Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “Tenth of December”

What does one make of “Tenth of December” by George Saunders? I wished to turn away from most of these short stories. There was horror, fear and a real uneasiness in trying to just survive reading these works. Characters were undergoing real physical and emotional pain of the deepest sort. I went to other sources to see what others felt about this book. NPR stated ... read more

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “High Notes”

What great reading. What accomplished writing. “High Notes” by Gay Talese was a joy to read. The book contains selected articles written by Gay Talese for the likes of The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly and the New York Times. Talese is one of the most important nonfiction writers of our time, capturing individuals and situations vividly and in color. is unique, expansive magazine articles are ... read more

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “The Baltimore Elite Giants”

Getting ready to leave on a trip with the Orioles and realizing I had finished the book I had with me, I asked Buck Showalter if I could borrow one from his office. I picked up the “The Baltimore Elite Giants” by Bob Luke from his office side table and he said, “You’ll like it.” Right again. The book covers the team from beginning to ... read more

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “James Joyce”

For those who would like to learn more about James Joyce, but are not prepared to sit down with the pages of lengthy biographies, Edna O’Brien’s “James Joyce” is a worthy read. O’Brien explores the forces that drove Joyce as a writer, which necessitates a continual look at his life and times. Joyce was forever the troubled writer. He excessive drinking lead to personal and ... read more

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “The Nuremberg Legacy”

Norbert Ehrenfreund covered the Nuremberg trials as a journalist for the Stars and Stripes. He went on to become a lawyer and judge in California. Thus, “The Nuremberg Legacy “brings an insight from one who witnessed what went on at the trials and the insight of an attorney who has given great thought to what the trials meant then and now. Throughout “The Nuremberg Legacy,” ... read more

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “Curtain and The Mysterious Affair at Styles”

Sometimes one needs to read just for the joy of it all. Such is the love for Agatha Christie’s works that have survived multitudinous changes in societies worldwide. The 1975 publication of Christie’s “Curtain and The Mysterious Affair at Styles” is a combination of a beginning and an end. “Styles” was the first book she published and “Curtain” was the last of her works involving ... read more

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: Baseball trilogy by Harold Seymour

A great treat to share the Hitting the Books page with a fellow play-by-play announcer - in this case, Bob Carpenter, the television voice of the Nationals on MASN. As Bob says, the baseball history books by Harold Seymour that Bob presents were indeed on the shelf in the broadcast booth. I had told Bob the night before I wanted to do a segment with ... read more

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “The Undoing Project”

“The Undoing Project” is from Michael Lewis, the author of “Moneyball,” and again we have the exploration of the way we think and why we make decisions, only this is on a level far beyond selecting players for a baseball team. “Moneyball” was the story was of Billy Beane and the use of statistics and software as a new way of defining the worth of ... read more