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Against All Odds: My Life of Hardship, Fast Breaks, and Second Chances

by Scott Brown

The extraordinary personal journey of a man who, against all odds, rose to become one of America's most surprising and promising new political figures. Scott Brown's greatest win did not occur on a cold January election night in 2010 when he came from behind to capture the U. S. Senate seat held by Ted Kennedy for nearly fifty years; it began when he survived a savage beating at the drunken, dirty-fingernail hands of a stepfather when he was barely six years old, while trying to protect his mother. In this gripping memoir of resilience and redemption, Brown tells the story of his difficult, often nomadic childhood, shunted from house to apartment, and town to town, seventeen times over his first eighteen years. He somehow thrived despite a largely absent father, who married four separate times. So did his mother, in relationships frequently stained with alcohol, anger, and even violence. For nearly two decades' growing up, Brown endured innumerable hardships and challenges, even stealing food to eat. He was periodically sent off to live with relatives, his possessions wrapped in a few old blankets. Saved by basketball, he was the boy who shoveled snow from the public courts to shoot hoops alone in the frozen cold. With clear-eyed conviction and unflinching candor, Brown tells the story of his own bad-boy days, of the coaches who mentored him, and of how he found a way out of familial chaos through the swish of a ball in the net, winning a starting slot on the Tufts varsity basketball team as a freshman player and becoming the tenth-highest scorer to graduate in the school's history. His rise from there was even more improbable: a first-year law student and member of the Massachusetts National Guard, he was picked as Cosmopolitan magazine's "America's Sexiest Man" and was vaulted into the glamorous world of New York modeling at the height of the 1980s. But the man who was once ushered into the backrooms of Studio 54 returned to Massachusetts to continue with his military and legal training, settle down, raise a family, and soon found an unlikely path that would lead him to national political stardom. Here, too, are the secrets from the unprecedented Senate race that captured the country's imagination and how Scott Brown won his remarkable victory. Poignant, heartfelt, humorous, and profound, this is the story of one man's dream and his determination to fight for a better future.

Against the Boards

by Lorna Schultz Nicholson

Peter has done it! He's made it onto an AAA Bantam team and is now playing hockey in Edmonton. But this shy boy from the Northwest Territories is having a hard time adjusting to city life, his new school, and host family.

Against the Odds (Sweet Valley High #51)

by Francine Pascal Kate William

To pay off a big gambling debt, Ronnie asks Elizabeth's boy friend Jeffrey, Sweet Valley High's star soccer player, to fix the state championship game.

Aikido Weapons Techniques

by Phong Thong Dang Lynn Seiser

Though aikido is known as a nonviolent, noncompetitive martial art, the use of weapons in aikido was introduced by the art's founder O'Sensei Morihei Ueshiba.The wooden weapons of aikido are most often used as training tools to better illustrate aikido principles and movements and to train in self-defense against weapons. This book features the three main weapons used in aikido: the boken or ken (wooden sword), jo (wooden short staff), and tanto (wooden knife). A complete discussion on each weapon is included with descriptions of the stances, grips, techniques, defenses, forms, and training appropriate for each weapon.The aikido concepts, training and techniques represented are those influenced by the weapons practice of O'Sensei Morihei Ueshiba, as well as the styles of Saito Sensei's Iwama-ryu.

Akiak A Tale of the Iditarod

by Robert J. Blake

From the Book Jacket: It is Iditarod day. Fifty-six dog teams will race through 1,151 miles of rugged Alaskan terrain from Anchorage to Nome. Akiak knows these miles well. As lead dog, she has raced the incredible trail before, but never won. She is ten years old: if she is going to win, it must be now. When snow hurts her paw on the fourth day out, Mick, her musher, must leave her behind and continue the race without her. The rules say once a dog is dropped from the race, it may not rejoin the team. But Akiak doesn't know about rules. She is a lead dog, and her place is with the team. Nothing, not blizzards, not breaking ice, not the people out to catch her, will stop Akiak from catching up to her team. The question is, can the team still win? Robert J. Blake's majestic snow-scapes will lead you through this unforgettable tale of a dog with a hero's heart, a dog who will not give up. Akiak will leave you cheering.

Alecia's Challenge

by Sandra Diersch

Alecia's soccer team, the Vancouver Burrards, is the one stable thing in her life. Everything else is new or changing: a new school, a new stepfather. When Anne, Alecia's friend and the Burrards' best player, decides to quit playing, Alecia decides to fight to keep the team together. She soon learns, however, that life's hardest matches are fought off the soccer pitch. Alecia's Challenge shows how the struggles and joys of life and sport are intertwined.

