Item description for Perfect Game, Imperfect Lives: A Memoir Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Don Larsen's Perfect Game by Albert A. Bell Jr....
1956 -- What a year! Ozzie and Harriet and Lawrence Welk on TV. The Cold War and the Civil Rights movement in the news. And Elvis everywhere. In the midst of it all, an 11-year-old boy, an avid New York Yankees fan, finds himself uprooted from the securit
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 19.9" Width: 10.9" Height: 0.6" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Jan 15, 2006
Publisher Ingalls Pub/High Country
ISBN 1932158413 ISBN13 9781932158410
Reviews - What do customers think about Perfect Game, Imperfect Lives: A Memoir Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Don Larsen's Perfect Game?
Reviewed by Carianne Carleo-Evangelist May 31, 2007
Perfect Game, Imperfect Lives: A Memoir Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Don Larsen's Perfect Game by Albert A. Bell, Jr. arrived at the perfect time, the first week of the 2007 baseball season. Although I am too young to remember Don Larsen's perfect game, I know the story because baseball is a religion in our house and the Yankees are god.
"Perfect" doesn't only follow the Yankees and their stature in 1950s America, but also the life of a young boy whose life was turned upside down by a family move. These young boys did what boys did then, baseball came to town and they took the opportunity to experience it. Little did they know that they'd be witnesses to history. These characters, because they were so close to the author's heart even 50 years later, were real in a way that many characters in works of non-fiction are not. In many works of non-fiction, it's the story that is king but in "Perfect," it's the characters and the author's writing that brings the story to life.
As a baseball fan, it was the author's name that caught my attention. I immediately thought of Albert Belle who played for the Cleveland Indians in the 1990s. Having a `baseball name' only helped to solidify this book as a baseball title in the eyes of fans of the sport.
While baseball was a theme to this book, it won't turn off those who aren't rabid fans. This book might have the most appeal to those who can identify with the main characters, those who know first hand about life among Ozzie & Harriet, Lawrence Welk and Elvis. In that area, I felt that I as a younger reader was missing something. There's enough to captivate the younger audience but also to leave them wondering what they're missing. In that respect, I recommend this book to different generations seeking to read a book and share their thoughts. I think both generations will learn from the others.