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Hanging Curve

By Troy Soos
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  • Publisher : Kensington Publishing Corp.
  • Isbn : 0758287836
  • Pages : 272
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 954
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"Equal parts baseball and mystery are the perfect proportion." --Robert Parker A Race To Stay Alive 1922. Another year, another team. Utility infielder Mickey Rawlings is now warming the pine for the St. Louis Browns, a team poised to go all the way. Rawlings should be overjoyed with the situation but the lack of playing time has him sneaking off to play incognito in the semi-pros. The competition is just as rough, though. In fact, some of the best players to ever throw a curveball or line up for a swing are his opponents. The only reason they aren't in the majors is because of their team color--black. Turns out that's the least of their worries. When the star pitcher of the Negro East St. Louis Cubs is found lynched after a win, Rawlings has to do everything he can to track down the killer and prevent a repeat of the deadly race riots of 1917. If he can stay alive. . . Praise for the Mickey Rawlings Baseball Mysteries "Full of life." --The New York Times Book Review on Hanging Curve "A richly atmospheric journey through time." --Booklist on Hanging Curve "A perfect book for the rain delay. . .a winner!" --USA Today on Murder at Fenway Park "Delightful. . .mixing suspense, period detail that will leave readers eager for subsequent innings." --Publishers Weekly on Murder at Fenway Park

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  • Reads : 477
  • File Pdf: heart-of-a-champion.pdf

Book Summary:

Jimmy Winter is a born star on the baseball field, and Seth Barnam can only dream of being as talented. Still, the two baseball fanatics have the kind of friendship that should last forever. But when Seth experiences an unthinkable loss, he's forced to find his own personal strength--on and off the field. An ALA Best Book for Young Adults An ALA Best Book for Reluctant Readers A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Book of the Year

Dead Time

By Stephen White
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Isbn : 1101211806
  • Pages : 464
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 883
  • File Pdf: dead-time.pdf

Book Summary:

A woman from Alan Gregory's past draws him into a deadly mystery in this exhilarating thriller from New York Times bestselling author Stephen White. Colorado psychologist Alan Gregory is struggling to repair his insecure marriage when he makes an unexpected connection with the past. His ex-wife Merideth needs his help. She claims that the surrogate mother of her unborn child has vanished without a trace—a mystery with unnerving connections to the disappearance of another young woman several years earlier at the base of the Grand Canyon. As new demons, old betrayals, and unknown enemies surface, Alan unearths a series of secrets someone will kill to keep buried, and deceptions that will forever change his life.

The End of Baseball

By Peter Schilling
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Ivan R. Dee
  • Isbn : 1615780394
  • Pages : 352
  • Category : Sports & Recreation
  • Reads : 242
  • File Pdf: the-end-of-baseball.pdf

Book Summary:

In Peter Schilling's wonderful novel, the extraordinary baseball season of 1944 comes vividly to life. Bill Veeck, the maverick promoter, returned from Guadalcanal with a leg missing and $500 to his name, has hustled his way into buying the Philadelphia Athletics. Hungry for a pennant, young Veeck jettisons the team's white players and secretly recruits the legendary stars of the Negro Leagues, fielding a club that will go down in baseball annals as one of the greatest ever to play the game. Here are the behind-the-scenes adventures that bring this dream to reality, and a cast of characters only history's pen could create. The End of Baseball is the most rollicking, free-spirited baseball story in years, the unvarnished truth of that incredible season and the men who lived it.

Almost Dysfunctional

By Larry Hubbell
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Isbn : 9781469793993
  • Pages : 372
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 885
  • File Pdf: almost-dysfunctional.pdf

Book Summary:

Walter Stanley, a middle-aged, mildly obsessive and slightly above average American political science professor, thinks he may have made a mistake. Why did he choose Russia as the site for his sabbatical? He's tired of the drunken camaraderie; he finds the crowded buses a Hobbesian world writ small; and he frequently becomes irate stepping in dog feces in the halls of his apartment. Away from his wife and family, he meets Lientjies Steenkamp, a beautiful, young South African Communist, who he becomes infatuated with upon their first meeting. Can a slightly burned out, tenured college professor find happiness in a dreary society with a woman fifteen years his junior?

Plan B for the Middle Class: Stories

By Ron Carlson
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Isbn : 039324539X
  • Pages : 224
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 169
  • File Pdf: plan-b-for-the-middle-class.pdf

Book Summary:

In The News of the World, Ron Carlson's celebrated last collection, it was widely noted that the news was good. Here, as everybody goes to Plan B, the news is stronger, edgy, and bittersweet. Here are men and women in the middle--of life, of relationships. There is a difference between what they set out for and what they get. A single mother keeps house on an aircraft carrier. A new father finds himself seduced by a motorcycle. A lonely professor is forced to face a few truths. Braced by honesty and lifted by affection for the world, these stories are a stunning showcase for a writer tackling universal themes in new ways. Get ready: when Plan A breaks down, Ron Carlson is here.

