Charles Davis

Charles’ Bookshelf


Before you execute the plays, you have to study the book.
–Charles Davis

Reading is one of my passions, and during my travels, people often ask what I’m reading or what I recommend.

Charles met his favorite fiction author, Harlan Coben, at a signing in California.

Charles met his favorite fiction author, Harlan Coben, at a book signing in California.

Following are some recent selections from my bookshelf. If you’ve read any of these or plan to, let me know. I’d love to chat. Tweet me @CFD22 and use  #DavisBookLeague.

Recommend Books


Live Wire (fiction by Harlan Coben • ISBN: 978-0-525-95206-0 • March 2011 • Dutton • 384 pages)

Stay Close (fiction by Harlan Coben • ISBN: 0525952276 • March 2012 • Dutton • 387 pages) 51yrXjiEBDL





Long Lost  (fiction by Harlan Coben • ISBN-978-0-525-95105-6 • Dutton • March 2009 • 388 pages)








The Legend’s Club (non-fiction by John Feinstein about Mike Krzyzweski, Dean Smith and Jim Valvano  • 9780385539418 • March 2016 • Doubleday • 416 pages)



Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto (non-fiction by Steve Almond • ISBN-10: 1612194915 • ISBN-13: 978-1612194912 • August 2015 • Melville House • 208 pages)

Against Football

Gone (fiction by James Patterson • ISBN: 0316210986 • September 2013 • Little, Brown and Company • 416 pages)


Highly Recommend

Papa Bear

Papa Bear: The Life and Legacy of George Halas

by Jeff Davis (ISBN-10: 0071477411 • July 2006 • McGraw-Hill • 544 pages)

“This is a wonderful book for an amateur football historian such as myself.”

Additional Recommended Books

“Paper Lion” by George Plimpton

“Mad Ducks and Bears” by George Plimpton

“Even Big Guys Cry” by Alex Karass