Late to the Ball

Late to the Ball
Author: Gerald Marzorati
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2017-05-02
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781476737416

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"An award-winning author shares the inspiring and entertaining account of his pursuit to become a nationally competitive tennis player--at the age of sixty. Being a man or a woman in your early sixties is different than it was a generation or two ago, at least for the more fortunate of us. We aren't old

Late to the Ball

Late to the Ball
Author: Gerald Marzorati
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2016-05-17
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781476737430

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An award-winning author attempts to become a nationally competitive tennis player—at the age of sixty—in this “soulful meditation on aging, companionship, and the power of self-improvement” (The Wall Street Journal). Being a man or a woman in your early sixties is different than it was a generation or two ago, at least for the more fortunate of us. We aren’t old…yet. But we sense it coming: Careers are winding down, kids are gone, parents are dying (friends, too), and our bodies are no longer youthful or even middle-aged. Learning to play tennis in your fifties is no small feat, but becoming a serious, competitive tennis player at the age of sixty is a whole other matter. It requires training the body to defy age, and to methodically build one’s game—the strokework, footwork, strategy, and mental toughness. Gerry Mazorati had the strong desire to lead an examined physical life, to push his body into the “encore” of middle age. In Late to the Ball Mazorati writes vividly about his difficulties, frustrations, and triumphs of becoming a seriously good tennis player. He takes on his quest with complete vigor and absolute determination to see it through, providing a rich, vicarious experience, involving the science of aging, his existential battle with time, and the beautiful, mysterious game of tennis. “Enjoyable…crisp and clean” (Publishers Weekly), Late to the Ball is also captivating evidence that the rest of the Baby Boomer generation, now between middle age and old age, can find their own quest and do the same.

On the Ball

On the Ball
Author: Brian Pinkney
Publsiher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Total Pages: 40
Release: 2017-01-04
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 9781368004466

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Owen loves playing ball. But it doesn't always "love" him back. And after a particularly disastrous day on the field, Owen is benched. He is feeling so low that he doesn't even notice the ball rolling through a hole in the fence until it's gotten away. In his effort to get it back, he discovers that he has more skills than he realizes.

The Magic Ball of Wool

The Magic Ball of Wool
Author: Susanna Isern
Publsiher: Cuento de Luz
Total Pages: 32
Release: 2014-01-01
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 9788415619901

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Winner at the 2013 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards The Magic Ball of Wool is a charming tale of friendship, generosity and kindness that will bring out the best in young readers by encouraging them to help others Guided Reading Level: L, Lexile Level: 930L

Federer and Me

Federer and Me
Author: William Skidelsky
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2016-05-03
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781501133930

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"First published in Great Britain in 2015 by Yellow Jersey Press"--Title page verso.

Laa Laa s Bouncy Ball

Laa Laa s Bouncy Ball
Author: Andrew Davenport
Publsiher: BBC Children's Books
Total Pages: 16
Release: 2010-02
Genre: Balls (Sporting goods)
ISBN: 1405906766

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Laa-Laa's big orange ball is very bouncy! It bounces everywhere and Laa-Laa can't catch it. Tinky Winky, Dipsy and Po can't catch it either. Can the Noo-noo help?

Take Your Eye Off the Ball 2 0

Take Your Eye Off the Ball 2 0
Author: Pat Kirwan,David Seigerman
Publsiher: Triumph Books
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2015-10-15
Genre: Sports & Recreation
ISBN: 9781633192942

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Renowned NFL analysts' tips to make football more accessible, colorful, and compelling than ever before More and more football fans are watching the NFL each week, but many of them don't know exactly what they should be watching. What does the offense's formation tell you about the play that's about to be run? When a quarterback throws a pass toward the sideline and the wide receiver cuts inside, which player is to blame? Why does a defensive end look like a Hall of Famer one week and a candidate for the practice squad the next? These questions and more are addressed in Take Your Eye Off the Ball 2.0, a book that takes readers deep inside the perpetual chess match between offense and defense. This book provides clear and simple explanations to the intricacies and nuances that affect the outcomes of every NFL game. This updated edition contains recent innovations from the 2015 NFL season.

