March Madness Basketball Reading | Wyatt’s World

For college hoop fans March is a month of anxiety and lucky charms. For readers who split their attention between the page and the NCAA tournament on TV, these titles are sure bets.

  • My Losing Season. by Pat Conroy (Bantam, 2003). Conroy’s coming-of-age memoir recounts his experience in love, his losses in the game, and self-acceptance.
  • The Ultimate Book of March Madness: The Players, Games, and Cinderellas that Captivated a Nation by Tom Hager (MVP Bks., 2012). Hager selects the 100 greatest games from tournament history and explores the drama behind the wins and the losses.
  • Outside Shot: Big Dreams, Hard Times, and One County’s Quest for Basketball Greatness by Keith O’Brien (St. Martin’s, 2013). O’Brien’s narratives characterize the lives of high school basketball players, coaches, their families, and the fans who believe in them.
  • Sum It Up: A Thousand and Ninety-Eight Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective by Pat Summitt with Sally Jenkins (Crown Archetype, Mar.). Legendary NCAA basketball coach and bestselling author of Reach for the Summitt and Raise the Roof shares her story of triumph and perseverance as she was faced with the challenge of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
  • The Miracle of St. Anthony: A Season with Coach Bob Hurley and Basketball’s Most Improbable Dynasty by Adrian Wojnarowski (Gotham, 2006). Journalist Wojnarowski shadows basketball coach Hurley as he leads his team to victory both on and off the court.


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Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at