Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson, authors of Without Mercy (HarperCollins, 978-0-06236-319-0), will appear on Modern Signed Books on Friday, August 26. Michael Tackett, author of The Baseball Whisperer: A Small-Town Coach Who Shaped Big League Dreams (HMH, 978-0-54438-764-5), will appear on On Point on NPR on Monday, August 29 at 10:00 a.m.
There's nothing subtle about Mike Chamberlain's performance of this love letter to small-town minor league baseball coach, Merl Eberly. And somehow, that's how it should be, given the nostalgic, almost elegiac, tone of Michael Tackett's book.
Alex Steele begins his pitch on how to turn Texas into a Democratic state like any good politician, with the story of how he got to this place. It begins in California's Central Valley, where he grew up: his father working two jobs to support four boys, his mother disabled by illness.