Word Freak

Word Freak

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Scrabble may be truly called America's game. But for every group of "living-room players" there is someone who is "at one with the board." In Word Freak, Stefan Fatsis introduces readers to those few, exploring the underground world of colorful characters for which the Scrabble game is life-playing competitively in tournaments across the country. It is also the story of how the Scrabble game was invented by an unemployed architect during the Great Depression and how it has grown into the hugely successful, challenging, and beloved game it is today. Along the way, Fatsis chronicles his own obsession with the game and his development as a player from novice to expert. More than a book about hardcore Scrabble players, Word Freak is also an examination of notions of brilliance, memory, language, competition, and the mind that celebrates the uncanny creative powers in us all.

About the Author:

Stefan Fatsis is a sports reporter for The Wall Street Journal, a regular guest on NPR's All Things Considered, and the author of Wild and Outside: How a Renegade Minor League Revived the Spirit of Baseball in America's Heartland.

[Details]

ISBN-13:9780142002261

Format:  Paperback

Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

Publication date:07/30/2002

Pages:416

[Description]

Scrabble may be truly called America's game. But for every group of "living-room players" there is someone who is "at one with the board." In Word Freak, Stefan Fatsis introduces readers to those few, exploring the underground world of colorful characters for which the Scrabble game is life-playing competitively in tournaments across the country. It is also the story of how the Scrabble game was invented by an unemployed architect during the Great Depression and how. . . Show More >

[Description]

Scrabble may be truly called America's game. But for every group of "living-room players" there is someone who is "at one with the board." In Word Freak, Stefan Fatsis introduces readers to those few, exploring the underground world of colorful characters for which the Scrabble game is life-playing competitively in tournaments across the country. It is also the story of how the Scrabble game was invented by an unemployed architect during the Great Depression and how it has grown into the hugely successful, challenging, and beloved game it is today. Along the way, Fatsis chronicles his own obsession with the game and his development as a player from novice to expert. More than a book about hardcore Scrabble players, Word Freak is also an examination of notions of brilliance, memory, language, competition, and the mind that celebrates the uncanny creative powers in us all.

About the Author:

Stefan Fatsis is a sports reporter for The Wall Street Journal, a regular guest on NPR's All Things Considered, and the author of Wild and Outside: How a Renegade Minor League Revived the Spirit of Baseball in America's Heartland.

[Details]

ISBN-13:9780142002261

Format:  Paperback

Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

Publication date:07/30/2002

Pages:416

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