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Baseball Dreams, Fishing Magic: One Man's Trip Through This Crazy Thing Called Life [Kindle Edition]

Mike Reuther
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Book Description

Nick Grimes is a talented pitcher with his sights keenly set on a Major League Baseball career. But when things don't work out quite the way he hoped, he finds himself searching for an elusive happiness and his place in the world. Along the way, he'll learn some lessons from some remarkable people: a hermit fly-fisherman, a baseball coach, a young woman writer he falls for, even his own father. A novel that will leave readers questioning many of their own decisions in life.


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  • File Size: 1147 KB
  • Print Length: 102 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1499670931
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mike Reuther; 1 edition (June 16, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L2DD33K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,459,977 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A touching journey to finding one's self June 21, 2014
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Mike Reuther has arrived as a serious novelist. I was moved to tears by this simple yet elegant tale of finding what really matters in life. There were many lines and moments that were very touching. In this short novel. Reuther manages to create a vivid sense of what life is like in a small blue collar central Pa. town.( a setting for several of his novels). His characters are real and engaging; there is no contrivance. These are people you may have had limited contact with,but you know them nevertheless. Tortured by what others may want or expect from you( a wife who wants the trappings of success) and what your dreams tell you to do, Nick Grimes evolves from observing others. The loving advice from his dad("Baseball, you might say, was for us a bridge linking two silences") his discernment of baseball as a joy in life rather than a job, and his love for the streams and mountains of central Pa, mold Nick from a youth with no path to a mature adult. He comes to realize that "the best things in life are free" and to enjoy the journey of life wherever your dreams take you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Journey is You February 6, 2015
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This breakthrough coming-of-age story by Mike Reuther immediately grabs you and holds on because it's about you. It's about all of us, our work-a-day torments and our relentless longings. People flee to therapists to learn what main character Nick Grimes painstakingly sorts out over years. Nick has two great and clashing passions, baseball and fly-fishing the waters around his small, rusty Pennsylvania town. They kick him around some. But he finally absorbs their double-barreled lesson about love and loss and letting the stream take you. This is a red-blooded man's tale, told brusquely, yet the scenes and dialogue are knit together so sensitively that I often teared up reading them. Nick's quest is universal but his rough-hewn character is quirky and vividly anchored to the place Reuther lives and works. Nick's journey captures you because it's also yours.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One man's trip to finding himself July 15, 2014
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Mike Reuther has arrived as a serious novelist. I was moved to tears by this simple yet elegant tale of finding what really matters in life. There were many lines and moments that were very touching. In this short novel. Reuther manages to create a vivid sense of what life is like in a small blue collar central Pa. town.( a setting for several of his novels). His characters are real and engaging; there is no contrivance. These are people you may have had limited contact with,but you know them nevertheless. Tortured by what others may want or expect from you( a wife who wants the trappings of success) and what your dreams tell you to do, Nick Grimes evolves from observing others. The loving advice from his dad("Baseball, you might say, was for us a bridge linking two silences") his discernment of baseball as a joy in life rather than a job, and his love for the streams and mountains of central Pa, mold Nick from a youth with no path to a mature adult. He comes to realize that "the best things in life are free" and to enjoy the journey of life wherever your dreams take you.
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By day, Mike Reuther is a journalist. In his off-time he tells tales, creating stories filled with colorful characters that readers never forget. Having covered politics, crime, government, health care and sports, Reuther draws on his many years of reporting to create novels that breathe with life and people - both good and bad - who find themselves in sticky situations.
In the mysteries, Return to Dead City and Gambling Lives Reuther keeps readers guessing as his heroes try to solve murders. His protagonists are complex, interesting people who find themselves up against some tough odds. But perhaps his most lovable and unforgettable character is Homer Newbody, the rookie pitcher in the Amazon bestselling baseball novel, Nothing Down who draws both cheers and jeers when he announces to the world he would be happy to play for no money. Nothing Down has been described by one reviewer as a "contemporary morality play wherein, if you're lucky enough to be living life doing what you love, then the virtue is in remaining true to one's self and minimizing the ethical compromises that must be made."
As much as Reuther loves writing fiction and drawing readers in with his spell-binding fiction, he enjoys nothing more than helping other writers. Write the Darn Book and the recently released, How to Write a Book Without Going Crazy were written to encourage and inspire both aspiring and veteran authors.

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