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.
...Lockhart elegantly depicts these creatures of the sky and, in so doing, celebrates the natural richness of the country over which they fly.
Veteran writer Callahan offers a loving look back at the life of golf's most beloved personality. It's a great way to see what the fuss was all about; he really was that special.
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.
This is a solid biography of the legendary figure - a little too admiring in spots, but it's not hard to fall in love with aspects of Casey Stengel's personality. Young fans will find out what the fuss was about.
Ultimately, I think the book stands or falls on how Cash works for the reader. For me, Cash is a guy I’d be happy to spend time with any place, any day so it was definitely a win for me and it’s why I recommend.
Tavares’s luminous paintings pair with accessible prose arranged into verselike passages to create a vivid portrait of two contemporary athletes.
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.
Using highly poetic language, he explores an “edgeland”, the no man’s land between city and country, near the Yorkshire town of Harrogate.
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.
It’s fun to have “the Great One” narrate some of hockey’s key moments, but the book feels hastily assembled, and for hardcore NHL fans, much of the history will be familiar. The book also lacks any real insights or revelations from Gretzky’s own playing days.
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.