Fans of the Impossible Life

Fans of the Impossible Life
Author: Kate Scelsa
Publsiher: Pan Macmillan
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2015-09-10
ISBN: 150980515X
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Fans of the Impossible Life Book Excerpt:

Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa is the story of love, loss, growing up and the magic - and terror - of finding friends who truly see the person you are and the person you're trying to become. It's a story about rituals and love, and of those transformative friendships that burn hot and change you, but might not last. SEBBY seems to carry sunlight around with him. Even as life in his foster home starts to take its toll, Sebby and his best friend Mira together craft a world of magic rituals and impromptu road trips designed to fix the broken parts of their lives. MIRA is starting over at St. Francis Prep. She promised her parents she would at least try to pretend that she could act like a functioning human this time, not a girl who can't get out of bed for days on end, who only feels awake when she's with Sebby. JEREMY is the painfully shy art nerd at St. Francis who's been in self-imposed isolation after an incident that ruined his last year of school. When he sees Sebby for the first time across the school lawn, it's as if he's been expecting him. As Jeremy finds himself drawn into Sebby and Mira's world, he begins to understand the secrets that they hide in order to protect themselves, to keep each other safe from those who don't understand their quest to live for the impossible.

Improbable Magic for Cynical Witches

Improbable Magic for Cynical Witches
Author: Kate Scelsa
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2022-05-31
ISBN: 0062465058
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Improbable Magic for Cynical Witches Book Excerpt:

A witchy, atmospheric lesbian contemporary romance set in Salem—from the acclaimed author of Fans of the Impossible Life. Perfect for fans of Nina LaCour and Becky Albertalli. Seventeen-year-old Eleanor is the last person in Salem to believe in witchcraft—or think that her life could be transformed by mysterious forces. After losing her best friend and first love, Chloe, Eleanor has spent the past year in a haze, vowing to stay away from anything resembling romance. But when a handwritten guide to tarot arrives in the mail at the witchy souvenir store where Eleanor works, it seems to bring with it the message that magic is about to enter her life. Cynical Eleanor is quick to dismiss this promise, until real-life witch Pix shows up with an unusual invitation. Inspired by the magic and mystery of the tarot, Eleanor decides to open herself up to Pix and her coven of witches, and even to the possibility of a new romance. But Eleanor’s complicated history continues to haunt her. She will have to reckon with the old ghosts that threaten to destroy everything, even her chance at new love. Improbable Magic for Cynical Witches is a romantic coming-of-age about learning to make peace with the past in order to accept the beauty of the present.

Luminary

Luminary
Author: Kate Scelsa
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2022-11-08
ISBN: 1665902345
Category: Young Adult Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Luminary Book Excerpt:

A collection of mystical practices and exercises, Luminary is a one-of-a-kind guide to mindfulness and self-care for teens to support a life of empowerment, confidence, and, of course, magic! Self-care is not only necessary, it’s magical! Your road to self-care can be a mystical journey that leaves you feeling more confident, determined, and ready to accomplish all those bucket-list items and dreams you have scribbled in your journal. So why not start that journey now? Find both mystical and practical tools to help deal with stress, depression, and other challenges in this gorgeously illustrated and highly designed guide offering different creative ways of living a heart-centered, mindful, and magical life through concrete tools for self-care and advice from a diverse group of practitioners in areas like tarot, astrology, energy work, and much more. Luminary is a book of practical magic that empowers you to pursue mental wellness with curiosity and confidence. But it’s also a book of possibility that pushes the boundaries of what self-help can be.

All Out The No Longer Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages

All Out  The No Longer Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages
Author: Saundra Mitchell,Malinda Lo,Robin Talley,Mackenzi Lee,Kody Keplinger,Elliot Wake,Anna-Marie McLemore,Shaun David Hutchinson,Dahlia Adler,Tess Sharpe,Kate Scelsa,Natalie C. Parker,Sara Farizan,Nilah Magruder,Tessa Gratton,Tehlor Kay Mejia,Alex Sanchez,Scott Tracey
Publsiher: Harlequin
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2018-02-27
ISBN: 1488030456
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

All Out The No Longer Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages Book Excerpt:

