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Reviews:
Abramo's Gift by Donald Greco
American Rifle: A Biography by Alexander Rose
Birdsongs by Betsy Franco and Steve Jenkins
The Boy Who Sang for Others by Michael Meddor
Catamount by Marc Laidlaw
Changeling by Dean Whitlock
Cry of Justice by Jason Pratt
Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes
Does a Kanagroo Have a Mother, Too? by Eric Carle
An Elvish Sword of Great Antiquity by Jim Aikin
The Elephant Who Liked to Smash Small Cars by Jean Merrill
Fright Night Flight by Laura Krauss Melmed
The Gift of the Deer by Helen Hoover
The Guardian by Jeffrey Konvitz
Hurry Down Sunshine by Michael Greenberg
I Choose You by Tracey West
Legs Talk by D. E. Boone
Llamas in Pajamas by Teddy Slater
Mama Cat Has Three Kittens by Denise Fleming
100 Years of California Cooking by Martha Lee
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems
Q is for Quarry by Sue Grafton
Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon Hale, Nathan Hale and Dean Hale
The Savage by David Almond and Dave McKean
Shadow of the Valley by Fred Chappell
Too Tall Alice by Barbara Worton
When Boston Won the World Series by Bob Ryan

Don Quixote:
Don Quixote: Judge a Book By Its Cover
Try to Remember
Divide and Conquer
Sancho's Big Score

Ulysses:
Episode 1 - Telemachus: Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy

Miscellaneous:
Don't Let the Pigeon Do an Interview

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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Comments for When Boston Won the World Series

When Boston Won the World the SeriesWhen Boston Won the World Series: 02/24/09

Bob Ryan's fascinating history of the first World Series (in it's modern form) happened to be published the year that Boston would finally break their cursed streak and win the World Series. His book came out about six months before that historic and fun to watch win. The book covers the events that lead to the creation of the World Series.

Way back then, the team wasn't called the Red Sox. They were just the Boston team for the American League. The book though isn't about the team beyond them being the winning team and for the author being a writer for the Boston Globe. Mostly it's about the game, the business and the fans.

As Caveman points out in his well written and funny review the book has some typos but it's still an interesting and good bedtime read. I also read it a chapter or two before bed over the course of about a week. What the book mostly shows is how little baseball has changed. Fans are still fans, business is still business and sports writers are still sports writers. For a better baseball themed rundown on the book, go check out Caveman's list.

What made this book stand out for me were all the photographs and newspaper clippings included along with Ryan's analysis of events. I think I spent as much time enjoying looking at the pictures and reading the old articles as I did with reading the book. As with almost any sports book it helps to have a basic understanding of the game. If you like baseball you will probably like this book.

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