Hoop Roots: Playground Basketball, Race, and Love

Hoop Roots: Playground Basketball, Race, and Love

by John Edgar Wideman


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A multilayered memoir of basketball, family, home, love, and race, John Edgar Wideman’s Hoop Roots brings "a touch of Proust to the blacktop" (Time) as it tells of the author's love for a game he can no longer play. Beginning with the scruffy backlot playground he discovered in Pittsburgh some fifty years ago, Wideman works magical riffs that connect black music, language, culture, and sport. His voice modulates from nostalgic to outraged, from scholarly to streetwise, in describing the game that has sustained his passion throughout his life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618257751
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 04/05/2010
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 258
Sales rank: 400,346
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

JOHN EDGAR WIDEMAN is the author of more than twenty works of fiction and nonfiction, including the award-winning Brothers and Keepers, Philadelphia Fire, and the story collection God’s Gym. He is the recipient of two PEN/ Faulkner Awards and has been nominated for the National Book Award.

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