Ping-pong, played in every corner of the world by over 250 million people, cast a hypnotic spell on Jerome Charyn’s imagination early on. Sizzling Chops and Devilish Spins portrays the great pongistes, from Ruth Aaron, the Ginger Rogers of table tennis, to writer Henry Miller. From ping-pong detente in China to the underground bars of New York, the playlands of Las Vegas, and the convention centers of Florida, Charyn details the sport’s history while passionately arguing for its benefits in combating aging-related depression. The book includes photographs of ping-pong’s champions.

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