Frommer on Sports
FANTSYLAND and other Sporting Reads
Funny. Insightful. Maniacal! A vivid journey. A fantasy trip!
"Fantasyland" by Sam Walker (Viking, $25.95, 353 pages) is all of the
above and more.
It is a book that plumbs the colorful history of fantasy baseball from
its beginnings in 1960 by a Harvard prof through its rise to being big
business with $1 billion in yearly expenditures and more than 15
million United States participants.
If you want a terrific read, if you want to have a truly heightened
awareness of what fantasy baseball is and does - grab this mind
Two books in the same mold are "Sports Off-Center" by Ken Widmann
and Dan Appel (Three Rivers Press, $14.95, 192 pages) and "Shanks
for Nothing" by Rick Reilly (Doubleday, $24.95, 253 pages).
The former is aimed at lampooning and also celebrating our sports
obsessed culture. The latter is a hilarious and irreverent look at
the world of golf and characters who are part of its landscape.
HIGH NOTABLE: Mike Lupica has done it again. "Heat" (Philomel Books,
Penguin Young Readers Group, $16.99, 324 pages) is a riveting read for
ages 10 and up. It is all about Michael Arroyo, Cuban born, Bronx
residing, lover of the New York Yankees and his team's opportunity to
get to the Little League World Series lots of fabulous reading here.
FOR YOUNGER READERS: "The Outside
Groove" By Erik E. Esckilsen (Houghton Mifflin, $16.00, 258 pages)
features Casey LaPlante who reluctantly gets behind the wheel of a
stock car and learns what it is like to be the first female driver at
Demon's Run racetrack. A heck of a read!
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