In the roup, we integrated Little Rock Central High School, became the First oman on the Appeal Court, met the Cat in the at, conquered Polio, traveled across the Lone Star State, celebrated the 50th anniversary of Sesame Street, and learned about Theodore Roosevelt from a new angle in A Strenuous Life.
In the Baseball Book Club, I took it upon myself to celebrate the 00th anniversary of Jackie Robinson ’ s birth by reading Opening Day by Jonathan Eig, Child of a Dream: A emoir by Sharon Robinson, When Baseball Went White by Ryan Swanson, and Teammates by Peter Golonbock.
We read about the 100th anniversary of the Black Sox Scandal and then about how a Big Fella saved baseball during the 1920s.
Over the summer we observed the 50th anniversary of the turbulent 1960s, discussing the Year of the Pitcher, The Collision of the eighties and the Los Angeles Dodgers, and visited baseball ’ s Southern League.
Until opening day, there will always be plenty of baseball reading material to keep us busy as well as chatting with good friends who love America ’ s pastime.
utside of both groups, I rekindled my love of biographies and memoirs, a favorite genre from the time I was a dadd.
Standing out, I learned to combine Mind and Matter, that Yale needed women fifty years ago, how Gander, Newfoundland is among the most giving places on this eart, and that in 1978 a group of girls in a own I know well won a State title.
My journey included trips to the Berlin Wall, a ellow House in New Orleans, and visiting with a Girl Scout who became a rocket scientist, the brother of a money runner, and a ollege professor preserving her family history for her three daughters in the poignant In the Country of Women.
I also reminisced with celebrities in their memoirs Home Work, My Grandmothe Was Nuts, and We ’ re Going to Need More Wine.
And, I found time to laugh out loud with Tina Fey and Kevin Hart as I learned how they journeyed to the comedic lives that they now enjoy.
During this nonfiction year, I still had time to read favorite authors including John Steinbeck, Truman Capote, Agatha Christie, Carson McCullers, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Nicole Krauss, Jacqueline Woodson, and reread To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I discovered new favorites Colum McCann and nonfiction authors Tom Reiss, Timothy Egan, and Ryan Swanson who is a kindred spirit in our shared love of baseball and history.
I immersed myself in Hamilton: The Revolution and traveled to The Heights, and, ast, but definitely not least, I fell in love with the recollections of nonagenarian Harry Bernstein.
I enjoyed participating in groups The Baseball Book Club, the Nonfiction Book Club, Reading for Pleasure, and Catching Up on Classics ( and lots more!).
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie ( reread) Contemporary ( less than 50 years) 1.
Pounding the Rock: Basketball Dreams and Real Life In a ronx High School by Marc Skelton 8.
The National Team: The Inside tory of the Me Who Changed Soccer by Caitlin Murray12.
The King and Queen Of Malibu: The True Story for the Battle for Paradise by David .
Polio: An American Story by David E.
Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga Of Oklahoma City, It ’ s Chaotic Founding, It ’ s Apocalyptic Weather, It ’ s Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dreaming Of Becoming a World Class Metropolis by Sam Anderson20.
The Girl of Winter: The Untold Storie of a oach, a ream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team by Wayne Coffey 28.
The Strenuous Life: Theodore Roosevelt and the Making of the American Athlete by Ryan SwansonBaseball Book Club Reads1.
Cloudbuster Nine: The Untold Storie Of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team The Helped Win World War II by Anne R.
The Pittsburgh Cocaine Seven: How a Ragtag Group Of Fans Took the Fall for Major League Baseball by Aaron Skirboll 10.
Jack Robinson West: The Triumph and Tragedy of America ’ s Favorite Little League Team by George Castle 15.
Wife of Havana: A Baseball Journey from Cuba to the Big Leagues and Back by Luis Tiant16.
Home Game: Big League Stories From My Life in Baseball ’ s irst Family by Bret Boone with Kevin Cook17.
Southern League: A True tory Of Baseball, Civil Rights, and the Southern League ’ s Most Compelling Pennant Race by Larry Colton27.
Opening Day: The tory of Jackie Robinson ’ s First Season by Jonathan Eig 31.
Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages by David Ross with Don Yeager32.
When Baseball Went White: Reconstruction, Reconciliation, and Destin of a National Pastime by Ryan A.
Invisible Wall: A Love Story of Breaking Barriers by Harry Bernstein4.
The Dream: A emoir by Harry Bernstein 26.
The Golden Willow: A Retellin of a Lifetime of Love by Harry Bernstein 27.
y Life, My ove, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King as told to Reverend Dr. Barbara Reynolds28.
Child of the Dream: A Book of 1963 by Sharon Robinson34.