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Length: 62 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 193 KB
  • Print Length: 62 pages
  • Publication Date: June 7, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089XJJKC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #399,131 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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I wasn't familiar with Rick Marin, had never heard of CAD: Confessions of a Toxic Bachelor, but that's what I like about these singles: the chance to try something different and something new to me. Around 1230 locations, this single's not too short, not too long, and for me, it was one of those reads that feel good and easy. You know the kind, where you're sitting back, going along for the ride, smiling while reading, chuckling at some parts of it while identifying with other parts of it. And I felt when Marin was holding the mirror up to himself, he was holding it up to me as well.

It's hard to look at yourself and see your own faults, to see where you're going wrong, where you need to do better, where you need to keep swinging, trying just that little bit harder in whatever you're doing, whether that's sports, career, marriage, or just living life in general. I really liked that line about not being a supporting actor in your own life. Sure, there are plenty of lines like that out there, sports metaphors and lines that may even sound cliche to some, but really, does that matter, especially when you read something that makes you then consider how you're living your own life?

Marin delivers this life lesson with wit and a kind of self-deprecating humor, but it's never harsh or biting. And I liked that. His own experience makes you consider things, but not uncomfortably so. Instead, it's a gentle irony; it's that moment when you look in the mirror and see the truth and can admit it. Keep Swinging has a good amount of heart to it, and a personal message served up with some easy humor, clarity and truth, regardless if you're a dad or not. (This is from a chick's point of view :).
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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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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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I'm the father of a girl the same age as Diego is in "Keep Swinging." Like the author of the story, my spouse and I pondered before our daughter was born what would happen if we ended up with an athletic son -- since neither of us has any sports inclination or knowledge whatsoever.

So, it was with great enjoyment and personal self-reflection that I read Marin's story of his tireless efforts at encouraging and engaging Diego's interests (even though he didn't necessarily share those same interests). As a bonus, the arc of his simultaneously trying to achieve his own personal/professional fulfillment came through very genuinely. Bravo!
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Hilarious visual read that is not exclusive to the world of Dads. Written with sensitivity and intelligence, we follow Rick Marin as he makes the transition from literary/writer dad to sports dad. His innate intelligence provides him with the tools to help his son through the most difficult moments of junior team sports, but it is that same intelligence that allows him to learn from his young son.
Intertwined with his sports trials/joys are the struggles faced by Rick's lane change from New York journalist to California screenwriter. This book bares the Rick Marin trademark of courage, spirit, humor and intelligence.
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