Groove is in the Heart

Oh, I am so shameless. But I can’t help it. I’m told books will be hitting the publisher’s warehouse floor any day now, and from there they are shipped to a store near you.

That’s not the shameless part. Oh, no.

The first review came in today…the first real review from a real professional who has no ties to the CAA, basketball, or my family. In short, it is unbiased.

It’s from Booklist, which is a trade pub that goes to booksellers and librarians.

This chronicle of the rise of “mid-major college basketball” (teams in the middle strata of the NCAA) chronicles the historic and headline-grabbing Final Four drive of the George Mason Patriots during the 2005–06 season. The author writes with enormous enthusiasm, almost breathlessly, as though he’s so excited about the story he is telling that he can barely contain himself. Litos was granted full access to the Colonial Athletic Association’s teams—players, coaches, the works—and he stumbled into some major news stories along the way, such as the rape trial of one of the players and the shooting of another. Some readers may be reminded of the energetic 1994 documentary Hoop Dreams, which also captures the thrill of the game, and the dreams of its young players. The book fairly bubbles over with excitement, an underdog story so uplifting that readers will cheer—out loud, mind you—at the end. A must-read for college basketball fans. —David Pitt

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~ by mglitos on January 24, 2007.

One Response to “Groove is in the Heart”

  1. Congradulations on the positive review. I’ll keep an eye out for it on the shelves. And there is no shame in plugging your own work on your own site, as long as the book is as good as your blog.

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