Baseball Life Advice: Loving The Game That Saved Me by Stacey May FowlesBaseball Life Advice: Loving The Game That Saved Me by Stacey May Fowles

Baseball Life Advice: Loving The Game That Saved Me

byStacey May Fowles

Paperback | April 11, 2017

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National Bestseller

A Globe and Mail Best Book

A National Post Best Book of the Year

A passionate ode to baseball, its culture, and its community, which both celebrates and challenges the game – and reminds us why it really matters.

For Stacey May Fowles, the game of baseball is one of "long pauses punctuated by tiny miracles." In this entertaining and thoughtful book, Fowles gives us a refreshingly candid and personal perspective on subjects ranging from bat flips to bandwagoners, from the romance of spring training to the politics of booing, from the necessity of taking a hard look at players' injuries and mental health issues to finding solace at the ballpark. 
     Fowles confronts head-on the stereotype that female fans lack real knowledge about the game, and also calls out the "boys will be boys" attitude and its implications both on and off the field. She also shares her reverence for the no-hitter, her memories of going to the ballpark with her dad, and the challenges of falling in love with someone who didn't like baseball. Throughout the book, she offers exhilarating snapshots of the Toronto Blue Jays' 2015 and 2016 seasons, and gathers a selection of inspiring "baseball life advice" quotes from players and others that provide unexpected insight into how we could all live better lives. 
     With remarkable verve, intelligence, and an unabashed enthusiasm, Fowles explores how we can use the lens of baseball to examine who we are. And in this passionate ode to the game, its culture, and its community, she reminds us that although baseball can break your heart, it will always find a way to make it whole again.
STACEY MAY FOWLES is an award-winning novelist, journalist, and essayist, and author of the popular Baseball Life Advice newsletter. She has written about sports for the Globe and Mail, The Walrus, Blue Jays Nation, Torontoist, the National Post, Deadspin, Hazlitt, and Vice Sports, among others. She has been a frequent guest on CBC Rad...
Title:Baseball Life Advice: Loving The Game That Saved MeFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.35 × 0.77 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5.35 × 0.77 inPublished:April 11, 2017Publisher:McClelland & StewartLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0771038712

ISBN - 13:9780771038716


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Refreshing I am happy I have this book in my collection- honest and heartfelt. Connecting personal stories and a sport that means so much to the author was awesome.
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read for any women baseball fans! I absolutely loved this book! It's very interesting to read about the sport from the perspective of another woman and understand how we fit into the realm of baseball - a space so often dominated by men. I love that she touched on the tougher topics (doping, mental health, and domestic abuse) relating to the professionals in the sport and also how she writes about her own personal connection to the sport.
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Thoroughly enjoyed it Well, Stacey May Fowles is certainly passionate about baseball. I enjoyed her anecdotes and how she was able to make lessons from the stadium and the game apply to real life. I liked delving into the not-so-talked-about topics as well such as mental health, domestic abuse and doping. Her essays definitely gave me a better insight into baseball as a whole and her love and devotion for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Date published: 2017-09-04

Read from the Book

From Baseball Life AdviceOn not being encouraged to be a baseball fan:"Baseball is one of those things I was never told I should love. No one passed it down to me like some sacred family heirloom — I chose it for myself. Throughout my life I’ve been told I should love certain books and films, certain bands and fashions. I’ve struggled to love the jobs I did, the men I dated, family members who were less than lovable. But unlike most people and things, baseball never asked anything of me, and no one ever demanded I be loyal to it. I never played it, my parents didn’t strong-arm me into attending games, and I didn’t have a social group that insisted it become an integral part of my life. In fact, I would say that I was consistently discouraged from loving this pastime and culture built for men and boys, fathers and sons, that’s not always welcoming of my gender. There is no real template for loving baseball when you’re a girl or a woman, so you have to fumble around a bit to make it your own. I like to think I truly love the game because it made itself hard to love and I embraced it anyway. Because of that, it belongs to me in a way nothing else does."

Editorial Reviews

“This is beautiful. Stacey has used her own experiences at the ballpark to reveal what each and every fan has felt but didn’t know why. She captures what we all love about the game.” -- Buck Martinez, author of Change Up and the play-by-play announcer for the Toronto Blue Jays   “Fowles’ writing about her love of the game and the role of baseball in her life is honest, funny, touching, detailed, and charming. You do not need to be a sports fan or a baseball fan to enjoy this book; it is for anyone who appreciates beautiful writing, who has struggled to find their place in this world, or who has loved anything more than they can explain.” -- Jessica Luther, author of Unsportsmanlike Conduct"[Fowles] brings a perspective that's all too rare." -- New York Times"By bringing a fresh voice to an old, staid game, everything seems new again. . . . [Baseball] fans anywhere will relate to her love of the ballpark as her 'favourite place in the world.'" -- Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)"Stacey May Fowles left me spellbound. These essays take the reader on a rich journey. She writes with such passion, and challenges us to look beyond the stat sheet in order to drink deeply from a game that is so much more than the players who play it." -- R.A. Dickey, from his Foreword"A sharp, affecting meditation of the game and what its wins, walk-offs, losses, errors, injuries and (rarely) fights say about life. . . . Stacey May Fowles says this game saved her, and Baseball Life Advice might just return the favour right back to you." -- National Post"Fowles has penned an instant classic on the grand old game with the heart of a true fan." -- Post City"I defy any baseball fan to pick up this book and not find something they can relate to. . . . She ultimately crafts one of the best books about the game I've read in years. Baseball has so much to teach us if we let it, and in Baseball Life Advice, Stacey May Fowles gives readers just a taste of what the sport can bring to an open heart." --"Fowles does an exceptional job of revealing how the game has made her whole, sharing incredibly personal insights and bringing topics to the table that deserve more light to be shed upon them, from a unique perspective. Mixing in the fun of spring training, the idea of the baseball gods and the power they hold, the magic of no-hitters and more, she opens the door to ideas to appeal to everyone. The book is one written for every fan." -- The Hardball Times