Friday Night Lights  25th Anniversary Edition Book
Score: 4
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Friday Night Lights 25th Anniversary Edition


  • Author : H.G. Bissinger
  • Publisher : Da Capo Press
  • Release Date : 2015-08-11
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9780306824227

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Friday Night Lights 25th Anniversary Edition Excerpt :

Return once again to the timeless account of 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, H. G. Bissinger chronicles a season in the life of Odessa and shows how single-minded devotion to the team shapes the community and inspires--and sometimes shatters--the teenagers who wear the Panthers' uniforms.

A Friday Night Lights Companion Book
Score: 4
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A Friday Night Lights Companion


  • Author : Leah Wilson
  • Publisher : BenBella Books, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2011-07-05
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781935618904

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A Friday Night Lights Companion Excerpt :

Called one of the best shows on TV by more than a dozen media publications, including Time and Entertainment Weekly, Friday Night Lights is not just one of the most critically acclaimed shows on air, it's also one of the most watchable. Despite its focus on high school football, its masterfully crafted characters and honestly portrayed relationships make its portrait of small town Texas life compelling and relatable in ways that have nothing to do with field goals or touchdowns. Love, Loss, and Dillon Football: A Friday Night Lights Companion explores the victories and pitfalls of Dillon, Texas – both the town itself and those who live and love there. Because Friday Night Lights is so much more than just a teenage football drama: it's about the struggle to not get trapped in the circumstances one is born into. It's about love, it's about loss, and, yes, it's even about football.

Friday Night Lights Book
Score: 4
From 39 Ratings

Friday Night Lights


  • Author : H. G. Bissinger
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2005
  • Genre: Football
  • Pages : 367
  • ISBN 10 : 9780224076746

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Friday Night Lights Excerpt :

Return once again to the enduring account of the Permian Panthers of Odessa -- the winningest high school football team in Texas history.

Friday Night Lights  25th Anniversary Edition Book
Score: 4
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Friday Night Lights 25th Anniversary Edition


  • Author : H.G. Bissinger
  • Publisher : Da Capo Press
  • Release Date : 2015-08-11
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 0306824205

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Friday Night Lights 25th Anniversary Edition Excerpt :

The 25th anniversary edition of the #1 New York Times bestseller and Sports Illustrated's best football book of all time, with a new afterword by the author Return once again to the timeless account of the Permian Panthers of Odessa—the winningest high-school football team in Texas history. Socially and racially divided, Odessa isn't known to be a place big on dreams, but every Friday night from September to December, when the Panthers play football, dreams can come true. With frankness and compassion, H. G. Bissinger unforgettably captures a season in the life of Odessa and shows how single-minded devotion to the team shapes the community and inspires—and sometimes shatters—the teenagers who wear the Panthers' uniforms.

Friday Night Lives Book

Friday Night Lives


  • Author : Robert Clark
  • Publisher : University of Texas Press
  • Release Date : 2020-10-06
  • Genre: Photography
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 1477321195

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Friday Night Lives Excerpt :

In 1988, when Robert Clark was in his early twenties, he traveled to Odessa, Texas, to create a visual element for a book about a high school football team. That book was Buzz Bissinger’s Friday Night Lights—the chronicle of a season with the Permian Panthers, one of the state’s winningest teams of all time. About twenty photos appeared in Bissinger’s book, but Clark shot 137 rolls of film during his time with the Panthers. Friday Night Lives collects dozens of the never-before-seen images, taking us back to the team, the city, and that dramatic season. The archival photos, published here on the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of Bizzinger's bestseller, capture intimate moments among the players and their families and classmates, as well as the wider world of Odessa. Now the players have grown up. Friday Night Lives also includes Clark’s portraits of key Panthers figures at a later age, documenting complex lives of beauty and struggle. Boobie Miles, the star fullback sidelined by injury, is here, along with Coach Gaines and others. In his heartfelt foreword, best-selling author Hanif Abdurraqib describes how Clark's photos rehumanize the players, reminding us of the truth of their young lives before their stories became nationally known in print, film, and television.

Until It Hurts Book
Score: 4.5
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Until It Hurts


  • Author : Mark Hyman
  • Publisher : Beacon Press
  • Release Date : 2009-04-01
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 0807021180

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Until It Hurts Excerpt :

