Peter, a thirteen-year-old loner, is forced by his mother in England to spend two weeks of holiday with his recently widowed aunt on the Irish island of Inishbofin, or the Island of the White Cow. On the ferry across, he meets Siobhan. She's a year older. The island is suddenly struck by two tragedies, as two islanders have gone missing. On a walk, Peter meets two small men, who turn out to be the Irish fairy leprechauns. They inform Peter and Siobhan that they too are changelings, having been substituted at birth for normal babies. It is a time of great evil, and the Miasma of Evil is moving on to God-fearing citizens. The Miasma has recruited the terrifying Irish fairy horses, or Dullaghans, with their headless black riders. Peter and Siobhan become leaders in the fight, together with historic characters, including the sixteenth-century female pirate Grace O'Malley. They are transported by a Time Rail, which places them in the sixteenth century, where Peter has to rescue himself...
"The ultimate chronicle of the games behind the game."—The New York Times Book ReviewBaseball has always inspired rhapsodic elegies on the glory of man and golden memories of wonderful times. But what you see on the field is only half the game.In this fascinating, colorful chronicle—based on hundreds of interviews and years of research and digging—John Helyar brings to vivid life the extraordinary people and dramatic events that shaped America's favorite pastime, from the dead-ball days at the turn of the century through the great strike of 1994. Witness zealous Judge Landis banish eight players, including Shoeless Joe Jackson, after the infamous "Black Sox" scandal; the flamboyant A's owner Charlie Finley wheel and deal his star players, Vida Blue and Rollie Fingers, like a deck of cards; the hysterical bidding war of coveted free agent Catfish Hunter; the chain-smoking romantic, A. Bartlett Giamatti, locking horns with Pete Rose during his...
The wildly entertaining narrative of the outrageous 1981 Dodgers from the award-winning author of Dynastic, Fantastic, Bombastic and The Baseball CodesThey Bled Blue is the rollicking yarn of the Los Angeles Dodgers' crazy 1981 season, a watershed campaign that cemented the team's place and reputation as fitting thoroughly within the surrounding LA culture. That it culminated in an unlikely World Series win — during a split season demarcated by a strike, no less — is not even the most interesting thing about this team. The Dodgers were led by the garrulous Tommy Lasorda, as much cheerleader as manager, whose office hosted a regular stream of Hollywood royalty. They had Steve Garvey, the first baseman with the movie-star good looks, whose seemingly impenetrable All-American façade was in the first stages of what would soon be total implosion. Garvey was teamed with Ron Cey, Davey Lopes, and Bill Russell in the most durable...
They're living their most passionate dream... But will her scandalous secret cost her his love? Beauty blogger and owner of the Hamptons' hottest salon, Karma Sullivan has been swept off her feet by judge Morrison Drake. But she knows their passion-filled nights must end. She can't let her family secret derail Morrison's ambitious career plan. Even if it means giving up the man she loves...
PLEASURE AT MIDNIGHTSent to Madrid to talk his firm's top client out of canceling her tour, Roderick Drake quickly realizes pop star Genevieve Harris isn't the diva he pictured. In fact, she's irresistible. Genevieve wants a life away from the paparazzi—shared with the gorgeous lawyer who fulfills her in every way. Faced with devastating betrayal, can she trust her emotions and the sensual music they make together?HIS PICK FOR PASSIONOn and off the court, professional basketball player Will Hampton scores easily. Then he's dared to seduce his sister's best friend—the only woman who's never fallen for his game. Marketing exec Erin Fry has transformed from tomboy to stunning beauty, but she doubts Will can change his ways. One mind-blowing night puts their hearts in play, but can Erin let her guard down—and let love in?
A basketball-loving girl makes a wish to never miss a basket in this charming middle grade novel that pushes girl power to the max!Lizzy Trudeaux loves basketball. She doesn't have much by way of money, but she has access to the community court, a worn ball named Ginger, and she practices constantly. After fighting to join the boy's team at her school, Lizzy is finally given the opportunity to show off her hard-earned skills.When she answers what she believes is another bill collecting phone call, Lizzy receives a magical wish: the ability to sink every shot. Pure Swish. Now eviscerating the competition in the boy's league is small potatoes—she has the skills to dominate in the NBA. With the help of her BFF Toby and some viral video action, Lizzy goes all the way to the Philadelphia Bells' starting lineup, making history and taking names. Then, just as she's about to go face to face with her hero, the best player on the planet, things begin to fall apart....
