Book reviews

Rainy Days and Long Layovers

August 2011
Most of us would much rather be outside playing golf during the summer than reading about it. But that's not always possible. When you can't get to the course, these new books are the next best things.

18 Game-Changing Lessons

By Mark Steinbauer

Compiled with longtime instruction writer Hunki Yun, Lessons features the swing keys of great golf minds like Harvey Penick and Jack Nicklaus (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, $19.95).

True Boo

By Boo Weekley

Good ol' boy Boo is a PGA Tour original whose rep as a varmint-fighting, Southern-tongued rascal can't hide his golf skill. His breezy bio is a fun look at his life so far (St. Martin's Press, $24.99).

True Links

By George Peper and Malcolm Campbell

Yet another mammoth-size golf-course book. Great photography and information on famous links layouts (Artisan, $40).

Four Days In July

By Jim Huber

A retelling of Tom Watson's memorable run at a sixth Open Championship at Turnberry in 2009 (Thomas Dunne Books, $24.99).

Golf Stories

Edited by Charles McGrath

18 literary classics from writers such as Wodehouse, Darwin and Updike (Everyman's Pocket Classics/Knopf, $15).

Golfing with Dad

The Game's Greatest Players Reflect on Their Fathers and the Game They Love

By David Barrett

Highlighting the 14 players and their fathers profiled are Palmer, Nicklaus, Watson, Mickelson and Floyd (Skyhorse Publishing, $19.95).

Golf List Mania!

By Leonard Shapiro and Ed Sherman

Subtitled "the most authoritative and opinionated rankings of the best and worst of the game" (Running Press, $15).

Let There Be Pebble

A Middle-Handicapper's Year in America's Garden of Golf

By Zachary Michael Jack

A golf writer describes the Monterey Peninsula area as it was leading up to the 2010 U.S. Open (University of Nebraska Press, $24.95).

Mentored by the King

Arnold Palmer's Success Lessons for Golf, Business and Life

By Brad Brewer

A Class-A PGA pro, Brewer took in all the advice and counsel he could from being around Arnie in the Palmer Academy and at Isleworth and reveals the nuggets here (Zondervan, $16.99).

Wonder Girl

The Magnificent Sporting Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias

By Don Van Natta Jr.

A new bio in the year of the 100th anniversary of The Babe's birth (Little, Brown, $27.99).

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