Books

Here is a collection of my various books. You can purchase them on Amazon by clicking on the title.

Hate Mail from Cheerleaders and Other Adventures from the Life of Reilly

This is a collection of 100 columns from "The Life of Reilly," first published in Sports Illustrated over the last seven years. This is the essence of the columns, "I don't write about sports. I write about people who happen to be in sports. I write about human joy, sorrow, religion and politics as it weaves itself through sports."

 

Shanks for Nothing (novel)

This is a sequel to my previous novel, "Missing Links." We have the same cast of bizarre characters from Ponkaquogue Municipal Golf Links and Deli, also known as Ponky. Did you ever see the movie "Love, Actually"? I like to think of this book as "Golf, Actually." It has nine different plots which wind up merging in the end, for better or worse. The story revolves around a plan by the neighboring upscale Mayflower Club to buy Ponky and use it as a parking lot. The Ponky regulars put together a plan to save their beloved goat track. Tolstoy wishes he'd thought of it.

 

The Life of Reilly: The Best of Sports Illustrated's Rick Reilly

This book is organized around Reilly's seven Rs: Rants, Raves, Reality, Roots, Rough, Wrecks, and Royalty. There are features and columns on sports greats, rants against high-profile atheletic programs, tales of golfing glory in and out of the spotlight -- including a round with standing president Bill Clinton -- plus reflections on the true meaning of sacrifice, and personal stories about the Reilly family's trials and tribulations.

   

Who's Your Caddy?: Looping for the Great, Near Great, and Reprobates of Golf

Who knows golfers best? Who's with them every minute of every round, hears their muttering, knows whether they cheat? Their caddies, of course. So sportswriter Rick Reilly figured that he could learn a lot about the players and their games by caddying. He caddied for some of the best golfers in the world -- Jack Nicklaus, David Duval, Tom Lehman, John Daly, Casey Martin, and Jill McGill -- as well as Deepak Chopra, Donald Trump, a high-rolling golf hustler in Las Vegas, and a blind golfer. Reilly's wicked wit and an expert's eye provide readers with the next best thing to a great round of golf.

 

Missing Links (novel)

Missing LInks is the novel that has become a kind of cult classic among golfers, still selling strong after 11 years. We get movie offers on it all the time, but nothing has quite caught fire. It's the story of four middle-class buddies who live outside Boston and for years have been 1) utterly obsessed with golf and 2) a regular foursome at Ponkaquogue Municipal Course and Deli, the single worst golf course in America. These are guys that take the bus with their clubs on their back. A long overdue tribute to dog-meat public courses and the incurables who play them.

 

Slo Mo! (novel)

Growing up in a bizarre cave-dwelling cult in Colorado, seven-foot, eight-inch Maurice "Slo-Mo" Finsternick knows nothing about the NBA--that is until the day he's discovered and becomes the hottest sports icon in the country. Eventually, though, Slo-Mo begins to move away from his kind, truthful, polite, and self-effacing ways and gradually learns to behave like a famous athlete. Can the big man's innocence survive the charms of the big show?