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The Noble Hustle by Colson Whitehead
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May 06, 2014 | ISBN 9780804191111 | 385 Minutes

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An NPR Best Book of the Year

“Astonishing. . . . Witty. . . . Tom Wolfe crossed with Tom Pynchon.” —The Washington Post 

The Noble Hustle is fierce, funny and totally worth the buy-in.” —New York Daily News

“Whitehead proves a brilliant sociologist of the poker world.” —The Boston Globe
 
The Noble Hustle, part love letter, part dark confessional, captures perfectly the mix of neurosis and narrative that makes gambling so appealing.” —Mother Jones

“Whitehead goes to the table himself, and like a reporter on the front line of battle, he files stories as the action heats up…[Whitehead] uses poker to expand our sense of how human beings work.”
The New York Times Book Review

“[A] trenchant, ruefully funny memoir of one man’s attempt to dispel the banality of living with the anxiety of chance.” —USA Today

“Fascinating. . . . Funny. . . . It’s hard not to root for the underdog.” —Chicago Tribune

“Mordantly funny from the first sentence. . . . Mr. Whitehead may not have gone home in the money, but he has a way with upstanding sentences.” —The Economist

“Hilarious. . . . Equal parts philosophical and farcical.” —The Seattle Times

“Clever and entertaining.” —The Miami Herald

“[Whitehead’s] reporting on the grimy glitz of casinos and competitive gambling has a funny, tragic, loser-chic sensibility.” —The New Yorker

“A literary guide to the often bizarre world of casino-poker tournaments.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Whitehead captures the sketchy and zombielike nature of poker tournament play well enough to leave you wishing this book came with a free bottle of Purell.” —Entertainment Weekly

“A sly, shambling, self-appraising riff on how he—a fervent amateur (and newly divorced father)—braved a Las Vegas World Series of Poker tourney.” —Elle

“From the first sentence to the last, Colson Whitehead never stops being clever. . . . If Whitehead played poker as well as he writes, he would have made the final table.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Part memoir, part satire, part meditation on the fractured state of contemporary culture.” —Los Angeles Times

 “A masterpiece of sportswriting.” —The Rumpus

“Shares with [David Foster] Wallace’s work the close attention of a wry, sharp intelligence to a populist pastime, a mix of casual and highfalutin diction, a self-deprecating voice that you’re never sure is totally truthful in its deprecation, and a fondness for broad cultural pronouncements.”
—The San Francisco Chronicle

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