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Searching for Truthiness

When it comes to non-fiction, I go through a lot of “Dude, I should really read that” but very minimal execution on said talking to myself. Aside from my Read More Mysteries! goal (see our Reading Resolutions group post coming at the end of the month…), I’m gonna try for a non-fiction book a month. Wish me luck, ’cause the topics I’m interested in usually come in 400-page tomes.

These three should take me through March:

Derek Boogaard played hockey at the professional level for six years before his death in May of 2011. John Branch’s Boy on Ice explores his career, especially what it meant to have been an enforcer in the NHL, and how his posthumous diagnosis of chronic traumatic encephalopathy has changed the league in the seasons since.

bookcoverMy comic book interests run mainly toward the Dark Knight and his crew. Other than some passing trivia about the lasso of truth, I don’t know much about the Amazon warrior princess. I’m hoping to change that with The Secret History of Wonder Woman. Her creator, William Moulton Marston, was a psychologist whose research on emotion and blood pressure was a major contribution to the modern polygraph test — later the inspiration for that lasso of truth.

bookcover fcbFive Came Back : A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War dives into how the wartime experiences of John Ford, George Stevens, John Huston, William Wyler, and Frank Capra affected their careers, and Hollywood as a whole. Huston and Stevens both served with the Army Signal Corps, a unit responsible for making documentary films. Ford and Wyler were with the Navy and Air Force, respectively, also creating documentary pieces. Capra entered the Army as an enlisted man and worked directly under Chief of Staff George C. Marshall to make the seven-part Why We Fight series of films.

– Jess

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The Boys of Winter

I’m a pretty big hockey fan. I don’t claim to be all that knowledgeable about the game, but I love it. Growing up in Pittsburgh, I’ve been a fan of the Pens since the mid-1980s, when I became aware that the Pens were something to watch and hockey wasn’t limited to the streets in my neighborhood. Don’t get me wrong, it was fun to watch the neighbor kids try to destroy one another (they were brothers, twins, and an older brother, and they were ruthless and insane to each other). I loved it. In fact, I played some form of street hockey quite regularly from about 1984 until the spring of 1993.

Then I stopped. With the exception of a little street hockey on Easter Monday (an old tradition I had with a great friend) I didn’t play at all. I went off to school, and didn’t end up playing after that. A few years ago, probably 2008, I started to watch hockey again. I fell back in love with the game and I did that thing that I tend to do…if I like something, I want to DO it, not just watch it. So, a few years into my rekindled love affair with the game, I started to want to play again. Now, I can’t skate and I don’t have the will, time, or resources to learn, so I started thinking about playing on a street or dek

It had been about 19 years since I had even picked up a hockey stick, so it was a pretty rough outing! I’m very lucky that my team is so understanding! Since then I’ve played once or twice a week for about 2 years now. I even got into goal a few times. It’s been fantastic!

My interest in hockey has not been satiated and I found myself in possession of the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company) extensive documentary, Hockey: A People’s History. The CLP system has the beautiful companion book to the series here.

And we also have this Historical Dictionary of hockey, which is a fantastic thing!

And even though it’s about a Flyer, I offer this to you all to watch. It is amazing.

So, dear Eleventh Stack reader, as we inch closer to hockey season (less than a month now!) check out some the fantastic stuff about hockey that CLP offers! And, of course, GO PENS!

Eric (who is looking for Lord Stanley’s triumphant return to Pittsburgh)

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