John A. Molina
Barnstorming America by John A. Molina is a non-fiction book that retells the history of women’s basketball in America and provides profiles on some of the women who pushed the sport into the public eye. Not only does this book act as a quintessential reference book but history and sports fans alike will enjoy reading this well researched and visually engaging book.
Barnstorming America is a passion project for Molina, and his genuine interest and love for his subject matter is felt on every page. The inclusion of photographs and well-documented evidence make this book a great coffee table book that is still well-researched and easy to read. Barnstorming is well written, and readers will enjoy looking at all the photos and visual evidence that Molina integrates into the text. What makes Barnstorming America such a success, is its ability to weave the sport’s history with that of female empowerment. Above all, this book highlights the achievements of great women that many of us will know little about.
However, the one stylistic problem with the book is the in-depth focus on individual players. While this may be great as a reference for readers who are highly invested in the topic, it does not read as cleanly as the preceding chapters that are divided into themes. These profiles are interesting but easily glossed over, which is a pity as they have something to offer the narrative.
Overall, Barnstorming America is an interesting book that showcases a history that seems to be forgotten. Molina’s genuine passion and historical tie with females’ basketball makes this read interesting for both avid sports fans, history buffs and should be a staple in every library around the country.
Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.