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…