Books & CDs We Like: The Bird House, The Phillies: An Extraordinary Tradition, Dave Patten's 'Exposure'

The Phillies: An Extraordinary Tradition
Edited by Scott Gummer and Larry Shenk
(Insight Editions, 252 pages)

You’ll feel like a kid in a candy store when you open this handsome coffee-table book filled with interactive inserts. With its photo-heavy yearbook/scrapbook look and single-page vignettes written by the players themselves, The Phillies: An Extraordinary Tradition is a no-holds-barred celebration of the oldest continuous single-city, single-name team in pro sports. Key team personnel, diehard fans and even peanut vendors are chronicled. Fittingly, the book is dedicated to Harry Kalas. Mike Schmidt pens the introduction.

 

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The Bird House
By Kelly Simmons
(Washington Square Press, 272 pages)

Mother-daughter relationships are hardly uncommon sources of tension and controversy. But this bestselling Rosemont-based author takes it a step further, exploring the familial complexities that beset a Bryn Mawr matriarch, her daughter-in-law, and the grandchild at the center of it all. Throw in Simmons’ gripping narrative and personal Main Line experience, and you’ve got one compelling, heart-wrenching read.

 

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Dave Patten
Exposure
(davepatten.com)
There are few local artists out there right now with that little something extra—the “it” factor—to truly stand out from the pack. Haverford’s Patten is one of them, seamlessly blending pop, R&B and rock on his sixth studio CD, a self-produced effort from start to finish. As a fitting point of reference, think Maroon 5 and Justin Timberlake—and Patten gets some impressive backup from acclaimed Philly rapper Meek Mill on a few tracks.
 
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