The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death
Paperback, Memoir, 256 pages
I kept seeing Underground Railroad on every book shelf in America. So I got online and tried to check out the audiobook from the ATL library. I was fourth in line. So I checked out The Noble Hustle instead. I didn’t know anything about The Noble Hustle or who Colson Whitehead was. I just liked the cover and saw poker.
The Noble Hustle is the funniest book I’ve read (listened to) in the last few years. Ignore the Amazon reviews. I don’t know what they are talking about. The book is brilliant. Whitehead waxes poetic about parenting, amateur poker, Frank Sinatra, city life, bizarre casino culture, dried meat history, and living life with a high M.
If you read Underground Railroad and you need a Whitehead fix until July’s The Nickel Boys release, I strongly suggest you sit down with The Noble Hustle.