The Noble Hustle is Pulitzer finalist Colson
Whitehead’s hilarious memoir of his search for meaning at
high stakes poker tables, which the author describes as
“Eat, Pray, Love for depressed
On one level, The Noble Hustle is a familiar species of participatory journalism--a longtime neighborhood poker player, Whitehead was given a $10,000 stake and an assignment from the online online magazine Grantland to see how far he could get in the World Series of Poker.
Now the plague is receding, and Americans are busy rebuilding civilization under orders from the provisional government based in Buffalo.
The year is 1985. Benji Cooper is one of the only black students at an elite prep school in Manhattan. He spends his falls and winters going to roller-disco bar mitzvahs, playing too much Dungeons and Dragons, and trying to catch glimpses of nudity on late-night cable TV.