Scoring from Second: Writers on Baseball (Paperback)
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Scoring from Second: Writers on Baseball (Paperback)

(author of introduction,editor), (foreword)
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Paperback 332 Pages / Published: 01/04/2007
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Why do accomplished writers (and grown-ups) like Ron Carlson, Rick Bass, and Michael Chabon (to name but a few of those represented here) still obsess over their baseball days? What is it about this green game of suspense that not only moves us but can also move us to flights of lyrical writing? In Scoring from Second: Writers on Baseball some of the literary lights of our day answer these questions with essays, reminiscences, and meditations on the sport that is America's game but also a deeply personal experience for player, observer, and fan alike. Here writers as different as Andre Dubus and Leslie Epstein, Chabon and Floyd Skloot, Michael Martone and William Least Heat-Moon reflect on the game they grew up with, the players who thrilled them, and the lessons that baseball holds for us all. From the one-season wonder to the long-haul heroes to the hall of fame, the game that has framed so many American summers-and lives-comes to quirky, instructive, and always entertaining life in these pages.

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803259911
Number of pages: 332
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Baseball fans who yearn for the days of Ring Lardner will find in this collection ample evidence that gifted writers still celebrate America's national pastime. . . . There are numerous other double-play delights here. . . . Predictably, some contributors betray passions for a favorite team-Yankees or Red Sox, Cardinals or Cubs. But the heavy hitters hit the ball over all these partisan fences, reminding readers that a great game unites us all. Fans will treasure this book."-Booklist * Booklist *
"Another winner from the University of Nebraska Press."-Library Journal * Library Journal *
"[T]hese pieces by such noted writers as Christopher Buckley, Andre Dubus, and Chris Mazza address not just a sport but a sport's place in the fabric of our lives. . . . The writing is polished, and the sentiments will touch a chord."-Library Journal Xpress * Library Journal Xpress (online) *
"Enjoyable and insightful observations about a sport that has a richer literary tradition than any other sport in the US. . . . The entries' ability to remain fresh and entertaining speaks well of their quality and Deaver's discernment."-Todd Starkweather, American Book Review -- Todd Starkweather * American Book Review *

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