Book Review and #Giveaway: Calico Joe by John Grisham {2 Winners}

Sunday, April 22, 2012 Posted by Dina N

Book Description
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?

It began quietly enough with a pulled hamstring. The first baseman for the Cubs AAA affiliate in Wichita went down as he rounded third and headed for home. The next day, Jim Hickman, the first baseman for the Cubs, injured his back. The team suddenly needed someone to play first, so they reached down to their AA club in Midland, Texas, and called up a twenty-one-year-old named Joe Castle. He was the hottest player in AA and creating a buzz.

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.

My Thoughts
In Calico Joe, John Grisham applies his considerable talents as a storyteller to the world of baseball. Although the sport takes center stage, this is not a book purely about baseball. Calico Joe is about success and failure, dreams and disappointments, triumph and tragedy - and ultimately, about family. It's a page turner just as much as Grisham's legal thrillers - however, what kept me glued to the page was his masterful depiction of emotional turmoil. You don't have to be a sports fan or an expert on baseball to enjoy this novel. I certainly did.

Calico Joe is new this month from Doubleday. 

The Giveaway 
Two U.S. readers will each win a copy of Calico Joe by John Grisham!

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39 comments:

  1. Carl said...

    I'm a big fan of The Firm. I think that's his best by far.

  2. Kim said...

    I'm reading a Jane Green book!

  3. Sandra K321 said...

    I am currently reading The Help. (finally)! I picked it up at my Library's used book room.
    seknobloch(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. lag123 said...

    The Firm is still my favorite.

  5. scottsgal said...

    I recently finished the Associate - I've read most all of his books
    msboatgal at aol.com

  6. Tore said...

    Timeless. Tore923@aol.com

  7. Kathy said...

    I'm reading 50 Shades of Grey

  8. Kathy said...

    I'm reading 50 Shades of Grey.

  9. rhonda said...

    The firm

  10. JJT said...

    Runaway Jury is my favorites. Jtretin at aol dot com

  11. rhonda said...

    Love the firm

  12. Renee G said...

    My favorite Grisham book is The Firm.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

  13. bettycd said...

    Reading Feast for Crows in the Fire and Ice series. We are watching Game of thrones and as always, it's intriguing how much of the book gets left out.

  14. Carol L. said...

    Great giveaway. Thanks for this chance. I'm at the end of Phillipa Gregory's The Virgin's Lover. I always love reading about Queen Elizabeth and her Robert Dudley.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  15. Carrie Phelps said...

    The Firm is my favorite and now that they made a TV series with it I get to watch it weekly!

  16. Aleksandra Nearing said...

    I like The Firm by him.

  17. Anonymous said...

    I have read all of his books and have quite a few that are hardcover. The best writer that I have read thus far. Top of my list for those who read.

  18. david said...

    John Grisham is my favorite author, with The Partner being my favorite book.

  19. david said...

    John Grisham is my favorite author, with The Partner being my favorite book.

  20. david said...

    John Grisham is my favorite author, with The Partner being my favorite book.

  21. dfites said...

    My favorite Grisham book is "A Painted House".

  22. maureen said...

    The Confession is a great book

  23. Kristen said...

    My favorite was A Time To Kill.

  24. Patricia said...

    Haven't read Grisham yet! This would be my first. So fingers crossed. ;-)

  25. Rusthawk said...

    I really liked a Lincoln Lawyer

  26. Tara said...

    I really loved A Painted House!

  27. Anonymous said...

    The FIRM z cool but you gat 2 read The CLIENT!!

  28. shana said...

    I'm not sure the first entry went through, so here it is again
    I'm reading Lucky Stiff by Deborah Coonts

    nineteen19 at blackfoot dot net

  29. Joan said...

    Loved the Painted House!

  30. Rosita said...

    Reading the Power of Habit right now.

  31. Debbie P said...

    I like The Firm! Thanks for the giveaway!

  32. PaulineMilner said...

    My favorite John Grisham novel is The Firm.

    Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity. ~Pauline

    dod@rogers.com

  33. Anonymous said...

    My favorite all time, so far, is the Pelican brief!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  34. Chelsie Fletcher said...

    Share which John Grisham novel is your favorite - or tell us what you are reading these days in a comment below. I'm not reading anything at the moment but I wouldn't mind reading this book if I win ;)

  35. gail said...

    the firm
    gkuroda(at)gmail.com

  36. marcia goss said...

    My favorite is The Firm.
    marcia.goss@gmail.com

  37. Renee said...

    I'm not reading anything right now, that's why I'd like to win this :D

  38. Lana Bradstream said...

    My favorite is A PAINTED HOUSE.

    lanalbradstream(at)yahoo(dot)com

  39. Candie L said...

    I know it is too late, but I am from Calico Rock Arkansas. Great little town of less than 1000

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