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Lower Fairfield County's online book club

Two great sports books

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As far as the best sports books, two to me are head and shoulders above the rest. The first is John Feinstein’s “A Season on the Brink,” his fascinating look inside the Indiana basketball program and, in particular, coach Bobby Knight, a unique and polarizing personality. Feinstein was given tremendous access, which Knight probably regrets. […] [Read More]
Categories: General

What the critics said

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Another reason I was interested in reading the A-Rod book is because of the reception it got from the sports world. The Huffington Post had a nice run-down of how some have done a 180 on Roberts: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-kyle/the-decline-and-fall-of-s_b_196747.html And here is the review from the Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/15/books/15book.html?scp=5&sq=Selena%20Roberts%20book&st=cse [Read More]
Categories: General

Reading season*

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It took me five months, but I finally finished “Roots: The Saga of an American Family,” by Alex Haley. The thick novel has been sitting on a bookshelf for longer than it should, one of the many “to-dos” that I don’t always have time to do. I was too young to read it when it […] [Read More]
Categories: Public libraries

Sports for a non-sports person

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Elizabeth and Dave, thanks for reading the book with me! I’ll think we’re in for a really interesting discussion. To answer your question, Elizabeth, I’m going to ‘fess up and admit that I actually am not a big sports fan. And by that I mean, I usually hate sports. I haven’t played any team sports […] [Read More]
Categories: Journalism, Sports

Oh, Selena!

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Thanks, Monica and Dave, for inviting me to join the fray and kick start the book blog. Since you took me up on my suggestion to start off with Selena Robert’s book on Alex Rodriguez, I’m preparing to shoulder the blame should it somehow fail to be blog-worthy material. My hope was that, at the […] [Read More]
Categories: Fame, Journalism, Sports

For our first book selection, a Yankee

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Starting June 22, we’ll be reading “A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez” by Selena Roberts, a former New York Times sports columnist and writer for Sports Illustrated. Dave Ruden, Elizabeth Kim and I will be discussing the meat of the book, and what it means for sports and journalism. Feel free to jump in […] [Read More]

Notes about reading our first selection

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I have to admit, the overriding reason for my participation in discussing “A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez,” is to help my colleague Monica get her blog off the ground. As a fellow blogger, I understand the importance of trying to get an audience right away and then grow it. Truth be told, I […] [Read More]
Categories: Journalism, Sports

Welcome to BookEnds

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When I moved to Stamford in October 2007, I didn’t even bother to buy a TV. The TV my roommate owned at my last apartment in Brooklyn went mostly unused for the three years I lived there — save for our religious viewing of The Sopranos final season — and I realized I just didn’t […] [Read More]
Categories: General