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

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by: Stefan Fatsis


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Binding: Paperback
Brand: Penguin
EAN: 9780142002261
Edition: Reprint
ISBN: 0142002267
Item Dimensions: 8395568290
Label: Penguin Books
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishOriginal LanguageEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Penguin Books
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 416
Publication Date: July 30, 2002
Publisher: Penguin Books
Release Date: July 30, 2002
Studio: Penguin Books




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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.

A Book Sense 76 pick.





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