This little bit of bedtime foolery feels a little incomplete, but it should strike a chord—and it’s far wittier than the similarly themed Go the Fuck to Sleep.
This book has all sorts of anecdotes about baseball and the 1960s. There are some interesting tales about what happened over those eventful ten years, as even a timeless game wasn't immune to what was happening outside of the foul lines. But the authors don't offer too much analysist. The resulting book feels a little too short.
Oddly, the Red Sox’s long-awaited World Series victory in 2004 and Pedro’s dedication to improving conditions in his homeland are only mentioned in an author’s note. A warm portrait of a modern baseball icon.
Concise and relatively short, “The Stranger in the Woods” is possessed of a readability that borders on the compulsive. Filled with details writ both large and small, the book allows a glimpse (albeit an unavoidably incomplete one) at the sort of man who would willingly embrace such a life.
From the massive rise of the decade’s early years to the cratering of its ending, “Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic” paints a picture of perhaps the most undercelebrated great team of the modern era...Turbow captures the deep weirdness of the era as it was refracted through the prism of baseball.
This is a look back at a baseball pennant-winner that came out of nowhere, had a great season, and disappeared just as quickly. This features a fan's enthusiasm for the subject by the author, but also carries a few biases in that direction that don't quite pass the smell test. However, Phillies fans will enjoy it.
Heartbreak is a constant companion in the sports world, the notion of just-missed opportunity. Cox captures that sense, even as the men themselves acknowledge that this is how it goes sometimes in the game that they love.
Lovers of the game will love the opportunity to glimpse bits and pieces of baseball’s regional uniqueness; it’s a chance to get an idea of the sport’s aesthetics as seen from another fan’s seat. And with baseball season fast approaching, many of those seats are soon to be taken.
The trick is to let the writing wash over you, rather than fighting it, and even to skip certain passages. Happily, readers will find themselves needing to do this less and less in the second half of the book, as the final nears and both authors get into their stride.
This is an accurate and professional look at the American Hockey League, the sport's top minor league. The catch is that the story is told in a rather dry manner, and may not hold the interest of more casual fans. But it accomplishes its goal, and people in AHL cities might like it.
Some may take issue with Tebow's simplistic affirmations of faith (including seeing God in coincidence); others will see them as the book's greatest strength. All readers will be won over by Tebow's dedication and perseverance, and admire him for staying true to service-oriented Christianity through a quite unconventional life.
Pearlman’s latest effort lacks the emotional heft of his Walter Payton or Barry Bonds biographies, but he strips away Favre’s grown-up-kid mythology while reveling in his unlikely, turbulent path to iconic status.
A mostly photographic look back at the hockey career of Darryl Sittler, one of the greatest Toronto Maple Leafs ever. Big fans certainly will enjoy the photos, although I would guess some of the ground in the text already has been covered in his previous memoirs.
The most interesting athletes are never the stars on the ascent or the gods at the top of the game, but rather the humans on the other side. For all he was in his prime, 99, and the stories he shares, are about as human as they get.
The story of Wayne Gretzky's chase of an NHL scoring record (50 goals in 50 games) gets a game-by-game review here. The authors try hard, but there's a little too much dry material about games from more than 30 years ago - which ultimately have nothing to do with the thrust of the story - to make this an interesting read at this point.
McKnight gives an exemplary history of hockey itself and adds excellent chapters on related subjects such as how changes in hockey arenas have affected how the sport is broadcast, and appends a survey of significant announcers from the past whose influence lives on today.
One of the greatest golfers of all time offers up some stories and advice...A heartfelt, sincere, mini–self-portrait by a man who epitomizes class.
The balance between romance and action misses the mark slightly, but ultimately, readers will be glad they strapped on their boots and went along for the ride.
Hold “Upstream” in your hands, and you hold a miracle of ravishing imagery and startling revelation.
The author's access to this troubled basketball player - the two even lived in the same house at one point - gives this an authentic feel. Addiction stories are never fun, but this certainly shows what Marvin Barnes went through over the years.