Strange Blurbfellows

Slate's Culture Blog
Aug. 11 2009 4:32 PM

Strange Blurbfellows

LeBron James and Buzz Bissinger—co-authors of the LeBron-coming-of-age story Shooting Stars —are two names you'd never expect to see separated by an ampersand. Flip the soon-to-be-released book over and the bedfellows get even stranger. The blurbers for Shooting Stars , in order of appearance: Jay-Z ("When I first saw LeBron James play as a professional, it was his selflessness that dazzled me the most"), Bob Costas, John Grisham, Duke University basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, Warren Buffett ("Reading about LeBron James's transition from boyhood to manhood was a thrill for me"), The Soloist author Steve Lopez, and In These Girls, Hope Is a Muscle writer Madeleine Blais.

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This group of six rappers, sportscasters, writers, coaches, and tycoons will clearly never be in the same room together. What's yet to be determined, however, is whether there's a blurbing contingent that has even less of a chance of having a poker night or writing one another birthday cards. If you know of a book with a less likely collection of blurbers, please send your submission to slatebrowbeat@gmail.com by 6 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, Aug. 12.

Josh Levin is Slate's executive editor.