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    Room for Improvement A Life in Sport

    ISBN-10: 0307744523
    ISBN-13: 9780307744524
    Author(s): John Casey
    Description: From the author of the novelSpartina,which won the National Book Award and has established itself as a modern classic, comes a collection of essays that describe with tenderhearted candor and humor a lifetime’s worth of addiction. No, not an  More...
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    Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 256
    Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
    Weight: 0.594
    Language: English

    From the author of the novelSpartina,which won the National Book Award and has established itself as a modern classic, comes a collection of essays that describe with tenderhearted candor and humor a lifetime’s worth of addiction. No, not an addiction to booze or drugs, but an addiction to a more natural gratification: the joy of sport, exercise, and the sheer elation of being ready and willing to say yes to a challenge. Want to run a marathon?OK.Climb Mount Katahdin?Sure!How about canoeing the entire length of the Delaware River?Why not?  Spanning more than fifty years of ambitious and sometimes peculiar endeavors, these essays take us along on some of Casey’s greatest adventures: a twenty-six-day Outward Bound course in Maine during the dead of winter; being pinned by a two-hundred-pound judo instructor whose words, “Come on, white boy. Don’t give up,” encourage at least one more attempt at escape; leading a lost couple on a yacht through the rocky waterways of Narragansett Bay by a simple rowboat; and completing—on his seventieth birthday—a 70K marathon of his own devising that included rowing, bicycling, skating, Rollerblading, and finally, trotting the dog out for a mile. Be it a preoccupation with health, vanity, or just an indomitably playful sense of adventure, John Casey’sRoom for Improvementis a joyful self-portrait of a writer who loves going to extremes, just to find out what it’s like once he gets there.From the Hardcover edition.

    John Casey was born in 1939 in Worcester, Massachusetts, and educated at Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and the University of Iowa. His novel Spartina won the National Book Award in 1989. He lives with his wife in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he is a professor of English literature at the University of Virginia. From the Hardcover edition.

    Preface
    I Got Fat in Law School
    The Social Life of the Long-Distance Runner
    Fox Island
    "Oro mo Bhaidin"
    The Watch That Ends the Night (Outward Bound)
    Cross-Country Skiing
    Away from New England, Away from Saltwater and Snow
    Fifty Miles
    Farewell to Fox Island
    Winter Outward Bound
    Ocean State Marathon
    Intervals
    Into the Woods (Tom "Tracker" Brown)
    Peter's Creek to Westport Point
    Fiftieth Birthday, January 18, 1989
    Cross-Country Skiing with Harold in Sweden
    Faster Boats
    Stowe, Vermont, 1995
    Aerobic Points
    Along the Way
    Delaware Canoe Trip, First Leg
    Seventieth Birthday
    Delaware Canoe Trip, Second Leg
    One Thing Leads to Another
    Acknowledgments

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