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Nonfiction writer Jonathan Eig ("Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season," "Get Capone") works in a home office that once doubled as a laundry room. Now it's a bright, airy room filled with books, folders, file cabinets and artwork by Eig's children, who commandeer the room when their dad isn't using it. He's not superstitious, he says, but he does enjoy his collection of bobblehead dolls of the subjects of Eig's three biographies (Robinson, Capone and Lou Gehrig). "I used to say that if a guy doesn't have a bobblehead, he's not worth writing about," he says. "I can't really say that anymore, because there's no Margaret Sanger bobblehead." (Eig is working on a book about the invention of the birth-control pill.)
Kevin Nance is a Chicago-based freelance writer whose work appears in the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Poets & Writers Magazine and elsewhere.
August 6, 2013