For those of you hopping on your bike this summer, whether it’s a leisurely scenic tour or training for something more serious, you should check out this month’s nonfiction pick The Happiness of Pursuit by celebrated Tour De France veteran and Olympic medalist Davis Phinney. Despite being an elite athlete for two decades, Davis felt for years that something was not quite right. He was finally diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s, and his body, once an ally, became a prison. While Davis’s cycling career was coming to a close, however, his son Taylor’s was beginning to flourish. Determined to overcome his setbacks, Davis eventually became well enough to watch his son compete in the Beijing Olympics. A humorous and graceful chronicle of Davis’ career, his battle with Parkinson’s, and his relationship with Taylor, The Happiness of Pursuit is an inspirational read for anyone who’s ever had a hurdle to overcome.
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