Exceeding their limits - Athletes who inspire us.
May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
People play and watch sports for different reasons—the adrenaline that comes with competition, the camaraderie among teammates and groups of fans, and the escape from everyday life. But sport is more than what happens on a field, a track, or a trail. The stories of athletes—the people behind the uniforms and gear—add a compelling element to sports. Here is a list of books about people (and a couple of animals) who pushed themselves past their limits, exceeded expectations, overcame obstacles, experienced tragedy, inspired, and paved the way for others.
Check out these selections from Reference Librarian Alison.
Becoming Odyssa: 10th Anniversary Edition: Adventures on the Appalachian Trail by Jennifer Pharr Davis
The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest by Anatoli Boukreev and G. Weston DeWalt
Devoted: The Story of a Father’s Love for His Son by Dick Hoyt with Don Yaeger
A Different Kind of Daughter: The Girl Who Hid from the Taliban in Plain Sight by Maria Toorpakai with Katharine Holstein
Eleven Seconds: A Story of Tragedy, Courage & Triumph by Travis Roy with E. M. Swift
Finding Gobi: A Little Dog with a Very Big Heart by Dion Leonard
Fire on the Track: Betty Robinson and the Triumph of the Early Olympic Women by Roseanne Montillo
The Ice Bucket Challenge: Pete Frates and the Fight against ALS by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge
Imperfect: An Improbable Life by Jim Abbott and Tim Brown
The Making of a Miracle: The Untold Story of the Captain of the 1980 Gold Medal–Winning U.S. Olympic Hockey Team by Mike Eruzione with Neal Boudette
North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail by Scott Jurek with Jenny Jurek
One Goal: A Coach, a Team, and the Game That Brought a Divided Town Together by Amy Bass *A former Lowell Reads book
Running Home: A Memoir by Katie Arnold
Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero by Christopher McDougall
Touching the Void by Joe Simpson