Friday, December 02, 2005


Coach is a collection of essays edited by Andrew Blauner. Twenty-five writers such as Pat Conroy, George Plimpton and John McPhee wrote about the coaches that made a difference in their lives - basketball and football coaches, kung fu, golf.

My favorite essay was "Physical Education" by Francine Prose, which was about her eight years with a gym teacher that she hated. This morning I discussed that essay with three other non-athletic librarians who all had stories to tell about their years in gym class - everything from breaking arms in wrestling to falling while skiing, and missing an A because of the fall. It was a fun breakfast filled with laughter thanks to Francine Prose bringing back memories of gym class.

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