Kick the Balls: An Offensive Suburban Odyssey

Kick the Balls / Alan BlackIf you grew up playing soccer, Alan Black’s book Kick the Balls is a must read. A soccer fanatic from Scotland coaches a suburban Bay Area kids team with disastrous results. Laugh out loud funny. Here’s a short bit from the book about the author going to a yoga class that will give you a sample of the antics you’re in for when you read the book. The site also has a great two-part interview with Alan Black.

In addition to writing one of the funniest sports book ever, Mr. Black is also a bartender at the Edinburgh Castle pub in San Francisco. Kick the Balls was my book club’s selection for the month, and we met at the Edinburgh to discuss the book and have a few pints. Alan Black showed up and I got to chat with him for a bit about soccer. His energy and sense of humor will really make you smile, whether in person, or on the page. Below is a photo to prove it. Thanks, Alan!

Joe Reifer and Alan Black