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A fan's notes for the ages, "Faithful" grew from an email exchange last summer. Filled with the heady mix of exhilaration and frustration familiar to all Boston Red Sox fans, Stewart O'Nan fired off a note to fellow Sox fan, Stephen King, who responded with his thoughts on Pedro, Nomar, Manny, Mueller, and Theo. From the supposed Curse of the Bambino to f###in' Bucky Dent...more
Hardcover, 409 pages
Published December 2nd 2004 by Scribner Book Company (first published December 1st 2004)
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Alex
Did you know that I like the Red Sox? I like the Red Sox. Did you know we won the World Series recently? Twice! But the first time was the best. After that first time, I did the following:

- Wept
- Drank several beers
- Several is an approximation
- Jumped out of my cab in the middle of the street to hug a total stranger
- Like three times, seriously
- Bought the entire postseason on DVD so I could watch The Steal again and again
- Wept while watching The Steal again and again
- Read several books by cr...more
Kat
I'm reading this now to prep for the Red Sox win of the 2007 World Series!
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Stephen King is hilarious in this chronicle of the first Red Sox WS win in 86 years. O'Nan gives more of a straightforward account, King def steals the show. Great book, esp if you are a Sox fan.
Katie
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, but maybe mostly for the walks down memory lane it prompted. The magical Red Sox summer of 04 was also the year we moved from baseball-crazy Boston to half-Red-Sox, half-Yankees Connecticut. I spent lots of those first few lonely months in Connecticut (foreign town, husband constantly at work) watching the Red Sox rise, slump, and improbably rise again. The rag-tag long-haired boys of Boston were a great diversion from the sometimes scary acts of moving, sending my...more
Mark
Jul 18, 2007 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: baseball fans, Stephen King fans
Shelves: kingstephen
On the surface, this is a book for Red Sox fans. I am not a Red Sox fan. I grew up a Phillies fan, and am the son of a Cubs fan, so I don't need to be preached to about baseball futility. However, the little details of what it means to be a baseball fan are what makes this book so readable. So underneath all the Red Sox rooting, there is a very nice book about being a fan, of a team and the game.

If you don't have a working knowledge of baseball, let this book slide. The authors don't try to exp...more
Matt
May 20, 2008 Matt rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Red Sox fans and King fans
Awesome book. Loved the picture on the cover of the book.
GO SOX!
Kelly Hager
This is the second time I've read this book and, just like the first, it was very hard going for me. There are basically two aspects to this book. The first is a love letter to baseball, sometimes recounted in nearly an inning-by-inning fashion. As you can imagine, these sections are almost impossible for me to read.

But the second part---oh, the second part! That's a love letter to obsession. And that I can rally behind. I don't get people who love sports (although if forced at gunpoint to watch...more
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Quarter One Book Review: Faithful
In the year of 2004, history was made marking the greatest comeback in all of Baseball by none other than the Boston Red Sox. Two die-hard fans, who decided to chronicle the 2004 season of the Boston Red Sox were novelist, Stewart O’Nan and author of contemporary horror, Stephen King. These authors however would not know what history would eventually be made by their home team, and their recap of this great year would spaw...more
Chrissy
Jul 26, 2008 Chrissy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chrissy by: Paco
My first thought when I read who the authors were was "Who is Stewart O'Nan? I'm very familiar with Stephen King and know he's a huge Sox fan, but before reading this book I never heard of the other author.
If you're not a baseball fan, this book is not for you. If you are, then this book not only gives details of most Sox games of the 2004 season, but also what it meant to the authors. The commentary that King and O'Nan give is great. One of my favorite passages is when O'Nan talks about his in...more
Anthony Oriola
The book Faithful by Stewart O'nan and Stephen King is about the Boston Red Sox historic season of 2004 when the finally won the world series after a long 86 years. It explains what happened form Spring Training all the way to the world series. What I liked most about this book was when they get to the playoffs, and the Yankees have what they think is a safe 3-0 lead over the Red Sox and they will advance to the World Series. But, in the bottom of the 12th inning of Game 4 were the Yankees could...more
El
It was recommended to me by someone I trust to skip this book. I told him I don't care that much about baseball, and I care even less about the Red Sox, so the only reason I would read it is because of my undying adoration of both Stewart O'Nan and Stephen King. I read a couple reviews by people here, all of whom seem to agree that if you don't care about the Sox or baseball it would be silly to read this book.

