The Bona Fide Legend of Cool Papa Bell: Speed, Grace, and the Negro Leagues by Lonnie Wheeler

Here’s the scene: The crowd is buzzing in St. Louis after pitcher Ted Strong surprised everybody in Stars Park by doubling to lead off the bottom of the 3rd inning. On the very next pitch, James “Cool Papa” Bell rips a ball down the right field line. The fastest man in baseball history races aroundContinue reading “The Bona Fide Legend of Cool Papa Bell: Speed, Grace, and the Negro Leagues by Lonnie Wheeler”

Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar

Homeland Elegies is narrated by an American-born, Pakistani playwright whose father is a physician who specializes in several rare cardiac disorders. The father, as a result of his expertise, gets flown to New York in the 80’s to personally examine Donald Trump who had been experiencing health issues. After a handful of first class flights,Continue reading “Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar”

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

(Kindle Book) First of all, I think The Gifts of Imperfection is the wrong title for this book. It seems to me that it’s more about her focus on wholehearted living than it is about accepting your imperfections. But before we get into the content of the book, the choice. Some of these just aren’tContinue reading “The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown”

Under The Wave At Waimea by Paul Theroux

Under The Wave At Waimea is about Joe Sharkey, an aging big wave surfer still recognized for his past successes but forced to face a steady decline in his faculties and abilities. Sharkey’s story, his childhood in Hawaii and his legendary feats immediately brought to mind another Hawaiian named Joe, Joey Meyer. Tanner Joe MeyerContinue reading “Under The Wave At Waimea by Paul Theroux”

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

On the one hand, Jose Uribe makes absolutely zero sense as a bookmark for Little Bee. On the other hand, it’s pretty remarkable I haven’t used an Uribe card or written about him already. Little Bee is about a Nigerian refugee seeking asylum in London. As it is split between Nigeria and London, there isn’tContinue reading “Little Bee by Chris Cleave”

End of Practice Speech #4 (Trivia Game)

*I decided to tell a story and/or give a little baseball trivia at the end of each practice this season. Partly to give some background of the game we’re playing, the history of the game – I believe you can’t truly love and respect something until you know its history – but also partly forContinue reading “End of Practice Speech #4 (Trivia Game)”