Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights

A Town, A Team, and A Dream

Book - 2004
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Odessa isn't known to be a place big on dreams, but the Panthers help keep the hopes and dreams of this dusty town going. Socially and racially divided, its fragile economy follows the treacherous boom-bust path of the idol 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. [In this book, the author] 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.-Back cover.
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, 2004
Edition: Da Capo Press movie tie-in ed
ISBN: 9780306813740
0306813742
0306809907
9780306809903
Branch Call Number: 796.332 Bi
Characteristics: xiv, 371 p. : ill. ; 21 cm

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Friday Night Lights, Week 4

Welcome to our final Online Book Club discussion of Friday Night Lights! What did you think of the ending? Were you surprised that the team didn't win the state title? What did you think of the afterward?  Could you believe that the fate of the Permian team rested on a coin toss? That is just such a weird, and kind of unfair way to decide which teams would go the playoffs. I would have… (more)

Friday Night Lights, Week 3

Welcome to week 3 of the Online Book Club discussion of Friday Night Lights.  How did this section treat you? Are you enjoying the way that narrative is unfolding, or do you wish there was more action? I find the history sections a little boring. Do you enjoy those parts?  Bissinger didn't give a very positive view of the academic vigor of Permian High, did he? It was really sad to read… (more)


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Online Book Club pick for February 2019. This non-fiction account follows a Texas high school football team and examines how sport affects towns, students, and school culture.


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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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