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, one of the nation's foremost authorities on the topic, purports to entertain and enlighten us with the hijinks of the leagues and fantasy players he's run across...Berry's storytelling is a little uneven, sometimes hilarious, other times exasperating, occasionally even cringe-worthy.
The Great Tamasha tells a fascinating story well. Anyone interested in India, or cricket, and most certainly both, will enjoy it very much.
As in Laura Hillenbrand’s Seabiscuit...even though we know the outcome, the results are thrilling. These Boys make a great story, engagingly told.
His book is mostly written in this testosterone-induced spirit. More than once, for example, he tells his gentle reader to "fuck off".
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.
Singer’s rendering of the labored speech of an aging Joe in the later portion of the book may seem heavy-handed in some respects...
The master of emotional jousting on the court speaks candidly of life challenges off of it—a must-read for basketball junkies, sport fans and any whose lives have been touched by incurable illness.
Mike Piazza isn't gay and didn't use steroids...to have revealed either of them would have certainly made his memoir, "Long Shot," more interesting.
Coaching Confidential is a fun read.
...Macfarlane has given us a gorgeous book about physical movement and the movement of memory, one that resounds with stories told to “the beat of the placed and lifted foot.”
A vapid, hulking doorstopper of a self-tribute.
...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.
The most interesting thing about "Paterno" may be that, even leaving the scandal aside, the coach comes across as a self-mythologizing monster, consumed by his legacy of winning on the football field.
Basketball and Olympics fans will welcome this nostalgic trip through the recent past.
...this enigmatic book is written out of what cannot be fathomed – the life never lived, her own unknown depths. It is mourning disguised as inquiry in which swimming, writing and painting join forces.
From start to finish, this is a truly Olympic-level literary achievement.
The main characters are vivid and complex, with layer upon layer of issues and problems. By the time I closed the book I realized that I had been completely sucked into their lives.