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Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine in which bloggers highlights upcoming releases that they are eagerly waiting to get their hands on.

Personal Foul: A First-Person Account of the Scandal that Rocked the NBA

Author: Tim Donaghy, Phil Scala (Foreword)

Publisher: Four Daughters LLC

Publish Date: June 28, 2010

From amazon.com

The media has speculated and sports fans have debated, but until now no one has known the real story. Personal Foul takes an in-depth look at former NBA referee Tim Donaghy and the betting scandal that rocked professional basketball.

Containing never-before-seen documentation and correspondence between the league office, referees, coaches, players and owners, this is the decisive book that reveals exactly what was done and how it all happened. Which games were affected and how? Is it true that referees targeted particular players? Just how much did the NBA know and when? How did the mafia get involved? Personal Foul answers all of these questions and more.

Thrilling and poignant, Personal Foul takes the reader on the journey of one man wrestling his own demons and shines a light on a culture of gambling and “directive” officiating in the NBA that promises to change the way sports fans view the game forever.

With the NBA finals in full swing right now, I thought I would post a book related to it. Speaking of the NBA finals, I have a feeling I’m going to get a stroke from it before it all ends. I’ve decided to root for the Boston Celtics as they are the lesser of the two evils. So far the series is in favor of LA 2-1. 😦

As a NBA fan it’s tough to find out that the integrity of the game was compromised because of the actions of one NBA referee. I don’t know how many times I’ve watched a basketball game and thought “hey, that refs being bias and giving the other team all the calls”. There were other times when I would look at the roster of referees for the game and thought “man we’re going to have a tough time winning because so and so is refereeing”. I know it’s tough being a referee and they’re just trying to do their job, but sometimes I feel like they look the other way and purposely make the wrong call. It only takes one person to make you question everything you believed in and start wondering if all those empty accusations you made actually had some substance to it.

I’m curious to see how much will be revealed in this book. I wonder if it will be one of those books that will let everything out of the bag and into the open or if it’ll be one of those books with some reservations. With David Stern as the NBA Commissioner, I have a feeling that it would be more of the latter, which will be disappointing. Regardless, I’m quite intrigued to see what will be exposed.

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Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine in which bloggers highlights upcoming releases that they are eagerly waiting to get their hands on.

Sweet Misfortune by Kevin Alan Milne

Publisher: Center Street

Publish Date: June 10, 2010

From goodreads.com:

Sophie owns a chocolate shop where she sells Misfortune Cookies-dipped in bitter chocolate they contain messages she handwrites each day such as “Your car seems fine now, but just wait…it will eventually be a source of frustration and unexpected delay.”

What starts as a gimmick, turns into a surprise hit with customers. But when her ex-fiancée moves back to their small Washington town, he is surprised at how bitter and unhappy Sophie has become.

He proposes a bet–she must place an ad in the paper that simply states “Wanted: Happiness.” If at least 100 people respond, proving happiness isn’t a myth, she agrees to a date with him. If not, he’ll leave her alone forever. Sophie is convinced she’ll win, but fate has other ideas when a reporter at the paper is intrigued by the ad as a story and posts it in newspapers across the country.

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that highlights new releases we’re eagerly waiting to get our hands on.

Death Before Breakfast by Gwyneth Bledsoe
Publisher: StoneHouse Ink
Publish Date: July 1, 2010
From amazon.com:

Chief Inspector Jack Lawrence and Sergeant Wilson set out to solve a robbery and encounter the unexpected in the London suburb of Notting Hill. Their quest takes them to York to an art lover s mansion and across the English Channel to Paris in search of clues to unravel their latest criminal conundrum involving stolen paintings, an anonymous letter and an unidentified body. Laced with intriguing icons of English culture, artfully crafted characters, and a twisting trail of clues, this compelling story will captivate the reader until the renowned Inspector Lawrence reveals all at the final denouement.

With a catchy title like that how can I not read it? Plus I always love a good mystery with England as the setting.