Author appearance: Herschel Cobb

October 18, 2013

The grandson of the controversial Hall of Famer will speak at at the Grant Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, Calif., on Saturday, Oct. 19 , at 2 p.m.

Cobb is the author of Heart of a Tiger: Growing up with My Grandfather, Ty Cobb.

I have not read the book yet — a review copy is apparently on its way — but memoir by relatives and associates of celebrities have always fascinated me. How “historically accurate” can such books be? Who can argue with the perception of the author if he or she chooses to gloss over the scandals or bad behaviors of their subject. The purpose of book reviews is not to affirm or deny the “facts” are offered by the writer but to comment on the publication. In that regard, the reviews are quite favorable.

Here are a few examples I found on-line.

  • Publishers Weekly (“Elegantly written and genuinely moving, this heartwarming account is sure to resonate with readers.”)
  • Spitball Magazine (“Part cathartic autobiography, part loving tribute and literary rehabilitation, Heart of a Tiger is a book that baseball fans will not soon forget.”)
  • The On Deck Circle (“If you read only one book about Ty Cobb in your life, this is the one for you.”

And tell me this doesn’t sound like a computer-generated voice:

For more information on the program, call 805-449-2660, ext. 7357, or visit the library’s website.


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