Friday Night LightsPaperback
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- Publisher: Da Capo Press Inc
- Format: Paperback | 416 pages
- Dimensions: 135mm x 211mm x 28mm | 454g
- Publication date: 31 August 2004
- Publication City/Country: Cambridge, MA
- ISBN 10: 0306813742
- ISBN 13: 9780306813740
- Edition: Media tie-in
- Edition statement: Film tie-in edition
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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"New York Times", 9/8, in a review of James' new book co-authored by Bissinger "[LeBron James] was smart to hook up with Mr. Bissinger, who showed in Friday Night Lights that he writes about young men and sports as well as anyone alive."