Book Reviews Josh Suchon. This Gracious Season: Barry Bonds & the Greatest Year in Baseball. N.p.: Winter Publications, 2002. 390 pp. Cloth, $29.99. Raymond I. Schuck Josh Suchon opens his book by quoting Shakespeare: "To see this gracious season. / All o'er joy'd, / Save these in bonds: let them be joyful too" (Cymbeline, act 5, scene 5). With this passage Suchon makes it clear from the beginning that This Gracious Season is a book not about Barry Bonds, but about the season that Bonds experienced in 2001. As Suchon states in greater detail in chapter 1: This is a story about an extraordinary baseball player having an extraordinary baseball season, interrupted and impacted by an extraordinary time in America, how he dealt with the extraordinary attention he brought on himself, how it changed him, how it changed the people around him and how he rarely got a chance to enjoy any part of the season. (p. 36) To discuss that season Suchon chooses an effective and engaging narrative structure. He starts by discussing the moment that makes this a season worth remembering and a story worth telling--Bonds's 70th home run, which tied the single-season record set by
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