Color Blind: The Forgotten Team That Broke Baseball’s Color Line (Atlantic, $25),by Tom Dunkel, is sports journalism and narrative history at its best. While most Americans think of Jackie Robinson’s debut in the Major Leagues as the event that broke the color barrier in baseball, Dunkel has unearthed a remarkable and previously untold story of a formidable semipro baseball team in the mid 1930s that included some of the nation’s most talented black ball players, including Satchel Paige and Quince Troupe. The team didn’t play in New York City or Chicago or a major metropolitan area, but in the drought-ravaged, Depression-ravaged remoteness of Bismarck, North Dakota, in the mid 1930s.

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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - April 2nd, 2013

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This remarkable book, A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home: Life Lessons From an Unlikely Teacher (Riverhead, $26.95), by Sue Halpern, writer and editor at The New York Review of Books, tells the story of how Halpern and her six-year-old dog, Pransky, become a therapy team at a county-run facility for the elderly near their home in Vermont. The writer, whose previous books have explored the brain’s connections to aging and memory, among other topics, frames this story through her experiences of the seven life virtues while she and Pransky form extraordinary relationships with residents at the home. Pransky is the star of this deeply touching and humane book, and it is through the dog that the author offers a provocative and brilliant examination of what really matters in life and how we might find grace, happiness, and humor while dealing with the real challenges of growing older.

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Published: Riverhead Books - July 22nd, 2013

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Published: Riverhead Books - May 6th, 2014

A Partial History of Lost Causes (Dial, $16), by Jennifer Dubois, is an excellent debut novel in which a young American woman with an inherited fatal disease becomes linked to a world chess champion and opposition presidential candidate in Russia. Dubois tells the stories of the two protagonists, whose lives intersect across two countries and several decades, with compelling detail and language. Chess–and learning to beat long odds–is a subtext throughout, as are the political ramifications of the transition from Soviet leadership to Putin-style “democracy.”  Dubois is a smart and gifted writer.
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - August 21st, 2012

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