To celebrate the centennial of one of America's most beloved ball parks, Fenway, Glenn Stouthas written a definitive account of the Red Sox's first season there.
For all that has been written in tribute to the great Fenway Park, no one has ever really told the behind-the-scenes true story of its tumultuous yet glorious first year. Nineteen twelve was a leap year, the year the Titanic sank, but also the year baseball's original shrine was "born." And while the paint was still drying, the infield grass still coming in, the Red Sox embarked on an unlikely season that would culminate in a World Series battle against the Giants that stands as one of the greatest ever played.
Fenway 1912 tells the incredible story--and stories--of Fenway, from the unorthodox blueprint that belies the park's notorious quirks, to the long winter when locals poured concrete and erected history, to the notorious fixers who then ruled the game, to the ragtag team who delivered a world championship, Fenway's first. Drawing on extensive new research, the esteemed baseball historian Glenn Stout delivers a rollicking tale of innovation, desperation, and perspiration, capturing Fenway as never before.
Sure, there snow on the ground and last season is best forgotten. But there's a lot of history to celebrate, and a lot of Sox fans who need Christmas gifts--and what would be better than this new history of Fenway, signed by the author?
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It was a lot of fun being on The Exchange with Laura Knoy and Dan Chartrand on
Monday. It always feels like we should do an hour and a half, or two
hours; I'm always surprised when the time runs out. But we discussed a
lot of great books. The show and our lists are archived here.
There were a few new books I wish
we'd had time to discuss. You'll find them on our front tables. First is
a marvelous collection of Emily Dickinson's poems: The Gorgeous Nothings.
This book is a facsimile of the great poet's "envelope poems," and at
first looks like ephemera, until you realize that this collection comes
closer than a standard collection does to show how Dickinson actually
created her poems. She was so far ahead of her time, and not really of
I also wish we'd had time to discuss two new books that had their origins in popular blogs: Allie Brosh's Hyperbole and a Half, and Brandon Stanton's Humans of New York.
Come take a look at them at the bookstore. They are very unusual.
Someone on your list is bound to want these books. Come talk to us about
A frankly weird production is "Ron Burgundy"'s Let Me Off at the Top. It's a fake memoir told entirely in the character of the iconic Anchorman character.
I say it's weird because there was no reason for it to be as good as it
is. It would have sold as a blank book. But here it is, the funniest
book of the year.
By the way, thanks to four wonderful local writers who joined us on Small Business Saturday to become booksellers for a day. We were...