March Madness

In the Henry James classic The Portrait of a Lady, a charactor says “summer afternoon, summer afternoon… the two most beautiful worlds in the English language.” Some would disagree and vote March Madness as their two favorite instead!

If you are one of those, you might be interested in When March Went Mad: The Game that Transformed Basketball by Seth Davis. To say this is about  the 1979 championship game may not mean much, but to say it is about Magic vs. Bird will bring instant recognition.

Tragedy also is something that lingers in the brain. The DVD Guru of Go revisits the shock of Loyola Marymount’s Hank Gathers’ death due to heart disease, something that has again come to the forefront of many here in West Michigan. Interested in the problems of integration in college basketball? Try Glory Road (both the book and the DVD) or Forty Minutes of Hell by Rus Bradburd. 

Several other books on NCAA basketball are available, including those from such notable writers as John Feinstein and John Wooden, a coach of life as well as basketball.

“Bracketology” is not just a word for adults, but for younger fans as well. In teen fiction, take a look at John Feinstein’s The Last Shot, the first title in his sports mystery series, and Paul Volponi’s The Final FourLooking to start the youngest fan off right? Take home Basketball in the Big Ten Conference by Gabriel Kaufman.

Now, let the Madness begin!


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Sandy is the branch manager at Alto. Her passions are Jane Austen, J.S. Bach, the Green Bay Packers and mowing her lawn in perfect stripes.

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