Monday, November 23, 2015

A Nice Little Place on the North Side - George Will

A Nice Little Place on the North Side by George F. Will
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction
Published by Three Rivers Press
Pages: 224

From Amazon:

In A Nice Little Place on the North Side, leading columnist George Will returns to baseball with a deeply personal look at his hapless Chicago Cubs and their often beatified home, Wrigley Field, as it turns one hundred years old. Baseball, Will argues, is full of metaphors for life, religion, and happiness, and Wrigley is considered one of its sacred spaces. But what is its true, hyperbole-free history?
Winding beautifully like Wrigley’s iconic ivy, Will’s meditation on “The Friendly Confines” examines both the unforgettable stories that forged the field’s legend and the larger-than-life characters—from Wrigley and Ruth to Veeck, Durocher, and Banks—who brought it glory, heartbreak, and scandal. Drawing upon his trademark knowledge and inimitable sense of humor, Will also explores his childhood connections to the team, the Cubs’ future, and what keeps long-suffering fans rooting for the home team after so many years of futility. 

In the end, A Nice Little Place on the North Side is more than just the history of a ballpark. It is the story of Chicago, of baseball, and of America itself.

My Thoughts:

This book is an excellent gift idea for the Cubs fan in your life!  Full of rich history, whether you are a new fan, or a die-hard old one, there is something for everyone in this book.  It's important to note that this is a reprinted edition; the cover of this book is such an improvement over the original (in my opinion), and given the two choices, I think this one would come out on top!  The inside is easy to read with many images and extras added in, this could easily be an item one sits down with on a Saturday afternoon when no sports can be found on the television (is there ever such a time?).  I give this item 5 stars, and highly recommend it for a stocking or a gift for the one that has everything!

**I received this item in exchange for my honest review**  

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