Friday, May 09, 2014
Friday's Forgotten Books, Friday, May 9, 2014
Some of links won't go up till late in the day because I have to leave the house at 7:30 to go to Grandparents Day at Kevin's school. The ones that show up were from yesterday. Sorry!!
Next week, crime fiction from the fifties. Be there or be square.
From the archive:
Ball Four, Jim Bouton
This was a book that was read and reread at our house thirty years ago. My son adored it and so did I. It was the first book about baseball that gave an accurate depiction of what went on in the clubhouse, what the players' lives were like, the finances of the game, the pressures put on players, the drugs, the womanizing.
Bouton recounted his year as a pitcher on the Seattle Pilots in 1969--the team's only year of play. It was a tumultuous year for the country as well and Bouton doesn't hesitate to give his views on everything.
Bowie Kuhn called the book detrimental to the game because it blew the fairy dust off. He tried to force Bouton to sign a statement saying the book was fictional, a baseball version of M*A*S*H.
Baseball players also came down hard on him. Pete Rose, that noble player, swore at him whenever he took the mound.
It was not a good year for Bouton on the field, and he is honest about that too. This was one of the great books about sports. That dogeared copy is one book I won't give away.
Sergio Angelini, THE THIRD MAN, Graham Greene
Brian Busby, THE WINDOW GAZER,Isobel Ecclestone Mackay
Bill Crider, SCREAM FACTORY, Spring 92: Suspense Issue
Martin Edwards, DEATH OF HERON'S MARE, MARY FITT
Curt Evans, THE HANGING WOMAN, John Rhode
Ray Garraty, ACT OF FEAR, Michael Collins
Rick Horton, BEAU SABREUR, P.C. Wren
Jerry House, THE PRIDE OF BEAR CREEK by Robert E. Howard.
Randy Johnson, MEET THE TIGER! Leslie Charteris
Nick Jones, A HIVE OF GLASS, P,M. Hubbard
George Kelley, LOVE'S SWEET SONG/WHOM GODS DESTROY, Clifton Adams
Margot Kinberg, A NAIL THROUGH THE HEART, Timothy Hallinan
Tracy K, THE NIGHT THE GODS SMILED, Eric Wright
B.V. Lawson, MISS PINK AT THE END OF THE WORLD, Gwen Moffat
Evan Lewis, THE GODWULF MANUSCRIPT, Robert B. Parker
Steve Lewis/L.J. Roberts. THE GRAY GHOST MURDERS, Keith McCafferty
Todd Mason, A Few Words About Older Books About Television
Neer, CAT OF MANY TAILS, Ellery Queen
J.F. Norris, FOAM OF THE DAZE, Boris Vian
James Reasoner, SHADOW OF THE LARIAT, Jon Tuska. ed.
Richard Robinson, THE GANYMEDE CLUB, Charles Sheffield
Gerard Saylor, CLANDESTINE, James Ellroy
Ron Scheer, THE CRIME OF COY BELL, Sam Brown
Kevin Tipple, THE UGLY PRINCESS, Elizabeth Burton
TomCat, HOT RED MONEY, Bayard Kendrick