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, Wallace entered high school, and later saw the passage of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights acts. On March 16, 1966, his Pearl High School basketball team won Tennessee's first integrated state tournament--the same day Adolph Rupp's all-white Kentucky Wildcats lost to the all-black Texas Western Miners in an iconic NCAA title game. The world seemed to be opening up at just the right time, and when Vanderbilt recruited him, Wallace courageously accepted the assignment to desegregate the SEC. His experiences on campus and in the hostile gymnasiums of the Deep South turned out to be nothing like he ever imagined.

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ISBN: 9780826520234
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Published: Vanderbilt University Press - December 1st, 2014

November 23, 2014

Kerry Howley spoke about her book, Thrown, at Politics & Prose on Sunday November 23, 2014.

In this darkly funny work of literary nonfiction, a bookish young woman insinuates herself into the lives of two cage fighters--one a young prodigy, the other an aging journeyman. Acclaimed essayist Kerry Howley follows these men for three years through the bloody world of mixed martial arts as they starve themselves, break bones, fail their families and form new ones in the quest to rise from remote Midwestern fairgrounds to packed Vegas arenas. With penetrating intelligence and wry humor, Howley exposes the profundities and absurdities of this American subculture.

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ISBN: 9781936747924
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Published: Sarabande Books - October 14th, 2014

September 27, 2014

Steve Almond and Gregg Easterbrook spoke about their books and the emerging debate over football in American culture at Politics & Prose on Saturday September 27, 2014.

Gridiron football is the king of sports – it’s the biggest game in the strongest and richest country in the world. In The King of Sports, Easterbrook tells the full story of how football became so deeply ingrained in American culture. Both good and bad, he examines its impact on American society.


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ISBN: 9781612194912
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Published: Melville House - August 18th, 2015

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ISBN: 9781250012609
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - September 30th, 2014