The Art of Fielding is an Art of Writing

10996342I wasn’t going to read this book. I didn’t care what the reviews were or how many lists it was on. I was NOT going to read it. I don’t like sports books, so why would I? Well, my book club gave me the reason. It is this month’s selection.

When I started reading The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach, I did so with a closed mind and the feeling that I would give it a try (no more than 25 pages) and if I couldn’t stand it I’d give up. I was hooked within the first ten pages.

If you think it’s all about baseball, you can forget it. It’s about perfectly imperfect characters. Oh, there’s baseball, too. But it’s really a beautiful character drama.

Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen – the Monkey is Bad but the Book is Good

BAD MONKEY by Carl HiaasenIf you have read Hiaasen before, you know that he writes environmentally friendly novels… with bizarre characters… and even more bizarre circumstances. This one contains a bad monkey, a severed arm with the middle finger up, mango popsicles, greed, violence, and revenge. Just another day in Florida. It’s out this summer. Read it. You won’t be sorry.