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“A strong, real male voice, exploring the terrifying territory of growing older—in a marriage, in a family, in one's body. Ethelbert Miller writes with naked honesty and courage about what it is to be a man no longer young. Youth may have left him. Passion has not.”  —Joyce Maynard, author, At Home in the World



“Miller is not afraid to display his frailties, his misgivings about the time spent with his son and daughter, and his own strained relationships with his mother, father, and brother. He is open about his failures and asks how do we cope with failure in career, marriage, and life and how do we look at ourselves when we believe that we have failed as lovers, parents, and friends.”  —Brenda M. Greene, Neworld Review


“Beautifully written, every sentence is extremely well crafted and labored over. Each sentence is another peek into the man's heart. Although The 5th Inning can sometimes be overbearingly sad, it's never depressing. So far, this is the best book I've read this year.”  —Steve Hart, Razorcake


“It's clear that baseball is Miller’s religion and the organizing metaphor for his life: ‘Balls and strikes can also stand for BS. How much is thrown at a person by the time they reach 50?’”  —Jonetta Rose Barras, Washington Examiner


“Simply put, it's beautiful.” —Joseph Ross, American University


"Unanswered questions. But beautifully proposed. This is real E. Ethelbert Miller and a little book to treasure." —www.swans.com

About the Author

E. Ethelbert Miller is the editor of Poet Lore magazine, the board chair of the Institute for Policy Studies, and a board member of the Writer’s Center. He is the author of Fathering Words: The Making of an African American Writer and How We Sleep on the Nights We Don't Make Love, which was an Independent Publisher Award Finalist. He is the recipient of the O. B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize, the Barnes & Noble/Writers for Writers Award, and a Fulbright grant to visit Israel. He lives in Washington, DC.
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Product Details

  • Series: Busboys and Poets
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: PM Press (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604865210
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604865219
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.5 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,076,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Looking for a quick read this is it... a fast ball for a slow reader. I take time with my books but this was a fast read despite my busy schedule. Life can be like a game of baseball depending on the day and how many times you are in the field or striking out. I am not in my 5th inning or even near it, but I've always known that it is wise to converse with a veteran or a skilled player. E. Ethelbert Miller is a genius of metaphor and memoir. This book reads fast because of it's short chapters are like balls and strikes flowing easily one into each other. I really love the honesty and for those who are looking to write a memoir he even throws you a knuckle or two. As you can see I learned a little bit about baseball and a lot more about growing older. Recommended for those in search of ways to cherish life and also prepare for that last turn at bat which is inevitable for us all.

--Venus Jones
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By g.d. on April 6, 2010
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read this and feel as if you have been inside the soul of the author. very moving and honest portrayal of the feelings we all have as we pass from the endless possibilities of a youthful blank slate to the reality of middle age accomplishments(and lack thereof)happy, sad, thought provoking and insightful. I thought it was wonderful.
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By GinaRe on August 14, 2010
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Was introduced to the author through his college classmate. It is helpful to know something about baseball to get the full enjoyment of this piece but it is beautifully written in a poetic style.
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By J. andrukonis on August 6, 2009
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Ethelbert is one of Washington DC's treasures. To hear or read his words is always rewarding!
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By revenna on December 10, 2011
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A waste of time to read this book! The language and subject is very distasteful! I would not recommend it to anyone! I had to give it one star to complete this review but I would not even give it one!
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