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Baseballissimo

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  34 ratings  ·  4 reviews
In the spring of 2002, Dave Bidini set off for Nettuno, Italy, with his wife, Janet, and their two small children, in search of his favourite summer game, baseball. Nettuno was his destination because this town, south of Rome, has been the baseball capital of Italy since 1944, when the game was introduced by the American GIs who liberated the region. Bidini wanted to spend ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published March 22nd 2005 by McClelland & Stewart (first published 2004)
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Thomas
I purchased this book from the local bookstore after browsing around. The store was trying to rid of this final copy of the book and there fore I bought it for only $2. I love baseball and have read many baseball books but nonetheless I wasn't expecting much considering it was placed in the clearout bin.
After reading this book I was very suprised by how much I liked it. There were many flaws like grammar, juvenile writing habits and jumping around the story too often but I still enjoyed the sim
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Marc
Mining the backwaters of pro sports is as stale as old toast; Bidini's ethno-cultural self-analysis, however, surprises with insight into the conflicted identities of millions of first- and second-generation North Americans, particularly those that grew up in the midst of Canada's transition from anglo hinterland to multi-cultural nation
Tina Siegel
So it was an engaging, endearing book. Bidini is a talented writer and, clearly, psssionate about baseball. I could appreciate that, even though I'm not a sports fan myself. Being Italian, I also loved the window into Italian culture - it was amusing and heart-warming at the same time. Anyone with any Italian in them will recognize a lot of the context of this book.

However. The structure left a lot to be desired. I think Bidini wanted to capture the events as he experienced them, which is a nob
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Lew Serviss
Just a wonderful read. Lyrical, humorous writing. A delightful travelogue and personal journey at the same time.
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DAVE BIDINI is the author of nine books. His play, "The Five Hole Stories," was performed by One Yellow Rabbit and toured Canada in winter, 2009, and his two "hockumentaries," The Hockey Nomad and The Hockey Nomad Goes To Russia were Gemini-nominated films, and The Hockey Nomad won for Best Documentary.

Bidini is the recipient of numerous National Magazine Awards, and is a weekly columnist in The N
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