Wherever I Wind Up by R. A. Dickey with Wayne Coffey

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23 Critic Reviews

Once an English-lit major and now a starting pitcher for the New York Mets, the author emerges as one of baseball's good guys, and someone who can write as well as he pitches. Dickey has set a new standard for athlete autobiographies.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

With a new epilogue by author R.A. Dickey, winner of the 2012 Cy Young award

"An astounding memoir--haunting and touching, courageous and wise." - Jeremy Schaap, bestselling author, Emmy award-winning journalist, ESPN

In 1996, R.A. Dickey was the Texas Rangers’ much-heralded No. 1 draft choice. Then, a routine physical revealed that his right elbow was missing its ulnar collateral ligament, and his lifelong dream—along with his $810,000 signing bonus—was ripped away. Yet, despite twice being consigned to baseball’s scrap heap, Dickey battled back. Sustained by his Christian faith, the love of his wife and children, and a relentless quest for self-awareness, Dickey is now the starting pitcher for the Toronoto Blue Jays (he was previously a star pitcher for the New York Mets) and one of the National League’s premier players, as well as the winner of the 2012 Cy Young award.

In Wherever I Wind Up, Dickey eloquently shares his quintessentially American tale of overcoming extraordinary odds to achieve a game, a career, and a life unlike any other.
 

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R.A. DICKEY is a starting pitcher for the New York Mets. He is one of the top starters in the National League, not to mention a widely beloved figure within the clubhouse. When not on the road with the team, Dickey lives in Tennessee with his wife and children.WAYNE COFFEY is an award-winning journalist for the New York Daily News and the author of more than thirty books, including The Boys of Winter, a New York Times bestselling chronicle of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. A three-time Pulitzer nominee, he has been named one of the nation's top sports feature writers by the Associated
 
Published March 29, 2012 by Plume. 369 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction
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All: 23 | Positive: 22 | Negative: 1

Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Mar 12 2012

Once an English-lit major and now a starting pitcher for the New York Mets, the author emerges as one of baseball's good guys, and someone who can write as well as he pitches. Dickey has set a new standard for athlete autobiographies.

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The Maine Edge

Excellent
Reviewed by Allen Adams on Apr 11 2012

“Wherever I Wind Up” works because it never feels disingenuous or false - for better or worse, Dickey has committed to telling the reader the truth as he sees it.

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The Gospel Coalition

Excellent
Reviewed by Tim Ellsworth

While Dickey’s book will be especially appealing for baseball fans, it should also be enjoyable for those who are encouraged by reading about the transformative power of God’s grace.

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Knox News

Excellent
Reviewed by Pablo Tanguay on Apr 21 2012

It is rare to find a baseball book by an insider that dishes no dirt. It is even rarer to find a professional athlete willing to acknowledge his own mistakes.

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Knox News

Excellent
Reviewed by Pablo Tanguey on Apr 21 2012

It is rare... to find a professional athlete willing to acknowledge his own mistakes. In "Wherever I Wind Up," R.A. Dickey reveals himself to be a sensitive, fragile human being — just like the rest of us.

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At Home Plate

Excellent
Reviewed by Jonathan Leshanski on Apr 18 2012

I read a lot of baseball books, some for review, some for pleasure, but only a very few of them blow me away. "Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball," written by Dickey and Wayne Coffey, is one of those.

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MLB.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Mark Newman on Mar 29 2012

Dickey has documented his own adventure, unpacked long-boxed inner thoughts and penned what deserves to be a bestseller.

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MLB.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Mark Newman on Mar 29 2012

Reading "Wherever I Wind Up," you are glad that Dickey never stopped doing it, never stopped climbing the mountain on this adventure

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Sports Book Review Center

Good
Reviewed by Budd Bailey on Apr 10 2012

In the meantime, any reader will come away impressed by Dickey's resilience, and will be rooting for him by the time the last few works are reached.

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Buried Under Books

Good
Reviewed by Gloria Feit

To the author’s credit, he names names, and is generous in his praise while being candid in his assessments when circumstances warrant it.

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Ron Kaplan's Baseball Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Ron Kaplan on May 08 2012

You only have to hear him on an NPR interview to get a sense of his intelligence and sensitivity. That’s why Wherever I Wind Up...written with Wayne Coffey, is so stunning for its honesty.

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Collateral Bloggage

Good
Reviewed by Seth on Apr 18 2012

There's just something about knuckleball pitchers, I suppose, that makes them just plain interesting. So if, on top of the mere face of throwing the knuckler, a pitcher is also interesting in his own right, that's gold.

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Vince Keenan

Good
Reviewed by Vince Keenan on May 08 2012

It’s an unlikely tale of an unorthodox triumph, told by an amiable narrator.

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Baseball Reflections

Good
Reviewed by Bill Jordan on Apr 13 2012

Throughout the book, one of the main themes is that he always does what he thinks is right, regardless of what others may say about him.

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Boston Red Thoughts

Good
Reviewed by Christine E. on Apr 16 2012

Both heartbreaking and inspirational, Wherever I Wind Up chronicles one man’s journey through some really awful things, and despite some pretty amazing odds, coming out the other side happy, whole and successful.

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Was Watching

Good
Reviewed by Steve L. on May 18 2012

However, I think what got me most...was Dickey’s gift as a writer and a storyteller. This just may be one of the best written baseball autobiographies that I have read in the last 35 years.

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America's White Boy

Good
Reviewed by Bobby McCrib on May 15 2012

Wherever I Wind Up is about a personal struggle to succeed. You could take the baseball out of this book and the message would still be the same. It would be a perfect book to give a recent high school or college graduate.

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We Embrace Sports

Good
Reviewed by Harold Reynolds on Apr 20 2012

...it really reflects the broader spiritual themes of forgiveness and redemption, which are the book’s real messages...And as a sports fan, it is fun and fascinating.

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Batter Chatter

Good
Reviewed by Mike on Apr 19 2012

If a Christian book doesn't sound like a lot of fun, think otherwise--Wherever I Wind Up is fresh and funny, and offers intriguing insights into the life of a major league ballplayer, and a way offbeat one at that.

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The Real Dirty

Good
Reviewed by Rusty Jr. on Apr 10 2012

The words “authentic” and “humble” are words that usually do not go hand in hand with a major League baseball player. But Dickey proves that he is not part of the game that has been reduced to 10 second cliche ridden soundbites .

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Paul Lebowitz

Good
Reviewed by Paul Lebowitz on Apr 07 2012

If there’s anything to take from the book, it’s that faith—religious or not—gives freedom to be true to oneself. Dickey tells the truth. And sometimes that’s the hardest thing to do.

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The Platoon Advantage

Below average
Apr 06 2012

his long asides take what is billed as a baseball book with some religion, and turn it into a religious text with some baseball...Dickey’s memoir also suffers from feeling somewhat incomplete.

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Metrospectus

Good
Reviewed by Jeff on Apr 01 2012

I am a fan of Robert Allen Dickey and reading his book only made me a bigger one..."Wherever I Wind Up" is the most honest book you will read this year...

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