From the Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander comes his newest book The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life, now on store shelves. Using basketball as a metaphor for the game of life, Alexander delivers life lessons about motivation, teamwork, passion and focus that are easily applicable to every day scenarios at home, at work, in the classroom, on stage and as a measure of our relationships with others.
It’s not preachy or heavy reading, and it is sure to pique the interest of even the most stubborn non-readers.
Check out Alexander’s collected quotes from politicians, athletes and cultural leaders like: Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, Mia Hamm, Derek Jeter, Michael Jordan, Michelle Obama, Sonia Sotomayor and Oprah Winfrey.
Publishers and critics told Alexander that poetry and sports didn’t have a place in the mainstream and after nearly two dozen rejection letters, Alexander made the jump shot with his bestseller, Crossover, a poetry book published in 2009.
Check out Alexander, on tour with The Playbook, on March 9 at Books of Wonder, 18 W. 18th St. in Manhattan. Buy The Playbook ($14.99) wherever books are sold.