Calico Joe

Calico Joe

Book - 2012
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Follows the divergent paths of a rookie hitter for the Chicago Cubs and a hard-hitting Mets pitcher.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385536073
Branch Call Number: GRISHAM J
Characteristics: 198 p. ; 22 cm.


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Feb 04, 2019

I thought this was good until the end. I found the end to be quite implausible. When the ‘bad guy’ does a complete turnaround I usually find that to be unlikely, and it makes the ending seem rushed.

Apr 26, 2017

Grisham's esteem in my mind soars with this terrific little tale, and I like baseball as much as I enjoy watching the guy suck out my septic tank--it is equally as boring to watch as golf, but Grisham tells a heartrending story with flawless aplomb.

Jul 26, 2015

best book by far that I have read by John Grisham. sensitive portrayal of a real-life situation, well constructed and not over-done

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "This book was suggested to me by my wife, knowing my love of baseball. This is a fast-paced tale of a startlingly good rookie ballplayer, coming up against a less than great rival. The resulting conflict is heartbreaking, and the denouement speaks to the power of forgiveness."

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "The title of this novel refers to Joe Castle of Calico Rock, Arkansas. In 1973, he is thirty years old and a rising phenom in baseball. He plays for the Chicago Cubs and is loved and admired by many. The narrator of the story is Paul Tracey. He is the son of Warren Tracey, pitcher for the New York Mets and the man responsible for intentionally hurting Joe Castle during a game and ending his career. Warren is described as an abusive husband and unloving, disinterested father and recollections of the past and present events support his damaged character. Thirty years later, Warren has terminal pancreatic cancer and Pual is determined for his father to make a personal apology to Joe. At first Pual tries to achieve this through blackmail, but ultimately Warren agrees and a meeting is facilitated through Clarence Rook (the owner and sports editor of the Calico Rock Record.) This book has a great deal of baseball drama and includes game action, statistics, and baseball terminology. The story is told by alternating the past with the present and is narrated entirely through Paul Tracey. I enjoyed the book and enthusiastically recommend it."

Jun 18, 2014

I LOVE baseball and this book was a great baseball read. It might be fiction but it seemed like I was reading non-fiction!

May 24, 2014


Mar 08, 2013

Once I got passed the baseball play-by-play, the story actually picked up. Now his usual kind of story, but good nonetheless.

Jan 15, 2013

Good "up-lifting" story in a very short read.

Dec 23, 2012

Tried three times. Couldn't get past the first chapter. Perhaps a love of baseball is a requirement.

Warjones Sep 14, 2012

Started but not finished.

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