Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream by H.G. Bissinger

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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.



Title : Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream
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ISBN : 0306814250
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 357 pages


Reviews


Jason rated it ★★★★☆

June 26, 2012

This book is heartbreaking. I grew up in a very liberal part of the country. My family is comprised mostly of hard-working European immigrants who value education above all else. In many ways, I should be the last person able to appreciate or understand life in small-town Texas with its conservati...


Paul rated it ★★★★☆

November 06, 2007

I was on an airplane one Friday night when I was reading this book. As the plane took off from Cleveland I noticed a high school football game in progress. I could see the lights.. the two teams on the field.. the crowd and the marching band. I watched the field as long as I could. Just at the po...


Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it ★★★★☆

May 29, 2016

"Life really wouldn't be worth livin' if you didn't have a high school team to support." In the Reading class I am teaching in May 2016, I challenged my students to read a book from a genre they had not read. I played along, and ended up reading an Amish romance and this sports book. One reading f...


Charles rated it ★★☆☆☆

March 03, 2009

If you think this book is about high school football in Texas, you're pretty much wrong. There is a fair amount about football, but this book is really a sort of sociological study of a small Texas town where Football is played. There is a lot about the difficulties of the local economy after the...


Taylor rated it ★★★★★

August 24, 2016

I didn't grow up in a football-watching family. My father, who apparently loved the game, passed away when I was young. My mother was much more interested in baseball, and had coworkers with season tickets, so I grew up going to the Kingdome to watch Ken Griffey Jr., Randy Johnson, Joey Cora, Edg...


Shirley rated it ★★★★★

March 27, 2013

It's not a surprise that I loved this book. It is about high school football. I watched a lot of football growing up (Friday nights: high school football; Saturday: University of Colorado football; Sunday: NFL football - I was a huge 49ers fan). I probably could have done something great with all...


Dan rated it ★★★☆☆

July 29, 2009

My friends Matt & Cassie introduced us to the television show "Friday Night Lights" this past winter. I had only heard of it on blogs before then and never really paid any attention to it. Wow, was I late to the party. The television show is excellent and I highly recommend it, even if you don...


Carol rated it ★★★★★

June 06, 2016

If you love football, Friday Night Lights likely will be the best sports book you've ever read. If you don't love football, and aren't an avid nonfiction reader? FNL likely will be the best nonfiction book you've ever read. FNL is about the stories communities tell themselves. It's about how we li...


Chris rated it ★☆☆☆☆

August 15, 2013

Dear Mr. Bissinger, I think watching the Intelligent Squared debate you were in is great. I loved the television series based on this book. I learned something about myself while reading this. Even good writing such as yours, does not make me care a whit about football.


Lukas rated it ★★★★★

September 11, 2015

I think Friday night lights was actually a really cool book and I enjoyed reading it and didn't have to force myself to read it. Was a great sport about football and life in high school. Living in Texas how it's different living their in a small town that's so passionate about the sport they play...





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