This inside view with the Cardinals’ Tony La Russa by the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Friday Night Lights “should appeal to any baseball fan” (Publishers Weekly). A Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year “Plenty of books have taken us inside baseball, but August takes us directly inside players’ heads.” —Entertainment Weekly 3 Nights in August captures the strategic and emotional complexities of baseball’s quintessential form: the three-game series. As the St. Louis Cardinals battle their archrival, the Chicago Cubs, we watch from the dugout through the eyes of legendary Tony La Russa, considered by many to be the greatest manager of the modern era. In his thirty-three years of managing, La Russa won three World Series titles and was named Manager of the Year a record five times. He now stands as the third-winningest manager in the history of baseball. A great leader, La Russa built his success on the conviction that ball games are won not only by the numbers but also by the hearts and minds of those who play. Drawing on unprecedented access to a major league skipper and his team, Buzz Bissinger portrays baseball with a revelatory intimacy that offers many surprisingly tactical insights—and furthers the debate on major league managerial style and strategy in his provocative afterword. “Superb . . . Will be devoured by hard-core strategists.” —The New York Times Book Review
Recounts the author's decision to change careers and attend the famed Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris, describing how she survived the program's intense teaching methods and competitive fellow students, in an account complemented by two dozen recipes.
Author: David Siroty
Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
Release Date: 2012-06-18
Genre: Sports & Recreation
Each played baseball as kids. They all played together on a college baseball juggernaut at Seton Hall. All of them wanted to make baseball their life. The Hit Men and the Kid Who Batted Ninth traces the baseball lives of Craig Biggio, Mo Vaughn, John Valentin, and Marteese Robinson—from the playgrounds through college ball to the big leagues—revealing a fascinating and personal account of four routes to the same destination and dream.
Author: SMITH ANDREW F
Release Date: 2001-03-17
Those who think that popcorn has always been at the local multiplexes, better think again. In "Popped Culture" readers will learn the story behind popcorn and its history as the most American of all snack foods--when it arrived in the movie houses and how it all came to be. Not only does this contain the complete history of popcorn, but also some tasty ways to make popcorn a more fascinating snack. photos.
Author: Paul T. Hellmann
Release Date: 2006-02-14
The first place-by-place chronology of U.S. history, this book offers the student, researcher, or traveller a handy guide to find all the most important events that have occurred at any locality in the United States.
Author: Stephen G. Michaud
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Drawn from more than 150 hours of exclusive tape-recorded interviews with Bundy, this collection provides shocking insights into the killer's 11th-hour confessions before his death in a Florida electric chair. A unique, horrifying self portrait of one of the most savage sex killers in history.
The author of The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony presents an original interpretation of the work of Franz Kafka in a series of essays that looks at the meaning of Kafka's stories and what they reveal about the enigmatic author himself. Reprint.
Author: Emily Mann
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc
Release Date: 1996
THE STORY: HAVING OUR SAY opens as 103-year-old Sadie Delany and 101-year-old Bessie Delany welcome us into their Mount Vernon, New York, home. As they prepare a celebratory dinner in remembrance of their father's birthday, they take us on a remark
Author: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2011-06-28
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
No novel better epitomizes the love between a child and a pet than The Yearling. Young Jody adopts an orphaned fawn he calls Flag and makes it a part of his family and his best friend. But life in the Florida backwoods is harsh, and so, as his family fights off wolves, bears, and even alligators, and faces failure in their tenuous subsistence farming, Jody must finally part with his dear animal friend. There has been a film and even a musical based on this moving story, a fine work of great American literature.
Author: Phillip Hamilton
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Release Date: 2011
Serving the Old Dominion: A History of Christopher Newport University tells the story of Virginia¿s youngest state university during the late-20th and early-21st centuries. Opened in 1961 in Newport News as a commuter school with 170 students, Christopher Newport University(CNU) today is a highly-selective residential college serving 5,000 students from across the state and is a vital part of life on the Virginia Peninsula. Placing the University¿s development into the larger context of American higher education, Phillip Hamilton narrates Christopher Newport¿s growth and evolution across five decades. In 1958, Hampton Roads leaders initiated discussions with state officials to create a commuter college on the Peninsula to serve both working adults and the ¿baby boom¿ generation. Initially a two-year branch of the College of William and Mary, Christopher Newport quickly established a tradition of excellent teaching led by a dedicated faculty. In the mid-1990s, changes in higher education (particularly the advent of online education) caused CNU to experience declining enrollments and budget cuts. Amid these difficulties, former U.S. Senator Paul Trible became CNU¿s fifth president. Under his leadership, the university dramatically changed direction. Building upon its reputation for exceptional teaching, Trible turned the school into a residential college and recruited highly-talented students from throughout the Old Dominion. Initiation of a $500 million building campaign transformed both the campus and student life. Thus, by the end of the new millennium¿s first decade, CNU was a thriving and important academic institution within Virginia.
Author: Connie May Fowler
Publisher: Black Swan Books, Limited
Release Date: 2011-07-01
Genre: American fiction
In 1965 Bird, christened Avocet, aged six, is living with her family in a Florida citrus grove. Daddy and Mama, who run a general store, fight frequently and drink too much; Bird and her older sister Phoebe are beaten equally frequently. Daddy is eventually found dead in his car; Mama and the girls leave the grove and move into a trailer in the grounds of a motel outside Tampa. Bird, against Mama's wishes, makes friends with Miss Zora, a black woman in a neighbouring trailer. Miss Zora is a kindly white witch, whose wisdom and herbal remedies provide a mainstay in Bird's difficult life. Bird runs away to the city to escape her mother's cruelty, and meets a gentle biker who brings her home. Mama finally agrees to get help for her alcoholism, and Miss Zora takes Bird and Phoebe to live with her at her home in South Florida.