My book with John Saunders out next week: “Playing Hurt: My Journey from Despair to Hope.”

Hello, Loyal Readers!

AS Mark Twain would say, “Rumors of my death have been exaggerated.” But two books in one year will do that. The first of them, Playing Hurt: My Journey from Despair to Hope, which is John Saunders’ memoir of facing abuse, drugs, concussions, and depression, comes out Tuesday, and can be pre-ordered on amazon. We’re already getting great reviews from Sports Illustrated, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, and amazon.com. Another is coming from the Washington Post, which doesn’t write many reviews these days.

Meantime, John’s widow Wanda and his brother Bernie will be on Good Morning America Tuesday morning, and I’ll be on NPR’s “Here & Now” with Wanda on Tuesday afternoon.  Then I’ll do five shows with ESPN on Thursday, including “Mike & Mike” at 7:30 a.m., SportsCenter at 11:30, 2:15, and 7:00, and on the radio, “The Right Time with Bomani,” at 3 p.m. But there will be no quiz — honest!

Finally, I’ll be doing an in-store event at Literati in Ann Arbor on September 14 to talk about the book. Hope to see you there!

-JUB

“A story that merits both sympathy and attention.”―Kirkus Reviews

“An inspiring call to action about mental illness.”
Sports Illustrated

“For sports fans and anyone who has struggled with depression.”
Library Journal

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