The Ultimate Reader's Guide to the Super Bowl

The biggest sporting event of the year is upon us. Whether you’re a true Broncos or Panthers fan or you're watching the game for a glimpse of Beyoncé at halftime, we’ve got reads to make you an expert on all things Super Bowl 50. Delve into our favorite football-themed books, take your finger food game to the next level for your viewing party, or read stories set in San Francisco, this year’s host city (and our hometown). You just might be tempted to skip the game all together for a weekend of reading instead.

About the Game:

The Blind Side

This inspiring story demonstrates the transformational impact of football on a child’s life. Follow Michael Oher’s journey from a broken home to a career as an NFL offensive tackle (and Super Bowl 50 contender!).


Football may be a game, but the consequences for players can be deadly serious. Recently adapted into a movie starring Will Smith, this book goes behind-the-scenes to reveal the sport’s dangers.

Football for Dummies

Come Super Bowl season, everyone’s a football fan—but not everyone's a football expert. Read this go-to resource and you could be coaching a (fantasy) NFL team in no time.


Daniel “Rudy” Reuttiger became a household name as the subject of one of the most influential sports movies ever made. Here, the Notre Dame football legend tells the story in his own words.

Why Football Matters

This well-balanced first hand account of life as a high school football player analyzes the positive and negative impacts of the sport on young men.


For Your Viewing Party:

Thug Kitchen: Party Grub

Vegan eats and the Super Bowl don’t usually go hand-in-hand, but Thug Kitchen is here to change that. From Creamy Pesto Dip to Deviled Chickpea Bites, these vegan treats will seem right at home next to any traditional party grub.

Seriously Simple Parties

Don’t let the stress of party planning get to you. With minimized prep time and streamlined cooking techniques, Seriously Simple Parties promises to make hosting a breeze, so you can actually kick back and enjoy the big game.

Modern Cocktails

Put down that Bud Light and step up your bartending game with these ultra classy cocktails. From classics like the Old Fashioned and the Gin Fizz, to modern concoctions like the Juicy Fruit, these drinks are sure to impress even the most die-hard beer fanatics.

The Party Food Bible

When hot dogs and nachos just won’t cut it, let The Party Food Bible be your guide. From potato puree with lobster and herb butter to prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, these amuse-bouches and canapes are sure to delight. Because who said football can’t be fancy?

The Ultimate Sports Fans' Cookbook

Take all of your favorite football party foods to the next level. Add some bacon to your buttermilk biscuits or a side of wasabi maple mustard to your chicken nuggets. These are all the classic party foods, only better.

Set in San Francisco

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

A former techie starts working at a traditional bookstore, leading to a magical exploration of the quintessentially San Franciscan struggle between the roles of technology and art in modern life.

Tales of the City

The first book in Armistead Maupin’s classic series about a young woman who falls in love with San Francisco in the ‘70s is a good reminder for Super Bowl visitors: Beware the city’s magic, or you may wind up a resident.

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Move on to the modern era with Dave Eggers’ heartbreaking (but hilarious) memoir that shatters every convention of memoir. A self-conscious work of staggering SF literary genius.

Cool Gray City of Love

Forget about using Google Maps to navigate your way around the City by the Bay—let this collection of 49 vignettes, each lovingly describing a different location around the city, be your tour guide instead.

Daughter of Fortune

San Francisco has always opened her arms to travelers looking for fortune (and more recently, football). Isabel Allende’s engrossing historical novel takes its heroine around the world, but her final destination is San Francisco in the throes of the Gold Rush.  

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