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The Crowd Sounds Happy book. 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.

The Crowd Sounds Happy vividly captures the crosscurrents of a childhood at once unusually happy and unusually . Dawidoff limns the double life of adolescence so acutely that I found myself wincing at least once a paragraph.

The Crowd Sounds Happy vividly captures the crosscurrents of a childhood at once unusually happy and unusually haunted. Dawidoff writes like an angel, and his memoir bids fair to join Tobias Wolff's This Boy's Life on the short shelf of great books about American boyhood. -Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma. This beautiful book is like a sharp knife-painful, gleaming and utterly precise. I devoured and savored this beautifully written book, even as it broke my heart.

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Nicholas Dawidoff (born November 30, 1962) is an American writer

Nicholas Dawidoff (born November 30, 1962) is an American writer. Dawidoff was born in New York City, and grew up in New Haven, Connecticut with his mother and sister. The Crowd Sounds Happy: A Story of Love, Madness and Baseball (May 2008) is a memoir of his experience growing up in New Haven and New York in the 1970s, his troubled family, and how baseball helps him find his place in the world. It won a Kenneth Johnson Book Award for an outstanding literary contribution to a better understanding of mental illness.

The Crowd Sounds Happy A Story of Love, Madness and Baseball Nicholas Dawidoff PANTHON BOOKS . Cherished friends who are family to me. I guess everybody thinks about the old times, even the happiest people. WILLA CATHER, My Ántonia

The Crowd Sounds Happy A Story of Love, Madness and Baseball Nicholas Dawidoff PANTHON BOOKS New York Contents Title Page Dedication Epigraph ONE Relievers TW. WILLA CATHER, My Ántonia. Next to love is the desire for love. WALLACE STEVENS, An Ordinary Evening in New Haven.

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The Crowd Sounds Happy. A Story of Love and Madness in an American Family

The Crowd Sounds Happy. A Story of Love and Madness in an American Family. A Story of Love, Madness, and Baseball. By Nicholas Dawidoff. 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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Read an excerpt of this book. NPR stories about The Crowd Sounds Happy. Memoir Tells Story of 'Madness and Baseball'. May 24, 2008, Author Nicholas Dawidoff has written a newly published memoir, The Crowd Sounds Happy: A Story of Love, Madness and Baseball.

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Happy : A Story of Love and Madness in an American Family.

The Crowd Sounds Happy : A Story of Love and Madness in an American Family.

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.

Comments: (7)

Vonalij
A most compelling autobiography.

Dawidoff experienced a wrenching childhood, tempered by a love of baseball

He shares a litany of disappointment but he came out of it all to obtain a first rate education

Today he is a celebrated writer and deservedly so

I've read all three of author's book as well as his magnificent literary anthology on baseball

Wilfred Sheed once wrote of sport as a guide to life.

Dawidoff validates that claim
Coidor
This was a wonderful book. I'm a middle-aged woman (coincidentally Yankees fan), who has watched success and failure and misunderstanding in many areas of life. This is the kind of book I'll be giving or encouraging others to read, especially the men in my family, young and old, who are so hard to find something for - although this memoir is certainly not just for men and boys.

Dawidoff grew up in New Haven with an absent father, a strong mother, family intelligence that in most situations creates high expectations - and he found baseball, and made it his obsession. But this isn't really just a book for fans of baseball. His memoir is filled with nuances and descriptions of his friends, family, and neighborhood, that so well illustrate his settings and experiences - and remind one of one's own similar experiences, but in words one could never quite express. That is why my pages are dog-eared.

It is also full of empathy and confusion, self-doubt and self-awareness, growing pains, growing up, poignant moments that will make you smile. It is the whole package. Reading this would be, perhaps, also a salve for those who think that their families have had issues that others do not.

Dawidoff was surrounded by some sage individuals in his life, and he soaked up their imparted wisdom, and has shared theirs, and his, with us.
Zieryn
This memoir captures the heart of a young boy from the perspective of an adult--it really blew me away. I now plan to read all of Dawdoff's books. For anyone who enjoys traveling down his or her own memory lane, this is a book that can take you there in a compassionate way--a lot of sadness--but there is joy, too. AND, of course, there's BASEBALL!
kolos
Growing up in lower middle-class household led by a frugal and severe mother, haunted by his absent and mentally ill father, Nick Dawidoff turned to the Boston Red Sox as his beacon of hope and guiding light and baseball as his true love. Loathing the Yankees not only because they were the Sox's eternal enemies, but also because they represented everything horrible in his life--he had to visit a seedy part of New York monthly in his dreaded visits to his father--Nick managed to wend his way through a difficult and untutored childhood, ultimately attending and graduating from Harvard and becoming a fine writer.

This is an inspirational book of childhood angst, love, torment, and baseball.
Yozshujinn
Among my all time favorites in the personal memoir about growing up with baseball are those of Doris Kearns Goodwin and Wilfrid Sheed. Nicholas DaWidoff's recent entry in this category has topped them all. It's not the usual "fathers playing catch with sons" story, for Dawidoff's parents were divorced and his father, suffering from mental illness, was an unsettling and sometimes looming presence on the fringe. This is an elegantly written and deeply moving account of a boy growing to manhood in the shadow of a broken family, coming to grips with it and learning to understand the heroic efforts of his mother to make things work. His own passion for and participation in baseball is not incidental, but is a primary source of solace and strength.
Mettiarrb
I truly didn't think that Mr. Dawidoff could top his last book, The Fly Swatter, but I was wrong! This account of his challenging youth, where baseball gives him solace in a fatherless household and he struggles to make sense of his father's mental illness, is captivating, lovely, poignant, and so, so vivid. Humor and levity exist alongside confusion and angst; his journey through his youth is told in exacting and wonderfully honed detail. Though most of us have not had to confront the same demons as the author, we can all relate to the adolescent feelings that they provoke and that he narrates with brilliance and sensitivity. This memoir is as riveting as the finest action novel -- and is all the more compelling because it is real. Recommended without reservation!
The Crowd Sounds Happy: A Story of Love and Madness in an American Family download epub
Arts & Literature
Author: Nicholas Dawidoff
ISBN: 0375700072
Category: Biographies & Memoris
Subcategory: Arts & Literature
Language: English
Publisher: Vintage (May 5, 2009)
Pages: 288 pages