Brian Renvall

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The Reshaping of America’s Game: Major League Baseball After the Players’ Strike

Soderholm-Difatte’s great strength lies in his examination of the steroid era and the damages it wrought, representation of non-white people in baseball management, and new baseball analytics which look for the most productive players through statistical scrutiny. An engaging overview of the sport.
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The Age of Wood: Our Most Useful Material and the Construction of Civilization

This engaging natural history will draw in fans of Mark Kurlansky’s Cod and Vince Beiser’s The World in a Grain. It does a fantastic job of elevating humble wood to its rightful place alongside stone, bronze, and iron as a key resource in leading humanity to its dazzling achievements.
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The Oak Papers

An entirely understated but overwhelmingly thoughtful book that seeks to remind us of the deep history that humankind shares with trees. For all interested in learning more about how we interact with nature, past and present.
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Be the Refuge: Raising the Voices of Asian American Buddhists

Han’s contribution to this overlooked aspect of the Asian American experience is an important one as it gives a voice to many invisible people in American society.

Buzzie and the Bull: A GM, a Clubhouse Favorite, and the Dodgers’ 1965 Championship Season

A wonderful exploration of a single baseball season told with great verve and exceptional research augmented by hours of interviews with Ferrara himself and numerous other baseball luminaries.
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Henri Nouwen and The Return of the Prodigal Son: The Making of a Spiritual Classic

This exhaustive examination will appeal to readers who are fond of Nouwen’s life and writings, or those hoping to learn more..Eiland, Ashlee.

Issei Baseball: The Story of the First Japanese American Ballplayers

A detailed look at an important subject which provides a snapshot of the Issei experience, how integral baseball was in American culture, and how the sport served as a crucible for new immigrants.
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Buddha Takes the Mound: Enlightenment in Nine Innings

While the narrative is somewhat tedious in places, this work should appeal to baseball enthusiasts who never previously considered the similarities between their beloved pastime and ancient Buddhist teachings.
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The Art of Solitude

A wide-ranging work with many poignant assertions that will appeal to those wishing to learn about more about the spiritual aspects of practicing mindfulness.
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