Move over, Roger Angell, and make room at the top for another superb literary collection of baseball writing--poems, essays, and fiction by women writers. As editor Nauen points out, women enjoy the game differently than men: they don't have to feel like failures for not playing, and they are free to enjoy the entire spectacle before them. In three sections ("Coming to the PIate," "Why We Love It," and "Analysis of Baseball"), more than 70 writers share their thoughts and feelings about this most American of sports. From Shirley Jackson on Little League and Annie Dillard on pitching to Bernadette Mayer on Carlton Fisk's legs, this anthology is the next best thing to the real diamond. Poet Marianne Moore says it perfectly: "Writing is exciting / and baseball is like writing." Eloise Kinney
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