Suzy Beamer Bohnert, author of a series of sports primers designed for women, is the subject of this interview from The Authors Show, a web-only source, in which she discusses Game-Day Goddess: Learning Baseball’s Lingo. You can listen to it here, but apparently only today (Oct. 15), even though the book was published in 2009.
According to the press release from PR-BG.com, “readers will learn that this book allows women to make sports chitchat that can kick off friendships, clinch deals, and make them likable.”
Make them likable? (Items on the web page lead me to believe this is not a U.S.-based site.)
Regular readers of the Bookshelf know I dislike items specifically targeting one demographic or another. Baseball is supposed to be an institution that brings us all together. I can think of no reason why it should be marketed specifically towards women, as if they’re not capable of understanding “regular” books. There are plenty of titles about the rudiments of the game that would serve quite adequately for any adult. I guess Bohnert believes that since girls aren’t brought up in the game as boys are, they need their own material. Does that strike anyone else as slightly politically incorrect? Maybe it’s just me. Anyway…
Judge for yourself: