Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights

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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 an NBC TV weekly drama more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 106.68 x 170.18 x 30.48mm | 276.69g
  • The Perseus Books Group
  • Da Capo Press Inc
  • Cambridge, MA, United States
  • English
  • Media tie-in
  • Television tie-in edition
  • 030681529X
  • 9780306815294
  • 100,194

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Arlington Heights Daily Herald, 1/15/2010 [It] captured the good, bad and sometimes ridiculous of high school sports. Gainesville Sun, 2/6/11 Essential pig-skin reading. Birmingham News, 7/10/11 outstanding Manchester Enterprise, 8/4/11 With characters so rich and larger-than-life, sometimes it's easy to forget that the book is based on real people. Dow Jones Newswires, 9/22/11 Shows how much a sport can bleed into every part of a community's lifeAs much a sociological study of a depressed town as it is a sports story. The Chieftain, 12/15/11 Gritty, inspiring, heartbreaking, bittersweetall those adjectives apply. This book will show you just how big Texas high school football is and make you wonder if that's a good thing or a bad thing. New York Times, 5/14/12 A classic of American sports writing. Lufkin News, 6/29/12 A well-researched and compelling story."FHM, August 2012"show more

About H. G. Bissinger

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 more