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Steve Almond teaches creative writing at Boston College.

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A very thought-provoking analysis of the current state of the nation and the stories that we believe guide our thought and actions.
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addunn3 | 7 andra recensioner | Sep 29, 2023 |
Ever since I was a kid I've loved baseball. I watch games all the time, But football never really grabbed my interest. I'll watch The Super Ball and an occasional playoff game, but that's about it. And after reading Steve Almond's "Against Football: A Reluctant Manifesto" I have to say, I feel pretty good about myself. Because let's face it football is an inherently violent, extremely brutal game. Life time football, and Oakland Raiders fan, Steve Almond feels it finally time to exam this troubling aspect to our nation's most popular sport and has written this deeply, deeply disturbing manifesto stating it is time to make some major upheavals to the game, on all levels, be they Pro, College, High School, or Pee Wee leagues. From my point of view his arguments are dead on. There can be no denying the game needs to change. Far, far too many men are being maimed for life. this has to be stopped. The book is not for sale till September. When it comes out it will undoubtedly cause an up roar, but I ask all you rabid hard core football fans out their to read it with as an open minded and impartial manner as you can. Because if the game is to change, it won't come from The NFL because they continue to rake in billions of dollars while countless football players suffer. the change will have to be demanded by the fans. Be a part of the change !… (mer)
 
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kevinkevbo | 9 andra recensioner | Jul 14, 2023 |
Steve Almond wrote a great book. It was both personable and crave-inducing.
 
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misterysun | 63 andra recensioner | Feb 27, 2023 |
All the Secrets of the World is the story of two families drawn into dangerous waters by an unlikely and erratic friendship. When a well-meaning teacher assigned Lorena Saenz, the daughter of a single mom who is undocumented, to work with Jenny Stallworth, the daughter of a socialite realtor and a university professor) on a science project, she probably congratulated herself when they became friends. Jenny, of course, held the power in the relationship, they were friends when Jenny invited her over. Jenny’s mother was as warm and welcoming as Lady Bountiful and probably for the same reason. Jenny’s father, though, talked to Lorena as an adult, respecting her intelligence. This made him seem irresistible. She was drawn to him and he was drawn to her.

All the Secrets of the World is made up of five books and they are very different. The first is told from Lorena’s viewpoint. It was, for me, the most compelling part of the book even though presenting Lorena as a Lolita rings false to me. It absolves Jenny’s father of his predatory behavior. Lorena is too innocent to see how he is seducing her and blames herself when it all blows up in a confrontation between her brother and Jenny’s father.

Later, when Mr. Stallworth disappears, that altercation looms large. We see this through the eyes of the Latino investigator who is dependent on the approval of a racist white detective he is working under. As the story progresses, it shifts from showing to telling and its themes explore racism, police corruption and incompetence, and even religious cults. And the more it tells, the less interesting I found it.

I read Book 1 of All the Secrets of the World straight through, captivated by Lorena’s story though repulsed by Mr. Stallworth and distrustful of a narrative that put too much agency on her and too little on him. It reminds me of “Don’t Stand So Close to Me,” the victim-blaming song from The Police. As the book progressed, though, I found myself putting it down more often. I think it has important things to say and it was well worth my perseverance. Steve Almond had a point to make and he pounded it in rather than letting it slide in by itself. Almond places it in the Reagan 80s, which probably makes its lessons more palatable to all who read it, but if we think we have progressed since then, we are fooling ourselves.

I received an e-galley of All the Secrets of the World from the publisher through NetGalley

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