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in which the author discusses five books he’d read, if time permitted.

1. The Outsider: A Memoir, by Jimmy Connors
I’ve always liked Jimmy Connors because he looks like Pete Rose. That is, he looks like an underdog—-like a guy someone found at a Wawa in Scranton or Wilkes-Barre, Pa., before putting a tennis racket (or a baseball bat) in his hand and telling him to do his best. Right? I mean, Jimmy Connors looks more than a little bit like Pete Rose, don’t you think?

2. Doc: A Memoir, by Dwight Gooden and Ellis Henican
I think Dwight Gooden already wrote a memoir in which he kicked his drug habit, but it’s best not to mess with a tried-and-true formula.

3. The Shining Girls, by Lauren Beukes
I’m trying to read more sci-fi (syfy?) these days because I’m trying to imagine a more exciting future for myself and my progeny since, so far, no one has invited us onto a spaceship with a biodome capable of supporting many generations of Moyers as we explore deep space in search of intelligent life.

4. Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence, by Joseph J. Ellis
Does anyone else think it’s weird that America was invented by dudes from Boston, Philadelphia, and second-tier Virginia cities like Charlottesville? I trust these cities to produce insular hardcore scenes. A model of democratic government that will guide the world? Maybe not.

5. Sacred Scripture, Sacred War: The Bible and the American Revolution, by James P. Byrd
See what I mean?