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9780062066374

The Whore of Akron

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  • ISBN13:

    9780062066374

  • ISBN10:

    0062066374

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-04-24
  • Publisher: Perennial

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Summary

A native son of Akron, Ohio, LeBron James seemed like a miracle heaven-sent by God to transform Cleveland's losing ways when he was drafted by the Cavaliers in 2003. But after seven years'and still no parade down Euclid Avenue'he left, announcing his move to South Beach on a nationally televised ESPN production with a sly title that echoed fifty years of misery. The Catch, The Drive, The Shot . . . The Decision. Out of James's treachery grew a monster. Scott Raab, a fifty-nine-year-old, 350-pound Jewish Santa Claus with a Chief Wahoo tattoo, would bear witness to LeBron's every move, and in so doing would act as the eyes and ears of Cleveland itself. Crude but warmhearted, poetic but raving, hilarious, profane (and profound), The Whore of Akronis both a rabid fan's indictment of a traitorous athlete and the story of Raab's obsessive quest to reveal the "wee jewel-box" of LeBron James's soul.

Author Biography

Scott Raab, a writer-at-large for Esquire since 1997, is a graduate of Cleveland State University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His work has been widely anthologized, including in The Best American Sports Writing. Born and bred in Cleveland, he now lives in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. This is his first book.

Table of Contents

Intimationsp. 1
The Handshake and the Handjobp. 27
Witnessp. 51
The King's Humanityp. 73
Coins on a Cold Gravep. 93
Chief Wahoo and the Whore of Akronp. 123
This Could Be Their Year, Scotty!p. 141
Hater Dazep. 155
Jew over Miamip. 169
This Way Lies Madnessp. 187
Little Access for a Big Manp. 201
The Traitor's on the Floorp. 217
Franz Kafka Bobblehead Nightp. 235
A Strange White Man at Center Courtp. 253
Endgamep. 277
Acknowledgmentp. 301
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