Take a journey through time and genres to discover stories where queer teens live, love, and shape the world around them. Seventeen young adult authors across the queer spectrum have come together to create a collection of beautifully written diverse historical fiction for teens. From a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood set in war-torn 1870s Mexico featuring a transgender soldier…to two girls falling in love while mourning the death of Kurt Cobain…to forbidden love in a sixteenth-century Spanish convent…and an asexual girl discovering her identity amid the 1970s roller-disco scene, All Out tells a diverse range of stories across cultures, time periods, and identities, shedding light on an area of history often ignored or forgotten. “Readers searching for positive, nuanced, and authentic queer representation—or just a darn good selection of stories—need look no further than this superb collection.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review Featuring original stories from: Malinda Lo Mackenzi Lee Robin Talley Kody Keplinger Elliot Wake Anna-Marie McLemore Shaun David Hutchinson Dahlia Adler Tess Sharpe Kate Scelsa Natalie C. Parker Sara Farizan Nilah Magruder Tessa Gratton Tehlor Kay Mejia Alex Sanchez Scott Tracey Read the entire set of companion anthologies featuring queer teens in the past, present, and future! All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages Out Now: Queer We Go Again! Out There: Into the Queer New Yonder (coming soon!)

Chinese Fans of Japanese and Korean Pop Culture

Chinese Fans of Japanese and Korean Pop Culture
Author: Lu Chen
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 188
Release: 2017-09-05
ISBN: 1315414716
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Chinese Fans of Japanese and Korean Pop Culture Book Excerpt:

How can Japanese popular culture gain numerous fans in China, despite pervasive anti-Japanese sentiment? How is it that there’s such a strong anti-Korean sentiment in Chinese online fan communities when the official Sino-Korean relationship is quite stable before 2016? Avid fans in China are raising hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding to make gifts to their idols in foreign countries. Tabloid reports on Japanese and Korean celebrities have been known to trigger nationalist protests in China. So, what is the relationship between Chinese fandom of Japanese and Korean popular culture and nationalist sentiment among Chinese youth? Chen discusses how Chinese fans of Japanese and Korean popular culture have formed their own nationalistic discourse since the 1990s. She argues that, as nationalism is constructed from various entangled ideologies, narratives, myths and collective memories, popular culture simply becomes another resource for the construction of nationalism. Fans thus actively select, interpret and reproduce the content of cultural products to suit their own ends. Unlike existing works, which focus on the content of transnational cultural flows in East Asia, this book focuses on the reception and interpretation of the Chinese audience.

The Baseball Fan s Bucket List

The Baseball Fan s Bucket List
Author: Robert Santelli,Jenna Santelli
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2010-03-09
ISBN: 0762440317
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Baseball Fan s Bucket List Book Excerpt:

No sports fans are more in touch with the history and ephemera of their game than baseball fans. Hitting the sweet spot of our national pastime, The Baseball Fans Bucket List presents a list of 162 absolute must things to do, see, get, and experience before you kick the bucket. Entries range from visiting Elysian Fields in Hoboken, NJ (site of the first pro baseball game), to starting a baseball card collection; experiencing Opening Day; attending your favorite teams Fantasy Camp; reading classic books like Ball Four, and much more! Each entry includes interesting facts, entertaining trivia, and practical information about the activity, item, or travel destination. Also included is a complete checklist so the reader can keep a running tally of their Bucket-List achievements. With todays tabloid stories of steroid abuse and off-the-field shenanigans encroaching on baseballs idyllic charm, this unique guidebook encourages readers to celebrate all thats good about being a fan.

Language in Late Capitalism

Language in Late Capitalism
Author: Alexandre Duchêne,Monica Heller
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 282
Release: 2012-04-23
ISBN: 1136581685
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Language in Late Capitalism Book Excerpt:

This book examines the ways in which our ideas about language and identity which used to be framed in national and political terms as a matter of rights and citizenship are increasingly recast in economic terms as a matter of added value. It argues that this discursive shift is connected to specific characteristics of the globalized new economy in what can be thought of as "late capitalism". Through ten ethnographic case studies, it demonstrates the complex ways in which older nationalist ideologies which invest language with value as a source of pride get bound up with newer neoliberal ideologies which invest language with value as a source of profit. The complex interaction between these modes of mobilizing linguistic resources challenges some of our ideas about globalization, hinting that we are in a period of intensification of modernity, in which the limits of the nation-State are stretched, but not (yet) undone. At the same time, this book argues, this intensification also calls into question modernist ways of looking at language and identity, requiring a more serious engagement with capitalism and how it constitutes symbolic (including linguistic) as well as material markets.

