Friday, July 31, 2009

Brooklyn Nine - A Novel in Nine Innings by Alan Gratz

"Nine months ago, Felix Schneider was the fastest boy in Bremen, Germany."

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Abstract: Follows the fortunes of a German immigrant family through nine generations, beginning in 1845, as they experience American life and play baseball.

Publisher: Dial Books; 299 pages


shelf-employed said...

This book is unique because the main character is our national pastime, baseball. I don't think it's my favorite book of the year, but it's a great concept featuring one of my favorite subjects!

I love this passage from The Brooklyn Nine:

"Then why don't you write about what really happens?" Kiernan searched the high blue sky for an explanation. "It's like - it's like reading a book to review it. Somehow having to break a book down into its parts to critique it sucks all the joy out for me. I greatly prefer to write my story in advance, and then sit back and enjoy the sum total of the
afternoon. Besides, the truth is subjective."

Holly said...

I enjoyed this one and have already recommended it to others. I liked the way baseball tied the generations together.

Anonymous said...

This was a nice, light read. I thought Gratz did a nice job of tying nine generations of a family together with baseball, while each generation had its own problems and resolutions. I also liked the fact that Fort Wayne was used as a setting for one of the innings :) Short list worthy, in my opinion.

Mary said...

Thanks for your comment, Jill. This book was on our 2nd reading list so we will certainly be discussing it in January.

Anonymous said...

Really liked this book. I liked the way it wove baseball into the time period with a history lesson. I also like the set up of nine chapters, innings and then each chapter 3 sections, 3 strikes, 3 outs. Very cleverly done.

IdaB said...

I thought this was a fantastic book!
The story spans 1845 to 2002, interweaving the story of baseball and a family that loves it.
Beautifully written.
My pick for the Newbery.