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Byrne's Book of Great Pool Stories
by Robert Byrne
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 015600223X, Paperback)George Plimpton, who knows a few things about sports writing, once observed that the smaller the ball, the better the writing, which tucks pool in there neatly between baseball and golf. With an anthology that racks up short stories by writers including Aleksandr Pushkin, Leo Tolstoy, Saki, John O'Hara, Wallace Stegner, and A. A. Milne (he was evidently as familiar with the corner pocket as he was with Pooh Corner), Byrne, a top pool player and prolific writer himself, runs the table with that small-ball theory. His compilation is consistently compelling; these 31 stories--some dark, some comic--all take their aim at the human condition, and hardly miscue.
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