Hoop Roots

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
A multilayered memoir of basketball, family, home, love, and race, John Edgar Wideman’s Hoop Roots brings "a touch of Proust to the blacktop" (Time) as it tells of the author's love for a game he can no longer play. Beginning with the scruffy backlot playground he discovered in Pittsburgh some fifty years ago, Wideman works magical riffs that connect black music, language, culture, and sport. His voice modulates from nostalgic to outraged, from scholarly to streetwise, in describing the game that has sustained his passion throughout his life.
 

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FIRST SHOT
21
LEARNING TO PLAY
63
WHO INVENTED THE JUMP SHOT A FABLE
133
THE VILLAGE
159
NAMING THE PLAYGROUND
189
ONE MORE TIME
215
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JOHN EDGAR WIDEMAN is the author of more than twenty works of fiction and nonfiction, including the award-winning Brothers and Keepers , Philadelphia Fire , and most recently the story collection God's Gym . He is the recipient of two PEN/ Faulkner Awards and has been nominated for the National Book Award. He teaches at Brown University.

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