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The Juju Rules: Or, How to Win Ballgames from Your Couch: A Memoir of a Fan Obsessed

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From an award-winning humorist, a touching memoir and manifesto that reveals the deep secrets of fan jinxes, hexes, and charms

Did you know there is a secret to winning ballgames? It’s not the players, managers, money, or luck. It’s juju, and no one knows it better than Hart Seely. Seely has spent a lifetime practicing the art of juju from his living room. And winning ball
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 17th 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Aaron Sinner
Feb 05, 2016 Aaron Sinner rated it liked it
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Briefly: A light-hearted memoir

If “Book by Yankee-Obsessed Humorist Hart Seely” has you salivating, then this is the book for you. If you’ve never heard of Hart Seely, well, prepare to know him well—this book is more memoir and personal story collection than anything else. Luckily, Seely is a witty narrator, but unfortunately, he’s a devoted Yankee fan. I admit, Yankee hater that I am, Seely’s sad devotion to that ancient religion is so fanatical that I didn’t want to like this book, but his wri
Jeff Stage
Sep 24, 2013 Jeff Stage rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sports
A nice read from (truth be told) a friend and former colleague. But, as he would with me, I will add some honest critique here. It is not always an "easy" read - in other words, it takes some thought in different places.

I was a bit overwhelmed at times with some references to Yankee players long (and happily) forgotten.

At times, I think I was only able to follow some of it because I followed the Yanks from as far back as I can remember and that I lived in Syracuse, NY, a longtime home to the Ya
Frederic Pierce
Oct 09, 2015 Frederic Pierce rated it it was amazing
Hart Seely, the author, is one of the funniest writers on the planet. He is also a personal friend and the wildest Yankees fanatic in the universe. This book his Hart's memoir of his life as a fan. It is also an exploration of sports superstition and all of the crazy things people do in support of their team.
Carolyn Kurek
May 14, 2012 Carolyn Kurek rated it liked it
Reads kind of like a Jean Shepard story, but about a superstitious baseball fan. Got rather long-winded and self-indulgent at times, but was funny at others. While I am not a Yankee fan, I follow many of the Juju Rules the author mentions, and learned of a few I wasn't aware of. I would have preferred more juju rules and fewer personal, un-baseball-related stories.
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wanted this to be funnier. some good moments but overall just okay
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Hart Seely is an award-winning reporter for the Post-Standard newspaper in Syracuse. His humor pieces have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, National Lampoon, The New Republic, Village Voice, Slate, Spy and NPR. He has written or edited five books, including O Holy Cow: The Selected Verses of Phil Rizzuto and Pieces of Intelligence: The Existential Poetry of Donald Rumsfeld. Seely li ...more
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