Indulge "March Madness" at the library—March 28, 2014
If you have been on the Internet, watched television, listened to the radio or opened a print media source in the last 2 weeks, then you probably know that the country is in the grips of “March Madness.” Pull yourself away from the games for a few minutes and check out these writers who bring basketball to life in their books.
John Feinstein is a sportswriter and commentator but his passion for basketball is evident in “Last Dance: Behind the Scenes at the Final Four”, a non-fiction title that takes the reader right down on the floor where the real action is. The book tracks the teams from the 2005 Final Four from the late night coaches’ meetings to the stressed out players trying to practice, be college students and, most of all, win the big one. But Feinstein also talks about the well known dynasties from past years and some of the other players who never thought they would make it to the “last dance.”
On a much lighter note, “Last Shot”, also by Feinstein is a teen mystery set against the Final Four action, complete with budding high school journalists who uncover a plot to rig the championship game. Read the story to see if the amateur sleuths can solve the mystery and save the game just in the nick of time.
Mike Lupica is another sports journalist who has delved into the realm of fiction and produced two great thrillers with basketball themes. “Jump” is the story of the greatest basketball player in the world being accused of a heinous crime. But it is also a glimpse into the underbelly of the professional game of basketball and the journalists who will stop at nothing to get a big story.
“Too Far”, also by Mike Lupica, focuses on what happens to a small town when it is suddenly thrust into the spotlight of national prominence by its very successful high school basketball team. A lone school newspaper reporter discovers and tries to expose a horrible scandal that would bring the dreams of everyone to an end, unless he can be stopped before he goes too far.
So don’t let March Madness pass you by without checking out the Hastings Public Library.