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By James Maguire

What the bestselling Word Freak did for Scrabble, this riveting narrative now does for the nationwide Spelling Bee. here's a attractive slice of Americana--part carrying occasion, half soaking up human drama, and half social gathering of the magic of words.
Every spring within the nation's capital, after a beginning pool of 10 million young children narrows to 250 finalists, America's most sensible younger spellers face off in a nail-biting contest. So electrical is the drama that thousands of audience track in to monitor ESPN's reside telecast
But this nationwide obsession is far greater than a wearing story--and this first-ever narrative nonfiction publication concerning the nationwide Spelling Bee immerses the reader in precise lifestyle, portraying the endearing fraternity of tremendous, eccentric younger note nerds who vie for a gold trophy, a hefty cost, and an excellent second of nationwide fame.
Author James Maguire, who just like the contestants is an inveterate notice nut, captures the soreness and glory of this singularly American occasion. He profiles the pinnacle 5 spellers around the state, exploring their hopes and dreams--and suggestions for winning--as they organize for his or her second within the highlight. American Bee takes readers behind the curtain on the nationwide Bee, offering a story thrill trip because the stress mounts around via round.

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It is also in society that they recall, recognize, and localize their memories" (1992: 38). The forms memory takes thus vary according to social organization, and the groups to which any individual belongs are primary even in the most apparently individual remembering. Moreover, for Halbwachs, memory is framed in the present as much as in the past, variable rather than constant. Studying memory, as a result, is a matter not of reflecting philosophically on inherent properties of the subjective mind but of identifying its shifting social frames.

Like many such critiques, these are based on something of a straw-man version of Durkheim's positions. INTRODUCTION II trast to his idea that what individuals remember is determined by their group memberships but still takes place in their own minds, Halbwachs also focused on publicly available commemorative symbols, rituals, and technologies. As we just noted, some later theorists treat these symbols and representations as a vast cultural storehouse; this is a wise move, since the items in a cultural storehouse are real.

For his part, Connertotl looks beyond this conjunctural explanation and ascribes the m e m o r y boom to broader trends in modernity (his 2 0 0 9 book is called How Modernity forgets). IO THE COLLECTIVE MEMORY READER memory boom, one is indeed speaking in part—though far from exclusively— of the vast terrains of Holocaust memory, and other terrains of memory modeled on it. Nazis as well as the Holocaust have been condensation symbols of evil over many decades, though to be sure increasingly since the 1970s, with major landmarks like the Holocaust TV miniseries (1979) and Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List (1993); equally important for memory scholarship was Claude Lanzmann's nine hour documentary from 1985, Shoah, which included reminiscences and testimony of witnesses and survivors.

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