For the soccer fans among us, this June is a very special time: it's the Copa America Centenario—the hundredth anniversary of the Americas' oldest soccer competition, which is being hosted in the United States for the first time ever. Kicking off tonight with USA vs. Colombia, the 32 matches of the tournament will bring the biggest stars in the Western Hemisphere to 10 American cities. Whether you're a diehard fan or a football neophyte, there is one book we (along with The Boston Globe, The Spectator, and NBC News) heartily recommend as a guide: Mexican author Juan Villoro's God Is Round: Tackling the Giants, Villains, Triumphs, and Scandals of the World's Favorite Game.
To celebrate the Copa America Centenario and Juan Villoro's book, we're offering 20% off God Is Round through the end of the tournament, June 26th. Just click the "Buy from Restless" button on the book page and enter the discount code "COPA" at checkout.
"Copa America Centenario, an exciting mix of soccer talent, arrogance, and nationalism, is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to see stars from across the continent like Lionel Messi, Alexis Sánchez, and Radamel Falcao happily play not for money but for country. I got my tickets months ago to go with with family and friends. I also bought them all copies of Juan Villoro's magnificent book God Is Round. For those who complain that fútbol, unlike baseball, doesn't produce great literature, here's the perfect antidote: this book shows you not only why "jogo bonito" is what truly brings the Americas together, but it also proves that the beautiful game has a rich history worthy of One Hundred Years of Solitude."
—Ilan Stavans, publisher of Restless Books