Sunday, October 28, 2012


Author:  John Grisham
Genre:  Fiction, Standalone
Published:  2012
Personal Rating:  3.25/5 (just okay +)
Format/Narrator:  Audiobook/Erik Singer
Yearly Count:  89

From the Publisher:

A surprising and moving novel of fathers and sons, forgiveness and redemption, set in the world of Major League Baseball…

Whatever happened to Calico Joe?

In the summer of 1973 Joe Castle was the boy wonder of baseball, the greatest rookie anyone had ever seen. The kid from Calico Rock, Arkansas dazzled Cub fans as he hit home run after home run, politely tipping his hat to the crowd as he shattered all rookie records.

Calico Joe quickly became the idol of every baseball fan in America, including Paul Tracey, the young son of a hard-partying and hard-throwing Mets pitcher. On the day that Warren Tracey finally faced Calico Joe, Paul was in the stands, rooting for his idol but also for his Dad. Then Warren threw a fastball that would change their lives forever…

In John Grisham’s new novel the baseball is thrilling, but it’s what happens off the field that makes CALICO JOE a classic.

Even though I don't find all of Grisham's books to be stellar reads, I do define them as comfort reads.  He has a flowing style that reads easily, and Calico Joe was no different.  It was a short novel of a father and son laced with lots of baseball.  If I were more of a baseball fan, I know I would have liked it more.  Even with the Detroit Tigers in the World Series, I still can't muster up enough excitement to watch a full game.  The game is just too slow, and I HATE the spitting.  Anyway, my feelings for baseball didn't help with this read, but I couldn't pass up a Grisham book.  The story was still somewhat interesting.  

I received Grisham's latest titled The Racketeer in the mail today, and I'm really looking forward to it.

My thanks go to Doubleday and Shelf Awareness for providing me with the ARC.


  1. I thought about reading this one but decided I would rather stay with his courtroom dramas. With that being said, I am looking forward to your thoughts on his new one. can you believe the Tigers right now???? I hope they win tonight.

    1. Staci ~ I love his courtroom dramas. Well, at least we made it to the World Series, right?! :)

  2. Even though this wasn't stellar it's the perfect time of the year to read it.

    1. Bermudaonion ~ I listened to it now because of the Tigers. I was hoping it would help me along. Unfortunately, neither did very well.

  3. I had this on my Nano and started listening, but couldn't get interested. And I love baseball, so go figure!

    1. Les ~ I gratefully received the ARC but couldn't get interested, so I listened to it instead. :)

  4. Anonymous2:48 PM

    I ususally like Grisham but I rarely love him :)

    1. Stacybuckeye ~ I'd say we are in the same camp. There were a few that I loved, but overall I find comfort in his topics and style.


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