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.