Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger
A Town, A Team, And A Dream

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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.
 

About H.G. Bissinger

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H.G. Bissinger has won the Pulitzer Prize, the Livingston Award, the National Headliner Award, and the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel for his reporting. The author of the highly acclaimed A Prayer for the City, he has written for the television series NYPD Blue and is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. He lives in Philadelphia.
 
Published September 1, 2004 by Da Capo Press. 402 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Sports & Outdoors, Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Non-fiction

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bissinger spent 1988 in Odessa, Tex., a town obsessed with its champion high-school football team, the Permian Panthers. PW called this a ``superb, if disquieting, po

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bissinger spent 1988 in Odessa, Tex., a town obsessed with its champion high-school football team, the Permian Panthers. PW called this a ``superb, if disquieting, po

Sep 02 1991 | Read Full Review of Friday Night Lights: A Town, ...

Dallas News

At the end of their journey, Bissinger’s realizations about his life, about Zach and Gerry, cannot transcend the meanness he’s dealt Zach or the nastiness he has for the world around him.

May 18 2012 | Read Full Review of Friday Night Lights: A Town, ...

Pajiba

From day one, these players, along with all others on the team, sacrifice every part of their being for the sake of football, whether it be playing through injuries and refusing medical treatment so that they can continue to play, or the emotional and psychological stress that comes with feeling ...

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Kidz World

Football is the only thing that matters in Friday Night Lights.

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