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The 15 Most Memorable Books I Read in 2017

Why most memorable? Because “best” and “top” in my opinion aren’t really helpful when it comes to book recommendations. Some books make an impact. Some don’t. These did. As you’ll see, many of these books were not published this year. A few were holdovers from last year that I never got to and a few more were books that I’ve always wanted to read that …

Jon Finkel’s Highly-Anticipated Charlie Ward Biography Has Arrived

Jon Finkel Charlie Ward Biography

One year, 100,000+ words, one Tony Dungy and one Jeff Van Gundy endorsement later and here it is, my new biography of Heisman Trophy Winner, Florida State National Champion and New York Knicks point guard Charlie Ward. I absolutely LOVED writing this book. From home cooked meals with Charlie’s parents in Thomasville, Georgia to running on his high school field to conversations with Mark Richt …

Why Jane Leavy’s ‘The Last Boy’ is a Brilliant Book on Mickey Mantle

I’m biased. I love Jane Leavy as a writer. Her first book, Sandy Koufax: A Lefty’s Legacy is in my top 25 books of all-time in any genre. So I was predisposed to want to enjoy The Last Boy before I even read the first word. My only concern was that maybe Leavy/Koufax was a one-time perfect combination of writer and subject, and that the combination forced …

How Stephen King’s Books Saved Me From Being a Literary Loser

The Gunslinger

It began with picking up a used copy of The Gunslinger in Dave’s Olde Book Shop in Manhattan Beach all those years ago. Cool title. Cool cover. Or maybe it really began the first time I saw the boring-but-since-it-was-Stephen-King creepy cover of Misery. It could even have truly started with the It cover that used to scare the crap out of me as a kid, but at a critical point …