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Fantasy Life: The Outrageous, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports from the Guy Who’s Lived It Hardcover – July 16, 2013


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Product Details

  • Series: Fantasy Life Matthew Berry
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover (July 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594486255
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594486258
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An utterly hilarious romp through a wacky, yet occasionally poignant universe that runs parallel to reality – as told by someone who's struggled to find his way in both...If you're already one of the 36 million who do play, the book will make you laugh out loud, pump your fist in agreement and shake your head in sympathy. If you don't play, this book is a great way to find out what all the fuss is about." - USA Today

"As a longtime fan of Matthew Berry, I'm happy he's finally collected the most inane and hilarious things people will do in pursuit of fantasy glory. If I was in a fantasy league where you drafted people who write about fantasy leagues I would draft Matthew first.  Also, I would need to make some major changes in my life." - Seth Meyers, Saturday Night Live Head Writer and three-time fantasy champion in a league you don't care about

“You don’t have to play fantasy sports to enjoy Matthew Berry’s Fantasy Life. You don’t even need to be a sports fan. If you like great writing, if you appreciate irreverent humor, if stories about friendship, family, backstabbing, and regrettable Justin Bieber tattoos warm your heart, you’ll love this book.”—Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author  

“I am a bad fantasy football player and worse fantasy baseballer. I am heartened after reading Fantasy Life that this apparently does not matter. Matthew Berry’s book proves that there are lots of people out there like us: people who don't use fantasy sports to escape from life, but rather to live it with more fun.”— Peter King, Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated, and owner, “Montclair Pedroias,” New Jersey Suburban League

"I don't care about fantasy sports, and unless it involves a player shooting another player on the field like in The Last Boy Scout, I don't want to hear any stupid fantasy stories. But Matthew Berry did the impossible: He wrote a book about fantasy football that was hilarious and interesting to people who don't even like fantasy football. I loved this book."  - Tucker Max, #1 New York Times bestselling author of I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell

“Football can be broken down into X’s and O’s, but at the end of the day, we’re all after drama, human interest, and a great story. Matthew Berry’s Fantasy Life is a great story. I know sports can make a difference in people’s lives; Matthew Berry has shown that fantasy sports can, too.” – Ron “Jaws” Jaworski, ESPN NFL Analyst, and proud owner of multiple fantasy championships under the name "Jawbreaker"

"If I had to choose between playing real football and fantasy football, I honestly don’t know what I’d choose. (Just kidding.) For players like me, fantasy sports are an obsession, an escape, and a great opportunity to trash talk each other. Matthew Berry is THE guy (other than me) everyone listens to and texts for advice during drafts. Fantasy Life is a must-read for fantasy sports fans, athletes, and anyone who loves ridiculous stories" Maurice Jones-Drew, All Pro NFL running back, host of "Running with MJD" on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio

“For those of us who compete in fantasy sports, it's a fraternity. And this book IS fantasy sports. It covers the highs and lows, the good and bad, in victory and in defeat. And it's told by the only man who could tell it: Matthew Berry, the Talented Mr. Roto himself.”- Dale Earnhardt, Jr., NASCAR driver and 12-team "Dirty Mo Posse" league champion.

“I was excited to see that Matthew was writing a book about fantasy sports. As a pro athlete I’ve seen fantasy sports blow up in the last 10 years, and he’s been in the middle of all of it. Thank you, Matthew Berry, for writing such a funny book – and for being my personal consultant for the Cardinals’ fantasy football league.” -Matt Holliday, All-Star Outfielder, St. Louis Cardinals

“Matthew Berry has gleefully documented everything that is so great about fantasy sports - the celebrations and the punishments, the conniving and backstabbing, the agony and the ecstasy.  He’s got an amazing story for any situation you find yourself in.  It’s the Kama Sutra of fantasy. If you've ever watched The League, you will love this book.  Matthew shows in hilarious fashion that fantasy is like life - just better.” - Jackie and Jeff Schaffer, Creators of The League

“One of the people who makes it so much easier for you to enjoy success in fantasy sports now explains why we all enjoy playing fantasy sports. Draft this book early in your first round.” – Keith Olbermann, four-time New York Times bestselling author, nine-time fantasy baseball pennant winner

"Matthew Berry's personal journey in fantasy football is a lesson in a reality of life. Now, you can separate fantasy from reality in a fascinating read." - Chris Mortensen, ESPN Senior NFL Insider and "always in the money!"

"Matthew Berry's Fantasy Life is touching, gripping, addicting. There's nothing like it."—Adam Schefter, ESPN NFL Insider

“Is there anyone that still thinks fantasy-baseball players are some sort of niche, Trekkie sect? Countless Major League players admit themselves to playing the game, and the web hasn't only mainstreamed it, it has turned it into a multi-million-dollar business. At this point, we'd say more sports fans know who Matthew Berry is than know most of the players on his team.”
-New York Magazine

About the Author

Universally regarded as one of the leading voices on fantasy sports, Matthew Berry is ESPN’s Senior Fantasy Sports Analyst. Known as the “Talented Mr. Roto,” he’s an Emmy winner for his work on ESPN2’s Fantasy Football Now. As one of the most popular columnists and podcasters on ESPN.com, he appears regularly on ESPN television and radio shows, including Sunday NFL Countdown, SportsCenter, and NFL Live. He is one of only four people to be in the Hall of Fame of both the Fantasy Sports Trade Association and the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.

