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Calico Joe by John Grisham
In Calico Joe, Joe Castle from Calico Rock, Arkansas takes baseball by storm in 1973. His rookie year is one for the record books and he's helping to lead the Cubs to the playoffs. Fans nationwide are thrilled by Joe's exploits. This includes young Paul Tracey, son of the hard-drinking and hot-headed Mets pitcher Warren Tracey. Warren throws a pitch at Joe's head that results in a career-ending injury. Thirty years later, Paul is estranged from his father, who is dying of cancer. In an attempt to reconcile with his father, Paul takes him to Arkansas to make amends with Calico Joe. John Grisham's novel has received positive reviews with BookPage saying, "Yet beneath all the baseball lore and Grisham's obvious affection for the game, Calico Joe offers a sad but real tale about fathers and sons and the difficulties family members can experience when attempting to re-establish severed bonds. As with all Grisham novels, it is a smart, smooth read-and it's guaranteed to entice thoughtful fans of the summer game."