Near the end of a long season, fourteen-year-old baseball pitcher Ben Hyman approached his father with disappointing, if not surprising, news: his pitching shoulder was tired. With each throw to home plate, he felt a twinge in his still maturing arm. Any doctor would have advised the young boy to take off the rest of the season. Author Mark Hyman sent his son out to pitch the next game. After all, it was play-off time. Stories like these are not uncommon. Over the last seventy-five years, adults have staged a hostile takeover of kids' sports. In 2003 alone, more than 3.5 million children under age fifteen required medical treatment for sports injuries, nearly half of which were the result of simple overuse. The quest to turn children into tomorrow's superstar athletes has often led adults to push them beyond physical and emotional limits. In Until It Hurts, journalist, coach, and sports dad Mark Hyman explores how youth sports reached this problematic state. His investigation takes him from the Little League World Series in Pennsylvania to a prestigious Chicago soccer club, from adolescent golf and tennis superstars in Atlanta to California volleyball players. He interviews dozens of children, parents, coaches, psychologists, surgeons, sports medicine specialists, and former professional athletes. He speaks at length with Whitney Phelps, Michael's older sister; retraces the story of A Very Young Gymnast, and its subject, Torrance York; and tells the saga of the Castle High School girls' basketball team of Evansville, Indiana, which in 2005 lost three-fifths of its lineup to ACL injuries. Along the way, Hyman hears numerous stories: about a mother who left her fifteen-year-old daughter at an interstate exit after a heated exchange over her performance during a soccer game, about a coach who ordered preteens to swim laps in three-hour shifts for twenty-four hours. Hyman's exploration leads him to examine the history of youth sports in our country and how it's evolved,

Remember This Titan  The Bill Yoast Story Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

Remember This Titan The Bill Yoast Story


  • Author : Steve Sullivan
  • Publisher : Taylor Trade Publications
  • Release Date : 2007-08-13
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 184
  • ISBN 10 : 9781589796331

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Remember This Titan The Bill Yoast Story Excerpt :

Bill Yoast is the real-life hero of Remember the Titans, the hit movie that chronicled the struggles of black and white high school football athletes to create a championship season in 1972 Virginia. A World War II veteran, Yoast helped to mold the lives of hundreds of men and women through his inspirational coaching style. Yoast offers his personal recollections from that now-immortalized season as well as the coaching philosophy he developed in over 30 years of his career.

3 Nights in August Book
Score: 4
From 11 Ratings

3 Nights in August


  • Author : Buzz Bissinger
  • Publisher : HMH
  • Release Date : 2006-04-04
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780547526713

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3 Nights in August Excerpt :

This inside view with the Cardinals’ Tony La Russa by the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Friday Night Lights “should appeal to any baseball fan” (Publishers Weekly). A Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year “Plenty of books have taken us inside baseball, but August takes us directly inside players’ heads.” —Entertainment Weekly 3 Nights in August captures the strategic and emotional complexities of baseball’s quintessential form: the three-game series. As the St. Louis Cardinals battle their archrival, the Chicago Cubs, we watch from the dugout through the eyes of legendary Tony La Russa, considered by many to be the greatest manager of the modern era. In his thirty-three years of managing, La Russa won three World Series titles and was named Manager of the Year a record five times. He now stands as the third-winningest manager in the history of baseball. A great leader, La Russa built his success on the conviction that ball games are won not only by the numbers but also by the hearts and minds of those who play. Drawing on unprecedented access to a major league skipper and his team, Buzz Bissinger portrays baseball with a revelatory intimacy that offers many surprisingly tactical insights—and furthers the debate on major league managerial style and strategy in his provocative afterword. “Superb . . . Will be devoured by hard-core strategists.” —The New York Times Book Review

Father s Day Book
Score: 4
From 4 Ratings

Father s Day


  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2012
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 242
  • ISBN 10 : 9780547816562

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Father s Day Excerpt :

The author recounts a father-son road trip during which he gained insight into the worldviews, challenges, and talents of his socially challenged savant son, Zach.

Relentless Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Relentless


  • Author : Julian Edelman
  • Publisher : Hachette Books
  • Release Date : 2017-10-24
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9780316479844

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Relentless Excerpt :

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Bill Belichick: "Julian is the epitome of competitiveness, toughness, and the great things that are possible when someone is determined to achieve their goals." Tom Brady: "It's a privilege for me to play with someone as special as Julian." The Super Bowl champion wide receiver for the New England Patriots shares his inspiring story of an underdog kid who was always doubted to becoming one of the most reliable and inspiring players in the NFL. When the Patriots were down 28-3 in Super Bowl LI, there was at least one player who refused to believe they would lose: Julian Edelman. And he said so. It wasn't only because of his belief in his teammates, led by the master of the comeback, his friend and quarterback Tom Brady-or the coaching staff run by the legendary Bill Belichick. It was also because he had been counted out in most of his life and career, and he had proved them all wrong. Whether it was in Pop Warner football, where his Redwood City, California, team won a national championship; in high school where he went from a 4'10", 95-pound freshman running back to quarterback for an undefeated Woodside High team; or college, where he rewrote records at Kent State as a dual-threat quarterback, Edelman far exceeded everyone's expectations. Everyone's expectations, that is, except his own and those of his father, who took extreme and unorthodox measures to drive Edelman to quiet the doubters with ferocious competitiveness. When he was drafted by the Patriots in the seventh round, the 5'10" college quarterback was asked to field punts and play wide receiver, though he'd never done either. But gradually, under the tutelage of a demanding coaching staff and countless hours of off-season training with Tom Brady, he became one of the NFL's most dynamic punt returners and top receivers who can deliver in the biggest games. Relentless is the story of Edelman's rise, and the continuing dominance of the Patriot dynasty, filled with memories of growin

