TRADING MANNY is my labor-of-love memoir about my lifelong love of baseball, teaching the game to my son Joe and answering his questions about steroids in MLB, and how I nearly brained Paul Simon's son with a softball. Click here for reviews, endorsements and more info.
JIM SAYS: I was struck and touched by how strongly the Mitchell Report and subsequent steroids revelations affected Joe, who was just 7 years old at the time. It made me have to reconsider my whole relationship with baseball, particularly as a father, and touched off a two-season journey to get answers to Joe's simple questions about baseball and steroids -- questions that a lot of fans of all ages have been asking.
The story of how Ray Jensen and his teenaged son Daniel discovered a secret potion that might keep you alive forever, and many questions asked about our own mortality and grief over the loss of loved ones, are told here. All of it related by a raging lunatic who has stowed away on a cruise shp and is at the mercy of his four distinct personalities. Click here to read more...
JIM SAYS (in partial explanation): I had wanted to write a novel for many years, and the story that kept coming to me was about my own dear father's early death, and how we might approach grieving differently. At the same time, I wanted to really go out there with playing around with narrative technique, so I framed Ray's whole story within a crazy, allegorical side story of a really fat, ludicrous guy trying to kill himself by eating himself to death on a cruise ship. Like it or hate it, but FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH is one of a kind, and I'm proud of it.
Over the years I've written guidebooks to the Seattle & Portland metro areas, two books for middle-school readers, and the as-told-to autobiography of a professional golfer. Here's the complete list:
▼ A Travel Guide to the Plantation South (Lucent, 2005)
▼ Seattle & the Olympic Peninsula for Dummies (Hungry Minds; 2003)
▼ The Importance of Hillary Rodham Clinton (Lucent; 2003)
▼ Seattle and Portland for Dummies (Hungry Minds; 2001)
▼ The Irreverent Guide to Seattle & Portland (MacMillan, 1999; second ed. 2001)
▼ Just Let Me Play: The Charlie Sifford Story (British American, 1992)
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