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Word Freak Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players

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ISBN-10: 0142002267

ISBN-13: 9780142002261

Edition: 2001 (Reprint)

Authors: Stefan Fatsis

List price: $17.00
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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 Freakis also an examination of notions of brilliance, memory, language, competition, and the mind that celebrates the uncanny creative powers in us all. "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 Freakhas an impassioned subtitle, and it lives up to every word." (People)
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/30/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

Stefan Fatsis is a staff reporter for the "Wall Street Journal" & a regular commentator on NPR's "All Things Considered". He has written for the Associated Press, the "Village Voice", & "P.O.V." magazine & has appeared on "Good Morning, America" to discuss the 2000 National Scrabble Championship. In search of a story idea in 1997, Scrabble amateur Fatsis challenged the head of the National Scrabble Association to a game & won. He has since traveled the country playing in Scrabble tournaments & achieved "expert" status, & he currently ranks in the top 10 percent of tournament Scrabble players nationwide.

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