BOOKS

Here is a collection of Rick’s books. You can purchase them on Amazon by clicking on the link below the description. Tiger, Meet My Sister will be available on Amazon in mid-May.

 

Tiger-Woods-Book-CoverTiger, Meet My Sister … And Other Things I Probably Shouldn’t Have Said

Rick Reilly’s latest book is like eating potato chips. Once you get started, it’s hard to stop. Tiger, Meet My Sister … And Other Things I Probably Shouldn’t Have Said (Penguin), due out May 13, 2014, is a collection of his best columns written at ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine between 2008 and 2013. It is complete with postscript updates of each column.

It is a potpourri of all kinds of Reilly columns: the tear jerkers, the sentimental, the angry, the funny and the controversial. They cover everything from Lance Armstrong and his lies to Tiger Woods and his temper. They’re about everything from a stud high school QB who eats lunch every day with the bullied Down’s Syndrome girl to the blind Yankees fan who commutes two hours each way to every game.

These columns are something you don’t see often these days in sportswriting — short, lovingly polished, beautifully fashioned features and opinions that add up to something. You might not like that something, or you might love it, but you’re guaranteed to read it.

sports-from-hellSports From Hell

The most popular sports columnist in America puts his life (and dignity) on the line in search of the most absurd sporting event on the planet. What is the stupidest sport in the world? Not content to pontificate from the sidelines, Rick Reilly set out on a global journey—with stops in Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Denmark, England, and even a maximum security prison at Angola, Louisiana—to discover the answer to this question nobody else really saw the need to ask. From the brain-and-body-taxing sport of Chess Boxing, to the mind war that is the Rock-Paper-Scissors Championship, to the underground world of illegal Jart Throwing, to way too much nudity, Reilly—in his valiant quest—subjected himself to both bodily danger and abject humiliation (or, in the case of Ferret Legging, both).

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hate-mail-from-cheerleadersHate Mail from Cheerleaders and Other Adventures from the Life of Reilly

This is a collection of 100 columns from “The Life of Reilly,” first published in Sports Illustrated over the last seven years. This is the essence of the columns, “I don’t write about sports. I write about people who happen to be in sports. I write about human joy, sorrow, religion and politics as it weaves itself through sports.”

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shanks-for-nothingShanks for Nothing (novel)

This is a sequel to Reilly’s previous novel, “Missing Links.” It features the same cast of bizarre characters from Ponkaquogue Municipal Golf Links and Deli, also known as Ponky. Did you ever see the movie “Love, Actually”? Think of this as “Golf, Actually.” It has nine different plots which wind up merging in the end, for better or worse. The story revolves around a plan by the neighboring upscale Mayflower Club to buy Ponky and use it as a parking lot. The Ponky regulars put together a plan to save their beloved goat track.

“The most entertaining golf novel not written by Dan Jenkins. This is a must read for any fan of golf—or of good humor.”—Star Telegram

“showcases the underrate eloquence of male banter….fast-paced, hilarious (and often raunchy) hijinks…Reilly can add another stroke of genius to his scorecard” —Rocky Mountain News

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the-life-of-reillyThe Life of Reilly: The Best of Sports Illustrated’s Rick Reilly

This book is organized around Reilly’s seven Rs: Rants, Raves, Reality, Roots, Rough, Wrecks, and Royalty. There are features and columns on sports greats, rants against high-profile athletic programs, tales of golfing glory in and out of the spotlight — including a round with standing president Bill Clinton — plus reflections on the true meaning of sacrifice, and personal stories about the Reilly family’s trials and tribulations.

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whos-your-caddyWho’s Your Caddy?: Looping for the Great, Near Great, and Reprobates of Golf

Who knows golfers best? Who’s with them every minute of every round, hears their muttering, knows whether they cheat? Their caddies, of course. So sportswriter Rick Reilly figured that he could learn a lot about the players and their games by caddying. He caddied for some of the best golfers in the world — Jack Nicklaus, David Duval, Tom Lehman, John Daly, Casey Martin, and Jill McGill — as well as Deepak Chopra, Donald Trump, a high-rolling golf hustler in Las Vegas, and a blind golfer. Reilly’s wicked wit and an expert’s eye provide readers with the next best thing to a great round of golf.

“Reilly could write about lawn bowling and make it funny, informative, and entertaining. You never know what the next page is going to bring.” —Los Angeles Times

“Good, wacky fun—and the primo Father’s Day gift of the year” —Fortune

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missing-linksMissing Links (novel)

Missing Links is the novel that has become a kind of cult classic among golfers, still selling strong after 11 years. It’s the story of four middle-class buddies who live outside Boston and for years have been 1) utterly obsessed with golf and 2) a regular foursome at Ponkaquogue Municipal Course and Deli, the single worst golf course in America. These are guys that take the bus with their clubs on their back. A long overdue tribute to dog-meat public courses and the incurables who play them.

“You don’t need to know your bogeys from your birdies to find at least three laughs per page in this novel.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Part Damon Runyon, part Raymond Chandler, and part Caddyshack…I was hooked for the full 18.” —Entertainment Weekly

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slo-moSlo Mo! (novel)

Growing up in a bizarre cave-dwelling cult in Colorado, seven-foot, eight-inch Maurice “Slo-Mo” Finsternick knows nothing about the NBA–that is until the day he’s discovered and becomes the hottest sports icon in the country. Eventually, though, Slo-Mo begins to move away from his kind, truthful, polite, and self-effacing ways and gradually learns to behave like a famous athlete. Can the big man’s innocence survive the charms of the big show?

“A splendid comic device whose literal telling of his NBA career says more about pro sports than he could ever know.”—Chicago Tribune

“[An] inspired satire, a laugh-a-minute, sometimes bawdy, over-the-top riff on everyone and everything associated with professional basketball. If you don’t find something to laugh at with Slo-Mo!, run out, don’t walk, and find a sense of humor.” —Denver Post

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