Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream

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Da Capo Press, Sep 1, 2004 - Sports & Recreation - 418 pages
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Return once again to the enduring account of life in the Mojo lane, to the Permian Panthers of Odessa -- the winningest high school football team in Texas history. Odessa is not known to be a town big on dreams, but the Panthers help keep the hopes and dreams of this small, dusty town going. Socially and racially divided, its fragile economy follows the treacherous boom-bust path of the oil business.In bad times, the unemployment rate barrels out of control; in good times, its murder rate skyrockets. But every Friday night from September to December, when the Permian High School Panthers play football, this West Texas town becomes a place where dreams can come true. With frankness and compassion, Bissinger chronicles one of the Panthers' dramatic seasons and shows how single-minded devotion to the team shapes the community and inspires-and sometimes shatters-the teenagers who wear the Panthers' uniforms. Includes Reader's Group Guide inside.Now a major motion picture starring Billy Bob Thorton.
 

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Great story, great writing, great insight. - Goodreads
This book was hard to read. - Goodreads
Interesting depiction of high school football in Texas. - Goodreads
Too bad the movie had change the ending. - Goodreads
Love Bissinger's writing style. - Goodreads
The prose runs quick and engaging like Seabiscuit. - Goodreads

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I would rate this book 3.5 stars if I could. To my relief, "Friday Night Lights" isn't really about football; it's more like a sociological or anthropological study of a subset of American culture ... Read full review

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Re-reading this book, I felt like it is a tad overrated. Not worthy of SI's #4 all-time sports book rating. Hyperbolic at times, a little swift to jump to conclusions, seems to overstate at times to ... Read full review

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H.G. Bissinger has won the Pulitzer Prize, the Livingston Award, the National Headliner Award, and the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel for his reporting. The author of the highly acclaimed A Prayer for the City, he has written for the television series NYPD Blue and is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. He lives in Philadelphia.

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