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Only a Game

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Illuminates the dark corners and unlikely angles of sports with wry good humour and a lightly worn expertise that lets nothing pass

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Introduction In the Name of Names, Because There's Just No Other Excuse Just for the Fun of It Close to Home Sports Misused, and Games as Solace Among the Memorable

About the Author

Bill Littlefield has been the host of the syndicated National Public Radio sports show Only a Game since 1993. He teaches a course in the Humanities Division at Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts, where he also serves as writer-in-residence. Littlefield is the author of several books, including Baseball Days and Champions: Stories of Ten Remarkable Athletes.


"How wonderful to have that voice we love-all at once wry, brash and darn near profound-captured on the page and always at hand. Littlefield has an uncanny talent for seeing the mischief behind the obvious and for being right."-Elinor Lipman, author of My Latest Grievance and The Inn at Lake Devine -- Elinor Lipman "Using rhyme and reason in equal measure to extol the joys of river swimming, opening day at Fenway or skiing with his daughters, Bill Littlefield's delightful collection of columns trains a wry and kindly eye on a world filled with rogues, athletes, and everyday heroes, sometimes all three at once."-Madeleine Blais, author of In These Girls, Hope Is a Muscle -- Madeleine Blais "Bill Littlefield is a little oasis for the authors he interviews, a place to stop and be refreshed in the greater understanding of another. His literary intelligence and passion shine through all he writes and says."-Michael Lewis, author of The Blind Side and Moneyball -- Michael Lewis "`Voice is a rare quality in writing. It's more than sound or style-it's the presence of the writer on the page, the unmistakable signature of selfhood. His writer's voice comes through on every page and makes reading this collection a delightful experience."-Jack Beatty, senior editor of the Atlantic Monthly and News Analyst for National Public Radio's program On Point -- Jack Beatty "So a guy comes into the shop and says the driver's side seat in his Volvo is wobbly. We stick one of your books under the seat, bill him $400.00, and everybody's happy. You got any more books?"-Tom and Ray Magliozzi (aka Click and Clack), National Public Radio's program Car Talk -- Tom & Ray (Click and Clack) "For me, the problem with sports is sports commentary, which so often combines jingoism, sanctimoniousness, and stupidity. Bill Littlefield is a shining exception, a person I can read and listen to with pleasure. He talks about games with a sense of proportion and an adult's sense of humor."-Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Soul of a New Machine and My Detachment -- Tracy Kidder "A rare reading experience . . . a book that travels on many levels of fine writing . . . the history of a time-not just in sport-and an exploration of human nature."-W. C. Heinz -- W. C. Heinz

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