“Journalist Price gleefully narrates his quest to dunk a basketball as a not-so-young adult…A springy mix of science writing, memoir, and history that is by turns informative, entertaining, and endearing.” –Publishers WeeklyFrom the Hardcover edition.
“Price faced down numerous psychological and physical obstacles, as well as dramatic setbacks off the hardwood, but his optimism, perserverance, and development are at the heart of this good-natured chronicle of his efforts.” –Kirkus Reviews
“Year of the Dunk is a science-sprinkled narrative so deftly spun you won’t notice how much you’re learning. It is by turns challenging, inspiring, suspenseful, and constantly hilarious. Price’s exploration of the limits of his own hops is undertaken on behalf of all who have ever set a lofty goal. This is one of the most enjoyable sports books I’ve read.” –David Epstein, author of the New York Times bestseller The Sports Gene
“White men, it seems, can jump after all. In fact, they can soar, as Asher Price shows in Year of the Dunk, his craftily documented pursuit of the slam. As Price pursues his quest to throw down a rim-clearing stuff, his opponent is not just gravity, but time. Price’s journey to reshape his body and upgrade his hops becomes a fun meditation on the mid air slam dance that for decades now has fascinated millions the world over.” –Roland Lazenby, author of Michael Jordan: The Life
“From a seemingly simple quest—to launch his creaky body high enough to ram a basketball through a hoop ten feet off the floor—Asher Price has spun a high-flying tale of science and sweat that’ll captivate even the most earthbound reader. Year of the Dunk is nerdy, fun, and full of surprises.” —Earl Swift, author of Auto Biography
“In this quirky and endearing memoir of personal growth, Price leaps gamely from his own underdog story to the historical and scientific narratives that underlie his quest to dunk. He explores the evolution and biomechanics of jumping, unpacks the racial tensions bound up with dunking, and gives us the low-down on all those high-tech sneakers. Two thumbs up.” —Alex Stone, author of Fooling Houdini
“It’s good! Year of the Dunk recounts science writer Asher Price’s quest to train his body to dunk a basketball. And it’s good! The book as well as the shot.” —Gregg Easterbrook, author of The King of Sports