Dave Bidini, a reader of JABS and a man of many talents, sends along his all-time favourite hockey books to help you with your shopping for the sports (and especially hockey) fan in your life (thanks, Dave! Oh, and I pulled the pdf file to a chapter from Dave's The Best Game You Can Name, one of the additions on the JABS list, from the Rheostatics website):
Phil Esposito: Thunder and Lightning, by Esposito with Peter Golenblock. Superfunny and profane with the appropriate cast of characters. Honest, and just a little sad.
They Call Me Gump, by Lorne (Gump) Worsley with Tim Moriarit. Deadpan humour and sordid 70s stories (also includes a recipe for Gump's Pineapple Squares).
War On Ice: Canada in International Hockey, by Scott Young. Triumphant, scholarly, and gentle-voiced. About Canadian international hockey since the beginning of time.
Pal Hal, by Dick Beddoes. The King Lear of hockey tales. Visciously brilliant and acerbic.
Hero of the Play, by Richard Harrison. Reprinted recently, a rich collection from Canada's greatest hockey poet.
The Death of Hockey, by Klein and Reif. Witty, portentous, acute. As critical as it is loving.
The Mad Men of Hockey, by Trent Frayne. Wild, dark and true. A lost classic.
King Leary, by Paul Quarrington. Best Canadian hockey novel of all-time. A rollercoaster narrative with a wild gallery of characters.