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LindaY

Does it need to be fiction? If not, how about Doris Kearns Goodwin WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR? This is what I wrote about it: "I hate baseball. But I adore this book. But then Goodwin grew up in a time when ballparks were chummy, ballplayers didn't mainline steroids to succeed, and the Brooklyn Dodgers were a neighborhood team not an inapproachable franchise. She takes you back to hot summer days where radio announcers were nearly as famous as the players they followed, the sound of strikes and crowds floating out of each window as you passed. Too, her story is about growing up in the 1950s, in the warm neighborhoods populated by local merchants, friends who played endlessly in the streets and one another's yards, her parents and sisters, and the Catholic Church. Be assured I will be adding this one to my library."

Danielle

Hi Linda--Thanks--I have ordered this book as it sounds just like what I would like! I tend to read far more fiction but I am certainly not against good NF. I was just afraid not being a baseball fan that NF would be a little dry for me and I would not want to ever pick up the book, but this sounds like social history and then from perhaps a female perspective and I like the idea she is writing about the 50s, too, which seems to be the period I am drawn to lately anyway (WWII and also post-WWII). You had me when you said you hate baseball but adored the book! Okay, sold! ;) I did find a few other books on my shelves though not many and only one baseball related (in addition to the Fowler, which I am not sure why I am just not in the mood for). I have ordered the book and hope it will be here for me this weekend! Thanks again--I knew someone would give a good suggestion!

Pam

I enthusiastically agree with Linda! I admit that I love baseball but this little gem is about so much more than the sport. I hope you enjoy it!

Readerlane

That's a tough one. Most of the baseball references I can think of are movies -- Damn Yankees, Field of Dreams, A League of Their Own, Bull Durham -- and while two of those seem to be based on a book (Damn Yankees and Field of Dreams, I think), neither has a strong female lead. But it looks like you've got something lined up! Look forward to hearing what you think.

mary@marsgrover.com

I'm not a sports fan at all but one of my favorite novels of all time is W.P. Kinsella's The Iowa Baseball Confederacy.
I strongly recommend it.

Kathy

I've got one for you, if you're willing to try Stephen King: The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. It was the first Stephen King book I read, and it's not a horror story (though there is a bit of the supernatural if I remember right), but more of an psychological thriller with the protagonist being a young girl who gets lost in the woods. There is a baseball connection (Tom Gordon was a baseball player), but I won't tell you any more about it.

Stefanie

You could always read a book about the women's professional baseball league, remember the movie A league of their own? There are loads of books about the league (Girls of Summer by Lois Browne is one of them) and I think even a few memoirs/biographies about the women who played in it.

cath

I marvel at the variety of suggestions your readers come up with. As basebal isn't that important in my country - football would be quite another thing- I wouldn't have a clue. Looking forward to see what you will start reading now.

Danielle

And yes, I have bought it and am reading now--what a great suggestion. This is my sort of baseball book! ;)

Danielle

Maybe I will have to throw (no pun intended) a movie into my reading mix. Most of the baseball books I have looked at are from a man's perspective, bu I guess I should read outside my comfort zone, right?

Danielle

Now that is quite a recommendation--on the list it goes! Have you also read Shoeless Joe? I see I can access the book you mention for free via my Kindle app--will have to give it a go actually! Thanks!

Danielle

I have heard of the book but didn't now what it is about. I can do a psychological thriller. I am not much of a horror fan, though I guess crime novels can be sort of violent (still very different types of stories). Now you have made me curious, so I think I will see if I can find a nice used copy since I bet there are mass market editions out there.

Danielle

I was thinking of that, though I didn't dig too far. I could go for a little memoir or social history rather than straightforward history of type of book. I am not sure if I ever watched the whole movie, League of Their Own--maybe I will give that a go. I am starting with Wait Till Tomorrow, which is about baseball but sort of peripherally so. Right up my alley I think.

Danielle

I know--whenever I am at a loss for potential reads I know I just need to do a little shout out and will end up with more books than I know I can possibly read. Other readers are such great resources. I was thinking if I didn't find a book that matched my mood, I might try soccer instead (though I am still not much of a sports watcher). I think soccer is the sport of most of the rest of the world! :)

LizF

Adopt a cat month eh Danielle? That is a prompt if ever I saw one!

Danielle

I might be cat sitting in July. The family who is going out of town had better be careful as they might not get him back when they return.... ;)

LizF

Well if you enjoy the experience, I'm sure that you will find that there are a lot of deserving furry friends looking for a home in your nearest rescue home!
My daughter keeps looking longingly in the window of her local vets in Milan as they often have kittens that need re-homing and her landlady would have no problem as the previous tenant had a cat. She has resisted so far but I think it is only a matter of time before she caves in!

Danielle

I do miss having a furry friend. Cats love you even when you are having a bad day. It would be nice to have that unjudgemental sort of 'love'. I can look as frumpy and frizzy as I mostly feel and a cat loves you anyway. ;) Did you see that Turkish movie called Kedi about the cats of Istanbul? You would love it. I imagine they have the same overpopulation of cats in cities in Italy.

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