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Home Ice: Reflections on Backyard Rinks and Frozen Ponds Paperback – Sep 18 2001

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart; 1st Canadian ed edition (Sept. 18 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771031149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771031144
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #393,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Anyone who's ever played hockey in the open air will treasure Jack Falla's warm, witty memoir, Home Ice. The New England sports journalist describes how building his backyard rink became a yearly ritual, drawing him closer to family and friends as he "descended the ladder of sports evolution" toward the heart of the game he loves. Falla quotes with approval his 8-year-old daughter, who turns down his offer of figure skating lessons-- "I want to have my own fun, not somebody else's fun." Wonderful moments are captured: an afternoon after a desultory indoor practice when the teenage team he coaches finds a stretch of frozen river on the way home and rediscovers the joy of playing; Falla and his wife together on the rink at midnight, welcoming in the new millennium. We see the rink becoming his best way to connect with the world, a place where friends play shinny, unwind, and reveal their characters by the degree of their willingness to shovel the ice. Near the end he even offers useful instructions on the best way to set up a backyard rink of one's own. Home Ice is an unassuming classic, indispensable for anyone who wants to really understand the world's greatest game. --David Gowdey

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There is no shortage of books that describe how participating in a particular sporting activity strengthens bonds between people. Falla's book accomplishes this feat through a collection of essays on backyard skating rinks and frozen ponds and how these local skating venues allow their participants to get in touch with the game of hockey in addition to building relationships with family and friends. The author, a sportswriter and author of Sports Illustrated Hockey, is the architect and CEO of his full-scale backyard rink, the Bacon Street Omni, around which neighborhood life seems to revolve during the long, cold months. Each essay is short and provides for excellent recreational reading for people interested in skating in general and hockey in particular. Throughout, the author's love for winter sports is clear, especially as a link between his New England childhood and his current life, but readers who have never put on a pair of skates may have trouble connecting with this well written book. Recommended for public libraries already stocked with a strong collection of winter-oriented sports books.DPatrick Mahoney, Off-Campus Lib. Svcs., Central Michigan Univ.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
Home Ice is one of those books you want to read in one sitting without putting it down. Even if you have never skated on natural ice, or never skated at all for that matter, you will relate to this book. In building his own backyard rink several years ago, Falla discovered a venue which brings family and friends together time and time again. Just as a campfire in the woods draws people to it, the rink has drawn family and friends to his home. It is a place where differences are forgotten, where strangers become companions, where a rhythm of living takes over, and where a natural order pervails. Falla has been able to capture the anticipation of looking forward to that first ice, that first time of the season when you lace up the blades, step onto the ice, and find that you have come home. This book should be on everyone's shelf.
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I have to say in my 28 years of being alive I can count on one hand the amount of books I have read on my own. But I recieved this book from my wife for christmas this year. I guess she had hopes on me reading more. Well she was right. I picked up the book thrusday morning about 11:00 am and finished it that afternoon. I really enjoyed reading this book. It actually took me back to when I was really young and skated on a small lake my grandparents lived on in Kinston Ontario. I feel almost compelled to build my own rink in my back yard this winter. I won't but it would be great to do it.
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By A Customer on Feb. 5 2002
Format: Paperback
I have been enchanted by this book. A newcomer to hockey, as both fan and player, I have been soaking up information and lore eagerly. This book satisfies both the urge to learn about hockey, and my wish to experience more of the true joy of the game. Taken out of the huge arenas with the expensive nachos and plentiful beer, there is a game that generations have loved to play and perfect. There are kids playing here, and adults, men and women. There are friends who help shovel the backyard rink, and those who show up later. And there are stories of other backyard rinks, of ponds, and of pros. If you like hockey, I don't see how you could go wrong with this book.
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Jack Falla told a tale that so many of us would have if we only had his talent.I wish he was still here to tell us more stories.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa12e72ac) out of 5 stars 17 reviews
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa12fff60) out of 5 stars Home Ice truly takes us home. Nov. 20 2000
By Mark H. Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Home Ice is one of those books you want to read in one sitting without putting it down. Even if you have never skated on natural ice, or never skated at all for that matter, you will relate to this book. In building his own backyard rink several years ago, Falla discovered a venue which brings family and friends together time and time again. Just as a campfire in the woods draws people to it, the rink has drawn family and friends to his home. It is a place where differences are forgotten, where strangers become companions, where a rhythm of living takes over, and where a natural order pervails. Falla has been able to capture the anticipation of looking forward to that first ice, that first time of the season when you lace up the blades, step onto the ice, and find that you have come home. This book should be on everyone's shelf.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa12fffb4) out of 5 stars Heart Warming thought Jan. 3 2003
By Brent Burton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have to say in my 28 years of being alive I can count on one hand the amount of books I have read on my own. But I recieved this book from my wife for christmas this year. I guess she had hopes on me reading more. Well she was right. I picked up the book thrusday morning about 11:00 am and finished it that afternoon. I really enjoyed reading this book. It actually took me back to when I was really young and skated on a small lake my grandparents lived on in Kinston Ontario. I feel almost compelled to build my own rink in my back yard this winter. I won't but it would be great to do it.
Thanks
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1304408) out of 5 stars Pure delight Feb. 5 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have been enchanted by this book. A newcomer to hockey, as both fan and player, I have been soaking up information and lore eagerly. This book satisfies both the urge to learn about hockey, and my wish to experience more of the true joy of the game. Taken out of the huge arenas with the expensive nachos and plentiful beer, there is a game that generations have loved to play and perfect. There are kids playing here, and adults, men and women. There are friends who help shovel the backyard rink, and those who show up later. And there are stories of other backyard rinks, of ponds, and of pros. If you like hockey, I don't see how you could go wrong with this book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa13047b0) out of 5 stars A Wonderful Little Book March 14 2006
By Hockey Mark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Even if you live in a climate that will never allow you to build a backyard rink, this wonderful little book should be read. In a age where youth sports are increasingly dominated by organization and structure and where the attraction of video games keeps kids inside on even the nicest of days, this book takes us to a place where play is unstructured, where one can lose themself in the early morning hours or under the stars, where family and friends can gather to play, skate and even sometimes compete, where the rituals of building, maintaining and disassembling the rink mark the passage of time.

Ultimately this book is as much about a family and a bond between them as is it about ice skating or hockey. Read, enjoy and take something away from the experience.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa13048ac) out of 5 stars Great Book Dec 13 2005
By Mondou - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A good easy read. A must have for hockey fans in New England and for builders of backyard hockey rinks. Not a big reader, but I couldn't put this on down. Very well written.

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