After Friday Night Lights: When the Games Ended, Real Life Began. An Unlikely Love Story. [NOOK Book]

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Nearly twenty-five years ago, H. G. (Buzz) Bissinger, then a young reporter for the “Philadelphia Inquirer,” moved to Odessa, Texas, family in tow, to follow the fortunes of the 1988 Permian High School football team. He hoped to write a celebratory treatment of a team and a town. The result: “Friday Night Lights,” a bestselling American classic that spawned the popular film as well as the series, considered by many one of the best on ...

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After Friday Night Lights: When the Games Ended, Real Life Began. An Unlikely Love Story.

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Overview

Nearly twenty-five years ago, H. G. (Buzz) Bissinger, then a young reporter for the “Philadelphia Inquirer,” moved to Odessa, Texas, family in tow, to follow the fortunes of the 1988 Permian High School football team. He hoped to write a celebratory treatment of a team and a town. The result: “Friday Night Lights,” a bestselling American classic that spawned the popular film as well as the series, considered by many one of the best on television.


The original book’s most compelling character was James “Boobie” Miles, and his experience in Odessa was, as Bissinger puts it in his daringly honest sequel “After Friday Night Lights,” “a symbol of everything that was wrong with high school football.” The complex friendship between subject and author has deepened over the years, and is, Bissinger writes, “the most lasting legacy of ‘Friday Night Lights,’ or at least the legacy I care about most.”


Heading into the 1988 season, Miles looked like a star-in-the-making, a sure bet to ascend to college and the NFL. Abandoned by his mother, beaten by his dad, he had scraped through a rough upbringing, but it appeared that success on the field was soon to redeem his pain. Then, in a meaningless preseason scrimmage, Boobie blew out his knee. By midseason he was off the team, no longer needed by his coaches, who had found themselves a new running back.


“After Friday Night Lights”—an original 45-page story written to be read in a single sitting—follows Boobie through the dark years he suffered after his injury right up to a present that is imbued with a new kind of hope. It is the indelible portrait of the oddest of enduring friendships: that of a writer and his subject, a “neurotic Jew” and a West Texas oil-field worker, a white man raised in privilege and a black man brought up in poverty and violence, and a father and his "fourth son." Their story encompasses the realities of race and class in America. And reveals with heartbreaking accuracy how men rise again after their dreams are broken.


It is a must-read for fans of the book, the movie, and the television series.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


H.G. “Buzz” Bissinger is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of the bestselling “Friday Night Lights,” “A Prayer for the City,” and “Three Nights in August.” He is also a contributing editor to “Vanity Fair” and a columnist for “The Daily Beast.” His new book, “Father’s Day: A Journey into the Mind and Heart of My Extraordinary Son,” will be published May 15 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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Editorial Reviews

Bob Costas
"Years after encountering a compelling character we often ask ourselves the 'what ever become of' question. In the case of Boobie Miles, Buzz Bissinger never let the story go and here he answers our questions as only he can."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781614520245
  • Publisher: Byliner Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/19/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 358,420
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Buzz Bissinger
H.G. “Buzz” Bissinger is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of the bestselling "Friday Night Lights,” “A Prayer for the City," and "Three Nights in August." He is also a contributing editor to “Vanity Fair” and a columnist for “The Daily Beast.” His new book, "Father’s Day: A Journey into the Mind and Heart of My Extraordinary Son," will be published May 15 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
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    1. Also Known As:
      H. G. Bissinger
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 1, 1954
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1976; Nieman Fellow, Harvard University, 1985-1986

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2012

    Santimonious fluff.

    How much did I pay for 20 pages of a mildly interesting update on Boobie + 10 pages of refried FNL? 3 bucks? I *might* be interested in trying another one of these short pieces from this publisher (ONLY because of the authors listed), but not if they are only more half-hearted efforts like this one.

    It's probably best that writing a review on this Nook Touch is so tedious, so I don't totally waste my time:

    1.) I'm from West Texas. I appreciate the effort the author takes to portray some pathetic stereotype of this part of the country, but it rings hollow if you've ever lived and worked here. (I get it, though. We need to pick up our litter, clean up some abandoned buildings, and update our hotel rooms in rural areas.) (If there is a next time, can there at least be mention of a poker player thrown through the windows of a saloon? Or six-shooters?)

    2.) There's more than one side of every story. Unfortunately for the reader, the author has seemingly found he can only get traction plucking the same string over and over.

    3.) I had to pay 3 bucks for this? The free sample was longer than the remainder of the article!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2012

    Bizzinger a hero

    Seems to me that buzz wrote this piece to pat himself on the back more than to update what has happened to people from the original story over the years. A quick read? Yes. A must read? No.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2012

    Did not catch my full attention

    it was a slow read, although I appreciated knowing what happened to the characters. It took me awhile to finish this book, I wasn't excited to come back to it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    Worth the read

    Good follow up to "Friday Night Lights". Bissinger revisits the story a decade later and focuses on how things have evolved for one player since the original book. If you liked the first, the second will be enjoyable, too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2012

    Stormkit

    Okee dokee.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    Apprentices play room

    Apprentices play here in their free time

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    Possessedmit

    I can kinda understand. My parents dont know i rp so sometimes i want to quit.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    Prettyheart

    Actually, we are moving to 'inner life' and sharing camp with coreclan's.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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