Pitcher’s memoir a story of more than just baseball
David Foster Wallace once wrote a wonderful piece about how disappointing an athlete’s autobiography can be. While he used Tracy Austin’s “Beyond Center Court” as an example of the general vapidity of the athlete’s biography, the truth is that there are hundreds of hastily ghost-written books out there that, while providing the basic nuts and bolts information about an athlete, never really tell us anything about who they are.
However, when that is not the case – when both the athlete and co-author are both literate, expressive and willing to speak truthfully – the reader is treated to a very real, very raw peek behind the curtain at an athlete’s real personality; warts and all. The reader gets an actual memoir – one that just happens to star an athlete.
The reader gets “Wherever I Wind Up” (Blue Rider Press, $24.95) by R.A. Dickey with Wayne Coffey.
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