Discuss the Book, Into My Own by Roger Kahn

  • February 20 · 7:00 PM
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Roger Kahn is one of America's foremost sportswriters. After successful seasons as a newspaperman and magazine writer, he burst onto the national scene in 1972 with his memorable bestseller, The Boys of Summer, a work that went beyond sports and captured the minds and hearts of millions across the country. Now in his eighth decade, Kahn has again written a book for the hearts and minds of his readers. Chronicling his own life, Into My Own is Kahn's reflection on the eight people who shaped him as a man, a father, and a writer.
 
In this poignant self-portrait, Kahn begins with his childhood in Brooklyn, reared on the verses of Homer, Shakespeare, Housman, and Millay---a curriculum set by his mother, and one that would influence his career with words. He combined his intellectual upbringing with his inherent passion for baseball, and began his sportswriting career under the legendary Stanley Woodward at the New York Herald Tribune. This lent Kahn the opportunity to interview and develop friendships with Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson--men he knew and admired for reasons far beyond their baseball abilities.
 
Kahn's writing is by no means limited to his sports coverage, and on the political front he devotes chapters to Eugene McCarthy and Barry Goldwater, whom he interviewed for the Saturday Evening Post---two diverse men in a turbulent era who championed their distinct versions of idealism. The Post had earlier sent Kahn to interview poet Robert Frost at his home in Vermont, a rare opportunity for any journalist, and one that resulted in the development of a marked friendship between two men of words. Perhaps most touching is his account, straightforward but abrim with love, of the life and death---at twenty-three---of his scholar-athlete son, Roger Laurence Kahn.
 
Into My Own is the touching memoir of an unassuming man, whose great love of baseball and literature led him into extraordinary experiences, opportunities, and friendships. Even amidst great family tragedy and personal difficulty, Kahn has prevailed---amongst poets, writers, politicians, and most of all, ballplayers.

This is a group for anyone interested in reading all types of subject matter (non-fiction, fiction, self-help, biographies, etc, blah, blah) and having a good time discussing what we've read.

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What's permitted in this group:

-Wine, beer and other yummy beverages

-Laughing

-Banter

-Open minds

-Foodies

-Any human 21 years or older

What's not permitted

-Ignorance and close mindedness

-Kids and babies

-ANYONE under 21 years of age

Please bring an appetizer and/or a bottle of wine or other type of spirit to share.  Also, please bring $1 which helps to pay for my organizer fees.

Can't wait to see you!

P.S. Please DO NOT add yourself to this group if you don't really plan on coming as my organizer fees increase as the members to the group increase. Also, any new person who RSVP's to a meeting and then is a no show will be removed from the group.

P.P.S. If you like our group, like books, or like to read in general, please follow my blog:  www.theinternalstruggle.com If you like it, please ask other people to follow it too. :)


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