March 1, 2004
I finished The Miracle of Castel Di Sangro last night. Joe McGinnis captures a year in the life of a small-town Italian professional soccer club competing in the Serie B (the second best league in Italy), and puts the reader in the locker room, on the pitch, and caught up in the drama as the season unfolds. A must-read for soccer (and sports) fans, McGinnis at times becomes too involved in the story he's reporting, but overall this is as good a "behind the scenes" sports book as I have ever read.
Next up is The General in His Labyrinth, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the only novel by him that I haven't read. I've been amazed by the diversity of people reading One Hundred Years of Solitude (thanks, Oprah), and a couple of Ms. Winfrey's earthly minions have inspired me to read this fictionalized account of Simon Bolivar.