Feinstein focuses on the careers of two managers, two outfielders, two pitchers, a designated hitter and an umpire through the 2012 season in the International League...A kaleidoscopic insiders’ story of baseball as played by the Durham Bulls, Buffalo Bisons, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Norfolk Tides and others like them.
The author dishes plenty...but the repeated demonstrations of flawed character do nothing to diminish Williams’ outsized stature as a player. Bradlee is as enthusiastic as Vin Scully...
The later journey to sobriety sees him leaning harder on cliche – he's particularly fond of the idea that relapse is part of recovery – but the sense of threat, to himself and others, is constant.
Tesson’s engaging book, winner of the Prix Médicis for nonfiction and skillfully translated by Linda Coverdale, is “the journal of a hermit’s life,” one in which Tesson candidly records his rich experiences and reveals his equally illuminating self-discoveries.
Jackson was never a household name, but his memoir is better than any ghostwritten self-homage from a superstar.
There are also just too many setting changes. We have Texas, Minnesota, California, Washington D.C., and Florida and none of them place the hero and heroine in the same state. Despite these quibbles, the book works.
"The Sports Gene" is bound to put the cat among the pigeons in the blank-slate crowd who think that we can all be equal as long as we equalize environmental inputs such as practice. But the science says that it just ain't so. Not even 10,000 hours of wishful thinking will change nature.
Berry gave it the old college try, but the ultimate fantasy sports book has yet to be written...
Alternating with his prodigious research, the author chronicles his passionate watching and playing of the game...
...the Berlin Olympics were carefully orchestrated by propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels and filmed by Leni Riefenstahl to show the world the terrifying images of Aryan “purity” and Nazi supremacy. Yet for these American boys, it was an amazing dream. A touching, fairly uncomplicated portrayal of rowing legends.
McEnroe and Andre Agassi pioneered the emotionally intelligent tennis memoir, but this is not it.
ably portrays the role of his wife and teenage son in his culinary journey, making a case for the role of food in building family connections.
...the story drifts toward a somewhat unsatisfying, perhaps too easy, conclusion.
By the end, Alzheimer’s is taking its grinding toll, but Summitt can still say of her own best seller, “What better way to kick a memory-wasting disease in the teeth?”
Some arresting snapshots of the coaching life, but the captions are sometimes as conventional as a cautious coach.
As the pen rises from the page between words, so the walker's feet rise and fall between paces...
Arnold Schwarzenegger's autobiography – like his Terminator alter ego – lacks wit, charm or self-awareness.
...because the book is terrific: modest, honest, funny and frequently moving—an antidote.
...a remarkably uncompromising book, one that deserves a place on a short shelf with other minor-classic baseball memoirs
A mordant humour sometimes frames the shooting up and downbeat cheating.