Is this thing still on? Going back and forth about the blog but Summer Book Swap has me dust things off.
After reading about a book swap party here
Book Swap Party
I've been wanting to figure out how to do one as well. So with summer approaching I suggested we do one in the family for summer reading. So 2 days before end of school for The Girl we gathered around each of us with 2 possibilities for each other and tried to sell our books.
For The Husband, I suggested either Heat by Bill Buford with back up of 1913: The Year Before the Storm by Florian Illies. For The Girl, I suggested The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper with back up of Jennifer, Hecate, MacBeth, William McKinley and Me, Elizabeth by E. L, Konigsburg (why are her titles always so long?). I was able to sell Heat to the hubby but the girl went with the back up.
From The Husband, I was sold on The Soul of Baseball, A Road Trip Through Buck O'Neil's America by Joe Posnanski. His back up was Paper Lion by George Plimpton.
Overall I gave this book 3 stars, Goodreads doesn't allow half stars or I'd up it to 3 1/2. It was a quick, easy read with touching stories from Buck's life as well as the author witnessing him reaching out to people to keep the flame of The Negro Leagues alive as well as the soul of baseball. Joe Posnanski is obviously in love with his subject, a love that I think kind of clouded over some potential rough spots in the process. Some of the issues do come out in comments from other Negro League players. As for what Buck O'Neil really truly thought and experienced in his time, it's carefully painted over by Buck O'Neil himself in the attempt to present the view of what Buck O'Neil would like history to take from that time in history.