Census

Census
Author: Jesse Ball
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2018-03-06
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780062676153

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NAMED A RECOMMENDED BOOK OF 2018 BY The New York Times • The Chicago Reader • Nylon • The Boston Globe • The Huffington Post • The Rumpus • The AV Club • Southern Living • The Millions • Buzzfeed • Esquire • Publishers Weekly A powerful and moving new novel from an award-winning, acclaimed author: in the wake of a devastating revelation, a father and son journey north across a tapestry of towns When a widower receives notice from a doctor that he doesn’t have long left to live, he is struck by the question of who will care for his adult son—a son whom he fiercely loves, a boy with Down syndrome. With no recourse in mind, and with a desire to see the country on one last trip, the man signs up as a census taker for a mysterious governmental bureau and leaves town with his son. Traveling into the country, through towns named only by ascending letters of the alphabet, the man and his son encounter a wide range of human experience. While some townspeople welcome them into their homes, others who bear the physical brand of past censuses on their ribs are wary of their presence. When they press toward the edges of civilization, the landscape grows wilder, and the towns grow farther apart and more blighted by industrial decay. As they approach “Z,” the man must confront a series of questions: What is the purpose of the census? Is he complicit in its mission? And just how will he learn to say good-bye to his son? Mysterious and evocative, Census is a novel about free will, grief, the power of memory, and the ferocity of parental love, from one of our most captivating young writers.

The Mad Women s Ball

The Mad Women s Ball
Author: Victoria Mas
Publsiher: Abrams
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2021-09-07
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781647004453

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Soon to be a major film from Amazon Studios, the prizewinning French bestseller “In this darkly delightful Gothic treasure, Mas explores grief, trauma, and sisterhood behind the walls of Paris’s infamous Salpêtrière hospital.” —Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train The Salpetriere Asylum: Paris, 1885. Dr. Charcot holds all of Paris in thrall with his displays of hypnotism on women who have been deemed mad and cast out from society. But the truth is much more complicated—these women are often simply inconvenient, unwanted wives, those who have lost something precious, wayward daughters, or girls born from adulterous relationships. For Parisian society, the highlight of the year is the Lenten ball—the Madwomen’s Ball—when the great and good come to gawk at the patients of the Salpetriere dressed up in their finery for one night only. For the women themselves, it is a rare moment of hope. Genevieve is a senior nurse. After the childhood death of her sister Blandine, she shunned religion and placed her faith in both the celebrated psychiatrist Dr. Charcot and science. But everything begins to change when she meets Eugenie, the 19-year-old daughter of a bourgeois family that has locked her away in the asylum. Because Eugenie has a secret: she sees spirits. Inspired by the scandalous, banned work that all of Paris is talking about, The Book of Spirits, Eugenie is determined to escape from the asylum—and the bonds of her gender—and seek out those who will believe in her. And for that she will need Genevieve's help . . .

Ball Four

Ball Four
Author: Jim Bouton
Publsiher: Rosetta Books
Total Pages: 496
Release: 2012-03-20
Genre: Sports & Recreation
ISBN: 9780795323249

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The 50th Anniversary edition of “the book that changed baseball” (NPR), chosen by Time magazine as one of the “100 Greatest Non-Fiction” books. When Ball Four was published in 1970, it created a firestorm. Bouton was called a Judas, a Benedict Arnold, and a “social leper” for having violated the “sanctity of the clubhouse.” Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force Bouton to sign a statement saying the book wasn’t true. Ballplayers, most of whom hadn’t read it, denounced the book. It was even banned by a few libraries. Almost everyone else, however, loved Ball Four. Fans liked discovering that athletes were real people—often wildly funny people. David Halberstam, who won a Pulitzer for his reporting on Vietnam, wrote a piece in Harper’s that said of Bouton: “He has written . . . a book deep in the American vein, so deep in fact that it is by no means a sports book.” Today Ball Four has taken on another role—as a time capsule of life in the sixties. “It is not just a diary of Bouton’s 1969 season with the Seattle Pilots and Houston Astros,” says sportswriter Jim Caple. “It’s a vibrant, funny, telling history of an era that seems even further away than four decades. To call it simply a ‘tell all book’ is like describing The Grapes of Wrath as a book about harvesting peaches in California.” Includes a new foreword by Jim Bouton’s wife “An irreverent, best-selling book that angered baseball’s hierarchy and changed the way journalists and fans viewed the sports world.” —The Washington Post

Move Without the Ball

Move Without the Ball
Author: Stedman Graham
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 184
Release: 2004-08-03
Genre: Family & Relationships
ISBN: 9780743234405

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Combines uplifting success stories, advice, and practical suggestions to help young adults reach their full potential in school, career, sports, and life; meet life's challenges; create opportunities; and achieve success.

