Happy Father's Day, old sport!
For that last-minute Father's Day gift, or for dads with bookseller gift cards burning a hole in their pockets, here is a new crop of books about sports.
Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies: On Myths, Morons, Free Speech, Football, and Assorted Absurdities (Little, Brown) by Chris Kluwe, NFL punter and currently the most unpredictable man in the league, collects his essays on such noncontroversial subjects as marriage equality, religion, gun control and, occasionally, football.
Black Caviar: The Horse of a Lifetime (ABC Books) by Gerard Whateley is the remarkable story of the record-breaking Australian Thoroughbred mare that won 25 races in 25 starts and became a national icon.
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics (Viking) by Daniel James Brown recounts the dramatic story of the University of Washington rowing team that seized the nation's imagination in the depths of the Depression by defeating the team of Hitler's Germany.
Class A Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere (Pantheon) by Lucas Mann is an engaging book drawing enthusiastic comparisons to Friday Night Lights; it chronicles the 2010 season of the Clinton LumberKings, an Iowa minor league team, and looks at what baseball means to their coaches, fans and the writer himself.
Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success (Penguin Press) by Phil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty, is a memoir by the NBA "Zen master" who coached the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, scoring more championships than any other coach in professional sports.
Loopers: A Caddie's Twenty-Year Golf Odyssey (Crown) by John Dunn is a "caddyshack confidential" memoir that drops famous names and dishes on the dark side of golf, by a man who has caddied for pros and celebs from Aspen to St. Andrews.
The Outsider: A Memoir (Harper) by Jimmy Connors is a no-holds-barred memoir by the bad-boy tennis champion that recounts his 16 years ranked as a top 10 player as well as his turbulent personal life.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor