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Keep Swinging (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Rick Marin
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Rick Marin is possibly the world’s most sports-challenged dad -- a guy who couldn’t tell you what channel ESPN was on, thinks the “Final Four” is a quartet of apocalyptic superheroes and hasn’t set foot in a stadium since the last Pink Floyd concert. Until his 6-year-old son utters the four most powerful words in the English language: “Dad, will you coach?”

Keep Swinging chronicles the rookie season of an indoorsy TV writer raising two alpha boys whose life turns around when he gets off the sidelines, puts on a jersey that’s three sizes too big and and throws himself into the world of kids sports.

An inspiring, funny, at times gut-wrenching tale for every father and son who’ve ever picked up a bat, ball or hockey puck, it’s also a story about marriage, career, surviving life’s slumps and how you’re supposed to make men out of your boys, but they end up making a man out of you.

The author of the bestselling memoir Cad: Confessions of a Toxic Bachelor writes his next chapter.


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  • File Size: 123 KB
  • Print Length: 62 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089XJJKC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,178 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fine, Worth My Time July 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
To quote F. Scott Fitzgerald, who was quoting Abe Lincoln: If you like this sort of thing, this, possibly, is the sort of thing you'll like.

This was fine. Almost everything was fine. The coaching his kid stories were interesting, the best part. However, I couldn't quite warm up to this writer, who seemed to be more interested in writing about his career slump, and the stress it put on his marriage. Even the coaching stories were laced with professional angst. He clearly was attempting to connect his lessons in coaching with taking more chances in his work, but the connection read as tenuous, strained.

I'm pleased I read this, I was entertained, but this wasn't love. In biographical works, I always ask myself would I like to do lunch with this person, and this didn't pass this test for me, but I'm content with the time spent.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He's back, as funny and observant as ever June 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Rick Marin wrote Cad, a very funny memoir about dating and relationships (and a fair bit else) in New York that ended with his marriage to Ilene. This new single picks up the thread in Los Angeles years and two sons later, when Rick, a proud beta male and indoor kind of guy finds himself in somewhat bemused and befuddeld possession of a baseball-mad son and the clipboard and jersey of a little league coach. Very very funny, with Marin's characteristic winning combination of self-effacing humour and keen observation.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly delightful June 9, 2012
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Keep Swinging tells two stories--one about the changes fatherhood brings, and the other about the risks and rewards of changing careers after 40. It's funny, touching, revelatory, and the best $1.99 you'll spend aside from a Yoo-Hoo.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From Bruce Jay Friedman June 26, 2012
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On Rick Marin's Keep Swinging:

Funny and touching -- that rare combination. Marin pulls it off in this comedy no-hitter. Bruce Jay Friedman
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and touching June 9, 2012
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A terrific and oddly moving book about trying to be a certain kind of dad. You don't have to be a sports nut to love this book, or to be a great father.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but not great February 27, 2013
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While I understood the title and how it applied to the story, it was difficult to stick with it to the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I hope this is the start of a series... July 3, 2012
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Great writers find the funny in the everyday things. The story is candid, relate-able and very funny. I couldn't put it down. I hope there is another one on the way so I can continue to laugh along with him as the rest of his family story unfolds.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Derrick Sweat June 29, 2012
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This is a very funny book and at $1.99 it's almost free. The two stories between the young characters are priceless. This book is filled with vital information and entertaining at the same time. I'm sure that my young son will enjoy these stories as much as I did.

[[ASIN:146262331X Parenting, Back to the Script: for the 21st Century]

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Boys and dads grow up together.
Marin captures the personal growth that every parent succumbs to when faced with a new little person to mold and shape. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Justin Bradshaw
4.0 out of 5 stars really good
good book, easy read. perfect ecample of how parents can be suportive of thier children's interests even when they are NOT the interest of the parent. Lots to learn at any age!!
Published 4 months ago by sheila
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
i enjoyed this book, though it was not the type of book I would usually read. I would read another book by this author
Published 10 months ago by claire jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Entertaining. Well written. Cute. If we could just learn with kids until the last day of our lives. No judging.
Published 12 months ago by Solange Santos-Wysham
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun
This was a quick, fun read.
I classify this as sort of a "feel good" story.
This story is easily read in one sitting and you will walk away happy, and will likely... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Just_Another_Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Rick Marin is funny!
I loved the story, but I gave it only 4 stars because I was just getting into the story when it ended. Mr. Marin has a great sense of humor. Read more
Published 14 months ago by kaymarth
5.0 out of 5 stars Every parent of sports loving kids should read
Parents should always try to take an active interest in their kids' sports interest just as much as their educational activities. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ronald Oster
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasure to read
Rick's honesty is both refreshing and relatable. A must-read for anyone navigating life with children, spouses, work and mortgage payments...
Published 19 months ago by Debra E. Siegel
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem
Rick wrestles with his Inner Nerd and his Inner Jock. You'll recognize yourself, as both a kid and an adult. And you'll laugh. Read more
Published 21 months ago by John Daly
5.0 out of 5 stars Marin at his best
For those familiar with Rick Marin's work, this latest volume takes up several years after "Cad" leaves off. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Harlan
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More About the Author

Rick Marin spent the first half of his career as a journalist, telling other people's stories -- as a reporter for the New York Times Sunday Styles section, a senior writer at Newsweek, an advice columnist for Mademoiselle -- and the second half mining his own life for material. He left the New York Times to write Cad: Confessions of a Toxic Bachelor, a memoir of his misspent bachelor years. The book was optioned by Miramax, which launched a new career writing for film and TV. He's also published short stories and had two one-act plays produced in Los Angeles. Last year, he wrote his first eBook -- a bestselling Kindle Single called Keep Swinging, about becoming the world's least likely sports dad and what he learned about sports and life from his super-jock son. He lives in the Hancock Park section of L.A. with his wife, Ilene Rosenzweig,and their two boys, Diego and Kingsley.

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