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Deck your shelves with volumes sporty on soaring and scoring and toreadoring
December 13, 1971
Book publishers, who were reminded what a rich lode the sports Held can be when Instant Replay and Ball Four broke through to the bestseller lists, have been mining it with uncommon vigor this year. As a result, the Christmas-gift book buyer has a wide selection of titles from which to choose. None of these will be bestsellers, rout here are some noteworthy selections.
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December 13, 1971

Deck Your Shelves With Volumes Sporty On Soaring And Scoring And Toreadoring

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Joe Paterno, the immensely successful coach at Penn State, is a perceptive and innovative man. What he says is worth listening to, both as to college football and life in general. In Joe Paterno: "Football My Hay" (Macmillan, $6.95), authors Mervin D. Hyman and Gordon S. White Jr. have distilled a well-organized and readable essence of the Paterno philosophy on such subjects as the faults of college football, the case for the black athlete and the evils of recruiting. A remarkable statement.

Joiner, by James Whitehead (Knopf, $7.95), is an erudite, pretentious, lubricious and convoluted first novel about a former football player with a game plan for violence. Some of the writing is vivid, but too much of it is tasteless and purposely far out. Whitehead is on the side of the angels, writes like the devil and has a gift for characterization and wit.

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