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Ball Boy Paperback – Jan. 27 2021

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"A coming-of-age tale any sports fan will love."

--Two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash

"A fast-paced underdog story. You'll feel like you're at a high school game--missed shots and all. But Ball Boy is about so much more than basketball. It's a celebration of community, grit, and perseverance."

--Amy Meyerson, bestselling author of The Bookshop of Yesterdays and The Imperfects

"This book is just a flat-out fun read. It's one of those books about growing up that feels authentic without being self-serious. The characters are so real that I immediately hooked into them and Paul's writing style is so sure of itself that I just felt like I was along for a ride, which is my favorite part of a good novel."

--Justin Halpern, bestselling author of Sh*t My Dad Says and I Suck At Girls

About the Author

Paul Shirley played for 17 professional basketball teams in a nine-year career, including stops in Spain, Greece, Russia, and with three teams in the NBA. He's the author of two works of nonfiction: Can I Keep My Jersey? and Stories I Tell On Dates. Paul is the founder of Writers Blok, a co-writing space in Los Angeles, and The Process, a virtual co-working platform. Ball Boy is his first novel.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Fourth Bar Books (Jan. 27 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 305 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0578800357
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0578800356
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 349 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.34 x 1.96 x 20.32 cm
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Paul is the author of two humor memoirs, a novel, and a how-to book. The first memoir (Can I Keep My Jersey?) chronicles three years in his stop-and-start professional basketball career. The second (Stories I Tell On Dates) chronicles an entire lifetime in his stop-and-start dating career.

His first novel, Ball Boy, follows the adventures of Gray Taylor, a 14-year-old who discovers basketball when his mother moves them from Los Angeles to small-town Kansas.

Paul lives in Denver, where he runs a co-working space and virtual platform called The Process, whose theory is outlined in his fourth book, The Process is the Product. Paul has also written for, Slate, Esquire, the Wall Street Journal, and, a website for writers he founded.

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