Far Afield: A Sportswriting Odyssey

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A Year in Provence . . . in sweats

Some people would consider writing for Sports Illustrated a dream job. Others fantasize about living idyllically in the South of France. S. L. Price got to do both. Assigned by Sports Illustrated to cover sports in Europe, Price relocated his family to a small hamlet in Provence, and then set out to uncover the soul of world athletic competition.

In an attempt to comprehend the planet's most intense and bloody sports, he immersed himself in the cricket rivalry between India and Pakistan. He spent time with Lance Armstrong as the cyclist fended off rumors of performance-enhancing drugs. He argued politics with Olympic athletes in Athens, covered Austria's beer-drenched version of the Super Bowl, and caught basketball fever in Belgrade—as he, his wife, and children tried to adjust to life in a Europe convulsed by terrorism, anti-Americanism, and George Bush's war in Iraq.

Far Afield is an extraordinary memoir of growth, family, and games people play worldwide.

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For some people, writing for Sports Illustrated would be considered a dream job. For some families, living in the South of France would be considered a dream life. In 2004, S.L. Price got to do both. After parlaying a job offer into a one-year assignment covering sports in Europe, Price moves his wife and three kids to a small hamlet in Provence, and then, on the eve of the Olympics' epic return to Athens, proceeds to span the continent trying to untangle the soul of world sports. He goes to Pakistan to understand the planet’s most intense and bloody rivalry, spends time with Lance Armstrong as he fends off rumors of performance-enhancing drugs, charts the American surge in English soccer and basketball fever in Belgrade. Through Grand Slam tennis events, soccer matches and the bacchanal that is Europe’s premiere ski race, Price traces all the cross-currents of passion and patriotism, the mutually suspicious and admiring attitudes between U.S. and Europe -- and then he manages to do more. For Far Afield is more than a sports travelogue. In detailing his family’s adjustment to France, in teasing out what it’s like to live in a Europe convulsed by terrorism, anti-Americanism and George Bush’s war in Iraq, in tracing his development as a writer with detailed portraits of icons like Ted Williams and Michael Jordan, Price provides a vivid portrait of one man’s growth in his craft, and one American’s walk through a strange land in the strangest of times.

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Nationally acclaimed Sports Illustrated writer S. L. Price is given the dream assignment: set up a base in the South of France with his wife and young family, and travel the world to cover people, places, and events few Americans could ever know.He immerses himself in the nuclear-fueled cricket rivalry between India and Pakistan. He argues about politics with Olympic athletes in Greece, descends upon Austria's beer-drenched version of the Super Bowl and Belgrade's hoop dreams, and explores the foreign terrain of soccer madness from Marseille to Manchester. But along the way, Price also details the strange, manic pace of the sportswriting life - replete with portraits of American icons Ted Williams, Michael Jordan, Lance Armstrong, and Ralph Nader - and traces the expatriate's bumpy, entrancing path through a land that both reviles and reveres all things American.Far Afield is a moving memoir of growth and family and games people play worldwide. Think A Year in Provence in sweats.

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