Book Reviews

“No Place I Would Rather Be; Roger Angell and a Life on Baseball Writing”

Book review at Knup Sports

The full title of this book by Joe Bonomo is “No Place I Would Rather Be; Roger Angell and a Life in Baseball Writing”.

This 223-page book was published on May 1, 2019, by the University of Nebraska Press.

Those that are baseball fans are fully aware of the writings by Roger Angell as he has produced a marvelous career in baseball literature and has contributed to The New Yorker magazine for several decades (since 1962). The author delves into this fantastic career and shares with us tidbits and insight into the life and times of Roger Angell. Let’s get one thing straight about this book and that is that it is not a biography but about his collection of writings and thoughts on the game.

We learn of the love that Angell has for the Boston Red Sox, since he grew up in the New England area, and for the New York Mets which is the team he has had the privilege to cover during his illustrious career.

The author gets this 98-year old sports writer to open about his thoughts which include the good days and the bad ones in sports writing. It is a real treasure to read this book. A true sports fan will find this book intriguing and fascinating at the same time. You don’t need to be anything except a baseball fan to love this book.

Get it on your bookshelf soon. Thanks to the University of Nebraska Press for allowing me to do an honest book review.


About the author:

Joe Bonomo teaches in the Department of English at Northern Illinois University. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Field Recordings from the Inside: Essays; Conversations with Greil Marcus; Sweat: The Story of the Fleshtones, America’s Garage Band; and Jerry Lee Lewis: Lost and Found.

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