The First Team

The First Team
Author: John Ball
Publsiher: Speaking Volumes
Total Pages: 443
Release: 2015-02-07
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781612329925

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Moscow has taken the USA without a shot. Student protesters are being slaughtered in the Midwest. The Jewish pogroms have begun. You are now living in Soviet–occupied America! One nuclear submarine and a handful of determined patriots against the combined might of Russia and Soviet–occupied America… The Most Explosive and Gripping “What If” Novel of Our Time!

Only the Ball was White

Only the Ball was White
Author: Robert Peterson
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 406
Release: 1992
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 0195076370

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Tells the forgotten story of Black star-quality athletes excluded from professional baseball because of the big league's color line

Keys to the Castle

Keys to the Castle
Author: Donna Ball
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2011-01-04
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781101478318

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The author of the Ladybug Farm series delivers an exhilarating new novel of a middle-aged woman who follows her heart to love and happiness. When a dashing French poet swept forty-something workaholic Sara Graves off her feet, she did something completely unexpected: She married him. Then three weeks later he died, leaving her a house she can't afford to keep in a country she's never been to. Traveling to France to settle the estate, Sara is shocked to discover that her husband wasn't the impoverished poet he claimed to be- and that the estate he left her is a 400-year-old crumbling castle in the Loire Valley. Now Sara must sell Chateau Rondelais before it (not to mention her late husband's disarmingly handsome lawyer and best friend) makes her question her decision to leave-and opens her heart to change and all its unexpected possibilities.

Life of a Klansman

Life of a Klansman
Author: Edward Ball
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2020-08-04
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9780374720261

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"A haunting tapestry of interwoven stories that inform us not just about our past but about the resentment-bred demons that are all too present in our society today . . . The interconnected strands of race and history give Ball’s entrancing stories a Faulknerian resonance." —Walter Isaacson, The New York Times Book Review A 2020 NPR staff pick | One of The New York Times' thirteen books to watch for in August | One of The Washington Post's ten books to read in August | A Literary Hub best book of the summer| One of Kirkus Reviews' sixteen best books to read in August The life and times of a militant white supremacist, written by one of his offspring, National Book Award–winner Edward Ball Life of a Klansman tells the story of a warrior in the Ku Klux Klan, a carpenter in Louisiana who took up the cause of fanatical racism during the years after the Civil War. Edward Ball, a descendant of the Klansman, paints a portrait of his family’s anti-black militant that is part history, part memoir rich in personal detail. Sifting through family lore about “our Klansman” as well as public and private records, Ball reconstructs the story of his great-great grandfather, Constant Lecorgne. A white French Creole, father of five, and working class ship carpenter, Lecorgne had a career in white terror of notable and bloody completeness: massacres, night riding, masked marches, street rampages—all part of a tireless effort that he and other Klansmen made to restore white power when it was threatened by the emancipation of four million enslaved African Americans. To offer a non-white view of the Ku-klux, Ball seeks out descendants of African Americans who were once victimized by “our Klansman” and his comrades, and shares their stories. For whites, to have a Klansman in the family tree is no rare thing: Demographic estimates suggest that fifty percent of whites in the United States have at least one ancestor who belonged to the Ku Klux Klan at some point in its history. That is, one-half of white Americans could write a Klan family memoir, if they wished. In an era when racist ideology and violence are again loose in the public square, Life of a Klansman offers a personal origin story of white supremacy. Ball’s family memoir traces the vines that have grown from militant roots in the Old South into the bitter fruit of the present, when whiteness is again a cause that can veer into hate and domestic terror.