Author: Lucas Mann
Publisher: Pantheon
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In 2010, Lucas Mann posted up in the town of Clinton, Iowa to chronicle a single season on the life of the Clinton LumberKings, a farm team for the Seattle Mariners. A life-long baseball lover and wellspring of self-doubt, Mann produced a book from the experience, and it's as much about America in 2013 as it is about baseball. But because of Mann's heightened sense of his own predilections and the difficulties of making sweeping pronouncements, Class A never becomes too ambitious in its pronouncements. Instead, Mann observes this small town and the young men who have traveled from across the country or, in some cases, from South America, to play baseball there.

You'll laugh, you'll cry, but more importantly you'll think harder about sports and what it means to believe in something. —Ross Scarano