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So Many Ways to Lose


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Devin Gordon is a contributing writer for a number of publications, including the The Atlantic, New York Times Magazine, and ESPN the Magazine. He has served as executive editor at GQ Magazine and was a writer and editor at Newsweek. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife, two kids and their dog.


"A joyous celebration, a reminder that there's a nobility in rooting for a sublimely hopeless team."--Joe Posnanski, New York Times bestselling author of The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O'Neill's America, and Michael Schur, creator of Parks and Recreation and The Good Place, cohosts of The PosCast
"So Many Ways to Lose is, ironically, a 20-game winner. Devin Gordon's ability to explain the Sisyphean plight of all Mets fans is truly remarkable, and I was thoroughly entertained with his stories of how coming up short can be an art form. Bravo."
--Ron Darling, New York Times bestselling author of Game 7, 1986
"As a third generation Yankee fan, I've always wondered why anyone would be a Mets fan. This crackling, funny, thoughtful book explained it: you're losers.--Joel Stein, author of In Defense of Elitism: Why I'm Better Than You and You Are Better Than Someone Who Didn't Buy This Book
"Devin Gordon pulls off something here that's so hard: writing about one team in a way that makes you feel like he's actually writing about your team. I've never watched a Mets game in my life, but two chapters in, I couldn't put this book down."--Shea Serrano, New York Times bestselling author of Basketball (and Other Things) and The Rap Yearbook
"Devin Gordon's vivisection of the psyche of a Mets fan is brutal and hilarious. It's a must-read for anyone who loves baseball."--Jeff Passan, ESPN senior MLB insider and New York Times bestselling author of The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports
"Every child who grows up around New York knows they face a choice on which everything else depends: Mets or Yankees? But what kind of person actually chooses the Mets? In So Many Ways to Lose, Devin Gordon answers that question with a gift for jaunty fatalism and aphoristic self-abasement.--Tom Junod, two-time National Magazine Award winner

"This is a weird, wonderful, and essential book about both America and its pastime. It's about a place as vast as New York City and as intimate as the human heart. Fred Exley meets Richard Ben Cramer--a funny, wild, heartfelt, and keenly observed portrait of yearning itself." --Wright Thompson, New York Times bestselling author of The Cost of These Dreams

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