Harry the K: The Remarkable Life of Harry Kalas
By Randy Miller (Running Press, 336 pages)
Harry Kalas Museum Exhibit at Laurel Hill Cemetery
Diehard Harry Kalas fans may take offense to the more frank revelations in chapters like “Wife Swap,” but local sports writer Randy Miller does an admirable job of balancing man and myth in this well-researched, sharply written biography of the legendary voice of the Phillies. And be sure to check out the new Harry Kalas Museum Exhibit in the Gatehouse at Laurel Hill Cemetery, his final resting place. It features handwritten “stat” notebooks, many of the awards he received, and personal items like the blue blazer and white loafers that hung in the Phils’ dugout last season. 3822 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia, thelaurelhillcemetery.org.
By Lisa Scottoline
(St. Martin’s Press, 384 pages)
Lisa Scottoline is one author who doesn’t seem to struggle with writer’s block. Her latest book, the mystery thriller Think Twice, is No. 18 for the prolific Malvern resident—and her 13th centered on the all-female Philadelphia law firm headed by Bennie Rosato. It may not bowl you over with its deep characters or complex plot lines, but it will keep you entertained on the beach.
Viv Peyrat (myspace.com/vivpeyrat)
Paris-born, Philly-bred Viv Peyrat has just a few years of songwriting under his belt, but he’s already being hailed as the next Jason Mraz by some fans. He cites Tom Petty, John Mayer, Bob Marley and Eric Clapton as major influences for a sound that blends pop, rock, reggae and blues. Aces High, his second CD, was self-produced with help from Tim Sonnefeld at Ardmore’s MilkBoy Studios. Catch him May 14 at the Tin Angel in Old City. Visit tinangel.com.