"I have a tip that can take five strokes off anyone's golf game: it's called an eraser."
~Arnold Palmer, American golfer
Anger Is an Energy: My Life Uncensored by John Lydon with Andrew PerryThe face on the cover of the book might look more familiar than the name -- John Lydon is better known as his alter ego, Johnny Rotten of Sex Pistols fame. Here, he combines memoir (an impecunious childhood, a bout with meningitis) with philosophy, addressing how his anger fueled his punk and postpunk career. Anger Is an Energy comes in at 500 pages, and while he doesn't hold back, he's contemplative too; Library Journal says Lydon is "funny, cantankerous, honest, and foul-mouthed on every page."
The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks by Sam MaggsReaders new to fandom might be a bit wary about attending their first con or participating in online discussions, so if that's you, this intro to fandom etiquette, avoiding trolls, and rocking cosplay might give you a bit of confidence. Effusive and enthusiastic (though you don't really need a tattoo to prove you're a fan, if you don't want one), this guide is aimed at beginners, but those of you long comfortable in your fandoms might get a kick out it too. (And for further reading: geek girl extraordinaire Felicia Day is publishing a memoir -- You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) -- which should be available in August.)
The Smartest Book in the World: A Lexicon of Literacy, a Rancorous Reportage... by Greg ProopsBest known for starring on the hit improv comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, comedian Greg Proops also hosts the Smartest Man in the World podcast. Here, he wisecracks his way through a random assortment of cultural and historical touchstones, from punk and Hitchcock films to Ancient Rome, poetry, and baseball (lots of baseball). "Snarky history and piquant criticism as delivered by the smartass in the back of the classroom," says Kirkus Reviews of this collection of clever, witty, and bite-sized essays.
Keepers: The Greatest Films and Personal Favorites of a Moviegoing Lifetime by Richard SchickelFilm critic and movie historian Richard Schickel has been watching movies for about 70 years, 40 of them professionally. By his own count, he's seen approximately 22,590 movies. (Patton Oswalt, who writes about his own marathon film watching in Silver Screen Fiend, has a way to go.) In Keepers, Schickel takes readers on a tour of film history, explaining what makes a film a hit or a flop, uncovering some buried treasures, and providing plenty of food for thought -- and discussion -- in an enjoyable, educational journey.
Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles's War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News by A. Brad SchwartzMost adults have heard of the War of the Worlds radio broadcast in 1938, and the mass panic that ensued as Americans across the country feared imminent invasion by Martians. But as author Brad Schwartz shows, this widely held "knowledge" may be incorrect. Drawing on hundreds of letters sent in the aftermath of the fake invasion, Schwartz examines what actually happened. Readers concerned about the role of media today will find the discussion particularly compelling.
American Triumvirate: Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, and the Modern Age... by James DodsonAll born within months of each other in 1912, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, and Ben Hogan were the golf legends of the mid-20th century who saved the game from the twin threats of the Great Depression and World War II. Mixing biography with social history, author James Dodson describes how the game had deteriorated prior to their arrival, outlines their very different lives and personalities, and explores how they revitalized golf itself. Enthusiasts will cheer this history of a pivotal time for the game.
The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever by Mark FrostThis true tale tells the remarkable story of a bet between millionaires that helped make it possible for golf to become a viable career path. In 1956, Eddie Lowry bet George Coleman that his two employees, amateur golfers Harvie Ward and Ken Venturi, could beat any two professionals Coleman chose to match against them; Coleman appeared the next day with legends Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson in tow. What happened that day changed the way the sport was perceived; you may also want to consider Curt Sampson's The Eternal Summer, about the pro game's iconic 1960 season, as a follow-up.
The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods by Hank HaneyRegardless of his recent personal and professional troubles, Tiger Woods remains a gifted golfer. In The Big Miss, Woods' former coach Hank Haney discusses his experiences with the golfer, who emerges as a difficult character even before scandal threw him off his game. For another perspective on Tiger Woods, try Tom Callahan's His Father's Son, which analyses Woods' career and his relationship with his father.
Arnie & Jack: Palmer, Nicklaus, and Golf's Greatest Rivalry by Ian O'ConnorPart of the excitement of any sport is the intense rivalries that spring up between teams or individual players. This chronicle of the 50-year rivalry between the golf champs Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus explores not only their disparate personalities but the ways they influenced the game's popularity -- and each other. While Howard Sounes' The Wicked Game offers biographies of these (and other) legendary players, Ian O'Connor's Arnie & Jack discusses them in relationship to each other, adding a fascinating layer to an "exemplary sports history" (Kirkus Reviews).
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