Mark Frost

Great works of fiction and nonfiction -- perfect for reading between games.



Mark Frost is a man of many talents. As a groundbreaking TV writer and producer, he co-created the hit series Twin Peaks. As a writer he's penned atmospheric thrillers like The Second Objective and acclaimed sports classics including The Greatest Game Ever Played and The Match. His latest is a lovingly close look at one of baseball's greatest matchups, Game Six: Cincinnati, Boston, and the 1975 World Series: The Triumph of America's Pastime. Below, the author recommends some favorite pastimes of his own.


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The Head Game

By Roger Kahn


"Kahn's beloved memoir about his years as a beat reporter with the great post-war Brooklyn Dodgers teams is one of the cornerstones of modern sports literature, but this smaller and more recent work - a penetrating examination of the lives, minds, and innovations of baseball's pioneering pitchers - taught me even more about the evolution of the game and its most exceptional athletes. "





The Sportswriter

By Richard Ford


"The Frank Bascombe 'trilogy' -- which includes The Sportswriter, Independence Day, and The Lay of the Land -- has more to say about the turbulence, confusions and dissolution of the American male identity in the second half of the twentieth century than anything else in print. Exquisitely detailed, heartbreakingly eloquent and laugh out loud funny on every single page, it towers over contemporary fiction the way 'The Sopranos' compares to the splintered wreckage of modern network television. If this isn't the Great American Novel, then we're never going to see one. "



The Bridge of San Luis Rey

By Thornton Wilder


"What if, instead of the self-destructive, egotistical, hard-drinking Mid-century authors who dominated and distorted America's ideal of what a "writer" should be, we had instead settled on Thornton Wilder: a gentleman teacher, novelist, poet, playwright, philosopher and searcher, and whose deceptively simple themes and diverse storytelling skills are as timeless as Shakespeare. Once you absorb this haunting portrait of random lives united by inexplicable tragedy into your soul you'll remember it forever."

July 25: On this day in 1834 Samuel Taylor Coleridge died of heart disease at the age of sixty-one.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.


When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).