Word freak: heartbreak, triumph, genius and obsession in the world of competitive scrabble

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Yellow Jersey, Sep 5, 2002 - Games - 372 pages
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For many Scrabble is merely a board game, for others it is an intellectual pilgrimage. In this book, Stefan Fatsis, journalist and self-confessed word freak, goes in search of the people for whom Scrabble is life and affords us a glimpse into the extraordinary world of the brilliant geeks and misfit savants who populate the highest ranks of the game, playing competitively in tournaments across the world, Fatsis chronicles the story of how Scrabble has grown from a diversion invented by an unemployed architect during the great depression into the hugely successful, challenging and beloved game of today.More than just a book about hardcore Scrabble, Word Freak is also an examination of notions of brilliance, memory, language, competition, and, huge lists of words with no meaning at all.

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

Yes, I know five stars are too many. It's not an 'amazing' or perfect book. But I do think that many of us who empathize with the characters would enjoy this tremendously, and I also think that people ... Read full review

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User Review  - glade1 - LibraryThing

Finished this one last night. It was enjoyable but went slowly for me; I think that was due to my focus problems and not the author. This book was a fun look into the quirky world of Scrabble ... Read full review



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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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