Alex Rodriguez

by Serena Kappes

Learn more about this baseball superstar.

Alex Rodriguez (Revised Edition)

by Jeffrey Zuehlke

Alex "A-Rod" Rodriguez of the New York Yankees has been breaking records since he joined the Major Leagues in 1994. In 2007, he made history again by becoming the youngest MLB player ever to hit 500 career home runs. This American League MVP and Gold Glove infielder is consistently at the top of the league in home runs and runs batted in. His amazing combination of offensive and defensive skills has made him one of baseball's highest-paid players. Follow A-Rod from his Miami childhood through his transformation into a superstar.

Alice Cooper, Golf Monster

by Keith Zimmerman Kent Zimmerman Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper is hotter than ever, still playing up to 100 gigs a year with his his audiences growing younger. But 300 days a year, he is out on the golf course. That's because Alice credits golf as helping him overcome a self-destructive spiral into alcoholism. It's also because Alice turned out to be almost as good a golfer as he is a rocker. This book blends a rocker's uproarious tales of excess with a no holds-barred account of how Cooper substituted alcohol addiction with the lesser evil of hitting a little white ball. Alice Coopers rock 'n' roll's original misanthrope, the ultimate shock-rock, heavy-metal bad boy. With golf, as in music, he was way ahead of the cultural curve, his passion for the game predating golf's popularity surge among younger folks, hip professional athletes, and indeed Alice's music contemporaries, including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Iggy Pop and Roger Waters. The nearest Alice Cooper has come to writing his autobiography. He is still a major rock touring artist. This title includes the story of his musical career and of his rehabilitation. It is a fascinating self-help programme by an unlikely role model.

All Courses Great And Small

by James W. Finegan

Every golfer dreams of making a pilgrimage to the British Isles, and it sometimes seems as though every golfer is in fact making that pilgrimage, especially when you're trying to book a tee time. The legendary courses of Scotland and Ireland are magnificent shrines, but their fame has obscured the greatness of the golf to be found all across the landscape of England and Wales. From the heathland in the north and center to the linksland on the coasts, England and Wales present an extraordinary variety of great golf experiences. In All Courses Great and Small, James W. Finegan treats the reader to a countries-wide survey of these golfing delights -- some famous, like the Open Championship venues of Royal Birkdale, Royal Lytham & St. Annes, and Royal St. George's; some well known, like Sunningdale, Wentworth, and The Belfry; and some gems that have long been hidden in plain sight, like The Addington (in suburban London) or Southport & Ainsdale (not ten minutes from Royal Birkdale). There are as many outstanding courses in England and Wales as there are in Scotland and Ireland combined, a shocking fact that is easily explained: While Scotland has 5.2 million people and 550 golf courses, and Ireland has 3.5 million people and 400 courses, England and Wales have 50 million people and more than 2,000 courses. Finegan provides a charming guide to the courses and the towns, the inns and the eateries to be found along the way. He highlights the best of the not quite four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire; gives advice about lunch after your round at Sandwich; raises a cup of grog at Gog Magog; and tackles the playing and pronouncing problems posed by Pwllheli. He gives full due to the best-known places such as Rye, Wentworth, Hoylake, and the royals, but he also declares such lesser-known treasures as St. Enodoc, Silloth-on-Solway, Southerndown, and Pennard to be every bit as worthy of your time and attention. His books on the courses of Scotland and Ireland, Blasted Heaths and Blessed Greens and Emerald Fairways and Foam-Flecked Seas, have become invaluable companions to thousands of travelers; All Courses Great and Small is an irresistible and even more essential addition to the touring golfer's shelf and suitcase.

All-Star Fever (A Peach Street Mudders Story)

by Matthew F Christopher

Bus Mercer, shortstop for the Peach Steet Mudders, wants desperately to be picked for the county all-star team, but he breaks his parents' rules for riding his new bike, and feelings of guilt affect his game.

All That Jazz (Pink Parrots #2)

by B. B. Calhoun

Jasmine "Jazz" Jaffe, a member of the all-girl baseball team the Pink Parrots, must choose between her friends on the team and the popular crowd at school who make fun of the team members.

All the Stars Came Out That Night

by Kevin King

Kevin King's debut novel, All the Stars Came Out That Night, is a vivid portrait of Depression-era America written in a voice at once humorous and poetic. Set at Boston's Fenway Park on October 20, 1943, All the Stars Came Out That Night imagines a late-night baseball game bankrolled by Henry Ford, pitting Dizzy Dean's all-white all-stars against Satchel Paige's black all-stars. Not a contest waged for money or trophies, the outcome of this game carries with it both the weight of a historic injustice-the barring of blacks from baseball-and the promise of vindication and redemption. Steeped in baseball lore and featuring an array of iconic American figures-from Babe Ruth to Clarence Darrow-All the Stars Came Out That Night far transcends the sport of baseball, creating a tale that is mythic, captivating, and above all, quintessentially American.

