Play ball! The baseball season is under way, and spring baseball titles are blossoming. There’s a lot to strike your fancy here: books on the 1954 and 1976 seasons; a biography of baseball’s most polarizing player not named Alex Rodriguez; a memoir by one of my favorite all-time Mets; an account of one of the greatest World Series ever; and George Will’s meditation on Wrigley Field, “A Nice Little Place on the North Side” (Crown Archetype, $25).
“Brown Dog” by Jim Harrison (Grove Press, 525 pages, $27)
“The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000 BC-1492 AD” by Simon Schama (Ecco, $39.99)
“Caribou: Poems” by Charles Wright (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 96 pages, $23)
“Every Day Is for the Thief” by Teju Cole (Random House, 162 pages, $23)
“The Empire Striketh Back” by Ian Doescher (Quirk, 170 pages, $14.95)
“Beatles vs. Stones” by John McMillian (Simon and Schuster, 304 pages, $26)
“The Beatles: All These Years, Volume I, Tune In,” by Mark Lewisohn (Crown Archetype, 932 pages, $40)
“Reality, Grief, Hope: Three Urgent Prophetic Tasks” by Walter Brueggemann (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 165 pages, $15)
“Silence Once Begun” by Jesse Ball (Pantheon, 232 pages, $23.95)
“Roth Unbound: A Writer and His Books” by Claudia Roth Pierpont (Farrar Straus and Giroux, 368 pages, $27)
Veteran writer and editor Rod Dreher will speak at Friends University on Monday and Tuesday about the importance of community and the need for faith and doubt.
Andrews Brain by E.L. Doctorow (Random House, 200 pages, $26)
“The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013” by Derek Walcott, selected by Glyn Maxwell (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 617 pages, $35)
“Kinder Than Solitude” by Yiyun Li (Random House, $26)