The Crowd Sounds Happy by Nicholas Dawidoff
A Story of Love, Madness, and Baseball

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Growing up in a doomed hometown with a missing father and a single mother, Nicholas Dawidoff listened to baseball every night on his bedside radio, the professional ballplayers gradually becoming the men in his life. A portrait of a childhood shaped by a stoical, enterprising mother, a disturbed, dangerous father, the private world of baseball, and the awkwardness of first love, The Crowd Sounds Happy is the moving tale of a spirited boy's coming-of-age in troubled times.

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About Nicholas Dawidoff

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Nicholas Dawidoff is the author of four books. One of them, The Fly Swatter, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and another, In the Country of Country, was named one of the greatest all-time works of travel literature by Conde Nast Traveller. A graduate of Harvard University, he has been a Guggenheim, Civitella Ranieri and Berlin Prize Fellow, and is a contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and the American Scholar. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.
Published May 6, 2008 by Vintage. 290 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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“Your father is supposed to protect you,” Dawidoff writes, “and mine was scaring the hell out of me.” In passages often heartbreakingly honest, Dawidoff evokes the “unpredictable sources of harm” he felt at every turn.

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Dawidoff (The Fly Swatter ) brilliantly takes the reader through his journey of childhood struggles in this moving memoir.

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