Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights

A Town, A Team, and A Dream

Book - 2015
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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.

MO-JO! MO-JO! The haunting cheer rocks the stadium filled with 20,000 fans, who are there not only to cheer on their beloved team, but also to reignite their own aspirations and dreams through the young men on the gridiron.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author H. G. Bissinger unforgettably captures a season in the life of Odessa: the coaches, parents, fans, and--most of all--the players, who carry an entire city's self-respect on their shoulders. From the prayer that opens the Watermelon Feed before the first game, through the heart-stopping season and its dramatic ending, Bissinger renders a taut, indelible scene: the stale sweltering air, the demanding play on the field, the exhilarating wins, and the punishing--sometimes devastating--losses.

Friday Night Lights is both a deeply moving story and a deeply disturbing one. It is a startling examination of the role of high school sports in America--but it is about much more than just sports. As David Halberstam writes: "By choosing to write about something small--the culture of high school football in a Texas town--Bissinger has ended up writing about something large: the core values in our society."
Publisher: Cambridge, MA :, Da Capo Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group,, [2015]
Edition: Twenty-fifth anniversary edition.
Copyright Date: ©1990
ISBN: 9780306824210
0306824213
Branch Call Number: 796.33262 BI
Characteristics: xiv, 413 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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We can't talk about Texas without talking about football. I don't even like the game and still devoured this book, which follows the drama, politics and passion of the Odessa Panthers in the late '80s. Alternatively you can watch the 2004 film (which follows the book pretty closely) or the TV ser... Read More »


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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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