Reclaiming the Strike Zone

By Victor Alexander Baltov
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Author House
  • Isbn : 1477254862
  • Pages : 468
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 825
  • File Pdf: reclaiming-the-strike-zone.pdf

Book Summary:

America has steadily regressed from a Republic under the Sign of the Cross towards a mobacracy under the Sign of the Scorpion. Social responsibility and the ethics of conscience have vacated the Field of Dreams like a Baroid tater -- an all about me cult of celebrity has evolved. Reclaiming the Strike Zone traces the metaphorical cleat marks through forbidden history. The Inside Baseball version of the Soviet Socialist Paradise and Nazi Germany is pitched shekel free. Sub-systems of the American superstructure featuring education, entertainment, youth activities and family are explored in-depth. The search for something that has been lost -- the secret of the American Dream and American Exceptionalism -- is pursued. All base paths lead to the Christian Church and Jewish Nation. Wise Christian philosophy has been Billy-Goated off the playing field -- secular humanism has taken The Hill. Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud have taken a turn at-bat and gone long. Red tide has been harnessed into Economic Determinism by the F&F Boys. The hidden ball trick has been pulled on the sheeple. Disciples of General Zod lack American patriotism. Time is of the essence to restore what has been taken -- its the bottom of the 9th with two away. DO IT AMERICAN and dont give up the ship are battle cries. Intellectual Millenials must step up to the plate and reclaim what their baby booming Spock baby parents baptized in Dewey waters booted. Identifying the proton pseudos and resetting is the task. Restoring sub-systems [especially education] while playing small ball is the answer. Truth and patriotic leadership are catalysts. A burning desire to be an American -- free and independent -- without getting JFKd is the secret. There is a happy ending -- it is certain. The Good News delivers that promise.


By Colette Auclair
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Isbn : 147674582X
  • Pages : 384
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 920
  • File Pdf: branded.pdf

Book Summary:

The third lighthearted romance in Colette Auclair’s award-winning Aspen Valley series, Branded takes us on a wild and dreamy ride through the beautiful valleys and mountains of Colorado. Professional, polite, and pearl-wearing, dressage rider and resort consultant Cordy Sims is the last person anyone would expect to initiate a weekend of debauchery. And yet, that’s exactly what she does after meeting a handsome stranger at an Aspen resort. Agreeing that they’ll leave personal details at the door, they indulge in a memorable weekend of carnal recreation. On Sunday night, Cordy doesn’t want to leave this charming, seductive man, but she must play by her own rules. On Monday, Cordy sits in a meeting at the ad agency that’s hired her as a freelancer, and her professional and personal worlds collide. Turns out agency owner Jack Cormier looks just as good in the boardroom as he did in the bedroom. Forced to work together, Cordy and Jack can’t ignore the chemistry that crackles between them, or the deeper feelings that have developed. But secrets and scars from their pasts may prove too formidable, even for a love that’s as powerful as it is unexpected.

Philadelphia Baseball

By Max Blue
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : PublishAmerica
  • Isbn : 1627728902
  • Pages : 362
  • Category : Sports & Recreation
  • Reads : 629
  • File Pdf: philadelphia-baseball.pdf

Book Summary:

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By Mark A. Roberts
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Isbn : 166413249X
  • Pages : 646
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 926
  • File Pdf: airington.pdf

Book Summary:

Airington is an apocalyptic novel based on the prophetic books of the Bible. It is a violent novel. The Bible is a violent book. Airington is a fictional novel based on non-fictional prophecies, people and settings. Airington reveals many things. > Warnings by Billy Graham... “They did not lend him an ear, nor did they repent...” > 4 beasts of Daniel... > U.S.A. discovered in your Bible... > Israelites returned to the Promised Land in 1948... > 7 Seals and 4 horsemen of the apocalypse... > 7 Trumpets... > Coronavirus unleashed... > Surprise nuclear submarine attacks on “the peace loving people of the coastlines”... > World War III, 1/3 of mankind slain... > Punishment of U.S.A. for the sins of its leaders and the nation... > 7 year Tribulation... > Confirmation of the Covenant... > Antichrist and False Prophet rising... > Third Temple... > Abomination of Desolation... > Mark of the Beast... > 2 Witnesses... > Wrath of Satan... > Rapture... > 7 vials and the wrath of God... > Armageddon...

A Kind of Flying: Selected Stories

By Ron Carlson
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Isbn : 0393077659
  • Pages : 464
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 881
  • File Pdf: a-kind-of-flying.pdf

Book Summary:

"These stories are full of surprises, jolts, and lightning strikes of recognition. Do yourself a favor and read Ron Carlson." —Stephen King Ron Carlson's stories, sometimes wicked or bittersweet, often zany, are rich with a hard-earned hopefulness frequently absent in contemporary fiction. In this generous gathering from collections no longer available, longtime fans and new readers alike can savor the development of a master of idiosyncrasy. Properly celebrated for his range, Carlson offers us a rural sheriff who's wary of UFOs ("Phenomena"), a lawyer on a mission in remote Alaska ("Blazo"), a baseball player turned killer-by-accident ("Zanduce at Second"), and a nineteen-year-old who experiences an unsettling sexual awakening during an Arizona summer ("Oxygen"). Here also is a man accusing Bigfoot of stealing his wife, followed by Bigfoot's incomparable response. Not least of the treasures is "The H Street Sledding Record," a story perfect for family holiday reading, in which a young father creates the magic of Santa by throwing manure on his roof on Christmas Eve. This book proves Carlson's axiom that "a short story is not a single thing done a single way," and it offers us—finally—a full view of his remarkable talents.

