Friday, December 31st, 2021

My Year of Reading: 2021


Minutes ago, I literally closed the book on my reading for 2021. I had a relatively modest goal this year to incorporate more non-baseball books into my rotation. I can certainly say I accomplished that. In reality, I probably could have done more. Regardless, here are the 25 books I completed during the last 12 months. Note: All books are listed in the order that they were read.

1) The Grand Old Man of Baseball:
Connie Mack in His Final Years, 1932-1956

Norman L. Macht

2) There There
Tommy Orange

3) Let's Play Two:
The Life and Times of Ernie Banks

Doug Wilson

4) A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Mark Twain

5) James T. Farrell and Baseball:
Dreams and Realism on Chicago's South Side

Charles Demotte

6)There's a Mystery There:
The Primal Vision of Maurice Sendak

Jonathan Cott

7) The Glory of Their Times:
The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It

Lawrence S. Ritter

8) Cat's Cradle
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

9) Why Baseball Matters
Susan Jacoby

10) The End of Membership as We Know It:
Building the Fortune-Flipping, Must-Have Association of the Next Century

Sarah L. Sladek

11) Baseball Dads
Matthew S. Hiley

12) Baseball Barnstorming and Exhibition Games, 1901-1962:
A History of Off-Season Major League Play

Thomas Barthel

13) Sidelined: Sports, Culture, and Being a Woman in America
Julie DiCaro

14) The Twelve Lives of Alfred Hitchcock:
An Anatomy of the Master of Suspense

Edward White

15) Buzz Saw: The Improbable Story of How the Washington Nationals Won the World Series
Jesse Dougherty

16) The Children of Hurin
J.R.R. Tolkien

17) The Captain & Me:
On and Off the Field with Thurman Munson

Ron Blomberg & Dan Epstein

18) The Cactus League
Emily Nemens

19) Early Baseball in New Orleans: A History of 19th Century Play
S. Derby Gisclair

20) Please Please Tell Me Now:
The Duran Duran Story

Stephen Davis

21) A Day in the Bleachers
Arnold Hano

22) The Year's Best Sports Writing 2021
Glenn Stout

23) Our Team: The Epic Story of Four Men and the World Series That Changed Baseball
Luke Epplin

24) Best Canadian Sports Writing
Stacey May Fowles & Pasha Malla

25) A Century of Baseball Lore
John Thorn

Here's to more reading in 2022.


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