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wedding decoration. Though the cover touts
this as “the complete guide for everyone,” the
authors note in the introduction that “if you
are new to origami, this book is probably not
for you,” as they consider other sources a better introduction and this book a tool for those
who already have basic skills and wish to become proficient. —Anne Heidemann
Raised Quilt and Stitch: Techniques,
Projects and Pure Inspiration.
By Sylvia Critcher.
2016. 144p. illus. Search, paper, $35 (9781782210146).
Raised, or three-dimensional, quilting goes
back to the Middle Ages, but these techniques
are now used mainly by quilting specialists
and fiber artists. The author is an expert in
textile projects and has revised and simplified
these old techniques for today’s hand quilters.
She begins by clearly explaining in words and
pictures the techniques of trapunto, Italian
quilting, le boutis, French cording, and English
quilting and then discussing the needed tools,
fabrics, threads, yarns, and embellishments.
Through very clear diagrams and photos, she
shows how to make each of the hand stitches
for the different techniques and how to use
them. The book has nine projects, including
a needle case, various bags, pillows, quilts, a
wall hanging, and a table runner. This book
will appeal to hand quilters, fabric artists, and
advanced quilters who want to add new techniques to their quilting. Libraries should note
that the paper templates for the projects at the
end of the book may prove challenging to keep
with the book. —Merle Jacob
Sports & Recreation
The Boy Who Runs: The Odyssey of
By John Brant.
Aug. 2016. 272p. Ballantine, $27 (9780553392159).
Two-time Olympian Julius Achon, a middle-
distance runner from Uganda, may not have
won a gold medal, but his life story is a shin-
ing example of the Olympic
spirit. Achon’s odyssey be-
gan at age 12, when he was
abducted and forced to be-
come a child soldier of the
Lord’s Resistance Army, a
militant rebel group. After
he escaped, his gift as a tal-
ented runner punched his
ticket out of the war-torn country to compete
in world-class events, attend college in the
U.S., and eventually to train top American
runners at Nike’s Oregon Project. Often eating
just one meal a day, Achon took on additional
jobs to supplement his modest income, most
of which he sent to his family and an orphan-
age back home. A chance encounter with a
kindred spirit, Jim Fee, led to expanding his
charitable efforts by establishing the Achon
Uganda Children’s Fund (AUCF). Brant, au-
thor of Duel in the Sun: Alberto Salazar, Dick
Beardsley, and America’s Greatest Marathon
(2006), proves again why he is one of our best
sportwriters, masterfully weaving a compelling
narrative of an African country at war with the
transformation of a young man from athlete to
humanitarian. —Brenda Barrera
YA: A natural for teen readers, both for its
coming-of-age aspects and for its moving
multicultural story. BB.
The Games: A Global History of the
By David Goldblatt.
Aug. 2016. 464p. illus. Norton, $29.95 (9780393292770).
British sports journalist Goldblatt tackles the
goliath of sporting events in this history of the
Olympics, covering the Games from the birth of
the modern Olympics in 1896 through the twenty-first century to the troubled 2016 Summer
Games in Rio. We learn that there is really
nothing unusual about the Rio situation;there
are only a few examples throughout the modern era when the Olympic Games have been
crisis-free. Goldblatt’s well-documented study
explores the successes and challenges of each
Olympics, including the roles of international
conflicts, the struggles of female athletes for inclusion, and the introduction of competition
for wounded veterans following WWII (now
evolved into the Paralympic Games). Goldblatt also covers the evolution of the Games as
media spectacle, including the now-standard
(and often over-the-top) theatrical productions
that complement the competition. Scholarly
in content but readable, this volume makes a
significant contribution to sports history. Recommended for Olympics fans looking to gain
a broad perspective on a sporting event the captures the imagination of the world every two
years. —Brenda Barrera
Born Bright: A Young Girl’s Journey
from Nothing to Something in America.
By C. Nicole Mason.
Aug. 2016. 256p. St. Martin’s, $26.99 (9781250069924).
Born to teenage parents in Los Angeles,
Don’t Think Twice: Adventure and
Mason spent the 1970s and 1980s in poor,
segregated neighborhoods. Her mother even-
tually married a drug dealer, which offered
more stability than the family had ever experi-
enced before; and while they lived better than
most of their peers, Mason always knew she’d
need to escape—both from her stepfather’s
abuse and from worrying about her younger
brother. Moving from school to school was
a constant, but her love of learning was not
dampened by the constant flux or the upheav-
als in her home life—“I needed an anchor,
something to keep me from drifting away.
And school was it for me.” Despite mostly
disinterested teachers and unmotivated class-
mates, Mason found a way to succeed—by
joining every club and activity that would
take her, enrolling in honors classes without
permission, and pestering a former guidance
counselor to help her secure a spot at Howard
University. Readers will find Mason’s absorb-
ing memoir—which would make an excellent
book-club selection—to be an interesting
take on the issue of entrenched poverty in the
U.S. —Rebecca Vnuk
Healing at 100 Miles per Hour.
By Barbara Schoichet.
Sept. 2016. 336p. Putnam, $26 (9781101981801). 818.
At 50, Schoichet loses her job, her girlfriend of
six years, and her mother, all within six months.
Her method of healing is to travel 4,000 miles
across America on her newly acquired used
Harley. In this chronicle of a midlife-crisis road
trip, Schoichet describes tackling physical and
emotional challenges on the open highway,
sometimes at 100 mph, “navigating back to . . .
life” via various adventures in which she overcame inexperience and overconfidence (at one
point, a police officer made her view a grisly
accident as a warning). In Gatlinburg, she dines
on cashews and moonshine, agitated by a fisherman’s repeatedly unsuccessful casts: “I needed
him to prove something elusive could be caught
. . . the creature had become everything that
had gotten away from me.” Schoichet believes
“four wheels move the body; two wheels move
the soul.” Often surprising, witty, and thoughtful, this is a bittersweet and entertaining read.
The Hero’s Body.
By William Giraldi.
Aug. 2016. 288p. Norton/Liveright, $34.95
In his compelling memoir, novelist Giraldi
(Hold the Dark, 2014) uses beautifully nuanced
prose to describe growing up in a working-class, hypermasculine New Jersey family. As
a motherless, thin, somewhat sickly, and not
particularly athletic boy with a macho father
who excelled at physical exploits, Giraldi endured a lonely childhood, hungry for love that
rarely came his way. His passion, which was
not exactly cause for popularity, was his love
for literature. At 15, he realizes that he needs
to “make my own creation myth, to renovate
my pathetic vessel into a hero’s body,” and with
the help of Uncle Tony he takes up bodybuilding. Giraldi, who won a Pushcart Prize for an
essay on bodybuilding, describes the sport with
loving detail, including steroid abuse and the
incredible discipline needed to compete. With
bodybuilding behind him, Giraldi is in college
when he receives news of his father’s death in
a motorcycle accident. This tragedy occupies
the last third of the book, as Giraldi tries to
understand the accident and the way it has reverberated throughout his life. —Brian Kenney
Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love,
By Jennifer Weiner.
Oct. 2016. 432p. Atria, $27 (9781476723402). 818.
Weiner lays her heart bare in this memoir,