New & notable: ‘Rules for Becoming a Legend’

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Rules for Becoming a Legend

by Timothy S. Lane

Viking, $26.95

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Timothy S. Lane, a former sportswriter in Molalla, Ore., actually worked in publishing for two years, for the Penguin Group in New York City, before moving back to Oregon with the goal of becoming an author.

Done. Rules for Becoming a Legend is Lane’s debut novel, released just in time for March Madness.

It’s the story of beloved Jimmy “Kamikaze” Kirkus, a high school basketball superstar in the making who’s the pride of a small town in Oregon where hoops is king.

Basketball is in his DNA. Jimmy’s father, Todd “Freight Train” Kirkus, seemed destined for an NBA career when he blew out a knee — at least that’s what his son believes. It turns out the “Kirkus Gift” is more like the Kirkus Curse, as Jimmy finds out during a big game.

The curse extends beyond the basketball court. This family struggles with the pressure to succeed, lost opportunity and resentment. Can Jimmy possibly beat the family curse? Rule 12? Get up when knocked down.

— Celeste Williams

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