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How Life Imitates the World Series by Thomas Boswell
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Beat writer Boswell 's introductory collection, covering baseball from '78 to '82 - a time of colourful, complicated dynasties, quirky, quotable characters, and pop-up-high team spirit, all since eroded by runaway free agency, rigid media training, a ...more
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Why Time Begins on Opening Day by Thomas Boswell
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In the early 80's, the double-play combo of Thomas Boswell and Roger Angell ( the all "ll" team?) rescued baseball writing from the maudlin maw of the sports page hack and elevated it to legitimate literary genre. Practical-philosophical those two we ...more
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Ghostbuster's Daughter by Violet Ramis Stiel
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Daddy's Girl inventory of underrated comic auteur Harold Ramis, the multi-talent quietly responsible for some of the most iconic film comedies of the late 20th century ('Animal House,' 'National Lampoon's Vacation', 'Ghostbusters,' 'Groundhog Day,' e ...more
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Chicago by David Mamet
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Mamet pays due diligence to his home city, specifically, the gangster-rich heyday for which it's best known. The title suggests something epic but Mamet's stuck, as is his wont, to the tried and thin: wise guy hero hunts for felled beauty, meets chat ...more
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Fame and Fortune by Frederic Raphael
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They're back, that tight-knit group of post-war Cambridge graduates cum la crème de la cultural crème, criss-crossing each others' bumpy paths across the Thatcher years in this, Fredric Raphael's sequel to 'The Glittering Prizes.' This is Raphael at ...more
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Final Demands by Frederic Raphael
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The last we'll see of Adam Morris (the thinly veiled Raphael) and his Cambridge-educated, media-elevated circle, three books on, encroaching on their final years. The good news, if you're a Raphaelite, is that la crème de la cultural crème hasn't cur ...more
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The Only Story by Julian Barnes
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Moving meditation on love and loss from the dependable Barnes. Boy meets woman (not girl, by some 30 years,) boy loses woman, boy spends a lot of time reflecting on woman. It's a Thinking Man's sense memory, whose methodically flitting structure and ...more
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Robin by Dave Itzkoff
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Perfectly perfunctory profile of the multi-faceted Williams, the tragi-comic showman whose life-long bent for adulation (preferably through improv) kept his demons at periodic bay. It may be model investigative journalism but as a style, it straightj ...more
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Why Time Begins on Opening Day by Thomas Boswell
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In the early 80's, the double-play combo of Thomas Boswell and Roger Angell ( the all "ll" team?) rescued baseball writing from the maudlin maw of the sports page hack and elevated it to legitimate literary genre. Practical-philosophical those two we ...more
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The 158-Pound Marriage by John Irving
The 158-Pound Marriage
by John Irving (Goodreads Author)
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Early Irving (1974,) a complicated epitaph to the sexual revolution: a ménage a quartre which, inevitably, implodes. Arguably, this thin, self-indulgent melodrama constitutes the first truly successful blending of his literary playthings: sex and wre ...more
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