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Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream
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Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream


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
Format Type:Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages:357 pages
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    Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream Reviews

  • Jason
    Jun 04, 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...

  • Paul
    Oct 01, 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 th...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    May 20, 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 no...

  • Taylor
    Mar 04, 2014

    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 ti...

  • Charles
    Mar 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 to...

  • Shirley
    Feb 07, 2008

    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; Su...

  • Dan
    Jul 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 l...

  • Carol
    Jun 01, 2015

    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...

  • Chris
    Aug 13, 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 goo...

  • Lukas Kott
    Sep 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 Tex...