Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “Adventures in the Screen Trade”

You do not have to want to be a screenwriter to enjoy “Adventures in the Screen Trade.” This is a fun read, and if you do want to be a screenwriter, you can get to that in the latter chapters. Two-thirds of this book are wonderful stories about dealing with Hollywood studio big wigs, the ego-filled attempts to deal with the stars and figuring out ... read more

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “Triumphs of Experience”

“Triumphs of Experience” by George E. Vallant is about findings from the longest (in time) and most in-depth study of the maturation process of adults ever undertaken. The study began in 1938 and was intended to last 10 to 15 years. This book was written in 2012 with the study still underway. In 1938, 268 Harvard male sophomores were selected as the subjects of the ... read more

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “Beethoven in Love; Opus 1139”

Howard Jay Smith is an acquaintance of mine, not through literature, but our shared love of wine. Sampling vino with a group of regular imbibers at a luncheon, we got to talking about this book. He sent me a copy, and thank goodness for that. Smith is an award-winning writer and “Beethoven in Love; Opus 139” is his third book, published in 2015. He has ... read more

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “Monuments Men”

Welcome back to the 2019 edition of “Hitting the Books”! With the support of producer Olivia Witherite, editor Pete Kerzel and you as readers, let’s try another trip into the stacks. As from the beginning, the idea is a look at books I’ve enjoyed and would like to pass along. We will be joined at times by guests-managers, players, coaches, and broadcasters-who’ll tell us their ... read more

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “Every Thing On It”

So one more for the year. First, my sincerest thanks to Olivia Witherite, our videographer and digital editor, and Pete Kerzel, our content editor. They are the best. Their earnest interest in Hitting the Books is deeply appreciated. To all who have looked in, thanks. May we always love to read. We end this season of Hitting the Books with a treasure for all ages, ... read more

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “The Sun Does Shine”

For 30 years, Anthony Ray Hinton, author of “The Sun Does Shine,” served in solitary confinement in Alabama jails, convicted of murders he did not commit. He was 29 when he went to prison and was not released until 2015. We know there are wrongful convictions that lead to death row and executions. When spoken of in the abstract, we seem to take such horrors ... read more

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “A Terrible Glory”

On a recent visit to the Little Bighorn site, a good friend asked the tour guides what was in their opinion the best historical book regarding the battle. “A Terrible Glory” by James Donovan is that book. There is more here than the history of the actual battle. We are taken in short form through the life of George Armstrong Custer. The “boy general” of ... read more

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “The Silk Roads”

So my broadcast partner, Mike Bordick, shows up one day with a tome of a book easily useable for weightlifting and says he really likes this work. That was all I needed to hear to start egging him on to join me on Hitting the Books and tell us all why he liked “The Silk Roads: A New History of the World” by Peter Frankopan, ... read more