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Book Review

House of Nails

A Memoir of Life on the Edge
By LENNY DYKSTR A
Reviewed by Mark S. Caltagirone, CPA

Baseball is a tough game, man ... is a sentiment
frequently echoed by Lenny Dykstra in a recent book entitled
House of Nails - A Memoir of Life on the Edge. Classified as
a "sports autobiography," the book is coarse, profane and
ineloquent, but interesting and enjoyable for a baseball fan, and
uh, let's says "entertaining." Literary merit...not so much.
Lenny Dykstra was born on February 10, 1963 in Santa
Ana, California. The second of three boys, Lenny was reared in
a working-class neighborhood by his mother and step-father,
Dennis Dykstra, after his father, Jerry Leswick, "left" when
Lenny was about three years old. The only other time that
Lenny heard from his biological father was after Lenny became
a millionaire when he called his son to attempt to reunite.
Lenny's reaction was that he could not get off the phone fast
enough, telling Leswick - "I already have a dad."
As a kid, he was undersized and scrappy - always intense,
tough, and ultra-competitive. And because of his short stature,
he was frequently underestimated and easily shortchanged. He
later earned the nickname "Nails" as a result of his aggressive,
gritty style of play.

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