I'm not going to say I agree or disagree with them. I will say that I actually sorta k...more
Lilias
Nov 15, 2007 Lilias rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ppl who love the cover
Shelves: non-fiction
It's a great cover.

To make things simple in conversation, I have often fallen back on telling people I am not a sports fan. So it was a suprise for a few friends of mine when I was going ca-razy during the post-season Red Sox games this year. The way I see it, being a fan of the Red Sox, or of baseball really, doesn't necessarily mean you're a fan of sports; you could just be a fan of history. Baseball, to me, is all about history. And, while I couldn't care less about any other sports team on t...more
Sam
Another non-fiction book it took me a few years and a few tries to get through. You should only read this book if you are a DIE-HARD (i.e., not just a casual fan) of one of the following:

A) Baseball
B) The Red Sox
C) Stephen King
D) Stewart O'Nan

I reiterate...DIE-HARD fans only. If you're not, you don't stand a chance. You'll be bored to death and be hit with way too much information.

I enjoyed the book because I'm a die-hard Stephen King fan and will read anything he writes. After reading Faithful...more
Cam Osgood
Being a Red Sox fan is one of the most amazing, and heartbreaking things in my life. When the Boston Red Sox won the World Series in 2004 it was one of the happiest moments of my life and I will never forget the happiness that I felt that day. Like many other fans, I searched for ways to never let that happiness go, I bought the entire postseason on DVD, and I bought the World Series film. It was just such a joyous occasion, and this book brought that joy to light.
Reading this book is a sentime...more
Lara Eakins
Finished "Faithful". Oh boy what fun!!! It was a great way to relive the 2004 Red Sox season. I sort of wish they would have written more during the playoffs, but after a point there wasn't much left to say! Really enjoyed it. I think you have to be a baseball fan to really enjoy it, since a lot of it is recaps of games. But, since I'm a fan of the game (and not just individual teams), I lapped it up.
Hmo
Without a doubt MY FAVORITE Red Sox book ever written. These guys do a phenomenal job of reliving the 2004 world series victory and making you feel THERE. Even though I knew how it ended, I still found myself biting my thumbnail and reading it waaaaaay past bed time. Having seen Mr. King at several games, he does write with experience!
Julia Spencer-Fleming
This epic day-by-day ode to New England's beloved carmine hose by New England's favorite horrormeister chronicles the
magical '04 season. King writes with a professional's style and a true fan's heart. Do I love that man! Read this and relive Tek giving A-Rod a nose job one more delicious time! Curse reversed.
Robert
Jul 06, 2007 Robert rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: baseball lovers
a great read for anyone interested in the red sox. it's generally hard to capture the quirky amusing nature of red sox fans in print, but King and O'Nan are like obsessed children and the journal-style writing manages to capture their daily ups and downs.
Sandy
they set out to write a book about not making it to the World Series again and guess what happened-the Red Sox went to the World Series (2004) and won - you have to be a Red Sox fan to enjoy this one- I loved it !
Lonnie
Great book for Boston fans. Good book for baseball fans. Not the best book for Stephen King fans only.
Drebbles
Written in diary style, Faithful is Stewart O'Nan and Stephen King's view of the 2004 Boston Red Sox season. O'Nan contributes the most to the book, especially at the beginning of the season, while Stephen King writes more about the middle and second half of the season. Their styles are quite different - O'Nan, who became a Red Sox fan as an adult, is more analytical about the game, yet at time is almost childlike in his attempts to catch balls at batting practice or get players autographs. King...more
Seth Madej
Here are the three most boring subjects in popular nonfiction:

1. Anything about running
2. Camping stories
3. Recaps of baseball games

Since Faithful is 75% recaps of baseball games, it's pretty boring.

