Sunday Books: coverage for April 3, 2011

The Reading Life: The nine best baseball books

March 31, 2011

The Reading Life: The nine best baseball books

Five years ago, on the eve of the 2006 baseball season, I put together a list of nine favorite baseball books -- one for each inning, one for every player on the field.

Book review: 'Donnie Baseball: The Definitive Biography of Don Mattingly' by Mike Shalin

April 3, 2011

Book review: 'Donnie Baseball: The Definitive Biography of Don Mattingly' by Mike Shalin

Though the author delves deeply if slavishly into the sporting side of the Dodgers' new manager, readers will come away knowing little of the man off the playing field.

Book review: 'Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella'

April 3, 2011

Book review: 'Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella'

Neil Lanctot's fine biography traces the Brooklyn Dodgers star's rise through the Negro Leagues to the majors, depicting the realities of pro sports of his era.

Book review: 'Branch Rickey' by Jimmy Breslin

April 3, 2011

Book review: 'Branch Rickey' by Jimmy Breslin

The sportswriter's mini-biography focuses on the executive's efforts to integrate the Dodgers and baseball by hiring Jackie Robinson.

Book review: 'Bottom of the 33rd' by Dan Barry

April 3, 2011

Book review: 'Bottom of the 33rd' by Dan Barry

The odd baseball season of 1981 comes into focus with this gripping tale of the longest game in modern history and those caught in its wake.

Discoveries

April 3, 2011

Discoveries

'The Paper Garden,' 'My Father's Fortune,' 'Shadows Bright as Glass.'

The Writer's Life: Andre Dubus III as his own man

April 3, 2011

The Writer's Life: Andre Dubus III as his own man

An author once confused with his writer father returns stirringly -- and revealingly -- to the story of his youth in the memoir 'Townie.

Book review: 'Wither: The Chemical Garden Trilogy, Book One' by Lauren DeStefano

April 3, 2011

Book review: 'Wither: The Chemical Garden Trilogy, Book One' by Lauren DeStefano

In this YA fiction, girls are forced into marriage and motherhood before their short lives end.

Book review: 'The Love of My Youth' by Mary Gordon

April 3, 2011

Book review: 'The Love of My Youth' by Mary Gordon

Two former lovers, parted for almost 40 years, play out their second-chance fantasy in Rome. One of the novelist's concerns is the shifting nature of identity.

Dark Passages: 'Red on Red' by Edward Conlon

April 3, 2011

Dark Passages: 'Red on Red' by Edward Conlon

I do not envy those who desire to break in to writing fiction about cops. Although private-eye novels are enough on the commercial downswing that it's high time for a proper revival of the subgenre, police procedurals are in the midst of a mass media glut.

Book review: 'The Extra 2%'

April 3, 2011

Book review: 'The Extra 2%'

Jonah Keri records the remaking of the Tampa Bay Rays by Wall Streeters, a plan that met with success. Or is it too early to tell?

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