Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger

Friday Night Lights

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...


Details Friday Night Lights

TitleFriday Night Lights
ISBN9780306814259
Author
Release DateSep 28th, 2004
PublisherDa Capo Press
GenreSports and Games, Sports, Nonfiction, Football
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Reviews Friday Night Lights

  • Jason
    2012-06-04
    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 conservative values and its unhealthy obsession with high school sports. Yet, I actually did attend a private junior/senior high school with a hockey program that ...
  • Paul
    2007-10-01
    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 point when I couldn't see the stadium anymore my eye caught the lights of another football field. Then.. when I looked out over the countryside I noticed t...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    2016-05-20
    "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 friend talked about this book on an episode of the Reading Envy podcast and made it sound pretty compelling, sports or no sports."You'd watch these kids p...
  • Charles
    2009-03-03
    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 oil slump, and in general the book gives what I thought was a fairly negative view of the people and their preoccupations. I almost never like movies be...
  • Taylor
    2014-03-04
    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, Edgar Martinez, Jay Buhner, Dan Wilson... I even spent my high school prom night at Safeco Field, watching Freddy Garcia pitch a great game against the Yank...
  • Shirley
    2008-02-07
    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 the hours I spent watching football. Ah well. My high school football team won the state championship, and I remember it as a glory day - it was snowing...
  • Carol
    2015-06-01
    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 live our values, collectively, how we relate to one another, how we motivate ourselves, our priorities, how we rationalize public policy, spending, the way...
  • Dan
    2009-07-29
    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't like football.Being the bookworm that I am, I had to find the inspiration for the television show. I actually bought a copy of the book for my friend Matt...
  • Chris
    2013-08-13
    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 Kott
    2015-09-11
    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 and it means so much to everyone in the town. I wanted to feel like I was in the town and one of the football players."Clear eyes. full heart. Can't los...