Book Review: One of Our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde


Author: Jasper Fforde Title: One of Our Thursdays is Missing Publication Info: New York : Viking, 2011. ISBN: 9780670022526 Previously Read by Same Author: The Eyre Affair Lost in a Good Book The Well of Lost Plots Something Rotten The Big Over Easy First Among Sequels The Fourth Bear Summary/Review: This is the sixth book…

Soccer Spectating Report 7-26 June: Gold Cup Edition


The CONCACAF Gold Cup came and went with the US Men’s National Team’s uninspiring loss. The Boston Breakers are treading water and the New England Revolution are abysmal so things are pretty miserable in my soccer world. Luckily the Women’s World Cup is starting and hopefully that will lift my spirits. Canada 0:2 United States…

Book Review: Soccernomics by Simon Kuper and Stefan Syzmanksi


Author: Simon Kuper and Stefan Syzmanksi Title: Soccernomics : why England loses, why Germany and Brazil win, and why the U.S., Japan, Australia, Turkey and even India are destined to become the kings of the world’s most popular sport Publication Info: New York : Nation Books, c2009. ISBN: 9781568584256 Also by the same author: Football…

Book Review: Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us by Joe Palca and Flora Lichtman


Author: Joe Palca and Flora Lichtman Title: Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us Publication Info: HighBridge Company (2011) ISBN: 1611744881 Summary/Review: This Library Thing Early Reviewers audiobook ask what the following things have in common: listening to someone else’s cell phone conversation, Zinedine Zidane’s World Cup Final, Huntington’s chorea, Joba Chamberlain & midges, chili…

Book Review: Once in a lifetime by Gavin Newsham


Author: Gavin Newsham Title: Once in a lifetime : the incredible story of the New York Cosmos Publication Info: New York : [Berkeley] : Grove Press ; Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2006. ISBN: 9780802142887 Summary/Review: Having watched the documentary film Once in a Lifetime and read Soccer in a Football World, I continue to…

Book Review: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot


Author:  Rebecca Skloot Title: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Publication Info: Random House Audio (2010) ISBN:  9780307712509 Summary/Review: In 1951, a woman named Henrietta Lacks died in Baltimore due to cervical cancer.  The remarkably tenacious continued to survive and divide and become the subject of numerous medical studies known as HeLa cells.  This book…

Book Review: The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen


Author: Tess Gerritsen Title: The Bone Garden Publication Info: New York : Ballantine Books, c2007. ISBN: 9780345497604 Summary/Review: It’s 1830 in Boston, a young medical student of modest means is force to become a resurrection man to make ends meet.  A young Irish woman is fiercely determined to care for her baby niece after her…

Book Review: The Whites of Their Eyes by Jill Lepore


Author: Jill Lepore Title: The Whites of Their Eyes: the Tea Party’s revolution and the battle over American history Publication Info: Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2010. ISBN: 9780691150277 Summary/Review: Harvard historian Jill Lepore investigates the rhetoric of the Tea Party particularly the claim by many right-wing politicians to speak to the original intent of…

Book Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


Author: Suzanne Collins Title: The Hunger Games Publication Info: Scholastic Audio Books (2008) ISBN: 0545091020 Summary/Review: I heard a lot of hype about this book and when I saw it available for download as an audiobook from my library, I decided to give it a listen with no knowledge of the plot.  The book is…

Book Review: Inverting the Pyramid by Jonathan Wilson


Author: Jonathan Wilson Title: Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics Publication Info: Orion (2008) ISBN:  0752889958 Summary/Review: This book traces this history of tactics, formations and styles over 100 years of soccer.  The title refers to the general trend toward defensive play moving players from the top of the formation to the bottom…

Book Review:Soccer in a Football World by David Wangerin


Author: David Wangerin Title: Soccer in a Football World Publication Info: Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2008. ISBN: Summary/Review: Following up on Beastly Fury, the story of the origin of the game of football in Britain, I wanted to know the history of soccer in my own country.  Foreigners and Americans alike will claim that…

Book Review: As It Was in the Beginning by Robert McClory


Author: Robert McClory Title:  As It Was in the Beginning Publication Info: New York : Crossroad Pub., c2007. ISBN: 9780824524197 Books by the same author: Faithful Dissenters Summary/Review: McClory boldly declares that democratization is coming to the Catholic Church, and soon, something not readily evident by the Church hierarchy’s growing conservatism in the past 3…

Book Review: Poverty of Spirit by Johannes B. Metz


Author: Johannes B. Metz Title:  Poverty of Spirit Publication Info: Paulist Pr (1976) ISBN: 0809119242 Summary/Review: This is a short, but profound book reflecting on the humanity of Christ incarnated and our own human condition.  It’s one of those books that I really ought to reread and meditate upon to do it justice.  Nevertheless I…

Book Review: Ambassadors of reconciliation by Ched Myers & Elaine Enns


Author: Ched Myers & Elaine Enns Title: Ambassadors of reconciliation Publication Info: Maryknoll, N.Y. : Orbis Books, 2009 ISBN:  9781570758317 Summary/Review: This beautiful book explores the ideas of forgiveness and restorative justice based on the Gospel and Christian teaching.  As a modern example of the teaching of Christ the authors frequently cite the writings and…

Book Review: Take Time for Paradise by A. Bartlett Giamatti


Author: A. Bartlett Giamatti Title: Take time for paradise : Americans and their games Publication Info: Bloomsbury USA, 2011. ISBN: 9781608192243 Summary/Review: When I was young and stupid, I hated Giamatti for banning Pete Rose from baseball.  Over the years I came to realize that Rose is a cheater and a liar, and that Giamatti’s…

Book Review: 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang


Author: Ha-Joon Chang Title: 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism Publication Info: Bloomsbury Press (2011) ISBN: 97816081916666 Summary/Review: I received this book as an advanced reading copy through the Library Thing Early Reviewers program.  Like the title says, it goes through 23 aspects of capitalism that are myths, misrepresentations, or simply bald-faced lies. …

Soccer Spectating Report 16 May-6 June


With the Champions League final, the European season comes to the end. I watched a lot of teams and lot of games and determined that the clubs I like best are Everton of the English Premier League and Ajax of the Dutch Eredivisie. Next year I’m thinking I’ll try to watch as many games featuring…