Digital Fandom

Digital Fandom
Author: Paul Booth
Publsiher: Peter Lang
Total Pages: 254
Release: 2010
ISBN: 9781433110702
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Digital Fandom Book Excerpt:

"This book re-evaluates the way we examine today's digital media environment By looking at how popular culture uses different digital technologies, Digital Fandom bolsters contemporary media theory by introducing new methods of analysis Using the exemplars of alternate reality gaming and fan studies, this book takes into account a particular "philosophy of playfulness" in today's media in order to establish a "new media studies."" "Digital Fandom augments traditional studies of popular media fandom with descriptions of the contemporary fan in a converged media environment. The book shows how changes in the study of fandom can be applied in a larger scale to the study of new media in general, and formulates new conceptions of traditional media theories." ""In this web 2.0 world, where community and not content is king, the fan marks a new form of interactive subjectivity that deconstructs the usual categories of consumer and producer. Paul Booth's Digital Fandom breaks new ground in the investigation of this subject, demonstrating how it reorganizes and reorients the field of new media studies" ---David J. Gunkel, Presidential Teaching Professor, Northern Illinois University, Author of Hacking Cyberspace and Thinking Otherwise" ""From blogs to ARGS, wikis to social networking sites, Paul Booth provides an in-depth tour of how fans straddle and traverse the boundary between television and digital media. With a theoretically rich analytic eye, Digital Fandom breaks new ground for the next generation of media scholarship" ---Jason Mittell, Middlebury College, Author of Television & American Culture"--BOOK JACKET.

Fan Phenomena Audrey Hepburn

Fan Phenomena  Audrey Hepburn
Author: Jacqui Miller
Publsiher: Intellect Books
Total Pages: 111
Release: 2014
ISBN: 1783202068
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Fan Phenomena Audrey Hepburn Book Excerpt:

What gives Audrey Hepburn such staying power? A talented actress, an icon of fashion, a loving mother, and an active humanitarian, Hepburn remains one of the world's most beloved women even two decades after her death. Ranked as the third greatest screen star of all time by the American Film Institute, she possessed grace and beauty that still enchant us today. The winner of the 1953 Academy Award for her role as Princess Ann in Roman Holiday, she received further Academy Award nominations for Sabrina, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and Wait Until Dark. Her timeless, iconic style, both on and off screen, has long been admired, and she is seen by many as the epitome of grace, class, and elegance. This book focuses on the transformative nature of Hepburn's star persona, exploring her journey from ingenue to UNICEF ambassador, & her continuing influence on female culture and fashion.

Framing Fan Fiction

Framing Fan Fiction
Author: Kristina Busse
Publsiher: University of Iowa Press
Total Pages: 263
Release: 2017-10
ISBN: 1609385144
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Framing Fan Fiction Book Excerpt:

Gathering some of Kristina Busse’s essential essays on fan fiction together with new work, Framing Fan Fiction argues that understanding media fandom requires combining literary theory with cultural studies because fan artifacts are both artistic works and cultural documents. Drawing examples from a multitude of fan communities and texts, Busse frames fan fiction in three key ways: as individual and collective erotic engagement; as a shared interpretive practice in which tropes constitute shared creative markers and illustrate the complexity of fan creations; and as a point of contention around which community conflicts over ethics play out. Moving between close readings of individual texts and fannish tropes on the one hand, and the highly intertextual embeddedness of these communal creations on the other, the book demonstrates that fan fiction is simultaneously a literary and a social practice. Framing Fan Fiction deploys personal history and the interpretations of specific stories to contextualize fan fiction culture and its particular forms of intertextuality and performativity. In doing so, it highlights the way fans use fan fiction’s reimagining of the source material to explore issues of identities and peformativities, gender and sexualities, within a community of like-minded people. In contrast to the celebration of originality in many other areas of artistic endeavor, fan fiction celebrates repetition, especially the collective creation and circulation of tropes. An essential resource for scholars, Framing Fan Fiction is also an ideal starting point for those new to the study of fan fiction and its communities of writers.