All Together Now (Angel Park All-Stars #14)

by Dean Hughes

The Dodgers make their way to the regional championship, up against the toughest team in California.

Allen and Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book: Traveling and Camping Skills for a Winter Environment

by Allen O'Bannon Mike Clelland

Allen & Mike are back with totally updated information and first-hand advice for all aspects of backcountry skiing and winter camping. Learn how to choose the right equipment, avoid hazards such as avalanches and extreme cold, build snow shelters, and have fun while staying safe and minimizing the impact on the wilderness. These two National Outdoor Leadership School instructors offer lots of tried-and-true tricks and useful tips drawn from years of experience.

Allie's Basketball Dream

by Barbara E. Barber

Determined in her effort to play basketball, a young Afro-American girl gives it one more shot with the help of a special friend.

Allison, Shape Up (Girl Talk #34)

by L. E. Blair

[from the back cover:] "Will Allison's new swim team take her away from her friends? Allison is a little nervous when she joins the swim team at the Y after failing the fitness exam at school. But things turn out to be great when she makes a neat new friend, Tory Wickers, and they sign up for a Synchronized Swimming exhibition. Soon Allison becomes so busy that she doesn't have time for anything--not even Randy, Katie, or Sabrina!" Once you get to know Sabrina, Allison, Katie and Randy you'll want to get in on all of their girl talk. There are over 30 more books in the Girl Talk series in the Bookshare Collection so you can start from the beginning with book #1, Welcome to Junior High, and continue with: #2 Face Off!, #3 The New You, #4 Rebel Rebel, #5 It's All in the Stars, #6 The Ghost of Eagle Mountain, #7 Odd Couple, #8 Stealing The Show, #9 Peer Pressure, #10 Falling in Like, #11 Mixed Feelings, #12 Drummer Girl, #13 The Winning Team, #14 Earth Alert!, #15 On The Air, #16 Here Comes The Bride, #17 Star Quality, #18 Keeping The Beat, #19 Family Affair, #20 Rockin' Class Trip, #21 Baby Talk, #22 Problem Dad, #23 House Party, #24 Cousins, #25 Horse Fever, #26 Beauty Queens, #27 Perfect Match, #28 Center Stage, #29 Family Rules, #30 The Bookshop Mystery, #31 It's A Scream!, #32 Katie's Close Call, and #33 Randy and the Perfect Boy. More Girl Talk books are on the way.

Althea Gibson: Young Tennis Player (Childhood of Famous Americans Series)

by Beatrice Gormley

Althea Gibson (1927-2003) was the first black tennis player ever to compete in the U.S. Open and at Wimbledon in England. This fictionalized biography focuses on Gibson's spirited childhood and highlights the traits that later made her a champion.

Always by My Side: A Father's Grace and a Sports Journey Unlike Any Other

by Jim Nantz Eli Spielman

Autobiography by sportscaster Jim Nantz, who tells behind-the-scenes stories of some of the most dramatic moments in American sports, while paying tribute to his inspiration, his father.

Amazing But True Fishing Stories

by Allan Zullo Bruce Nash

A school of fish raining from the sky . . . anglers catching eighty-three sailfish in one day-fish tales? No, Amazing but True Fishing Stories. In the tradition of Nash and Zullo's Amazing but True Golf Facts and The Sports Hall of Shame book series comes a compendium of true tales, angling antics, and fish facts. This is a book that once again demonstrates how truth can be stranger than fiction. Consider: the Frenchman who caught 590 fish in one hour with a single pole; the angler who used his rod and reel to hook and save a drowning woman; the man who lost his thumb in a boating accident-and found it seven months later, in the belly of a trout! These and many more terrific tales, crazy catches, and daring duels can be found in Amazing but True Fishing Stories.

Amazing & Extraordinary Facts: Cricket

by Brian Levison

This essential companion for all cricket lovers documents the illustrious history of the gentleman's game. It is crammed full of fascinating feats, sticky wickets and intriguing trivia, so even if you don't like cricket, you'll love this. From the worst batsman in the world to the record innings that almost wasn't, this compelling collection of balls, bails, bats and blockholes is guaranteed to enthral. The amazing and extraordinary facts series presents interesting, surprising and little-known facts and stories about a wide range of topics which are guaranteed to inform, absorb and entertain in equal measure.

