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Expatriate Games: My Season of Misadventures in Czech Semi-Pro Basketball (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 6. August 2013

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In his first book, lawyer and pro basketballer wannabe Fromm offers an entertaining and often hilarious account of his year in Prague playing point guard in a semipro league and attending political science courses at Central European University. Fromm was 23 years old and admits that he was unready for law school or the demands of full-time employment. So instead, in the fall of 1994, he embarked on a thoroughly unplanned trip to a country he barely knew, with somehow stumbled upon a league and a team, and while struggling to learn Czech and Czech customs, get along with his teammates, and earn a degree, Fromm found love, or what he first thought was love. Fromm recounts his adventures with candor and self-deprecating humor, crafting a modest, worthwhile book about discovering yourself and following your passions. The lengthy and numerous basketball game recaps can grow tiresome, but this is an otherwise brisk and breezy read. Recommended for public libraries. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe .


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Fromm is in a Zone 8. November 2008
Von Stanford Fan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Are you a former high school basketball player? Pretty solid game, but not good enough to actually play ball at the college level? Maybe spent your college years and/or grad school years as a gym rat? Probably realized when you were 24 or 25, playing pick-up games at the campus field house that you were actually a better player -- a smarter player and stronger player -- than you were at 17. Maybe that got you wondering whether you could try to make something of the 4 years of NCAA elibility you had left? If so, then this book is for you.

Fromm is on fire in what appears to be his first book! There are a few places in the book when he's off his game, "losing the handle," "forcing up shots." But, for most of this book, he's in the zone! His witty, self-deprecating style makes for a gut-splitting romp through a season of semi-pro basketball in Eastern Europe -- this is before the explosion of basketball talent from that region. But, Fromm's tale is also about drinking in bars, hanging out at discos, and trying to find that unique form of casual romance that, by the time your 27, is forever out of your reach.

And, Fromm's adeptness at weaving into his story memories of NBA and college basketball lore from his youth (and my youth and, likely, your youth) is icing on the cake. At the same time you're revisiting Fromm's overseas exploits, your revisiting some of your own memories of the game.

This guy should be writing for Page 2 of [...]. He would be an instant hit.

And, even if you're not that former high school basketball player -- or former gym rat -- if you're just a regular old sports guy who's wife or girlfriend keeps asking him to read "Eat, Pray, Love," this is the book for you, too. This is "Eat, Pray, Love" for guys!
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Awesome 20. Oktober 2008
Von David Rigberg - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This book grabs you from the introduction and never lets up. The subject is interesting, and the easy-going, funny and introspective writing is so on the mark. Does this guy have other books out there?
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loved by a non-sportslady! 30. Oktober 2008
Von Suzanne H. Kalish - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I am not a sports person.... I loved this book-- hysterical and made me want to play basketball! This will be the "gift" for all the men (and women too!) on my holiday lists!
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Much More than Basketball 15. Juni 2009
Von John Sheirer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Picture American Dave Fromm, a recent college graduate, with barely a place to stay and few concrete plans, wandering the mysterious nighttime streets of Prague, listening intently for the sound of a bouncing basketball. That's the central image of Expatriate Games, Fromm's terrific memoir about a year spent playing semi-professional basketball in the Czech Republic in the early 1990s.

Fromm's basketball odyssey is a major part of the book, but he gives readers so much more. The fish-out-of-water explorations of a foreign country, the transition to delayed "real-life" adulthood, the awkward love stories, the half-hearted attempt at a questionable graduate degree--all of these are rendered in gifted prose and a vulnerable voice that earns readers' affection for his quirky choices.

As good as anything from George Plimpton's classic sports fantasies, Fromm takes his place with Pat Conroy's My Losing Season, Jay Atkinson's Ice Time, Melissa King's She's Got Next, and Mark St.Amant's Just Kick It as the best of a recent crop of memoirs that are partly about sports, but mostly about life.
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I want more... 3. Januar 2013
Von goNYgoNYgo - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
By the end of the book you are satisfied, but are left wanting more. I don't know - maybe it's the writing, but I just did not want this story to end. It's so witty and thought provoking - it captures that recent grad mentality and growth of that first year out of college. It's a coming of age story and if you like basketball that's a bonus. So Great!
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