Sunday, May 17, 2015
Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger
This is one of my favorite books. I am not quite sure why--I don't like books that are in letter or diary format and I don't especially care for baseball. But, I love this book. The author tells a story that will make you cry tears of laughter and of sorrow, sometimes on the same page. It is one that I have to track down and re-read every couple of years.
Set in early 1940s Brooklyn, the story of Joey Margolis, a young Jewish boy living in a tough Italian neighborhood, and his unlikely friendship with Charlie Banks, the all-star third baseman for the Yankees, is told through letters, report cards, and other scrapbook items.