Room For Improvement: A Life in Sport

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 13, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 256 pages
PEN/ESPN Award Finalist

Spanning more than fifty years of ambitious and wild endeavors, Room for Improvement chronicles John Casey's most peculiar addiction, that of an adrenaline junky. Here we see Casey taking part in an Outward Bound course in Maine during the dead of winter; being pinned by a two-hundred-pound judo instructor; 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, dog walking, and rollerblading. Be it a preoccupation with health or just an indomitably playful sense of adventure, John Casey's insatiable drive is an inspiration to us all
 

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Contents

Got Fat in Law School
3
Fox Island
20
Oro mo Bhaidin
27
CrossCountry Skiing
95
Farewell to Fox Island
115
Into the Woods Tom Tracker Brown
149
Fiftieth Birthday January 18 1989
172
Faster Boats
179
Stowe Vermont 1995
189
Delaware Canoe Trip First Leg
202
Delaware Canoe Trip Second Leg
211
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About the author (2012)

John Casey was born in 1939 in Worcester, Massachusetts, and educated at Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and the University of Iowa. His novelSpartinawon the National Book Award in 1989. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he is professor of English literature at the University of Virginia.


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