Fantasy Life by Matthew Berry
The Outrageous, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports from the Guy Who's Lived It

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8 Critic Reviews

Berry gave it the old college try, but the ultimate fantasy sports book has yet to be written...
-Kirkus

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Fantasy football, fantasy baseball, fantasy basketball, even fantasy sumo wrestling: the world of fantasy sports is huge, and still growing. Today, more than 35 million people in the United States and Canada spend hours upon hours each week on their fantasy sports teams. And as the Senior Fantasy Sports Analyst for ESPN, Matthew Berry is on the front lines of what has grown from a niche subculture into a national pastime.

In his New York Times-bestselling Fantasy Life, Berry celebrates every aspect of the fantasy sports world. Brilliant trash talk. Unbelievable trophies. Insane draft day locations. Shake-your-head-in-disbelief punishments. Ingenious attempts at cheating. And surprisingly uplifting stories that remind us why we play these games in the first place.

Written with the same award-winning style that has made Berry one of the most popular columnists on ESPN.com, Fantasy Life is a book for both hard-core fantasy players and people who have never played before. Between tales of love and hate, birth and death, tattoos and furry animal costumes, the White House Situation Room and a 126-pound golden pelican, Matthew chronicles his journey from a fourteen-year-old fantasy player to the face of fantasy sports for the largest sports media company in the world.

Fantasy will save your life. Fantasy will set you free. And fantasy life is most definitely better than real life. You’ll see.
 

About Matthew Berry

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Described as “one of the stars of the web” and a “fantasy savant” by The New York Times, Matthew Berry is ESPN’s Senior Fantasy Analyst. Known as the “Talented Mr. Roto,” he’s one of the most popular columnists on ESPN.com and appears regularly on ESPN television and radio shows.  He won an Emmy for his television show, “Fantasy Football Now,” and is a member of both the Fantasy Sports Trade Association’s Hall of Fame and the Fantasy Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame. Named to the Twitter Top 100 by Sports Illustrated, Matthew has also been profiled in numerous magazines and newspapers, had his likeness included in the Madden NFL ‘11 video game, and appeared on “Dancing with the Stars,” FX’s “The League,” and even “One Life to Live.”
 
Published July 16, 2013 by Riverhead Books. 353 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Fantasy Life
All: 8 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 3

Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Jun 24 2013

Though some sections are targeted solely towards fantasy fans...readers don't need a commissioner's knowledge to enjoy this insider's peek into the often astounding and always fun realm of fantasy sports.

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WSJ online

Below average
Reviewed by Sebastian Stockman on Aug 02 2013

Matthew Berry, ESPN's senior fantasy sports analyst, would seem well-positioned to deliver on the promise of his subtitle...Yet "Fantasy Life" contains no insight into what might, say, cause someone to spend every Labor Day holiday—to his wife's consternation—in a dive bar in Keene, N.H., drafting a fantasy football team.

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NPR

Above average
Reviewed by NPR Staff on Jul 16 2013

Matthew Berry is the senior fantasy sports analyst for ESPN...and he wrote a book delving into fantasy sports game that's captivated millions. The book, Fantasy Life, looks at stories around the country of different people from all walks of life playing fantasy sports.

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Kirkus

Below average
on May 18 2013

Berry gave it the old college try, but the ultimate fantasy sports book has yet to be written...

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Ronald Kolgraf on Jul 12 2013

You’ll enjoy the ride. To borrow a Matthew Berry phrase, “just saying!”

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LA Times

Above average
Reviewed by Chris Erskine on Jul 19 2013

Berry, one of the nation's foremost authorities on the topic, purports to entertain and enlighten us with the hijinks of the leagues and fantasy players he's run across...Berry's storytelling is a little uneven, sometimes hilarious, other times exasperating, occasionally even cringe-worthy.

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Toronto Star

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Reviewed by Raju Mudhar on Aug 02 2013

ESPN’s fantasy guru has written a fun, breezy book filled with stories of players and the lengths and means to which they will go to make sure they can attend drafts, offer underhanded deals in trades and even the most wild ways they can come up with to punish the loser of their leagues.

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The Maine Edge

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Reviewed by Allen Adams on Jul 17 2013

There’s a reason that millions of people play fantasy sports. It’s the kind of fun that you simply can’t find anywhere else. Matthew Berry’s expert capturing of that sense of fun is exactly what makes “Fantasy Life” such an engaging read.

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