From The New York Times baseball columnist, an enchanting, enthralling history of the national pastime as told through the craft of pitching, based on years of archival research and interviews with more than three hundred people from Hall of Famers to the stars of today.The baseball is an amazing plaything. We can grip it and hold it so many different ways, and even the slightest calibration could turn an ordinary pitch into a weapon to thwart the greatest hitters in the world. Each pitch has its own history, evolving through the decades as the masters pass it down to the next generation. From the earliest days of the game, when Candy Cummings dreamed up the curveball while flinging clamshells on a Brooklyn beach, pitchers have never stopped innovating.In K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches, Tyler Kepner traces the colorful stories and fascinating folklore behind the ten major pitches. Each chapter highlights a different pitch,...
One of The Wall Street Journal's 10 New Books You Should Be Picking Up First In 2020 and one of The Millions' Most Anticipated Books of 2020An explosive, character-driven odyssey through the world of baseball from Emily Nemens, the editor of The Paris ReviewJason Goodyear is the star outfielder for the Los Angeles Lions, stationed with the rest of his team in the punishingly hot Arizona desert for their annual spring training. Handsome, famous, and talented, Goodyear is nonetheless coming apart at the seams. And the coaches, writers, wives, girlfriends, petty criminals, and diehard fans following his every move are eager to find out why—as they hide secrets of their own.Humming with the energy of a ballpark before the first pitch, Emily Nemens' The Cactus League unravels the tightly connected web of people behind a seemingly linear game. Narrated by a...
Today the Democrats are the new Communists.Once the KGB needed to blackmail, pay or coerce people to be traitors against America. Today a large segment of the Democrat Party freely does these things as an act of politics. What was once Communism is now an amorphous, evil spirit that can be called anti-Americanism. How did this happen? Explaining it is no easy task.
This selection of Times obituaries from 1872 to 2014 revisits the lives of 125 women who have all, in their own way, played an important part in women's educational, professional, social, cultural and emotional journey over the best part of two centuries. The anthology starts with the obituary of 91-year-old pioneering mathematician and scientist Mary Somerville (d. 1872) and concludes with that of 110-year-old concert pianist and Holocaust survivor Alice Herz-Sommer (d. 2014). In between come a formidable trio of later scientists: the discoverer of radium Marie Curie; the unsung heroine of DNA, Rosalind Franklin; and the only British woman to win a Nobel Prize for science, Dorothy Hodgkin. Plus a further quintet of great pianists: Clara Schumann, Myra Hess, Eileen Joyce, Tatiana Nikolayeva and Moura Lympany. Among campaigners, there is nursing reformer Florence Nightingale (d. 1910), along with suffragists Emmeline, Christabel and Sylvia Pankhurst (d. 1928, 1958 and 1960), the...
O.J.: 20 years later.Everybody knows what happened 20 years ago. Many books were written from most every point of view. But what has happened since then? What did the O.J. Simpson murder case of 1994-1995 do to America?O.J. was already symbolic in many ways. He was the post-Jackie Robinson, post-Jim Brown, post-New Breed African-American, the beneficiary in living flesh of 400 years of struggle against tyranny, the first blossoms of freedom bestowed upon the American Black Man. He was their hopes and dreams embodied.Many said O.J. was “whiter” than many of the corporate executives who feted him, who played golf with him, who enabled him to get a free lunch and his pick of Caucasian women from one coast to another. He was the picture of what a charismatic, handsome black man can get if he plays his cards right, is non-threatening, and smiles the smile of the contented.He was a hero to white America, one of the first black celebrities to be fully embraced and given a free ride with no reservations. His predilection for sex with blond women never came back to hurt him. The world, apparently, had moved beyond that. In this respect, he was on the cutting edge of societal evolution.
The woman he's never considered...Might be the only one he'll ever needJada Allen's Christmas wishlist is simple: her gorgeous boss. A-list talent agent Max Moore counts on Jada to handle his life—and help him get through to his tween daughter. Yet workaholic Max never really notices her until a makeover reveals the vibrant woman he's taken for granted. Will one hot night shatter their working relationship or lead to something far sweeter?
A novelBaseball, sex, race, fame, fortune, envy, greed, power, murder, unrighteousness
Pacific Islanders were plantation slaves to the Brits before WWII. Mythic John Frum urged natives to "go back to custom," earning a price on his head. A Boston missionary and a cargo cult shaman awaiting ships full of food meet on Christ's Despair Island and experience the culture clash with ironic humor and action adventures involving the Japanese, US Navy, and cannibal headhunters.