07 February 2017

2016 reading list, october - december

Tom Tango, Mitchel Lichtman, & Andrew Dolphin, The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball. Middletown, DE: TMA Press, 2006.

The Book is an update of John Thorn and Pete Palmer’s “Hidden Game of Baseball”, a data-driven look into how baseball games are played and won. Where Hidden Game relied on simulations to determine outcome probability, advances in computing power and record compilation since that work allowed Tango, Lichtman, and Dolphin to extract the actual value of on-field events for their analysis. The results lead to detailed discussion of when it makes sense to follow conventional wisdom and when it would likely produce better results to do something different. Questions about bunting, pitching match-ups, and batting order are also considered.

Carly Phillips, Hot Item. Don Mills, ON: HQN, 2006.

The last in a trilogy about the women of a public relations firm for athletes, Hot Item finds Sophie, “the smart one,” falling for her uncle’s quarterback client.

Robert Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land. NY: Putnam, 1961.

It is always a good time to (re)read this biography of Valentine Michael Smith, the Man from Mars.

Booth Tarkington, Claire Ambler. NY: Doubleday, Doran, 1928.

This study of a girl learning to love shows us three incidents in her life, at seventeen, twenty-one, and twenty-five.

Franklin Dixon, The Flickering Torch Mystery. NY: Grosset & Dunlap, 1943.

In this wartime thriller, a group of detectives races to catch a gang stealing from government job sites. Picture Humphrey Bogart as Fenton Hardy in this selection from the classic Hardy Boys series of training-noir.

Sherman Alexie, Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. NY: Little, Brown, 2007.

Everyone should read this book.


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