Fire Fan Legend of the Fans

Fire Fan   Legend of the Fans
Author: Anastasia McDaniel
Publsiher: Lulu Press, Inc
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2016-09-12
ISBN: 1365209091
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Fire Fan Legend of the Fans Book Excerpt:

For hundreds of years, four magical fans have laid hidden across Forlon. When an ancient evil rises out of the shadows, four new guardians must find, protect, and use the Fans to save the world. Han has lived his whole life in a village in the quiet, peaceful forest. When his friend is suddenly kidnaped, he must join a strange old woman, a reckless and constantly joking girl, and set off on a journey to find the Fans.

Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet

Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet
Author: Kristina Busse
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 296
Release: 2014-09-17
ISBN: 0786454962
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet Book Excerpt:

Fans have been responding to literary works since the days of Homer's Odyssey and Euripedes' Medea. More recently, a number of science fiction, fantasy, media, and game works have found devoted fan followings. The advent of the Internet has brought these groups from relatively limited, face-to-face enterprises to easily accessible global communities, within which fan texts proliferate and are widely read and even more widely commented upon. New interactions between readers and writers of fan texts are possible in these new virtual communities. From Star Trek to Harry Potter, the essays in this volume explore the world of fan fiction--its purposes, how it is created, how the fan experiences it. Grouped by subject matter, essays cover topics such as genre intersection, sexual relationships between characters, character construction through narrative, and the role of the beta reader in online communities. The work also discusses the terminology used by creators of fan artifacts and comments on the effects of technological advancements on fan communities. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

The Many Lives of the Batman

The Many Lives of the Batman
Author: Roberta Pearson,William Uricchio
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 195
Release: 2023-02-28
ISBN: 1000884872
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Many Lives of the Batman Book Excerpt:

First published in 1991, The Many Lives of the Batman is a serious academic exploration of the cultural phenomenon called Batman. Marketing savvy alone did not build the Batman’s extraordinary success; it encompasses a variety of audiences who have embraced the hero through a collage of different media manifestations during his long history. Batman’s overlapping lives are illuminated in this critical anthology, which analyses the contexts of the character’s production and reception across a wide spectrum of time and media forms. This volume includes interviews with the character’s original creators. The other essays consider such questions as the political economy of comic book and film production processes; the cult status of the sixty’s television series in various fan communities; and the postmodernism of past and present Batman films. Using the tools of cultural studies, the book unmasks the Caped Crusader’s mysterious attraction.

The I in Team

The I in Team
Author: Erin C. Tarver
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 242
Release: 2017-06-26
ISBN: 022647013X
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The I in Team Book Excerpt:

There is one sound that will always be loudest in sports. It isn’t the squeak of sneakers or the crunch of helmets; it isn’t the grunts or even the stadium music. It’s the deafening roar of sports fans. For those few among us on the outside, sports fandom—with its war paint and pennants, its pricey cable TV packages and esoteric stats reeled off like code—looks highly irrational, entertainment gone overboard. But as Erin C. Tarver demonstrates in this book, sports fandom has become extraordinarily important to our psyche, a matter of the very essence of who we are. Why in the world, Tarver asks, would anyone care about how well a total stranger can throw a ball, or hit one with a bat, or toss one through a hoop? Because such activities and the massive public events that surround them form some of the most meaningful ritual identity practices we have today. They are a primary way we—as individuals and a collective—decide both who we are who we are not. And as such, they are also one of the key ways that various social structures—such as race and gender hierarchies—are sustained, lending a dark side to the joys of being a sports fan. Drawing on everything from philosophy to sociology to sports history, she offers a profound exploration of the significance of sports in contemporary life, showing us just how high the stakes of the game are.

