7 by Peter Golenbock
The Mickey Mantle Novel

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Mickey Mantle loved sex. And getting drunk. Those are the topics of discussion as the baseball hero, now in heaven, pulls up a chair with writer Leonard Shecter. Together they rehash Mantle's life, from his X-rated bedroom exploits and his treatment of fans to his relationship with the media and his phenomenal career. Nothing is left uncovered in a story that reveals Mantle's dark side.
Only two main voices are needed from Alan Smithee -- a drawly, scratchy Oklahoma twang for Mantle and a low, whispery tone for Shecter. The novel, rooted in truths, is a remorseful confession for Mantle as, in his own way, he faces the demons that shaped his life. Smithee -- a traditional pseudonym in the entertainment industry -- is wonderful as ball player and writer.

About Peter Golenbock

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Peter Golenbock is one of the nation’s best-known sports authors, and has written some of the best-selling sports books of the last thirty years, including Idiot (with Johnny Damon), Balls (with Graig Nettles), The Bronx Zoo (with Sparky Lyle), Bums: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers, and Wild, High and Tight: The Life and Death of Billy Martin. Five of his books have been New York Times bestsellers. Golenbock lives in St. Petersburg, Florida. This is his first novel.
Published February 2, 2015 by Antenna Books. 267 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, History, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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This book would make Henry Miller blush. Golenbock, author of many sports books, has written a novel about baseball great Mickey Mantle. It takes place in heaven, where Mantle, talking with dead ba

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the book occasioned a firestorm of controversy and was contributory to publisher Judith Regan's firing and the cancellation of the book, since picked up by Lyons.

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Words cannot fully convey how god-awful 7: The Mickey Mantle Novel, Peter Golenbock's ''inventive memoir,'' is.

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