I am pleased to announce that I have signed the contract and submitted the complete manuscript of my new book, The Last Days of Shea.
The book will be published this year (I will keep you posted as to exactly when) by Taylor Trade Publishing, a division of the Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group. Taylor Trade Publishing is a major publisher of excellent books about sports and other non-fiction topics. Their books are found in every bookstore. If you’re not familiar with Mets Fan, you can read reviews, samples, and a table of contents by clicking on this link. It can be purchased online or through its publisher, McFarland and some bookstores have it and all bookstores can order it.
The Last Days of Shea focuses on a fan’s relationship to a baseball stadium, a team, and the community of friends, family, and strangers who follow the team and come to the stadium. It addresses what fans feel when a stadium is torn down, and when a team satisfies and disappoints. It is a funny and philosophical consideration of the ways in which people make baseball, a baseball team, and baseball stadiums into a part of their lives. It has stuff about the Beatles and Billy Joel, the 1964-65 World’s Fair, the passage of time, the nature of family life, and the economics and psychology of baseball. It also has more loving detail about the experience of going to a game at Shea stadium and more excruciating detail about the 2007 and 2008 seasons of the New York Mets than you ever thought you would want to read in your whole life. I hope you’ll like it. If you liked Mets Fan, you’ll probably like it. If you haven’t read Mets Fan yet, I humbly suggest that you go and get a hold of it. It’s now in a lot of libraries and of course you can always buy it.
Shea is now gone from our lives. If you can’t handle it, I suggest that you stay away from the Whitestone Expressway and the Grand Central Parkway for the time being. All I can hope is that many of you will feel, when you read The Last Days of Shea, that I have done what little I can to bring it back to you.