Customer Reviews

This book was very entertaining, fun and easy to read, and written straight from the heart.
Roland Guilz
This book is an easy read filled with great stories that are enjoyable for anyone, even if you are not a fantasy sports fan.
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Matthew Berry's story intertwined with a great collection of fantasy sports stories was highly entertaining.
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63 of 71 people found the following review helpful By James Altucher on July 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Imagine if you could write for the top sitcom in America, then write movies in Hollywood, and actually make a ton of money doing it.

That sounds like fun, right? Sounds like you would kill to have a dream job like that.

Only Matt Berry did the exact opposite of that. He wrote 12 episodes of Married with Children. Wrote for a bunch of other shows. Even wrote a movie or two. And then gave it all up.

I would never have done that unless someone was offering me something incredibly huge. LIke, maybe he was going to be an astronaut or President.

But he gave it up for a job that paid nothing and all his dreams came true after that.

I called him up to find out why. He had tweeted about my book when it came out on June 3 and I wanted to thank him. But I was also jealous. I WANTED to write for the sitcoms. I was almost angry he gave it up to write for basically nothing for a fantasy sports site.

I was miserable in Hollywood, he told me. And then finally there was a breaking point. I was sitting in a room going over a script with two actors and they were trying to explain to me how to write comedy. I couldn't take it anymore.

Matt Berry's book, "The Fantasy Life" comes out today. It's excellent and I highly recommend it. Not because he sent it to me. But because I read it and it reminds me so much of how I ended up doing the things I ended up doing.

It's about someone who chooses himself, chooses to follow his own path to success and, in doing to, creates out of nothing an entire career.

I know nothing about Fantasy Sports. I know nothing really about sports.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By William Weaver on July 17, 2013
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If you are reading this review, you are probably a member of the tribe. That is, the tribe of fantasy players. And love him or hate him, Matthew Berry is Moses. But maybe the only thing more sad than staying up late to play fantasy sports is staying up late to read about playing fantasy sports. Alas, that is how I spent last night. I pre-ordered this book on a whim months ago, and when it came, I figured it would be nothing but Matthew copying his ESPN columns and pasting them into book form. I was wrong. As a longtime reader of the TMR and a longtime listener of his Fantasy Focus podcasts (2 emails read, Nate and Pod once voted I should be in the Man's League, but Matthew vetoed, no hard feelings), I can say that this book offers something new. This book is the great anthropology of fantasy sports. It is the collection of our most hilarious, ridiculous, and touching fantasy stories. Matthew has carefully collected them all through the years: the funniest trades, the wackiest drafts, and the greatest league traditions. The big difference between the book and the column is that here the stories come fast and furious. Something like 20 anecdotes a chapter. Most stories are told in a couple paragraphs, and because Matthew's writing them, they're hilarious. There is one long story in the book, but it's doled out through all the chapters, and it's the story of Matthew's life in fantasy. Longtime readers may know the cliffnotes of this story (Hollywood writer, Rotopass, wins Oscar for Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (not really)), but I felt like here we get it all, and the story is compelling. In the end, this is a fun, hilarious book, and although some of the stories have been mentioned before in columns, I didn't feel cheated by it. Quite the opposite. Where Matthew's columns most resemble the long, rambling writing of Bill Simmons, this book felt a lot like Rick Reilly. Quick and funny and just burying you with stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rey Muradaz on January 20, 2014
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Matthew Berry combines an autobiographical narrative with many entertaining stories of the highs and lows that fantasy sports brings. If you play any fantasy, you'll appreciate knowing you're not alone, and if you live with someone who plays, this book will give you some insights into the depths of their passions. Berry's story also left me liking him more, because he's been incredibly fortunate in his life, and he's quite happy to acknowledge it. This is no humble-brag - he's almost as surprised by his successes as we are in reading about them, and he's clearly very grateful for all of them. Easily one of the most entertaining books I've read in a while - if you care about fantasy, it's a must-read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By andrew deyoe on September 14, 2013
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It's hilarious, it is easy to relate to and Matthew Berry is great in his transitions between each story. It doesn't give you every trick and trade that he has, but he gives you an appreciation for your league and your playing experience. I highly suggest that you purchase this book if you are into fantasy sports.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sean on September 11, 2013
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This book is like my bible(I don't go to church by the way). For a die hard fantasy football player its a must have. It made me rethink how i go about setting up fantasy leagues. No more guys that half ass pay attention, only die hard people that will comit and play hard to the end. 06010 4 Life
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Charles Wimer III on August 26, 2013
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Fantasy Life is 1/3 autobiography and 2/3's fantasy sports related stories. Put both together and you've got a 5 star book for the die-hard fantasy sports nut -- like me. Berry does a great job mixing in his personal life as it relates to his new found career (yes, all addicts would love his job). What I really liked is the perspective that Matthew puts fantasy sports in. He fully recognizes that fantasy sports is designed to bring people together, have some fun and gives us entertainment in a tough world. His proper contents knows that fantasy sports isn't life and death. Like so many, I have a VERY stressful and demanding job and fantasy sports is my outlet. My wife encourages my participation because otherwise I'd drive her nuts. Hell, I was even sharing some of stories in the book with her. If you want to read a fun book that is very easy to read and doesn't require any thought and you have interest in fantasy sports -- then I'd highly recommend this one.
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