For Father’s Day: Men
at work, play and war
New Mexico as his pastry chef, Greenie packs anyway. He tells all—sometimes too much—
up and heads to Santa Fe with her 4-year-old in this combat memoir, mixed with his own
son. Her husband, Alan, then befriends Saga, judgments about politics, politicians and the
a woman who lost her memory after an acci- war. He is an equal-opportunity observer— plex and occasionally difficult ballplayer and
dent.Asallthese livesintersect, acataclysmic both Democrats and Republicans feel his a social history of baseball. Khan’s poetic
event calls for decisions to be made about the sword. Riechkoff and a small cadre of like- masterpiece of sporting literature, first pub-meaning of love, fidelity and loyalty. minded military men, founded Operation lished in the early 1970s, follows the Brooklyn
Truth to get the word out; this polemic is part Dodgers, as a team and as individuals. In
FICTION salvage Poe’s reputation. What he encounters
The Whole World Over, by Julia Glass. are unanswered questions concerning the
Readers of Glass’ National Book Award win- Baltimore slave trade, a female assassin and
ner, The Three Junes, will recognize the char- the real story of Poe’s last hours.
acter Fenno McLeod, but this book follows
Greenie Duquette, who has a small bakery in NONFICTION
Manhattan and a therapist husband with his Chasing Ghosts, by Paul Riechkoff.
own secrets. When Walter, Greenie’s gay Despite misgivings about America’s reasons
friend, recommends her to the governor of for invading Iraq, Riechkoff decided to go
The Poe Shadow, by Matthew Pearl. of that effort. Summer of ’ 49, Halberstam decribes an era
Following his debut novel, The Dante Club, when baseball players were driven by pride,
Poe once again combines literature, history Sandy Koufax: A Lefty’s Legacy, by Jane not salaries. It was a summer of great personal
and mystery to tell the story of the last days of Leavy, The Boys of Summer, by Roger drama for the Boston Red Sox and the New
Edgar Allan Poe. Most people believe that he Kahn and Summer of ’ 49, by David Hal- York Yankees, with Ted Williams and Joe
died a disgraceful drunkard. An admirer of berstam. Here’s a seasonal offering to enjoy DiMaggio cast as leading players. Halberstam
Poe, a Baltimore lawyer named Quentin when you’re not watching the great American captures all the sights and sounds, on and off
Clark, puts his own career at risk as he tries to pastime. Leavy offers a biography of a com- the field.—Valerie Ryan
Big Read announces next steps
AFTER ANNOUNCING the National En- ties earlier this year, encourages communities
dowment for the Arts’ (NEA) Big Read last to read and discuss one of several preselected
year (see “Book Look,” August 2005), chair books.
Dana Gioia unveiled the next phase in mid- The NEA is now asking cities, towns and
May. Gioia hopes to add 100 communities other areas to apply for an NEA grant if they
and eight new books to the program—with would like to launch the program. To find out
the aim of restoring “reading to the center of how your community is or can be involved,
the American cultural life.” The program, visit
which was successfully tested in 10 communi-
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