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The Crowd Sounds Happy: A Story of Love, Madness, and Baseballby Nicholas Dawidoff
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From the author of the best-selling The Catcher Was a Spy, his most original work yet: a memoir of two cities (New Haven and New York), a family (troubled), a time (the 1970s), a boy who never quite fits in anywhere--and how baseball helps him find his place in America.
The Crowd Sounds Happy is the story of a spirited boy's coming-of-age in a doomed hometown, with a missing father, a single mother, and the professional ballplayers who gradually become the men in his life as he listens to them every night on the bedside radio. This is a childhood shaped by remarkable characters, foremost Nicholas Dawidoff's mother, a stoical, overwhelmed, enterprising woman committed to securing a more promising future for her children. It also tells, with the same arresting candor of Dawidoff's celebrated New Yorker magazine memoir of his father, what it's like to grow up with a disturbed, dangerous parent. Here are the events and places that come to define a young boy's outlook: a local playground, a kidnapping and a murder, rock 'n' roll, the steamy awkwardness of adolescence and first love, and the private world of baseball--the inner game as it has never been described before.
The Crowd Sounds Happy is a beautifully written, moving piece of personal history that transforms ordinary moments into literature.
An autobiography by the author of The Catcher Was a Spy describes coming of age in a disintegrating hometown in a troubled family during the 1970s, and the professional baseball ballplayers who become his role models and the game that becomes his security and source of meaning throughout childhood and adolescence. 25,000 first printing.
Growing up in a doomed hometown with a missing father and a single mother, Nicholas Dawidoff listened to baseball every night on his bedside radio, the professional ballplayers gradually becoming the men in hislife. A portrait of a childhood shaped by a stoical, enterprising mother, a disturbed, dangerous father, the private world of baseball, and the awkwardness of first love, The Crowd Sounds Happy is themoving tale of a spirited boy's coming-of-age in troubled times.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
Nicholas Dawidoff is the author of three previous books. The Fly Swatter was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and In the Country of Country was named one of the greatest all-time works of travel literature by Conde Nast Traveler. He is also the editor of the Library of America’s Baseball: A Literary Anthology. A Guggenheim, Civitella Ranieri and Berlin Prize Fellow, he is currently the Anschutz Distinguished Fellow at Princeton University.
Table of Contents
Relievers — Game called on account of darkness — Things first — The killer inside me — Safe havens — Flushing — Adventures in the Loss Column — Parade's end — Grief — My city in ruin — Next to love — Leaving.
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