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Word Freak : Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabblep Layers

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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.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.36 x 25.4mm | 362.87g
  • The Penguin Press
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 20th ed.
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0142002267
  • 9780142002261
  • 193,650

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"Fatsis . . . writes with affectionate zeal about the game and the fraternity of brilliant, lonely, and otherwise dysfunctional oddballs it attracts."
-"The New York Times"
""Word Freak" has an impassioned subtitle, and it lives up to every word."
-"People"
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About Stefan Fatsis

Stefan Fatsis is the bestselling author of Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players and Wild and Outside: How a Renegade Minor League Revived the Spirit of Baseball in America's Heartland. He reported on sports for more than a decade for The Wall Street Journal and talks about sports every week on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. His work also has appeared on the websites Slate and Deadspin. Stefan lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Melissa Block, and their daughter, Chloe.
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Table of contents

Author's Note
1. The Park
2. The Best
3. Unrated
4. 1005
5. Edley
6. 1191
7. Alfred
8. G.I. Joel
9. 1291
10. The Words
11. Matt
12. The Owners
13. 1461
14. Lester
15. The Club
16. The World
17. The Worlds
18. 1416
19. 1501
20. 1574
21. 1601
22. 1697
Epilogue
Appendix
Sources
Acknowledgments
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Rating details

4,527 ratings
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4 43% (1,950)
3 26% (1,185)
2 6% (287)
1 1% (43)
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