Monthly Archives: January 2008

Reserved for the Cat by Mercedes Lackey

SF/Fantasy. A young, pretty ballet dancer living in Paris, has last both of her parents and is now living on her own working as a soloist at the Paris Opera.  When through “luck” she upstages the premier dancer, she is tossed out of the Paris Opera and blacklisted by other opera companies.  Her life appears to be headed to a life of misery. At her lowest point, she hears someone speaking to her, mind-to-mind, to her amazement… it’s a cat!  If Ninette will follow Thomas the cat’s instructions, her life could become everything she could wish for… but there are a few bumps in the road to overcome first!

 

Twelve Mighty Orphans

Now, believe it or not, I’m not a big football fan, but this true life account of the Texas Masonic Home for Orphans, and it’s football team, is truly inspiring. The home barely had funds to house, feed and educate its population of about 150 orphans. But somehow they managed to field a football team, and even seriously challenge for the Texas State Championship for more than a decade, against far larger and richer schools. Since football is a secular”religion” in Texas, this was a huge story, and a source of great inspiration through the Depression, which was the orphans time of greatest glory. Jim Dent, who also wrote “The Junction Boys,” about Bear Bryant’s Texas A&M teams of the 50’s wrote this book. He doesn’t edit the stories of the players to contrive “happy endings” for all of their lives. It’s pretty gritty stuff at some points, but still a gripping read. Check it out..you won’t be sorry.

Playing for Pizza!

The title of this book grabbed me right away, because I’d personally do nearly anything for pizza. Turns out there’s lots more to this book by John Grisham than meets the eye.

It’s the story of Rick Dockery, a prematurely washed up NFL quarterback who flees (almost literally) to Italy to play for the Parma Panthers of the Italian “NFL.” The football part is fun, but even better are the cultural insights (I nearly cried with laughter as Rick undergoes some of the same experiences I had when I lived in Italy!) and the way Dockery finds himself and a true love for football. I listened to it in CD, but that way or in print, it’s worth your time for sure.