Books by Dan Jenkins

HIS OWNSELF by Dan Jenkins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"A good book for the reactionary on your gift list."
Acclaimed sportswriter and best-selling novelist Jenkins (The Franchise Babe, 2008) writes about golf, his upbringing and how "everything was better in the '30s." Read full book review >
THE FRANCHISE BABE by Dan Jenkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 2008

"The same old story, written by someone who should know better."
Never has the worldview of Golf Digest columnist Jenkins (Slim and None, 2005, etc.) been pettier than in this cliché-ridden, boorish and brief exploration of the newly sexualized world of the LPGA tour. Read full book review >
THE MONEY-WHIPPED STEER-JOB THREE-JACK GIVE-UP ARTIST by Dan Jenkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"It's dismaying to see a great sportswriter reduced to feeble self-parody, becoming a potty-mouthed adolescent whose chief delight seems to be thinking up new ethnic and gender epithets. Pathetic."
The pride of Goat Hills, Jenkins, perhaps our best living golf writer, returns to his thinly fictionalized version of the PGA Tour for the first time in a quarter-century. Read full book review >
RUDE BEHAVIOR by Dan Jenkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A coarse mix of good ol' boy put-downs, below-the-belt slurs, sports gossip, and aw-shucks sentimentality can't mask the sadness in this tale of men building monuments to their former glory. (Author tour)"
The veteran sportswriter rounds up his gang from Semi-Tough (1972) and Life on Its Ownself (1984) for a crassly funny, cynical, but ultimately endearing nod at professional football. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 15, 1995

"This book proves once again that although sports may be falling apart under the relentless pressure of corporate meddling, greed, drugs, racism, and the rest of the real world, sportswriters are still reporting that downfall with keen intelligence and art."
The fifth annual offering in this series edited by Stout features stories selected by Jenkins (You Gotta Play Hurt, 1991, etc.), this year's editor, and as usual, the results are mostly impressive. Read full book review >
YOU GOTTA PLAY HURT by Dan Jenkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Some will find it offensive, particularly in sexual and racial matters, but there's nothing in this sprawling comedy that can't be found in the world."
Bawdy, bitter, very funny, and as absolutely tasteless as its subject matter: Jenkins's farewell salute to big-time sportswriting is a tell-all novel that deflates the hype around each and every event, from the Olympics to the Kentucky Derby to Wimbledon. Read full book review >