It’s a good day to be a Red Sox fan!

Celebrate the WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS with these inside stories

A little crime, a little poetry, some baseball, a touch of old Paris, and a scholarly game turned deadly, this week’s smorgasbord is sure to delight any taste buds:

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT: A Thriller by Robert Wilson. Alyshia D’Cruz has grown up in London and Mumbai wanting for nothing. But one night, after a boozy evening out, she gets in the wrong cab home. Explore London’s dark side in this thrilling start to a new series from acclaimed suspense writer Robert Wilson.

NEW AND SLECTED POEMS by Charles Simic. The first ever volume of new and selected poetry from one of our most celebrated and acclaimed poets, Charles Simic. 

THE JUJU RULES: Or, How to Win Ballgames from Your Couch: A Memoir of a Fan Obsessed by Hart Seely. Now in paperback. From an award-winning humorist, a touching memoir and manifesto that reveals the deep secrets of fan jinxes, hexes, and charms.

THE UNRULY PASSIONS OF EUGENIE R. by Carole DeSanti. Now in paperback. Love, war, and commerce converge in this lush, epic story of a woman who follows her love to Paris, only to find herself marooned, pregnant, and penniless. 

THE MAGIC CIRCLE: A Novel by Jenny Davidson. Three young female academics design daring, boundary-pushing games—until one of them goes too far, in this contemporary thriller by an acclaimed Columbia University professor.

Happy reading!

It’s a veritable March Madness of books! SO many titles available today, liiiiiiiiiike: 

BIG DATA by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier: A revelatory exploration of emerging trends in “big data”—our newfound ability to gather and interpret vast amounts of information—and the revolutionary effects these developments are producing in business, science, and society at large. 

PATI’S MEXICAN TABLE by Pati Jinich: The host of the popular PBS show Pati’s Mexican Table shares everyday Mexican dishes, from the traditional to creative twists. 

A NEW NEW TESTAMENT by Hal Taussig: A provocative new edition of the New Testament that includes ten more recently discovered texts, selected by a council of scholars and spiritual leaders. 

A DYING FALL by Elly Griffiths: Forensic archeologist Ruth Galloway—think Bones in the field instead of in the lab—investigates her most heart-stopping case to date after an old university friend and fellow archeologist is murdered. 

THE RETROSPECTIVE by A.B. YehoshuaA director, a screenwriter and an actress, old friends and colleagues, meet up for the first time in decades in Santiago de Compostela, and are forced to face the demons that undid them years before, and the ones haunting them now.

DRIVING MR. YOGI by Harvey AratonA narrative of the friendship that’s developed between Ron Guidry and Yogi Berra as a result of Berra’s annual trips to Florida for Yankees spring training. 

100 MORE WORDS EVERY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE SHOULD KNOWThe latest offering in the 100 Words series from the editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries allows high school students and adults alike to assess the strength of their vocabulary and to fill in any gaps they discover.

THE POWER OF NEGATIVE THINKING by Bob Knight: Legendary firebrand basketball coach Bob Knight, the second-winningest coach in the history of the NCAA, turns conventional thinking on its head and challenges us to use negative thinking instead. 

Spring Training is upon us and it’s all baseball, all the time! 

(Source: hmhbooks.com)

Happy Tuesday, and happy pub day to these books:

FRANCONA: The Red Sox Years by Terry Francona and Dan Shaughnessy. An insightful, honest, and entertaining narrative of Terry Francona’s tenure with the Red Sox franchise, during which time he managed two teams to World Series victories (including their first in eighty-six years) and oversaw some of the most iconic and colorful players in the game. 

CALLING DR. LAURA: A Graphic Memoir by Nicole J. GeorgesIn a charming graphic memoir that Alison Bechdel calls “riveting,” “disarming,” and “haunting,” a psychic reading spurs Portland ‘zinester Nicole Georges to uncover an old secret about her father and the family story she never knew.

THE ATLANTIC OCEAN: Reports from Britain and America by Andrew O’HaganA stunning collection of reportage about the complicated relationship between Britain and America from the acclaimed journalist and novelist, and the “best essayist of his generation” (New York Times).

GOD’S JURY: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World by Cullen MurphyA narrative history of the Inquisition, and an examination of the influence it exerted on contemporary society, by the author of Are We Rome?

e60:

An E:60 exclusive. Former Boston Red Sox mgr Terry Francona on his last days in Boston. Friday on SportsCenter.

Get more details on Tito’s time with the Red Sox in FRANCONA, on sale Tuesday, January 22. 

hmhpoetry:

Found this gem. Donald Hall talks to NPR the day after the Red Sox broke the curse and won the World Series in 2004. 

Happy 100th anniversary Fenway Park!

Today is officially the 100th anniversary of the famed Fenway Park. Celebrate with FENWAY 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway’s Remarkable First Year by Glenn Stout.

And watch the Red Sox play the Yankees today at 3:05! 

Today is officially the 100th anniversary of the famed Fenway Park. Celebrate with FENWAY 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway’s Remarkable First Year by Glenn Stout.

And watch the Red Sox play the Yankees today at 3:05! 

Did you know there is a secret to winning ballgames? It’s not players, managers, money, or luck. It’s the fans’ juju, and no one knows it better than Hart Seely. Seely has spent a lifetime practicing the art of juju from his living room and winning ballgames for the New York Yankees. He paces floors. He yells at defenseless TVs. He rallies the team like Churchill addressing the collective British soul. All this to harness juju energy to influence the outcome of games. And it works. 

A sampling of the juju:

SET THE TABLE: Don’t ask for a championship, asked for a simple dropped strike. Start small.
THE LOOKAWAY (or “Coward’s Juju”): How to turn from the screen at the key moment to change the bad play you know is coming.
BRINGING THE NEG: Predicting bad events to keep them from actually happening.
NEVER BESEECH GOD HIMSELF: It’s an insult akin to asking Springsteen to sing “Hot Cross Buns.” No rosary beads or prayer candles, either.

Nostalgic, heartwarming, and laugh-out-loud funny, THE JUJU RULES is a memoir of a life well-lived in service to one’s team that shows how love can be a powerful passion in the best way. 

Watch the hilarious book trailers here, with step by step instructions on harnessing one’s juju. 

Did you know there is a secret to winning ballgames? It’s not players, managers, money, or luck. It’s the fans’ juju, and no one knows it better than Hart Seely. Seely has spent a lifetime practicing the art of juju from his living room and winning ballgames for the New York Yankees. He paces floors. He yells at defenseless TVs. He rallies the team like Churchill addressing the collective British soul. All this to harness juju energy to influence the outcome of games. And it works. 

A sampling of the juju:

SET THE TABLE: Don’t ask for a championship, asked for a simple dropped strike. Start small.

THE LOOKAWAY (or “Coward’s Juju”): How to turn from the screen at the key moment to change the bad play you know is coming.

BRINGING THE NEG: Predicting bad events to keep them from actually happening.

NEVER BESEECH GOD HIMSELF: It’s an insult akin to asking Springsteen to sing “Hot Cross Buns.” No rosary beads or prayer candles, either.

Nostalgic, heartwarming, and laugh-out-loud funny, THE JUJU RULES is a memoir of a life well-lived in service to one’s team that shows how love can be a powerful passion in the best way. 

Watch the hilarious book trailers here, with step by step instructions on harnessing one’s juju.