Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Reading: The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

Eventhough I am not the target audience (aka white literary nerds in fantasy baseball leagues) for this book, I cannot wait to read it. And coming off the heels of the Brewers division championship, my fanaticism had leaked into my leisurely reading (and my attire). The book, written by a Wisco-native about a fictional Div. III Wisco college on Lake Michigan (Carthage, anyone?), follows short-stop and baseball prodigy Henry Skrimshander through the long path of self actualization and the pressure of perfecting each and every catch, hit, and throw. The New York Times Book Review raves about author Chad Harbach's debut novel. Bill Littlefield of the Boston Globe compares the piece to a modern day Moby Dick here. It's not surprising. Harbach, a Racine native, studied English Lit. at Harvard and University of Virginia and draws heavily from Melville, Whitman, and Dickinson. The novel is a cautious, precise read with every sentence exact, much like the main character's untamed habit of stressing, overthinking, and trying to harness the details of life. Not unlike most of us at the crux of adulthood.

I have a feeling this would be a great birthday/holiday present for the men in your life and a great read for the fall baseball season.

Any good books you girls are reading? Do tell...


  1. That book is on my list too. Especially as a Wisconsin native and a huge baseball fan. Vanity Fair did a HUGE write up about the book and the author; he'd been working on it for over 10 years before he got an agent to pick it up. Amazing story behind the story. Let us know what you think when you're done reading.

  2. Will do! There's a lot of hype around this book, indeed. I'm juggling three grad classes this semester and my bookclub read ('How to be an American Wife'), but with the Brewers on an epic roll, I've got baseball on the brain, so I have a feeling pharmacology,etc. will take a backseat for a few weeks. I just bought the book today!

  3. Hi! I put this book on my to-read list shortly after being introduced to it on your blog and then I saw this in the paper today! Thought you would be interested: http://www.jsonline.com/entertainment/arts/debut-novel-by-harbach-tops-amazon-bestof-list-qm2vbuq-133436423.html



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