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A Nice Little Place on The North Side: Wrigley Field at 100 by GeorgeF.Will

Summary from  In A Nice Little Place on the North Side, leading columnist George Will returns to baseball with a deeply personal look at his hapless Chicago Cubs and their often beatified home, Wrigley Field, as it turns one hundred years old. Baseball, Will argues, is full of metaphors for life, religion, and happiness, and Wrigley is considered one of its sacred spaces. But what is its true, hyperbole-free history?

Winding beautifully like Wrigley’s iconic ivy, Will’s meditation on “The Friendly Confines” examines both the unforgettable stories that forged the field’s legend and the larger-than-life characters—from Wrigley and Ruth to Veeck, Durocher, and Banks—who brought it glory, heartbreak, and scandal. Drawing upon his trademark knowledge and inimitable sense of humor, Will also explores his childhood connections to the team, the Cubs’ future, and what keeps long-suffering fans rooting for the home team after so many years of futility.

My rating:  Did not finish so F

My review:

I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books.

As a born and bred Chicagoan, and a Cub fan for the first half of my life, I thought I’d enjoy a book about Wrigley Field and learn some interesting history.  What I was, though, was bored out of my ever loving mind.

I made it to about 30% before I gave up.  I struggled to make it even that far.  To be honest, this book felt like an essay written by a college student, not a book written by a seasoned author.  In the 30% I read, I didn’t learn much about Wrigley Field.  There was a lot of rambling and quotes that weren’t relevant.  There was a section dedicated to two women who shot Cub players in the 1920s.  Not sure how that is relevant to Wrigley Field, but I digress.

Mr. Will also rehashed a lot of things Cub fans already know – they know the Cubs are not a good team, have had more losing seasons than winning and haven’t won a World Series in over 100 years.  People who aren’t Cub fans know this.  This book offered nothing but a man’s rambling thoughts and I couldn’t finish it.  Thanks for the free book.  Hopefully I’ll have better luck next time.

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