The American Sporting Experience

Shaping Identity

A Let's Talk About It series

How can sport serve as a metaphor for the American experience in shaping the individual, community, and the national identity? Facilitator and site choose 5 books for a series.

  • Uncommon Waters: Women Write About Fishing by Holly Morris
  • The Natural by Bernard Malamud
  • Laughing in the Hills by Bill Barich
  • My Old Man and the Sea: A Father and Son Sail Cape Horn by David Hays and Daniel Hays
  • Jesse Owens: An American Life by William Baker
  • A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean
  • The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner by Alan Sillitoe
  • Women on Hunting by Pam Houston
  • On Boxing by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Friday Night Lights by H. G. Bissinger
  • In These Girls, Hope is a Muscle by Madeleine Blais
  • Winterdance by Gary Paulsen