The Blind Side by Michael Lewis
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Synopsis

"Lewis has such a gift for storytelling... he writes as lucidly for sports fans as for those who read him for other reasons."--Janet Maslin, New York Times


When we first meet Michael Oher is one of thirteen children by a mother addicted to crack; he does not know his real name, his father, his birthday, or how to read or write. He takes up football, and school, after a rich, white, Evangelical family plucks him from the streets. Then two great forces alter Oher: the family's love and the evolution of professional football itself into a game in which the quarterback must be protected at any cost. Our protagonist becomes the priceless package of size, speed, and agility necessary to guard the quarterback's greatest vulnerability: his blind side.
 

About Michael Lewis

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Michael Lewis is the author of Panic!, Liar’s Poker, The New New Thing, Moneyball, The Blind Side, and Home Game, among other works. He lives in Berkeley, California.
 
Published September 1, 2007 by W. W. Norton & Company. 347 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships, Children's Books, Education & Reference, History. Non-fiction

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For reasons that would never pass muster in a work of fiction, Mr. Oher moved from the squalor of West Memphis into the bosom of the white Tuohy family on the other side of town and wound up being legally adopted by the Tuohys.

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For five years he lived in various households in a housing project with about a thousand residents and “no two-parent families: zero.” It is unsurprising that Oher, according to Lewis, became a teenager who “didn’t know what an ocean was, or a bird’s nest, or the tooth fairy.” But the father of ...

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Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw star as the Tuohys, a wealthy couple who offer Oher a nice home, a tutor (Kathy Bates) to raise his grades, and a controversial pipeline to their alma mater, should his success on the field match his immense potential.

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The Washington Post

"There ain't much to being a football player," wrote William "Pudge" Heffelfinger, a legendary lineman of the 1890s, "if you're a football player."

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The Telegraph

Based on true story that was the subject of a 2006 book by Michael Lewis, The Blind Side charts the efforts of sassy designer Leigh Anne Tuohy (Bullock), wife of a hugely successful fast-food franchise owner (played by country singer Tim McGraw), to rescue a boy called Michael (Quinton A...

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The Bookbag

Although I found most of the football technicalities difficult to wade through, and be warned this comes and goes throughout the book so it's not just that first chapter, they do help to set the scene and they gave me, an American football virgin, some insight into the development of the game in ...

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Oregon Live

That book, "The Blind Side," has now been adapted into a Hollywood film starring Sandra Bullock as Oher's adoptive mother, which might make some fret that his tale would be massaged into a facile, feel-good fable that substitutes cliché for reality at nearly every turn.

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Boston.com

In the movie, Leigh Anne Touhy (Sandra Bullock ) invites Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron), an enormous, athletic African-American teenager into her Memphis McMansion to live with her two children and adoring husband (Tim McGraw).

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Daily Kos

But it does remain true to the story - something not always a given in movie versions of books.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Janet Maslin Critical Summary As in Moneyball ( 4 of 5 Stars July/Aug 2003), which chronicled the strategies behind the Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane, Berkeley-based author Michael Lewis takes a personal look at a complicated game in his newest nonfiction extravaganza.

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Ben Casnocha

Favorite quotes: * Parcells believes that even in the NFL a lot of players were more concerned with seeming to want to win than with actually winning, and that many of them did not know the difference.

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