The Whore of Akron by Scott Raab

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Who is LeBron James? In the wake of his suddendeparture from Cleveland’s hopeful Cavaliers to join Pat Riley’s Miami Heat,this is the question that is burning in the hearts of basketball fans aroundthe country. Now, in the tradition of Frederick Exley’scult-classic sports book A Fan’s Notes, journalist Scott Raab travels from Cleveland to Miami and back again in anobsessive quest to uncover the soul of one of today’s greatest basketballplayers—and answer the question once and for all, “Who is LeBron James?”
 

About Scott Raab

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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 in the Best American Sports Writing, among others. Born and bred in Cleveland, he now lives in Glen Ridge, New Jersey.
 
Published November 15, 2011 by Harper. 323 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Unlike Cleveland, though, Raab can take solace in the fact that he finally found a good woman and fathered a son, championship victories denied his beloved Cleveland—that, and the fact that James failed in his first attempt to win a championship in Miami.

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The New York Times

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Harvey Araton writes about the 1970s New York Knicks with reverence in “When the Garden Was Eden,” but Scott Raab is comically bloody minded in “The Whore of Akron,” a hate later to LeBron James.

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Publishers Weekly

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Between denouncing James and cursing other Cleveland sports villains like Art Modell, Raab shares memories of childhood and battles with drug addiction.

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The Wall Street Journal

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In one of the book's funniest scenes, a doped-up Mr. Raab has a late night vision of LeBron, who calls out him out for his hypocrisy and questionable life decisions—"You're killing yourself with a fork and spoon," Fantasy LeBron tells Mr. Raab, who is chronically overweight.

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The Wall Street Journal

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Late in Scott Raab's "The Whore of Akron: One Man's Search for the Soul of LeBron James," a chronicle of the longtime Esquire writer's resentful obsession with the NBA star, the author's mother expresses concern over the book's proposed title: "Is that all right with Esquire?

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Bookmarks Magazine

Now, in the tradition of Frederick Exley’scult-classic sports book A Fan’s Notes, journalist Scott Raab travels from Cleveland to Miami and back again in anobsessive quest to uncover the soul of one of today’s greatest basketballplayers—and answer the question once and for all, “Who is L...

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Time Magazine

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The invective poets of ancient Rome had nothing on Scott Raab, whose new book is part LeBron James biography, part memoir, all unabashed diatribe.

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Business Insider

Which is why he wrote a book documenting his unmitigated hatred for the man he once considered Cleveland’s “native son” and the man he personally called “the best basketball player I’ve ever seen.” Raab embodies Cleveland.

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The Philly Post

As for that book, it’s called The Whore of Akron, and the whore in question is LeBron James.

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