Read 'Em and Weep: A Bedside Poker Companion

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Harper Collins, Dec 2, 2003 - Games - 235 pages
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More than 50 million Americans play poker. But poker is much more than a popular game. It is a world unto itself, populated by a multitude of colorful characters -- professionals and amateurs, hustlers and dreamers.

From the rich field of all the writers who have ever loved the game, editor John Stravinsky has gathered thirty-nine best-of-breed short stories, essays, excerpts from novels, and poems: Mark Twain, John Updike, James Thurber, Nelson Algren, Martin Amis, and Billy Collins are among the winning hand of renowned writers in this collection who have mined their personal experiences at the poker table.

Entertaining, enlightening, and essential, Read 'Em and Weep is a stacked deck of pure poker-reading pleasure.

 

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This is a very wide reaching collection of poker literature. Incorporating drama, poetry, fiction, biography, other historical and contemporary non-fiction accounts this work is entertaining as a ... Read full review

Read 'em and weep: a bedside poker companion

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It is estimated that over 50 million people in the United States play poker, and this collection of short stories, poems, articles, and book excerpts is aimed at the readers among them. Edited by ... Read full review

Contents

NELSON ALGREN
1
PETER ALSON
9
JOHN BLACKBRIDGE
46
BILLY COLLINS
76
RUSSELL CROUSE
82
STEPHEN DUNN
98
JAMES HILDRETH
112
KATY LEDERER
139
MIGNON MCLAUGHLIN
146
ROBERT MCLAUGHLIN
152
JAMES MCMANUS
162
W SOMERSET MAUGHAM
178
CHARLES WELSH
219
Permissions
229
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John Stravinsky is the author of five books and has written on sports for a number of publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The Village Voice, The Wall Street Journal, Billiards Digest, and Men's Journal. He lives in Long Island, New York.

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