Jeffrey Blitz - Spellbound (2)
I will refrain from making any spelling jokes in this review, tempting though it may be. The spelling bee, to my still somewhat European eyes, seems a very alien tradition, though I'd be hard pressed to say just what exaclty it is about fidgety bespectacled eleven year old kids with overzealous parents spelling words much harder than "overzealous" or "bespectacled" that is so disturbing. But it is. It is also very funny and fascinating to get a look into a world of success and ambition that couldn't be stranger to me if it were made of cheese and looked like the moon, but I think I said that already.