Now, two new books are appearing to celebrate Jackie Robinson. His widow, Rachel Robinson, has written "Jackie Robinson: An Intimate Portrait." The other, by his daughter, Sharon, is titled "Stealing Home: An Intimate Family Portrait." To judge them fairly, you do best to keep the subtitles in mind.
With the help of journalist Lee Daniels and an editor, Rachel has produced a beautifully illustrated book, full of touching and poignant moments. Sharon, without a collaborator, has written the remarkable story of a young black woman coming of age in a white, suburban Connecticut neighborhood--in a household dominated by a celebrity father and a loving mother who was nonetheless a dedicated career woman.