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The Whore of Akron by Scott Raab
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Feb 05, 2012

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Read from February 01 to 04, 2012

A Cleveland area librarian whom I respect commented that this book distilled the essence of Cleveland fandom. As someone who grew up in kind of greater Cleveland and attended grad school there, that was enough to get my attention. My earliest sports memories are sitting on my dad's lap, listening to Herb Score broadcast the Indians.

Overall, the book (a series of interconnected pieces focusing on LeBron James and Cleveland's sports woes) is too long. And could do with a few less f-bombs. (I can't believe that I just wrote that, but seriously, enough is enough.) Still, I can definitely identify with the angst. Raab can write some brilliant prose. I actually love his various insults directed toward the Hated One.

I'm glad I read it, but still nonessential.

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