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Word Freak

By Fatsis, Stefan




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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Stefan Fatsis

2001-01-08. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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

Stefan Fatsis

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Stefan Fatsis

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

Stefan Fatsis

2016-05-31. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Fatsis, Stefan

U.S.A.: Penguin Books, 2002. good trade paperback. some moderate wear and batter. Creases and ink missing on front and back covers. . Trade Paperback. Good.

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Penguin Books, 2002. Softcover. New. Printed Pages: 0. Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive ScrabbleP layers Fatsis, Stefan

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Fatsis, Stefan

Penguin Books, 2002. Softcover. New. Printed Pages: 0.

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Fatsis, Stefan

Boston & New York:: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2001. A bright, shiny, clean, tight copy. Sharp corners. The Dust Jacket is NOT price clipped (25.00). NO chips. NO tears. NO remainder mark. NO underlining. NO highlighting. NO margin notes. Illustrated with Scrabble board diagrams. Appendix of new words (used to write the book, but unacceptable in Scrabble). Bibliographical references. Bound in the original black boards, with a black cloth spine lettered in shiny gold. First printing with complete number row (10 987654321) on the copyright page. From the Dust Jacket: "Stefan Fatsis, a WALL STREET JOURNAL reporter and National Public Radio regular, recounts his remarkable rise through the ranks of elite Scrabble players while exploring the game's strange, potent hold over them -- and him. Scrabble might truly be called America's game. More than two million sets are sold every year and at least thirty million American homes have one. But the game's most talented competitors inhabit a sphere far removed from the masses of 'living room players.' Theirs is a surprisingly diverse subculture whose stars include a vitamin-popping standup comic; a former bank teller whose intestinal troubles earn him the nickname 'G.I. Joel'; a burly, unemployed African American from Baltimore's inner city; the three-time national champion who plays according to Zen principles; and Fatsis himself, who we see transformed from a curious reporter to a confirmed Scrabble nut. He begins by haunting the gritty corner of a Greenwich Village park where pickup Scrabble games can be found whenever weather permits. His curiosity soon morphs into compulsion, as he sets about memorizing thousands of obscure words and fills his evenings with solo Scrabble played on his living room floor. Before long he finds himself at tournaments socializing -- and competing -- with Scrabble's elite. But this book is about more than hardcore Scrabblers, for the game yields insights into realms as disparate as linguistics, psychology, and mathematics. WORD FREAK extends its reach even further, pondering the light Scrabble throws on such notions as brilliance, memory, competition, failure, and hope. It is a geography of obsession that celebrates the uncanny powers locked in all of us." . INSCRIBED / SIGNED by the AUTHOR.. First Printing of the First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine condition/Near Fine dust jacket.. 8vo. (iv), 108pp..

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Stefan Fatsis

2001-01-08. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Stefan Fatsis

2002-01-03. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Fatsis, Stefan

Penguin Books, 2002. Paperback. New. 8.39 x 5.56 cm.

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

Fatsis, Stefan

Houghton Mifflin. Hardcover. 0618015841 Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. Thank you for supporting our small, family-owned business! . Fine.

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Fatsis, Stefan

Houghton Mifflin. Hardcover. 0618015841 Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. Thank you for supporting our small, family-owned business! . New. 2001-07-07. First Edition.

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Washington, DC: American National Red Cross. Good+ wraps (see notes). 1939. 1st. paperback. 8vo . 106pp . Soiling and wear to wrappers, but binding pretty tight. Scarce. .

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Fatsis, Stefan

Penguin Books. PAPERBACK. 0142002267 Special order direct from the distributor . New.

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

Fatsis, Stefan

Houghton Mifflin. Hardcover. 0618015841 Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. Thank you for supporting our small, family-owned business! . Fair. 2001-07-07. First Edition.

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Houghton Mifflin, 2001-07-07. Hardcover. New. . Unconditional money back guarantee.

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Fatsis, Stefan

Penguin Books. PAPERBACK. 0142002267 Remainder mark . Fine.

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Fatsis, Stefan

Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2001. Hardcover, very good.with dustjacket. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good.

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WORD FREAK

Fatsis, Stefan

2001. Fatsis, Stefan. WORD FREAK; HEARTBREAK, TRIUMPH, GENIUS, AND OBSESSION IN THE WORLD OF COMPETITIVE SCRABBLE PLAYERS. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2001. first printing, 372pp, 8vo. Fine hardcover in d/j

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Word Freak

Fatsis, Stefan

Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2001. Book Club (BCE/BOMC). Hard Cover. Fine/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 372 pp. The lightest of rubbing to the jacket extremities. "Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players

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Fatsis, Stefan

Penguin Books. PAPERBACK. 0142002267 *LIKE NEW* Ships Same Day or Next! . Fine.

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Fatsis, Stefan

Penguin Books. PAPERBACK. 0142002267 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next! . New.

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Word Freak: A Journey into the Eccentric World of the Most Obsessive Board Game Ever Invented

Fatsis, Stefan

Good. Good Used book in good condition Has wear to the cover and pages Contains some markings such as highlighting and writing 100% guaranteed 011420

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

Fatsis, Stefan

New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2001. 1st Edition . Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good.

