17 January 2012

2011 reading list: October - December

Robert Whiting, You Gotta Have Wa. New York: 1990, Vantage.
An introductory history of baseball in Japan, which goes back to the 1870s.

David Levithan, A Lover's Dictionary. New York: 2011, Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
A relationship chronicled in the fragments associated with arbitrarily meaningful words.

Simon Max Hill & Shannon Wheeler, Grandpa Won't Wake Up. Los Angeles: 2011, Boom!Town.
The kids try everything, but grandpa won't wake up. Not to spoil it, but (spoiler alert!) it's because grandpa is dead.

John Thorn, Baseball in the Garden of Eden. New York: 2011, Simon & Schuster.
A "secret history of the early game" by the Official Historian of Major League Baseball, which debunks the story of invention in Cooperstown by Abner Doubleday through a look at the politics behind the creation myth.

Shel Silverstein, Falling Up. New York: 1996, Haper Collins.
More Uncle Shelby? We're down on our knees
But do make it quick, we're not saying "please"!

Clifton Blue Parker, Bucketfoot Al: The Baseball Life of Al Simmons. Jefferson, NC: 2011, McFarland.
See full review here


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