The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Sports

The September 1 issue of Booklist magazine is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 321 new reviews and 8 new feature articles and lists. The articles will be free to all for the next two weeks—to have unrestricted access, you’ll need to log in. If you aren’t yet a subscriber, or you do subscribe but haven’t registered for access, you can take care of that today!

Red Cards and Zebra Stripes: 15 Books about Referees, Umpires, and Other Sports Officials

Two things about the books on this list. One, the titles are great. From Planet of the Umps to You’ve Got to Have Balls to Make It in This League (and no fewer than two books titled Let’s Get It On), you’d almost think the authors’ careers had included countless hours of downtime in locker rooms thinking about what to call their books.

RESCUE AND JESSICA: A Picture-Book Story of Love and Courage

Lynn: Married only a year, runners Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes were badly injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Both lost limbs and, in the dark days that followed, Jessica endured many surgeries as doctors fought to save her remaining foot and leg. Then a black lab service dog, Rescue, came into their lives. Rescue’s assistance and, more importantly, his companionship helped push the darkness away.