The Last Days of Shea: Delight and Despair in the Life of a Mets Fan


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Taylor Trade Publishing
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5.94 X 8.94 X 0.83 inches | 0.92 pounds

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About the Author

Dana Brand is a professor of English at Hofstra University in New York and author of the highly acclaimed Mets Fan. While working for his Ph.D. at Yale in the 1970s, he studied under A. Bartlett Giamatti, the Yale English professor who would eventually become Commissioner of Baseball until his death in 1989. He lives in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.


The Last Days of Shea is a great tribute to Shea stadium and to the spirit of the fans who made it such a wonderful place to play baseball.--Jerry Koosman, pitcher, New York Mets, 1968-1978
In this wonderful homage, Dana Brand ties together our experiences of Shea, in a celebration of a place that, in memory, will always be far more substantial than most historians will care to admit.--Howie Rose, WFAN Mets broadcaster
Why care so much about a baseball team? Dana Brand has figured out a way to articulate that pleasurable or frustrating heartache and make it understandable and even forgivable. If Mets Fan was filled with delights, The Last Days of Shea goes deeper: its real subject is loss and grief, and its prescription the consolations of philosophy. Brand is a first-rate personal essayist, who has chosen baseball as his focus the way Baldwin chose race or Hoagland nature.--Phillip Lopate, author of Waterfront: A Walk Around Manhattan and Writing New York
Dana Brand is one of the true Believeniks, and he's earned his Shake Shack burger the hard way: an X-ray of his heart would show a Shea-shaped scar.--Jonathan Lethem, author of Motherless Brooklyn and Chronic City
Dana Brand's The Last Days of Shea is a must read for any baseball fan. The 'communal experience' of living and dying with your team is something fans experience everywhere., but there is something unique about Mets fans. The Last Days of Shea chronicles the ending of a ballpark but, even more importantly, it reveals the spirit and resoluteness of Mets fans as they bring their 'ya gotta believe' attitude to their new home.--Ron Darling, author of The Complete Game: Reflections on Baseball, Pitching, and Life on the Mound and SNY Mets broadcaster
The Last Days of Shea is a must read for any nostalgic Mets super fan or for collections on American icons.--Library Bookwatch, November 2009
A truly soulful look through the eyes of a Mets fan who remembers the stadium as a child.... The Last Days of Shea is a must read for any nostalgic Mets super fan or for collections on American icons.--Midwest Book Review