Home Ice: Reflections On Backyard Rinks And Frozen Ponds

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There is no shortage of books that describe how participating in a particular sporting activity strengthens bonds between people. Falla's book accomplishes this feat through a collection of essays on backyard skating rinks and frozen ponds and how these local skating venues allow their participants to get in touch with the game of hockey in addition to building relationships with family and friends. The author, a sportswriter and author of Sports Illustrated Hockey, is the architect and CEO of his full-scale ...
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Overview

There is no shortage of books that describe how participating in a particular sporting activity strengthens bonds between people. Falla's book accomplishes this feat through a collection of essays on backyard skating rinks and frozen ponds and how these local skating venues allow their participants to get in touch with the game of hockey in addition to building relationships with family and friends. The author, a sportswriter and author of Sports Illustrated Hockey, is the architect and CEO of his full-scale backyard rink, the Bacon Street Omni, around which neighborhood life seems to revolve during the long, cold months. Each essay is short and provides for excellent recreational reading for people interested in skating in general and hockey in particular. Throughout, the author's love for winter sports is clear, especially as a link between his New England childhood and his current life, but readers who have never put on a pair of skates may have trouble connecting with this well written book. --Library Journal
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There is no shortage of books that describe how participating in a particular sporting activity strengthens bonds between people. Falla's book accomplishes this feat through a collection of essays on backyard skating rinks and frozen ponds and how these local skating venues allow their participants to get in touch with the game of hockey in addition to building relationships with family and friends. The author, a sportswriter and author of Sports Illustrated Hockey, is the architect and CEO of his full-scale backyard rink, the Bacon Street Omni, around which neighborhood life seems to revolve during the long, cold months. Each essay is short and provides for excellent recreational reading for people interested in skating in general and hockey in particular. Throughout, the author's love for winter sports is clear, especially as a link between his New England childhood and his current life, but readers who have never put on a pair of skates may have trouble connecting with this well written book. Recommended for public libraries already stocked with a strong collection of winter-oriented sports books.--Patrick Mahoney, Off-Campus Lib. Svcs., Central Michigan Univ. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781930845046
  • Publisher: McGregor Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Pages: 190
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mr. Falla was born in Cambridge and grew up in Winchester. He graduated from BU's College of Communication with a BA and an MA. He freelanced for many publications for several years, including Boston Magazine and The Hockey News then joined the staff of Sports Illustrated. Mr. Falla left SI working as public relations at the NHL.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2008

    Great Book - Passed it all around the hockey team!

    This is a must read if you have a backyard hockey rink - or ever wondered why someone would! This is a collection of memoirs from those who have built, or have skated on backyard rinks. It is a quick and enjoyable read, and the insight is just hilarious. There were many times that I found myself reading a passage and then saying 'yes!' out loud. It is also a reminder that building a rink is building memories, and this book provided me with the motivation that I needed to get out there and shovel the snow off the ice!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2001

    Home Ice like returning home

    Enjoyed reading Jack Falla's, Home Ice. Having grown up in the same town, I too made the walk through the woods to Long Pond. And like Falla, I also fell through ice when pushing the limits to skate! Reading this book brought back many enjoyable memories of skating in Winchester MA.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2000

    Loved 'Home Ice'

    Humorous and heartwarming, easy to read , thouroughly enjoyable!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2000

    Don't Miss 'Home Ice'

    You don't have to love hockey to love 'Home Ice'. It's a book about relationships and life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2000

    Bringing us home

    Home Ice is one of those books you want to read in one sitting without putting it down. Even if you have never skated on natural ice, or never skated at all for that matter, you will relate to this book. In building his own backyard rink several years ago, Falla discovered a venue which brings family and friends together time and time again. Just as a campfire in the woods draws people to it, the rink has drawn family and friends to his home. It is a place where differences are forgotten, where strangers become companions, where a rhythm of living takes over, and where a natural order pervails. Falla has been able to capture the anticipation of looking forward to that first ice, that first time of the season when you lace up the blades, step onto the ice, and find that you have come home. This book should be on everyone's shelf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2000

    Don't need to like hockey to like this one

    Wonderful reflections on the coming together of sport and family by a top essay writer. Liked him when he worked for SI. Like him better now.

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