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Book marks

John Sandford new No. 1

July 26, 2011
By BURT ANGELI - Books Writer , The Daily News

From the bookcase ...

With the beloved Robert B. Parker no longer with us, John Sandford moves to No. 1 on my reading list. The 21st "Prey" novel with investigator Lucas Davenport is as good as the first. "Buried Prey" sends readers back to his police force days ...

Mildred Ella Babe Didrikson Zaharias, one of the all-time great athletes, chalked up honors in basketball (All-American), track & field (Olympic gold medalist) and golf (82 tourney titles, 14 in a row).

In the new book "Wonder Girl: The Magnificent Sporting Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias," author Don Van Natta Jr. writes that she often showed up before golf tournaments and bellowed: "The Babe's here! Who is going to finish second?"

"Babe" died in 1956 at the age of 45 from cancer ...

You may never use your computer or cell phone again after reading "Killer Move" (William Morrow). Author Michael Marshall may have another trilogy on his hands with this conclusion ...

Tennis historians will get into "High Strung: Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, and the Untold Story of Tennis's Fiercest Rivalry" (Harper). Never knew that Borg set his hotel air conditioner on ice cold the night before Wimbledon matches. Ivan Lendl, in preparation for the U.S. Open, bought a home in Greenwich and built tennis courts there. He hired the same people who resurfaced the National Tennis Center courts to work on his place ...

Probably could have found a better use of my time than read the 745 pages in "ESPN: These Guys Have All The Fun." I know who to blame for my costly cable TV bill ...

Wall Street Journal featured Seattle investigator J.P. Beaumont and how author J.A. Jance deals with his aging. Beaumont and partner Mel Soames still get around quite well in "Betrayal of Trust" (Harper) ...

HarperCollins was impressed with Mrs. Scuttle's review of Reginald Hill's "Death Comes For The Fat Man." The publishing house giant mentioned this newspaper when promoting the book.

Mrs. Scuttle is giving high marks for Hill's latest, "The Woodcutter," although you won't find popular detectives Dalziel and Pascoe in this one ...

From author Neil Russell of Beverly Hills, Calif.: "I've actually been to Iron Mountain. In the winter! Long story. Maybe I'll work it into one of the future Rail Black novels." ...

Couple things caught my attention in Kostya Kennedy's "56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports."

The book on the Yankees great and his 56-game hitting streak in 1941 mentioned a 1939 Life magazine story. Author Noel Busch described DiMaggio as "emblematic of Italians who, 'bad at war, are well suited to milder competition.'"

"56" also informs that Dimaggio's first wife, actress Dorothy Arnold (actually Dorothy Arnoldine Olson), grew up in Duluth, Minn. ...

 
 

 

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