Thursday, September 8, 2011

Staff Picks! Dog Sox by Russell Hill

September is a favourite time for MLB baseball fans. The pennant and wild card races are really heating up and getting close to the wire, all leading up to the exciting World Series in October - but alas not for my beloved Toronto Blue Jays, who are out of the race. Maybe next year?

If you are a fan of baseball, why not check out this fun new baseball fiction title by Russell Hill, The Dog Sox,

Here is the description from Russell Hill's website:

"In this new novel, the reader will encounter unforgettable characters, including a gorgeous female owner of a rag-tag minor league baseball team, her deeply smitten lover, an aging Jewish manger and Billy Collins, the young whiz-kid chucker with the blazing delivery from deep in the basement and with a mysterious and desperate past. Part crime novel, part baseball saga, it’s a rollicking, funny tale with dark moments.

Booklist gave a the book a starred review and concludes: "The Dog Sox boasts memorable characters, Ava and Ray's torrid love affair (reminiscent of the movie Bull Durham), and the aforementioned suspense, and it oozes baseball and small-town verisimilitude. It may recall Steinbeck's delightful Cannery Row for some readers, but most of all, it's a wise and charming take on the heart and mind of America."

More baseball fiction to consider:
Oh Johnny: a novel, by Jim Lehrer

Slider, by Patrick Robinson

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