Book Review: You Know Me Al by Ring Lardner

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A surprising treat, You Know Me Al is an endearing classic.

I’m so glad I found this book! I’m not really a baseball fan, or a sports fan of any kind for that matter, but you don’t have to be to enjoy this classic. First published in 1916 this book has all the charm of that age.

The books main character, Jack, writes short letters to his hometown friend, Al. Jack’s joining the big leagues and tells Jack of his trials and tribulations, both professional and personal. Jack is quite the character. He’s self-absorbed, cheap and truly believes he is the best pitcher in the league. He hates lefties (that leaves me out), likes to drink (a lot) and eat (a lot), and has his share of woman troubles.

I loved the way this book was written. Jack is a truly funny character and it was such fun to see what predicament he would get into next. The nostalgia is a big part of the charm that makes this a great read.

If you want to return to a simpler time with a book that will put a smile on your face, give this one a try.

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