Amazing Tales from Hog Heaven

by Nate Allen

The University of Arkansas and its Razorbacks hold a special place in the hearts of Arkansans, not simply because the state has no professional sports teams, but because of the colorful players and coaches who have passed through the campus gates. Author Nate Allen chronicles the good, the bad, and the funny from UA's athletic history, as found in Tales from Hog Heaven and More Tales from Hog Heaven, in Amazing Tales from Hog Heaven. Fans will be able to read tales of some of the legendary Razorbacks through the decades--from 1st team All-American Ronnie Caveness to eventual Chicago Bears Hall of Fame player Dan Hampton, and so many others. Allen covers the football program's adjustment in 1998 from the dour Danny Ford to the upbeat Houston Nutt, and Lou Holtz's one-liners that seared their targets, but sometimes boomeranged. They will meet the legendary track coach who told one of his Irish athletes "to row back home," and read about sportswriter Orville Henry's penchant for deflating self-important bowl officials. Amazing Tales from Hog Heaven is a must-have addition to any Razorback fan's library.

Amazing Women Athletes

by Jill Bryant

Ages 9 to 12 years. This collection features ten women from Canada and around the world, amazing athletes who have gone the distance in their own way. The book profiles our own largely forgotten Olympian, Bobbie Rosenfeld, considered by many experts to be Canada's most accomplished female athlete of the first half of the twentieth century. Other remarkable women athletes include Annie Smith Peck, a trailblazing American mountain climber; the powerful wheelchair athlete Chantal Petitclerc; determined Chinese figure skater Chen Lu; and many other pioneers and champions. An inspiring book with an introduction, photographs and boxed and illustrative material.

The Amazing World of Sports

by Sports Illustrated for Kids

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, kids, its time to get out your calculators! The Amazing World of Sports is the most amazing, most awesome, most jaw-dropping collection of sports photos you've ever seen! From diving catches to high-flying leaps, from bone-crunching hits to graceful landings, the most incredible sports photos we could find are in here. Readers will travel in photos throughout the world of sports. Visit the Super Bowl, the Olympic ski slopes, baseball spring training, the coolest California skate parks, and more. We will put you right in the game with thrilling, stunning, and memorable sports photos by some of the greatest shooters on the planet. But that's not all. Each photo comes with a descriptive and informative caption, a fun fact, and a brain-testing trivia question. The Amazing World of Sports is for fans of all sports and for fans of all sports. Whether you turn right to your favorite sport or discover a great new sport to love, you'll find something to marvel at in The Amazing World of Sports.

American Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America's Pastime

by Teri Thompson Nathaniel Vinton Michael O'Keeffe Christian Red

It was an epic downfall. In twenty-four seasons pitcher Roger Clemens put together one of the greatest careers baseball has ever seen. Seven Cy Young Awards, two World Series championships, and 354 victories made him a lock for the Hall of Fame. But on December 13, 2007, the Mitchell Report laid waste to all that. Accusations that Clemens relied on steroids and human growth hormone provided and administered by his former trainer, Brian McNamee, have put Clemens in the crosshairs of a Justice Department investigation. Why did this happen? How did it happen? Who made the decisions that altered some lives and ruined others? How did a devastating culture of drugs, lies, sex, and cheating fester and grow throughout Major League Baseball's clubhouses? The answers are in these extraordinary pages. American Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America's Pastime is about much more than the downfall of a superstar. While the fascinating portrait of Clemens is certainly at the center of the action, the book takes us outside the white lines and inside the lives and dealings of sports executives, trainers, congressmen, lawyers, drug dealers, groupies, a porn star, and even a murderer-- all of whom have ties to this saga. Four superb investigative journalists have spent years uncovering the truth, and at the heart of their investigation is a behind-the-scenes portrait of the maneuvering and strategies in the legal war between Clemens and his accuser, McNamee. This compelling story is the strongest examination yet of the rise of illegal drugs in America's favorite sport, the gym-rat culture in Texas that has played such an important role in spreading those drugs, and the way Congress has dealt with the entire issue. Andy Pettitte, Jose Canseco, Alex Rodriguez, and Chuck Knoblauch are just a few of the other players whose moving and sometimes disturbing stories are illuminated here as well. The New York Daily News Sports Investigative Team has written the definitive book on corruption and the steroids era in Major League Baseball. In doing so, they have managed to dig beneath the disillusion and disappointment to give us a stirring look at heroes who all too often live unheroic shadow lives.

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