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John Branch


John Branch

John Branch is a reporter for the New York Times. His feature article about an avalanche in Washington State, "Snow Fall," won the Pulitzer Prize; he has been featured three times in The Best American Sports Writing; and his first book, BOY ON ICE, won the PEN/ESPN Prize for Literary Sports Writing. He lives near San Francisco.

Photo Credit: © Catherine Branch

Books by John Branch

by John Branch - Biography, Nonfiction

For generations, the Wrights of southern Utah have raised cattle and world-champion saddle-bronc riders --- some call them the most successful rodeo family in history. Now Bill and Evelyn Wright, parents to 13 children and grandparents to many more, find themselves struggling to hang on to the majestic landscape where they’ve been running cattle for 150 years as the West is transformed by urbanization, battered by drought and rearranged by public-land disputes. Could rodeo, of all things, be the answer? In this follow-up to his prize-winning first book, New York Times reporter John Branch delivers an epic and intimate family story deep in the American grain.

by John Branch - Biography, Nonfiction, Sports

The tragic death of hockey star Derek Boogaard at 28 was front-page news across the country in 2011 and helped shatter the silence about violence and concussions in professional sports. Now, acclaimed reporter John Branch tells the shocking story of Boogaard's life and heartbreaking death. BOY ON ICE raises deep and disturbing questions about the systemic brutality of contact sports and the damage that reaches far beyond the game.