Barley Book Club

Barley Book Club

Join Off the Beaten Path at The Barley Tap and Tavern for our adventure-oriented Barley Book Club!

Book clubs happen every other month (as schedules allow) from 7pm - 9pm. Book club participants get happy hour pricing at The Barley and 10% off the current book club pick! Use discount code BARLEY10 to order book club books online.

Everyone and anyone is invited! Keep an eye on our events page for upcoming book clubs and other events.

About Sidecountry

Breathtaking tales of climbers and hunters, runners and racers, winners and losers by the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter.

New York Times reporter John Branch’s riveting, humane pieces about ordinary people doing extraordinary things at the edges of the sporting world have won nearly every major journalism prize. Sidecountry gathers the best of Branch’s work for the first time, featuring 20 of his favorites from the more than 2,000 pieces he has published in the paper.

Branch is renowned for covering the offbeat in the sporting world, from alligator hunting to wingsuit flying. Sidecountry features such classic Branch pieces, including “Snow Fall,” about downhill skiers caught in an avalanche in Washington state, and “Dawn Wall,” about rock climbers trying to scale Yosemite’s famed El Capitan. In other articles, Branch introduces people whose dedication and decency transcend their sporting lives, including a revered football coach rebuilding his tornado-devastated town in Iowa and a girls’ basketball team in Tennessee that plays on despite never winning a game. The book culminates with his moving personal pieces, including “Children of the Cube,” about the surprising drama of Rubik’s Cube competitions as seen through the eyes of Branch’s own sports-hating son, and “The Girl in the No. 8 Jersey,” about a mother killed in the 2017 Las Vegas shooting whose daughter happens to play on Branch’s daughter’s soccer team.

John Branch has been hailed for writing “American portraiture at its best” (Susan Orlean) and for covering sports “the way Lyle Lovett writes country music—a fresh turn on a time-honored pleasure” (Nicholas Dawidoff). Sidecountry is the work of a master reporter at the top of his game.

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Sidecountry: Tales of Death and Life from the Back Roads of Sports By John Branch Cover Image
ISBN: 9781324021889
Availability: Books Usually Arrive in 5-7 Business Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 7th, 2022