Pro Football s Most Passionate Fans

Pro Football s Most Passionate Fans
Author: Harvey "Mr. Steeler" Aronson
Publsiher: AuthorHouse
Total Pages: 162
Release: 2012-06-08
ISBN: 1468574809
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Pro Football s Most Passionate Fans Book Excerpt:

Professional football is the most popular sport in the United States today. With so many famous players from the past and present, some of whom achieved notoriety because of a persona they created, there are fans who have also made a name for themselves by either their work and loyalty for their team, or by creating an "alter ego" with respect to how they cheer or support their team. Some have incredibly wild and outrageous outfits. On game days, some of these diehard fans take longer to get themselves ready for games than the players they cheer for! The face paint, the outrageous outfits, the chants and cheers, and the attention to detail are what make these fans unique. During football season, these diehard fans can be seen each weekend as they showcase themselves in support of their team in front of hundreds of thousands of viewers worldwide. In 1998, Visa sponsored a national contest to find the wildest, most loyal, and most intriguing fans for each team in the league. The award was entitled, "The Visa Hall of Fans" Award as fans were chosen from each team based on their submitted essays and photos. Contestants had to explain why they should represent their respective team in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. At the time, a special wing in the Hall was created to honor these diehard fans. Visa awarded plaques to the winners - originally at the Hall, and later in front of the hometown fans at each team's stadium. The Hall of Fame displayed the plaques for a year until the new class of fans was selected and their plaques were displayed. At that point, the prior year's winners had their names placed on a permanent wall plaque in the "Hall of Fans" wing of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Cult Film as a Guide to Life

Cult Film as a Guide to Life
Author: I.Q. Hunter
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages: 232
Release: 2016-09-08
ISBN: 162356381X
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Cult Film as a Guide to Life Book Excerpt:

Cult Film as a Guide to Life investigates the world and experience of cult films, from well-loved classics to the worst movies ever made. Including comprehensive studies of cult phenomena such as trash films, exploitation versions, cult adaptations, and case studies of movies as different as Showgirls, Room 237 and The Lord of the G-Strings, this lively, provocative and original book shows why cult films may just be the perfect guide to making sense of the contemporary world. Using his expertise in two fields, I.Q. Hunter also explores the important overlap between cult film and adaptation studies. He argues that adaptation studies could learn a great deal from cult and fan studies about the importance of audiences' emotional investment not only in texts but also in the relationships between them, and how such bonds of caring are structured over time. The book's emergent theme is cult film as lived experience. With reference mostly to American cinema, Hunter explores how cultists, with their powerful emotional investment in films, care for them over time and across numerous intertexts in relationships of memory, nostalgia and anticipation.

Comic Book Fanthropology HC

Comic Book Fanthropology HC
Author: Sean Kleefeld
Publsiher: Lulu.com
Total Pages: 184
Release: 2009
ISBN: 0615336167
Category: Comic book fans
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Comic Book Fanthropology HC Book Excerpt:

Whether you've spent your entire life reading comics books or you've just met someone who does, you're sure to notice that the average comic book fan is somewhat different than everybody else. Why do they insist on arguing if Superman is stronger than Captain Marvel? Why do they talk as if they own the rights to Judge Dredd? Why do they keep drawing chibi versions of themselves? The only way to find out all the answers is to study comic book fandom to discover what makes fans tick. Comic Book Fanthropology does exactly that in a casual, narrative manner.

I ll Be There For You The ultimate book for Friends fans everywhere

I ll Be There For You  The ultimate book for Friends fans everywhere
Author: Kelsey Miller
Publsiher: HarperCollins UK
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2018-10-23
ISBN: 1474086152
Category: Humor
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

I ll Be There For You The ultimate book for Friends fans everywhere Book Excerpt:

‘Funny, enlightening and incredibly well-researched’ Emerald Street Over twenty years since its low-profile debut and Friends is the most streamed show on UK Netflix. But has it stood the test of time? Are some parts of it more problematic than we remember? And who was the cast’s least favourite guest star?