Actually, let me modify that list. More tiresome than all of those things combined are first-hand accounts of catching balls at batting practice, and since Stewart O'Nan takes up another 5% of the book with paragraphs and paragraphs of those, that only leaves 20% of the book that couldn't be easily...more
Robert
I am hesistant to write a negative review of this book, both because it was a gift and because I am such a big Sox fan. But I thought the book was repetitive and boring. This book is for diehard fans at best, and only for those who wish to re-live the 2004 season one more time, which has probably been written about more effectively in other books. My main gripes, which I must get off my chest here were these: 1) Most Sox fans know of Stephen King's obsessive devotion to the Red Sox, but I had ne...more
Kasa Cotugno
This is a book for fans by fans, and admirers of these two writers will be amazed that they had anything else to do in 2004 besides obsess over their team. And you couldn't make this up -- the year they are commissioned to write a double diary chronicling their lives as woebegone Red Sox fans, the impossible happens and the Sox go on to take the series. Not news to anyone with even a rudimentary interest in the game. Knowing the ending doesn't matter here; what is important is the day by day fil...more
Tom Gase
I read this book again nearly eight years later as the Red Sox were playing in the World Series. Really brought me back to 2004. I had forgotten some of the players that were on the Red Sox earlier in the year like Ellis Burks and Brian Daubach. I tend to like Stephen King's portion of the book a little more, just a little more funnier, but O'Nan is pretty good too. I had forgotten just how many foul balls he catches in this book. I've caught two in my entire life and I think he caught three in...more
Drew Pannier
This book has a great plot. The plot is how the Red Sox start getting closer and closer to a pennant in the 2004 season. They start getting closer then they have a bad month and have to make up for their losses. I still don't know how they came back from those horrible couple months. I really liked the plot to this book.
My personal experiences aren't close to the intensity of this. However I was in a baseball tournament in Idaho. My team was undefeated then we lost to a crappy team. We had to...more
Alice
This is the ninth book in my 2013 TBR Pile Challenge, and the only nonfiction. I'd been meaning to read it since it came out in 2005, but I just hadn't been able to make room on my reading list until I signed up for the challenge.

Faithful is written as a series of email exchanges, diary entries, and just plain narratives of the 2004 baseball season, following the Boston Red Sox. Stephen King grew up a fan, but Stewart O'Nan came to it later in life, though he's no less avid for being a Red Sox N...more
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Heather
Nov 27, 2012 Heather rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Sox fans only - and you really have to be a fan
Shelves: adult
This is a very generous 3 stars. I found the format to be both tedious and repetitive. They wrote in journal and email format, and since they were each writing about the same games, dates, and events, they often overlapped one another. The only reason I liked it is that it was fun to relive that season, especially at the end. It was also fun that they wrote it along the way so they really didn't know that we would win. The fan experience was fun to read - it was, again, just a little too long or...more
Mark
Jul 23, 2007 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sports fans, Red Sox fans, stephen King fans
Shelves: sports
On the surface, this is a book for Red Sox fans. I am not a Red Sox fan. I grew up a Phillies fan, and am the son of a Cubs fan, so I don't need to be preached to about baseball futility. However, the little details of what it means to be a baseball fan are what makes this book so readable. So underneath all the Red Sox rooting, there is a very nice book about being a fan, of a team and the game.

If you don't have a working knowledge of baseball, let this book slide. The authors don't try to exp...more
Hilary
While I really enjoyed reliving the 2004 season (my memories of which are pretty sparse, as I was 11 at the time), this book really dragged. I think I could have done with only one of the two authors, not both. There is a diary entry for literally every single day in the 2004 pre, regular, and post season. It was a struggle to get through a lot of the time, and I had to pull a late-nighter in order to (finally) finish it. I really appreciated reading the story from a fan's perspective, especiall...more
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Stewart O'Nan is the author of eleven novels, including Snow Angels and A Prayer for the Dying, a story collection, and two works of nonfiction. His previous novel, Last Night at the Lobster, was a national bestseller, was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and was named one of the New York Public Library Books to Remember. Additionally, Granta named him one of the 20 Best Young Ameri...more
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