Never Give Up on Your Dream Book

Never Give Up on Your Dream


  • Author : Warren Moon
  • Publisher : ReadHowYouWant.com
  • Release Date : 2010-01-07
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 444
  • ISBN 10 : 9781458762740

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Never Give Up on Your Dream Excerpt :

I was an emotional mess. - Yes, me, Harold Warren Moon, the quarterback who was always so cool, calm, and confident on and off the football field, nicknamed Pops as a youth because of my mature demeanor as the only man in a home filled with seven women. I was a bundle of frayed, exposed nerves.... - I had been inducted into the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame - four simple words that easily roll off the tip of your tongue. The reality and power of that statement hit me like a blindside tackle. My world stopped. I turned my head and looked towards Mandy, and at that moment, everything came pouring out of me.

Best of Rivals Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Best of Rivals


  • Author : Adam Lazarus
  • Publisher : Da Capo Press
  • Release Date : 2012-08-28
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780306821363

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Best of Rivals Excerpt :

In this revealing, in-depth look at the NFL's greatest quarterback controversy, Adam Lazarus takes readers into the locker room and inside the huddle to deliver the real story behind the rivalry—when Joe Montana and Steve Young battled on and off the field and forged one of the finest football dynasties of all time. From 1987 to 1994, the two future Hall of Famers spurred each other on to remarkable heights, including three Super Bowl wins and four MVP awards, and set new standards for quarterback excellence. The two men couldn't have been more different in background, personality, and playing style, and their competition created as much tension as it did greatness, forcing Montana to prove that he was still the game's best quarterback and Young to prove that he was a worthy successor. Featuring candid interviews with Montana, Young, Jerry Rice, George Seifert, and many more, Best of Rivals brings to life the story of two sports legends, the golden era of football their rivalry presided over, and the amazing legacy it produced.

Dan Rooney Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

Dan Rooney


  • Author : Dan Rooney
  • Publisher : Da Capo Press
  • Release Date : 2008-09-02
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9780306817243

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Dan Rooney Excerpt :

The long-time owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers describes growing up on Pittsburgh's North Side, his father and mentor Art Rooney, the development of the Steelers into a football powerhouse, and relationships with family, players, coaches, the media, and fans.

A Prayer for the City Book
Score: 4.5
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A Prayer for the City


  • Author : Buzz Bissinger
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2015-04-15
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101969915

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A Prayer for the City Excerpt :

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Friday Night Lights, the heart-wrenching and hilarious true story of an American city on its knees and a man who will do anything to save it. A Prayer for the City is acclaimed journalist Buzz Bissinger's true epic of Philadelphia mayor Ed Rendell, an utterly unique, unorthodox, and idiosyncratic leader willing to go to any length for the sake of his city: take unions head on, personally lobby President Clinton to save 10,000 defense jobs, or wrestle Smiley the Pig on Hot Dog Day—all the while bearing in mind the eternal fickleness of constituents whose favor may hinge on a missed garbage pick-up or an overzealous meter maid. It is also the story of citizens in crisis: a woman fighting ceaselessly to give her great-grandchildren a better life, a father of six who may lose his job at the Navy Shipyard, and a policy analyst whose experiences as a crime victim tempt her to abandon her job and ideals. "Fascinating, humane" (The New Yorker) and alive with detail and insight, A Prayer for the City describes the rare combination of political courage and optimism that may be the only hope for America's urban centers.

Dragonfish  A Novel Book
Score: 3
From 9 Ratings

Dragonfish A Novel


  • Author : Vu Tran
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2015-08-03
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393248425

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Dragonfish A Novel Excerpt :

A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year "Note-perfect. Heartbreaking. Profound…[A] polished dagger of a novel that will cut out your heart." —Charles Bock, New York Times best-selling author of Beautiful Children Robert, an Oakland cop, still can’t let go of Suzy, the mysterious Vietnamese wife who left him. Now she’s disappeared from her new husband, Sonny, a violent smuggler who blackmails Robert into finding her. Searching for Suzy in the sleek and seamy gambling dens of Las Vegas, Robert finds himself also chasing the past that haunts her—one that extends back to Vietnam and a refugee camp in Malaysia, and forward to Suzy’s estranged daughter, a poker shark now taking the future into her own hands.