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Amy Stilgenbauer is an information scientist, freelance writer, and baseball aficionado, who spends her life split between Ohio and Michigan. She received her degree in writing from Mount Union College in 2007.
on March 19, 2014 :
I found the book to be very well written and flow smoothly. It is a nice quick read and entertaining for me despite my lack of interest in baseball (I read due to recommendation of friend). I would recommend this to most people with the caveat that it is less about baseball per say and more about two women trying to fit into the world of baseball.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
on Dec. 20, 2012 :
I am a huge fan of baseball and was excited to read this book. Unfortunately, I think I was the wrong demographic for this book. The story line had two themes I could not wrap my mind around as I was reading. I could not relate to the trials and tribulations surrounding women and baseball. I also had difficulty with the spirit world parts of the book. I could see how this book could be appreciated by those that could relate and/or are interested in these themes. I kept wanting to know/learn more about the brother and his baseball experiences, but that was not what this book was about.
I would not recommend this book to a baseball fan solely on the story surrounding baseball. I do think this book is unique and will be of interest to others.
Note: This book was free and given to me with the expectation that I would review. The content of my review was in no way influenced by this understanding. The book speaks for itself and my review would have been worded just this way even if I'd gone out and bought it.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Dec. 08, 2012 :
This book was a gem. It was beautifully written and, overall, the story lines were well drawn and intersected nicely. I would highly recommend this book to just about any baseball fan. Stilgenbauer's love of the game seeps into every page. Like any woman who has truly loved baseball since a young age, I faced many snickers from boys growing up. These sexist prejudices, while not dominant in the book, were carefully and thoughtfully added. While I would love to give this book 4 1/2 - 5 stars, I just cannot for a couple reasons. First, throughout the first half of the book it is very unclear if the main protaganist, Gioia Rinaldi, pitches softball or baseball. Stilgenbauer is not very clear on this front and found myself constantly wondering whether Rinaldi wanted a scholarship for softball and baseball. Similarly, the mechanics in pitching a softball versus a baseball are very different, so I had a difficult time buying into the premise that Rinaldi could be so dominant at each. I think it would have been more believable had Rinaldi been a phenomenal baseball pitcher and a softball center-fielder. That would be more plausible because those throwing mechanics are more similar and have a strong center-fielding arm would translate better to baseball. Second, one of the shorter story lines concerning Rinaldi's brother is cut short and I am left wondering why. That particular story-line is abruptly abandoned when I felt that it really could have been continually weaved into the overall story. Despite these, at times, frustrating drawbacks, the book was great and I was sad when it was over.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)