Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights

A Town, A Team, and A Dream

Book - 2004 | Da Capo Press movie tie-in ed
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The bestselling story of life in the football-driven town of Odessa, Texas, explores how the town's passion for the team inspires--and sometimes shatters--the young men who wear the Panther uniform. Soon to be a major motion picture from Universal Pictures, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Tim McGraw, Derek Luke, and Jay Hernandez.
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, 2004
Edition: Da Capo Press movie tie-in ed
ISBN: 0306813742 (pbk.)
0306809907
Branch Call Number: 796.33263 BIS
Characteristics: xiv, 371 p. : ill. ; 21 cm

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KCLSTeenLibrarians: Genres Apr 21, 2016

The bestselling story of life in the football-driven town of Odessa, Texas, explores how the town's passion for the team inspires--and sometimes shatters--the young men who wear the Panther uniform.


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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ
Mar 11, 2018

This is an interesting look at how important football is to the economically depressed, conservative town of Odessa, Texas. The book mostly follows six players in their senior year, as they hope to lead their team to a state championship. I read the edition with an afterword written 25 years later, and that was actually the most interesting part of the book. I think that's because that's the first time Bissinger really inserts himself into the story and shows his relationships with the players. The other parts of the book have a dry, detached feeling where none of the players feel like a complete person. They are just football players and nothing else, but maybe that's the point.

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pasmendiola
Apr 18, 2014

one of the best sports books ever written, and one of the best looks at the obsessive needs a town places on their children

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reedstevens
Aug 03, 2012

Heck of a TV series, too. Sorry to see it end.

austinmurphy Jan 30, 2012

If there's a better book about the way sports obsession can simultaneously exalt and ruin the lives of young men and the society that envelops them, I haven't read it.

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