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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (April 10 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385536070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385536073
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 2.5 x 21.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #79,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Calico Joe
 
“Grisham knocks it out of the park.”—The Washington Post
 
“An enjoyable, heartwarming read that’s not just for baseball fans.”—USA Today
 
Praise for John Grisham
 
“Never let it be said this man doesn’t know how to spin a good yarn.”—Entertainment Weekly
 
“Grisham may well be the best American storyteller writing today.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

About the Author

JOHN GRISHAM is the author of twenty-four novels, one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and two novels for young readers. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.

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I'm not one for legal thrillers so I eagerly picked up this novel as I've always wanted to read a Grisham. The book was short; it had a plain, yet somewhat heart-warming message. It doesn't quite get 4 stars as there wasn't enough substance in the book (both plot & characters). However, it was the perfect read on the beach and it was good enough in that I will probably read another Grisham. The prose was a lot like Lee Child; simple, fast-moving, and overall slaking my thirst for easy entertainment.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on April 13 2012
Format: Hardcover
John Grisham is one of the most recognizable names in fiction today. He is well known for his legal thrillers, but has also written a number of novels outside of that genre. His latest - Calico Joe - fall into that category.

Paul Tracey gets a call one day - Warren, the father he hasn't seen in years, is dying. Paul's reaction? "After a few minutes, I admit the truth - life without Warren will be the same as life with him."

But this call does stir up old hurts, memories and unfinished business. We're taken back to Paul's childhood for the beginning of the tale. Warren made it to the big leagues - he was a pitcher for the Mets in 1973. He was also a womanizer, a hard drinker, a man with a temper and a man with a family who was happy to not have him home. Paul loved baseball as well. He played himself and could cite the stats on any team. When a young phenom named Joe from Calico Rock, Arkansas is called up to play for the Cubs, he takes the country (and young Paul) by storm. Never before has there been such a player. And then the Mets and the Cubs face off...

Yes, Calico Joe is a sports story, but it's much more than that. It's the story of a father and son and redemption. I played ball when I was younger, so the sports stats didn't throw me at all and won't detract from the story for non sports readers. They really set the scene for the emotional strings that Grisham deftly pulls as he carefully builds the story of Calico Joe, young Paul and his father.

Calico Joe is listed as a novel, but I thought of it more as story telling. I could picture myself listening to this one over the radio in days gone by or sitting listening to a retired player sharing a tale from the old days. As one character in the book says "But it doesn't matter: he loves to talk and tell stories....I am delighted to be here and happy to listen."

As was I. A one sitting read and another home run from Grisham.
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By John Wiley on May 10 2014
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I didn't realize that the entire book was about the statistics of Baseball, rather than an intriguing novel. In fairness, I am a hockey fan or used to be a hockey fan I have never been a fan of baseball. Americans can be proud of that hockey sport now, because they bought the NHL.
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By corry erdmann on Feb. 11 2014
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Was not one of my favorite John Grisham books, but still enjoyed it.
This kind of book is more for sports fans I would imagine. Still enjoyable though.
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By lenny prune on Aug. 4 2013
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Not one of his better books. Feels like a production novel to crank out another one. An easy light holiday read.
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By adrian on July 22 2013
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This was an enjoyable easy to read book.
Perhaps a bit to easy to read.
I am looking forward to my next Grisham book
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A book that will be enjoyed by baseball fans as well as readers that appreciate a well constructed narrative. The inclusion of real people and events mixed with the main fictional characters, gives the story a base in reality and made it more meaningful for me.
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By Elaine J on Feb. 10 2013
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My husband really enjoyed this book. It lives up to Grisham's wonderful standard and is on a subject that holds my husband's interest.
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