March 2014 - The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

From Amazon: At Westish College, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league until a routine throw goes disastrously off course. In the aftermath of his error, the fates of five people are upended. Henry's fight against self-doubt threatens to ruin his future. College president Guert Affenlight has fallen unexpectedly and helplessly in love. Owen Dunne becomes caught up in a dangerous affair. Mike Schwartz realizes he has guided Henry's career at the expense of his own. And Pella Affenlight returns to Westish after escaping an ill-fated marriage, determined to start a new life.

As the season counts down to its climactic final game, these five are forced to confront their deepest hopes, anxieties, and secrets. Written with boundless intelligence and filled with the tenderness of youth, "The Art of Fielding is mere baseball fiction the way Moby Dick is just a fish story" (Nicholas Dawidoff). It is an expansive, warmhearted novel about ambition and its limits, about family and friendship and love, and about commitment--to oneself and to others.

Other suggestions from this month include:

The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde

Stone Arabic by Dana Spiotta

This is How You Die by Ryan North and Matt Bennardo

We are banking on good weather for an outdoor meetup, and everyone was intrigued by the pirate ship, so let's plan on meeting there. Bring picnic supplies; snacks, drinks, and blankets. If the forecast says bad weather then we will choose somewhere indoors to meet, maybe one of our fallback coffee shops on Castro St.

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  • Sarah

    Maybe we should name a back up spot? 50% chance of rain? Boudin and Panera on El Camina are two slightly soulless, but close by locations. Thoughts?

    March 24, 2014

    • Min

      I vote for panera

      March 25, 2014

    • Dane O.

      Yes, Panera sounds fine. In fact lets just plan on meeting there tonight instead of the park.

      March 25, 2014

  • Prem

    I was determined not to like this book. Baseball+midwest+small liberal arts school? Three strikes right there. But...I'm getting farther and farther from that goal. Good pick, Cassie.

    That said, TIMATOV @ Guert/Owen

    1 · March 15, 2014

    • Cassie M.

      Ha! GOTCHA! I felt the same way initially. But Owen and Guert are in love! HOW DARE YOU QUESTION THAT?!

      March 17, 2014

    • Prem

      I just realized their relationship is literally Platonic. No wonder they're all so obsessed with ancient, is that another pun?

      March 17, 2014

  • Dane O.

    Oh an since we seem to like doing the icebreaker questions so much, maybe we can start posting them here so people have time to think of something so we don't sit around ummmm-ing until we come up with an answer. I propose the following question: If you could have any one object from any film in real life, what would it be and why? (i.e. the pill from Limitless, Harry Potter's wand, Bumblebee from Transformers, etc...)

    1 · February 18, 2014

    • Min

      Dane- great idea and question!

      February 22, 2014

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