Sunday, July 15, 2018

All-Star Break Reading List

So it's the All-Star Break. I'll be watching the Home Run Derby because I ride or die with Bregs, but I probably won't watch a minute of the All-Star Game. The Astros don't play again until Friday at 9:07pm. Because I have an inflated sense of self-worth, here are my favorite books, baseball and otherwise, for you to fill the time...that is, if you're not just rewatching playoff games. (NOTE: I'll spend the evening watching 2017 Postseason highlights on YouTube. THEN I'll get some reading done.) If you read Astros County regularly, I'm assuming that we have similar tastes - or you at least put up with mine.

Baseball Division

Joshua Prager: The Echoing Green
Chad Harbach: The Art of Fielding
Jonah Keri: The Extra 2%
Ben Lindbergh & Sam Miller: The Only Rule Is It Has To Work
Jeff Passan: The Arm
Jerry Crasnick: License to Deal
Dirk Hayhurst: The Bullpen Gospels
Matt McCarthy: Odd Man Out: A Year on the Mound with a Minor League Misfit
Joe Posnanski: The Soul of Baseball
William Kennedy: Ironweed

Non-Baseball Division

Justin Cronin: The Passage
Stephen King: 11/22/63
Joe Pernice: It Feels So Good When I Stop
Nick Hornby: High Fidelity
Neil Gaiman: American Gods
Jon Krakauer: Into Thin Air
Amy Stewart: Wicked Plants
Drew Magary: The Postmortal
Norman Ohler: Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich
Steven Martin: Opium Fiend: A 21st Century Slave to a 19th Century Addiction
Jeffrey Toobin: Too Close to Call
Jill Lepore: The Secret History of Wonder Woman
Sam Kean: The Disappearing Spoon
Anthony Bourdain: Kitchen Confidential
James Swanson: Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer
James Swanson: Bloody Crimes: The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln and the Chase for Jefferson Davis
Vincent Bugliosi: Four Days in November
Don Winslow: The Force
Benjamin Wallace: The Billionaire's Vinegar


JMay said...

In baseball category...
Art of Fielding is my favorite baseball book. A few not on your list...
The Last Days of Summer (trust me)
You Know Me Al (hilarious satire of early 20th century ball players, Ring Lardner, nough said)
Throwing Heat (Nolan has several autobios but this one brings it)
Big Data Baseball (featuring Charlie Morton, Gerrit Cole and the Shift for the Pirates)

Anonymous said...

Jim DeBrosse See No Evil: The JFK Assassination and the U.S. Media

ntxlfty said...

I might add "Temporary Insanity" By Jay Johnstone I know he was a Dodger and I hated him, but nobody's perfect.

Anonymous said...

Second the "Big Data Baseball" recommendation.

Also a big fan of "The Best Team Money Can Buy" by Molly Knight.

Teddy said...

If you haven't already, read "Pouring 6 Beers at a Time" by Bill Giles. Short read, funny and has a lot of Astros related material with how he helped Judge Hofheinz with getting the Astros and building the Dome. Plus it has one of the funniest stories I've ever read when he talks about being the marketing director for the Phillies and his idea for a 10 cent beer night.