Saving Montgomery Sole

Saving Montgomery Sole
Author: Mariko Tamaki
Publsiher: Square Fish
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2017-04-18
ISBN: 9781250104403
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Saving Montgomery Sole Book Excerpt:

Saving Montgomery Sole is a beautiful and offbeat novel from Mariko Tamaki, co-creator of the bestselling Printz Honor and Caldecott Honor Book This One Summer. Montgomery Sole is a square peg in a small town, forced to go to a school full of jocks and girls who don't even know what irony is. It would all be impossible if it weren't for her best friends, Thomas and Naoki. The three are also the only members of Jefferson High's Mystery Club, dedicated to exploring the weird and unexplained, from ESP and astrology to super powers and mysterious objects. Then there's the Eye of Know, the possibly powerful crystal amulet Monty bought online. Will it help her predict the future or fight back against the ignorant jerks who make fun of Thomas for being gay or Monty for having two moms? Maybe the Eye is here just in time, because the newest resident of their small town is scarier than mothmen, poltergeists, or, you know, gym. Thoughtful, funny, and painfully honest, Montgomery Sole is someone you'll want to laugh and cry with over a big cup of frozen yogurt with extra toppings. Praise for Saving Montgomery Sole: "As with Montgomery Sole, my life is made bearable and glorious by a Mystery Club—a group of authors who tell the truth with wit and verve and style. Mariko Tamaki is in this club. . . . She’s the coolest member." —Daniel Handler, author of Why We Broke Up "Saving Montgomery Sole is a beautiful and eloquent book that perfectly captures the yearning for a mystery larger than ourselves." —Holly Black, author of The Darkest Part of the Forest “A deeply satisfying, smart, and necessary kind of book. Tamaki takes a classic high school narrative and infuses it with magic, queerness, and compelling complexity.” —Kate Schatz, author of Rad American Women A-Z "Mysticism and emotion live side by side for Montgomery Sole, a teen girl who is trying to unravel both the mysteries of the universe and of other people. I gobbled this book up in one sitting." —Kate Scelsa, author ofFans of the Impossible Life "Mariko Tamaki treasures and tears apart the quirky, confounding, and awkwardly beautiful parts of being a teenager, lending her unique talent and authentic voice to a cast of oddballs who also happen to be our neighbors, friends, and family." —Corey Silverberg, author of Sex Is a Funny Word "Mariko Tamaki's writing is my comfort food! Try saving Montgomery Sole, end up saving yourself.” —Raziel Reid, author of When Everything Feels Like the Movies “A quietly assured story . . . Montgomery’s slow confrontation with reality creates a realistic, satisfying arc, and Tamaki’s economical storytelling results in dimensional characters whose struggles feel viscerally real.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review “Tamaki balances the story’s lighter and more intense moments through Monty’s smart, forthright first-person narration . . . Meanwhile, the well-developed and likable supporting cast raises the novel’s emotional stakes . . . Offbeat and authentic—an uncommon treat.” —Kirkus Reviews “The characters are refreshingly diverse for YA literature, in both sexuality and race, and the conversations around religion, homophobia, and society are written as if they are a norm of Montgomery’s life—never straying into preachy or didactic territory . . . A strong addition to most school or public library YA collections.” —School Library Journal

Macho Row

Macho Row
Author: William C. Kashatus
Publsiher: University of Nebraska Press
Total Pages: 371
Release: 2019-04-01
ISBN: 1496214080
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Macho Row Book Excerpt:

Colorful, shaggy, and unkempt, misfits and outlaws, the 1993 Phillies played hard and partied hard. Led by Darren Daulton, John Kruk, Lenny Dykstra, and Mitch Williams, it was a team the fans loved and continue to love today. Focusing on six key members of the team, Macho Row follows the remarkable season with an up-close look at the players’ lives, the team’s triumphs and failures, and what made this group so unique and so successful. With a throwback mentality, the team adhered to baseball’s Code. Designed to preserve the moral fabric of the game, the Code’s unwritten rules formed the bedrock of this diehard team whose players paid homage and respect to the game at all times. Trusting one another and avoiding any notions of superstardom, they consistently rubbed the opposition the wrong way and didn’t care. William C. Kashatus pulls back the covers on this old-school band of brothers, depicting the highs and lows and their brash style while also digging into the suspected steroid use of players on the team. Macho Row is a story of winning and losing, success and failure, and the emotional highs and lows that accompany them.