Synopses & Reviews
Each week, when Sports Illustrated
's 21 million readers open up their magazine, many turn right to the last page because that's where to find SI
's most popular feature: the Life of Reilly column written by bestselling author Rick Reilly. A twenty-one-year veteran of the magazine and ten-time Sportswriter of the Year, Reilly took over SI
's back page in 1998, and his column immediately attracted a devoted audience who helped make his 1990 book, The Life of Reilly
, a New York Times
This new collection includes 100 of Reilly's favorite columns from the last six years, along with an introduction by Lance Armstrong. The title of the book signifies the strong reader response his columns typically generate (he wrote a column saying that cheerleading isn't a sport, and there was a light-hearted backlash). Alternately side-splitting and heart-warming, but always opinionated and provocative, this book brings together the best work by the best columnist in the business.
"It takes great skill to do justice to another author's first-person essays, but Lloyd James pulls it off with believability and flair. Reilly's sardonic wit is showcased in this collection of 100 of his most memorable Sports Illustrated columns. James musters up the appropriate righteous indignation when describing, say, the bad-boy tactics of Barry Bonds or the murder accusations leveled against Baltimore Ravens star Ray Lewis, as well as the pathos required for stirring columns on 9/11 heroes and individuals who have overcome tremendous physical obstacles to compete in sports. He also nails Reilly's biting humor. Each essay comes with a postscript, describing readers' response to the column and giving updates on the piece. A table of contents could have helped listeners find especially funny pieces from the master of the pithy back-page essay. Simultaneous release with the Sports Illustrated hardcover (reviewed online)." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Alternately side-splitting and heart-warming, but always opinionated and provocative, this book brings together 100 of bestselling author Rick Reilly's favorite Life of Reilly columns, the most popular feature of Sports Illustrated.
About the Author
Rick Reilly has been a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, for which he writes the column Life of Reilly, the first signed weekly opinion column in the magazine's history, for over twenty years. He has been voted National Sportswriter of the Year ten times and has won numerous other awards, including the prestigious New York Newspaper Guild's Page One Award for Best Magazine Story. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Slo-Mo: My Untrue Story, a farce on the NBA; Missing Links, a comic golf romance; The Boz, the best-selling autobiography of bad-boy Oklahoma linebacker Brian Bosworth; Gretzky, with hockey superstar Wayne Gretzky of the Los Angeles Kings; I'd Love to but I Have a Game, with NBC announcer Marv Albert; and The Wit and Wisdom of Charles Barkley. He lives in Denver with his wife and three kids. Lloyd James has been narrating since 1996, has recorded over six hundred books in almost every genre, has earned six AudioFile Earphones Awards, and is a two-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award. His bestselling and most critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley, Jr., Ben Hur by Lew Wallace, Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitskin, and Mystic Warrior by Tracy and Laura Hickman. Lloyd's background as a performer includes extensive work in classical theater and folk music. He lives in Maryland with his wife and children.