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Keep Swinging (Kindle Single) by [Marin, Rick]
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About the Author

Marin is a former reporter for the New York Times Sunday Styles sction. He has also been a senior writer at Newsweek and secretly wrote an advice column on men for a major women's magazine.

Kevin T. Collins is an actor, singer, and recording artist with a BFA from NYU s Tisch School of the Arts. He has performed in numerous theater performances, including "Angels", "City of Angels", "Paradise Lost", and on television in "Law & Order: Criminal Intent", "As the World Turns", and "The Guiding Light."

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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
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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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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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Rick Marin still describes himself on his webpage:

"You know him. He's the funny, sweet guy with the great eyes who asks you a million questions and seems mesmerized by every reply. He takes you on the greatest, longest date of your life. He swears he loves cats and cuddling. And his apartment is so clean. He just might be the One.

"Then he doesn't call, doesn't write. He sees you coming down the street and he hides behind a tree.

"He's a cad.

"And this is his story."

Amazon reviewers tried desperately, without apparent success, to develop a consensus on his first book, CAD: Confessions of a Toxic Bachelor.

No longer a bachelor, married to Ilene and with a six year old son, Diego, who the couple saw running around the backyard "-- pitching, hitting, running the bases. By himself.

"He's going to be a sports orphan!:

"I looked up from my iPad and homemade latte and shrugged. 'What do you want me to do? Pretend to be someone I'm not?"

It is not entirely clear whether Ilene has changed the cad -- she sure knows how to manipulate Marin and some of the best dialog involves the pair's discussions about their son -- or if Marin has changed his ways, through matrimony or fatherhood or both.

Either way, Marin does what Ilene suggests: he plays along with his son's interest in sports, in particular baseball.

It's not that Marin hates sports, exactly. It's more that he just "didn't care". But, he plays along, he convinces Diego he does care, Diego even convinces Marin that Marin does care -- "Keep swinging, Dad. Keep swinging."

My reaction to CAD: Confessions of a Toxic Bachelor were lukewarm at the very best moments. I found Keep Swinging warm and funny and delightful. A light and pleasant Father's Day present for me.

Robert C. Ross
June 2012
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I'd never tried a kindle single before. I probably won't try again. Not enough book for the value. But that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy this little read. It'd a nice story about a dad learning how to be a dad. Throw the sports in, and I could relate in a lot of ways. I was hoping for a bit more of a sentimental "a dad and his boys playing ball together" book. Instead it was a "dad only starts succeeding at life when he realizes his 6year old is more resilient than he is" book. So, like I said. It was nice, but that's as far as I'll go.
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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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