UNSCRIPTED - The Great Rat Race Escape

By MJ DeMarco
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Viperion Publishing Corp
  • Isbn : 1736792407
  • Pages : 446
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Reads : 690
  • File Pdf: unscripted-the-great-rat-race-escape.pdf

Book Summary:

Has Your Life Been Conscripted by an Economic Religion? Learn How to Free Yourself and Your Life Through the Power of Fastlane Entrepreneurship By all appearances, Jeff and Samantha Trotman are living the American Dream. But behind the white picket fence, they endure an American Nightmare. With little time for each other, a pile of debt, and Ferrari taste on a Ford budget, the ruse of affluence is killing them. Two respectable jobs and a lovely suburban house paint a pretty picture, but behind the ink is a broken marriage rife with meaningless work and dead dreams. And now, with an unplanned pregnancy, they're facing a mid-life crisis twenty years early. With little time and looming bankruptcy, the Trotmans are forced to face the red-pill truth they long denied: They were alive, but they weren't living. Determined to resurrect their life and their marriage, the Trotmans plot a rat-race escape-only to find themselves more thickly in it. As tensions rise and hope fades, follow along step-by-step as the Trotmans pivot to a new strategy and a new career: starting a business as entrepreneurs. While they navigate their journey, you'll learn 120 wealth-building strategies and principles that your mainstream financial guru won't dare reveal-actionable concepts that will help you profit your way into the Unscripted 1%, an emerging economic class of entrepreneurs who enjoy a lifetime of freedom emancipated from miserly living and Wall Street's "save, pray, and wait" paradigm. Discover how one family escapes the rat-race grind and wins a lifetime of financial freedom, leaving behind the tyranny of meaningless jobs and mediocre living- and how you can too. Here is just a little of what you will learn: The Bad Math Principle: Why most people will never escape the rat-race, much less earn financial freedom. The 1/5/10 Strategy: How this one simple exercise will unearth your ultimate dream life while establishing a decision framework for its reality. The Honeypot Principle: Why the financial media's "invest a $100/mo for 40 years in indexed-funds" narrative is part of the same rat-race scheme, just a different side of the same rigged coin. The Dual Change Strategy: The two divergent sides of change and how it can make you a fortune. The Value Skew Strategy: How to find literally 1000s of business ideas and why you never need to "disrupt" or invent anything new or novel. The Millionaire Payday Strategy: How to spot opportunities to hire yourself and earn an instant millionaire-making income. The Cinderella Principle: Why starting a business based on a cultural trend or a fad is a horrible idea. The Perseverance Strategy: Never struggle with motivation again; the four necessary ingredients to tap into unlimited motivation and determination, regardless of the obstacles in your way. The Triangulated Value Strategy: Learn how to never quit three-feet from gold: The 3-pronged strategy in maximizing marketing yields while also illuminating the "quit or continue" decision. and over 110+ more! Don't let the rat-race and its co-conspirators proclaim your life as non-essential. Don't let the rat-race entice you to save your life away for the promise of an elderly retirement. Don't let the rat-race lull you into a tedious existence medicated by television, video games, and trivial sporting events. Go Unscripted, escape the rat-race, and win your happily-ever-after.

Larceny and Old Leather

By Eldon Ham
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Chicago Review Press
  • Isbn : 089733809X
  • Pages : 260
  • Category : Sports & Recreation
  • Reads : 160
  • File Pdf: larceny-and-old-leather.pdf

Book Summary:

Every baseball player from little league to the big leagues knows it is illegal to steal signs, yet every major league team assigns someone to do just that. Baseball thrives on trickery and deception. But as our oldest major team sport, its larcenous legacy goes much deeper than the field of play. In LARCENY AND OLD LEATHER: THE MISCHIEVOUS LEGACY OF MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL, Eldon Ham—sports lawyer, professor, and author—traces the game’s lesser-known, roguish past. His wry chapters, filled with anecdotes and statistics, expose both the hidden and the obvious cheating occurring throughout baseball’s history, from corked bats and spitballs to betting and media hyperbole. Here is a book for both seasoned baseball fans and neophytes who’d like to get a look at the game that evolved into an industry. Babe Ruth, Sammy Sosa, Pete Rose, and many other lesser known players make their appearance in this fascinating history, as Ham seeks not only to chronicle the legacy of deception inherent within the game, but also to explore why it is, and how it is, that this deception is exactly what makes baseball the most endearing of American games.