Book Review: A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry


Author: Rohinton Mistry Title: A Fine Balance Publication Info: Books on Tape, Inc. (2001) ISBN: 0736684425 Summary/Review: This novel – epic in length – tells the story of four people in Mumbai, India who come together during The Emergency of the mid-1970’s.  They are: Dina Dalal – a young widow who takes up clothing manufacture…

Book Review: Aya by Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie


Around The World For a Good Book selection for: Côte d’Ivoire Author: Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie Title: Aya Publication Info: Drawn and Quarterly (2007)https://othemts.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.php ISBN: 1894937902 Summary/Review: This beautifully illustrated graphic novel is set in Yop City, a working class neighborhood in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire in the 1970’s when the nation was prosperous and…

Book Review: Faith and Fear in Flushing by Greg Prince


Author: Greg Prince Title: Faith and Fear in Flushing Publication Info: Skyhorse Publishing (2009) ISBN: 1602396817 Summary/Review: Greg Prince, one of the co-authors of the Mets blog Faith and Fear in Flushing – the most intelligent and literate Mets blog there is – writes about his 40 years as the guy everyone knows as the…

Book Review: 722 Miles by Clifton Hood


Author: Clifton Hood Title: 722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York Publication Info: Simon & Schuster (1993) ISBN: 067167756X Summary/Review: 772 Miles is a thorough overview of New York City’s subway system from the opening of the Interborough Rapid Transit system in 1904, the Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit Corporation in 1923,…

Book Review: Early Bird by Rodney Rothman


Author: Rodney Rothman Title: Early Bird Publication Info: Simon & Schuster (2005) ISBN: 0743242173 Summary/Review: This book starts off with a 28 year old Rothman losing his job as a television comedy writer and deciding to “retire early” to a senior community in Florida.  The premise reads like the plot of a dumb sitcom and…

Book Review: American Nerd by Benjamin Nugent


Author: Benjamin Nugent Title: American Nerd: The Story of My People Publication Info: Scribner (2008) ISBN:  0743288017 Summary/Review: The author sets out to write about the history, sociology, anthropology and psychology of the nerd confessing that he is taking “a serious approach to a subject usually treated lightly, which is a nerdy thing to do,”…

Futures at Fenway


Today I attended the Futures at Fenway baseball double header featuring two minor league games in a major league ballpark.  This is an annual event begun in 2006 which allows minor league players a taste of playing in historic Fenway as well as allowing ordinary fans – especially those with children – to see a…

Beer Review: Otter Creek Copper Ale


Beer: Copper Ale Brewer: Otter Creek Brewing Source: On-tap Rating: *** (7.1 of 10) Comments: Appropriately copper-colored, cloudy and bubbly this is an attractive beer.  The taste is lovely – earthy with malty caramel and a nice bitter hop finish.  A good well-balanced and drinkable beer.

Beer Review: Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter


Beer: Stovepipe Porter Brewer: Otter Creek Brewing Source:  Draft Rating: *** (7.8 of 10) Comments: This is a deep dark stout with a creamy foam head.  It carries a smokey aroma and flavor that sets it apart and one that I really like.  This is a robust and well-balanced beer.

Beer Review: Drifter Pale Ale


Beer: Drifter Pale Ale Brewer: Widmer Brothers Brewing Company Source:  Draft Rating: * (5.3 of 10) Comments: This a cloudy amber beer with a whiff of hops and citrus.  The flavor is bitter – a bit more bitter than I like – and that kind of overwhelms everything else.  It’s a decent beer I suppose,…