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Under the Banner of Heaven
March 5, 2007 · Comments Off on Under the Banner of Heaven

It's excellent, both as a true crime account and as an overview of the birth of Mormonism (although I don't imagine Mormons look too kindly on it, but it's quite evenhanded). Fast read, fascinating subject. …

Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career
March 5, 2007 · Comments Off on Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career

So gossipy and good; I loved it. It's all the best parts of Capote and that SNL oral history, and even when you aren't sure what (or whom) they're talking about, it's very bitchy and …

Triumph and Tragedy in Mudville
March 5, 2007 · Comments Off on Triumph and Tragedy in Mudville

It's a collection of Gould's baseball writings over the years — and a disappointment as such. He's a wonderful writer, ordinarily, and I loved his contributions to the Ken Burns series, but because this is …

To Kill a Mockingbird
March 5, 2007 · Comments Off on To Kill a Mockingbird

I'd forgotten how funny it is — well, not funny, exactly, but witty. I remember not liking it that much when I read it the first time, so it's a surprise that it's actually not …

The Ticket Out: Darryl Strawberry and the Boys of Crenshaw
March 5, 2007 · Comments Off on The Ticket Out: Darryl Strawberry and the Boys of Crenshaw

A good, worthwhile read, but sometimes a little much with the I Get It attitude…by which I mean that, sometimes, sportswriters will take it upon themselves to lecture the reader on attitudes about athletics and …

This Time Let's Not Eat the Bones
March 5, 2007 · Comments Off on This Time Let's Not Eat the Bones

I found it for reasonably cheap (note: not cheap, just reasonably so given the difficulty in tracking it down) and read it in what seemed like no time; he's such a natural, easy writer, and …

This Boy's Life: A Memoir
March 5, 2007 · Comments Off on This Boy's Life: A Memoir

It's very good writing, pretty but spare, not like I remember the movie at all. It's frustrating in spots, certainly, but if Wolff had had some sort of getting-it-together epiphany, it would have felt fake, …

Thing of Beauty: The Tragedy of Supermodel Gia
March 5, 2007 · Comments Off on Thing of Beauty: The Tragedy of Supermodel Gia

I can't decide if I liked it or not. It's well written and moves along, but I feel like a lot got left out — which is weird, given how much got left in. It's …

Tex
March 5, 2007 · Comments Off on Tex

I liked the movie better, actually; Hinton's narrators have a disingenuous way of talking about themselves that gets a bit irritating after a while, and it works better as film melodrama. Also, I used to …

The Teammates
March 5, 2007 · Comments Off on The Teammates

A sweet baseball reminiscence that could stand a tighter, cleaner edit — and unless you're a Red Sox fan and/or you know a good deal about the game pre-1950, I don't know that it's the …