The Secret History of Balls
The Stories Behind the Things We Love to Catch, Whack, Throw, Kick, Bounce, and Bat
NPR stories about The Secret History of Balls
You might not find this book in the children's section of your local bookstore, but that's where it deserves to be. Tossing it onto young people's plates is a bit like serving up broccoli slathered in cheese: It's so yummy they'll forget it's also nutritious. In this case, the book sneaks in a high-fiber dose of history, culture and, yes, sportsmanship, along with stories about all those spherical objects that fill up our basements, mudrooms, car trunks and closets.