American bee : the National Spelling Bee and the culture of word nerds : the lives of five top spellers as they compete for glory and fame /

What the bestselling Word Freak did for Scrabble, this riveting narrative now does for the National Spelling Bee. Here is a captivating slice of Americana - part sporting event, part absorbing human drama, and part celebration of the magic of words. Every spring in the nation's capital, after a...

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Main Author: Maguire, James, 1959- (Author)
Format: Book
Language:English
Published:[Emmaus, Pa.] : Rodale : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, ©2006.
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Table of Contents:
  • Life At The Bee: the 2004 National Spelling Bee, Washington, D.C.
  • The Pressure
  • The Field Narrows
  • "Is This As Good As Hollywood Can Make It?"
  • The Folk Tradition: The American Spelling Bee, from Plymouth Rock to Cable Television
  • A Fine Amusement
  • The Birth of the Modern Bee
  • The Media Age
  • Champion's Profiles
  • David Tidmarsh ('04)
  • Nupur Lala ('99)
  • Wendy Guey ('96)
  • Ned Andrews ('94)
  • Paige Kimble ('81)
  • Jacques Bailly ('80)
  • Katie Kerwin McCrimmon ('79)
  • Barrie Trinkle ('73)
  • Henry Feldman ('60)
  • The Strange History of English Spelling (Or, Why It's So Difficult)
  • A Great Darkness
  • The New American Vernacular
  • Science Fiction: The Future of Spelling
  • Five Top Spellers Compete for Glory and Fame
  • Preface to a Competition
  • Marshall Winchester
  • Kerry Close
  • Samir Patel
  • Jamie Ding
  • Aliya Deri
  • The Annual Ritual: Word List Creation
  • The Showdown: the 2005 National Spelling Bee, Washington, D.C.
  • The Tribe Gathers
  • The Spellers Step Up
  • The Heart Pounds.