Monday, February 26, 2007

Snow in August in February?

One of the best books I've ever read is Snow in August by Pete Hamill. It's the story of a young, baseball-obsessed Irish kid in the 40s who accidentally befriends a rabbi. He teaches the rabbi not only how to speak English but how to play baseball as well. One thing they have in common is harassment from the neighborhood bully and his gang. The best part of this story is how two people who come from very different cultures learn about each other and develop a wonderful friendship. There's also a great subplot about the Golem, a fantastic creature from Jewish folklore.