Each week, when Sports Illustrated's 21 million readers open up their magazine, many turn right to the last page because that's where to find SI's most popular feature: the Life of Reilly column written by bestselling author Rick Reilly. A twenty-one-year veteran of the magazine and ten-time Sportswriter of the Year, Reilly took over SI's back page in 1998, and his column immediately attracted a devoted audience who helped make his 1990 book, The Life of Reilly, a New York Times bestseller.
This new collection includes 100 of Reilly's favorite columns from the last six years, along with an introduction by Lance Armstrong. The title of the book signifies the strong reader response his columns typically generate (he wrote a column saying that cheerleading isn't a sport, and there was a light-hearted backlash). Alternately side-splitting and heart-warming, but always opinionated and provocative, this book brings together the best work by the best columnist in the business.
This title is part of (or scheduled to be part of) the following subscriptions:
by John Steinbeck
by Anatoli Boukreev, G. Weston DeWalt
by Dominic Dodd, Ken Favaro
by Joseph L. Badaracco
by Leonard Mlodinow
by Charles Wetherall
by Performance Research
by Rick Reilly
"You'd think narrating the award-winning Reilly's collection of columns from SPORTS ILLUSTRATED would be easy, but when the writer has the range of Rick Reilly, it's a challenge. Lloyd James is up to the task of delivering these stories of a blind man who gets to "see" his favorite team, Reilly's own experience coaching his daughter's middle school basketball team, a high school cross-country runner with cerebral palsy, and more. The columns range from the poignant to the humorous to the critical, and James reads each with an appropriate tone. Reilly offers fascinating insights about people who play sports, and many who don't. The author's postscripts on his columns are a bonus. Casual and die-hard sports fans will appreciate, laugh over, and empathize with these. M.B. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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