09 July 2012

2012 Reading List: April – June

Andrew Finkbeiner, Mopar B-Body Performance Upgrades 1962-79. New York: S-A Design, 2012

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Eric Walker, The Sinister First Baseman and Other Observations. Millbrae, LA: Celestrial Arts, 1982.

The title refers to the fact that first basemen have traditionally been left-handed, while the other infield positions are denied lefties because of their usual throwing motions. This, and other thoughts on the game—following the Bill James example of questioning assumptions and seeking fundamental truths—are expressed in literary essays that remain delightful even if the questions have long-since been answered and the novel observations are now accepted as obvious.

Bernard Malamud, The Natural. NY: MJF Books, 1992

You’ve seen the movie. Forget the movie; Robert Redford was too pretty to play someone who suffers as much as Roy Hobbs. This story is dark, full of mystery and abuse and doubt and regret, rendered in prose that glows like the moon swimming in lemon juice.

Jim Abbott and Tim Brown, Imperfect: An improbable life. NY: Ballantine, 2012.

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Lowell L Blaisdell, Carl Hubbell: A biography of the Screwball King. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2011.

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Salman Rushdie, Luka and the Fire of Life. NY: Random House, 2010.

The follow-up to Haroun and the Sea of Stories, written for Rushdie’s own younger son, requires Rashid Khalifa’s younger son to undertake his own quest into the Magic World for the Fire of Life, which is all that will save Rashid’s life. Great adventure ensues.

David Wellington, 32 Fangs. NY: Broadway Paperbacks, 2012.

The fifth and final volume in a series chronicles vampire hunter Laura Caxton’s preparations for and climactic battle with Malverna, the powerful monster whose own story is told in parallel with Caxton’s.


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