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

Fatsis, Stefan

Houghton Mifflin Company, 2001. Book. Fine. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Near-new condition. NO remainder marks or price clippings. Number line: 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. Illustrated. Tight spine, clean pages. NO writing or tears inside book. 372 pages. Stefan Fatsis, a Wall Street Journal reporter and National Public Radio regular, recounts his remarkable rise through the ranks of elite Scrabble players while exploring the game's strange, potent hold over them -- and him. Scrabble might truly be called America's game. More than two million sets are sold every year and at least thirty million American homes have one. But the game's most talented competitors inhabit a sphere far removed from the masses of "living room players." Theirs is a surprisingly diverse subculture whose stars include a vitamin-popping standup comic; a former bank teller whose intestinal troubles earn him the nickname "G.I. Joel"; a burly, unemployed African American from Baltimore's inner city; the three-time national champion who plays according to Zen principles; and Fatsis himself, who we see transformed from a curious reporter to a confirmed Scrabble nut. He begins by haunting the gritty corner of a Greenwich Village park where pickup Scrabble games can be found whenever weather permits. His curiosity soon morphs into compulsion, as he sets about memorizing thousands of obscure words and fills his evenings with solo Scrabble played on his living room floor. Before long he finds himself at tournaments socializing -- and competing -- with Scrabble's elite. But this book is about more than hardcore Scrabblers, for the game yields insights into realms as disparate as linguistics, psychology, and mathematics. WORD FREAK extends its reach even further, pondering the light Scrabble throws on such notions as brilliance, memory, competition, failure, and hope. It is a geography of obsession that celebrates the uncanny powers locked in all of us. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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

Fatsis, Stefan

New York: Houghton Mifflin., 2001 Small fold on front cover, else near fine. 372p. bibliography.. Soft Cover. Near Fine.

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

Stefan Fatsis

Boston, MA: Houghton, Mifflin Company, 2001 Book. As New. Hardcover. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. AN/AN, used hc, 372pp. Black colored paper over boards with gilt text on spine. Color illustrated dust jacket with black and white colored text on upper and spine; no chips or tears; not price clipped. Interior pages clean, unmarked. Binding is tight..

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

Fatsis, Stefan

Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001. 372pp. Extremities book & Dj lightly rubbed.. Hb. VG/VG.

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Stefan Fatsis

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, July 2001. Hardcover . 6.5 Bulk HB Low.

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

Stefan Fatsis

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, July 2001. Hardcover . 6.5 Bulk HB Low.

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

Stefan Fatsis

Good. Used book in good condition. Has wear to the cover and pages. Contains some markings such as highlighting and writing. Ex-library with the usual stamps. 100% guaranteed. 011520

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

Stefan Fatsis

Very Good. Used book in very good condition. Some cover wear, may contain a few marks. Ex-library with the usual stamps. 100% guaranteed. 011520

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

Fatsis, Stefan

London: Yellow Jersey Press. Hardcover. 2001. 3rd Printing. 8vo 370pp . Fine in Fine DJ.

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Word Freak; Heartbreak, Triumphant, Genius and and Session In the World of Competitive Scrabble Players

Fatsis, Stefan

Yellow Jersey Press, London, 2001. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good Condition/Very Good. Illustrator: diagrammatic. in original black papered hardcover binding, with a photographic illustrated dust jacket. Slight yellowing of the page edges. No other damage to describe. In this book the author charts the history and theory of the game alongside his own rise from living room player the content of chart, and affords us a glimpse into the extraordinary world of the brilliant geeks and misfit savants who populate the highest ranks of the game. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. XII, 372. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: diagrammatic. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Biography & Autobiography; Games & Gaming. ISBN: 0224060600. ISBN/EAN: 9780224060608. Inventory No: 0237101. . 9780224060608

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Stefan Fatsis

Yellow Jersey Press 2002 Paperback. Near Mint.

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Stefan Fatsis

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, July 2001. Hardcover . Used - Good. Satisfaction Guaranteed!!

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

Fatsis, Stefan

Penguin Books. Paperback. 0142002267 . Very Good. 2002.

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

Fatsis, Stefan

Penguin Books. Paperback. 0142002267 . Good. 2002.

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Stefan Fatsis

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2001-07-07. None. Hardcover. Used:Good.

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

Fatsis,Stefan

Houghton Mifflin. 3rd printing,2001. Very Good/Very Good hard cover. 8vo,boards,372pp. edgewear,rubbing,dust jacket. smudge foot/foredge,clean,tight,text. light shelfwear cover. games.

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Word Freak: A Journey into the Eccentric World of the Most Obsessive Board Game Ever Invented

Stefan Fatsis

Houghton Mifflin, 2001. 372 pp. Ex Library copy with normal markings. Browning to page edges.. First Edition. Hardcover with Dustjacket. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo. Ex-Library.

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Word Freak

Stefan Fatsis

London: Yellow Jersey Press. Very Good/No Jacket. 2001. First Edition. Trade Paperback. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 0-224-06060-0 .

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Fatsis, Stefan

Yellow Jersey Press, London, 2002.. 8vo. softcover. 372pp. Very good. .

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Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, And Obsession In The World Of Competitive Scrabble Players

Fatsis, Stefan

E Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.A.: Penguin Group Usa. Clean, Tight And Square. No Markings. Light Shelf Wear To Dj. First Edition First Printing. . Very Good. Soft cover. First Edition First Printing. 2002.

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Fatsis, Stefan

Houghton Mifflin. Hardcover. 0618015841 New Inside and Outside. Clean and crisp pages w/no markings! You will be pleased. Excellent book! ( z1s218D ) Some very minor shelf wear on dust cover. ** Fast Shipping** . New.

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

Fatsis, Stefan

Boston: Houghton Mifflin. Fine copy in fine dust jacket. 2001. 1st. hardcover. 8vo, 372 pp. .

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