Simply put - What a great novel. When was the last time you read a novel with multiple characters and were moved by ALL of them? The Art of Fielding is a novel about the beauty and complexity of baseball, about friendship, love and romance, about perseverance and real human emotion and interaction. Chad Harbach's writing evoked such a vivid picutre in my mind's eye of the characters and their world, and his storytelling was so compelling that I was right there with each character as they muddled through their connected lives. Admitedly, you will read more thorough reviews of this book, but this is a Must Read and Chad Harbach deserves every success with his amazing debut novel.
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On March 31, while many Canadians are gearing up to watch the NHL postseason, many others are getting ready to watch baseball. There are a great many baseball fans across Canada, and by no means are all of them Jays fans – and let's be honest, it ain't easy to be, with memories of '92 and '93 fading, if not gone, and an apparent curse preventing them from achieving higher than fourth in the East Division.
Ahem. So – if you're following a team from the US, and you're not within driving distance of an American city with an MLS team, you'll probably be watching games on TV, which means you'll need sport-watching sustenance. Diamond Dishes: From the Kitchens of Baseball's Biggest Stars (Globe Pequot, ISBN 9780762769629) offers recipes from twenty of baseball's top names, such as:
Lance Berkman, St. Louis Cardinals | Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers | Andre Ethier, Los Angeles Dodgers | Adrian Gonzalez, Boston Red Sox | Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies | Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers | Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies | Derek Jeter, New York Yankees | Josh Johnson, Florida Marlins | Paul Konerko, Chicago White Sox | Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays | Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins | Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox | Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals | Hanley Ramirez, Florida Marlins | Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees | Johan Santana, New York Mets | Grady Sizemore, Cleveland Indians | Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies | David Wright, New York Mets
However, this is not a compendium of snack suggestions. Nor is it just a cookbook with over sixty (!) easy-to-prepare recipes. It features exclusive, full-colour photos of Major League Baseball stars in their kitchens and their homes, and a discussion of family, friends, and (of course) food, and the role these play in their lives.