Word Nerd

A book review of Word Nerd: Dispatches From the Games, Grammar and Geek Underground by John D. Williams Jr. (former executive director of the National SCRABBLE Association) Stars: *** Liveright (2015)Games240 pages Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. Summary: In this zany, one-of-a-kind memoir, former executive director of the National SCRABBLE Association John D. Williams… Read More »

Word Freak

A book review of Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius and Obsession in the World of Competitive SCRABBLE Players by Stefan Fatsis Stars: *** Penguin Books (2002)Games>Scrabble416 pages Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. Summary: Scrabble may be truly called America’s game. But for every group of “living-room players” there is someone who is “at one… Read More »

The Monopolists

The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game by Mary Pilon Stars: **** Bloomsbury (2015) Biographies/Board Games/Historical Study 336 pages Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. Summary: The Monopolists reveals the unknown story of how Monopoly came into existence, the reinvention of its history by Parker Brothers and multiple media outlets,… Read More »

Serious Fun by Mark Collard

Stars: ***** Subtitle: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Leading Remarkably Fun Program That Make a Difference Griffin Press (2014) Group Games/Education/Team-Building 203 pages I received Serious Fun for free for attending a conference where Mark Collard spoke about leading fun programs. Summary:  Jam-packed with inspiration and practical advice, Serious Fun describes a unique, yet simple, four-step… Read More »