02 October 2006

How Soccer Explains the World

I recently read How Soccer Explains the World by Franklin Foer. Bill Simmons had recommended reading it in one of his espn.com columns, and so I did.

When it came in via interlibrary loan, our acquisitions librarian noticed it, was interested, and decided to order the book for our collection. It arrived the other day. By that time, I had finished reading the book.

It's an excellent book. It's like Simmons said:

It's like "Freakonomics" and "Blink," one of those mainstream intellectual books for dummies like us. You learn some stuff, you feel smart after you're done, and then you can impress people at dinner one night by bringing up anecdotes from the book.

Highly recommended.

Next up on the Additional Reading List, I'm reading The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer. He wrote that article about the Bolivar County librarian I blogged about last week.

I did a little research on Moehringer and found out that he won a Pulitzer for feature writing a few years back. His book was published last year and has gotten a lot of critical praise. A paperback edition has recently been released.


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